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Sky Rocket is a great example of a new coaster with a mediocre name that's still a fantastic ride. I'm on the fence with Cheetah Hunt based solely on the fact that the pacing just seems all whacked out with the straight, flat sections; but I'm never one to judge a ride before I actually ride it, so here's to waiting until the spring!

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Well I figured I would give my opinion on the ride...

 

Likes:

1) "TWISTIES!"

2) 3 Launches

3) Trenches

4) Color and theme

5) Airtime hill right after a launch

6) INTAMIN

7) Barrel Roll

 

Dislikes (the only time you will hear me say this):

1) Hard Intamin Restraints

2) For the trillionth time today, the name... yuck!

3) After the airtime hill the ride seems very "blah" while going to the brakes, another airtime hill would have been nice

 

Overall, this announcement reminds me a lot of August 20th 2009 when Intimidator 305 was announced. People complained about the name and restraints WAY TOO MUCH!!! I mean I honestly don't like the name Cheetah Hunt or the restraints the ride will have, but overall this ride should be awesome! Hopefully the ride will be like 305 and blow away most peoples expectations, the name will grow on people, and they possibly might change it to soft straps like 305 has!

 

I really want to make a trip to BGT and SeaWorld Orlando to try out Manta and Cheetah Hunt in 2012!

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Whoa dude you are calling me a douche? When was I a douche? That is crazy you attack your members like that. You also say I am clueless? Really? I am just saying what other people are saying. I never said they spent a million dollars on anything, and if you notice there isn't a logo, or even any graphics on the site that mention Cheetah Hunt. If you cannot see that this was a last second change, you are a clueless douche.

 

Just so you know before you get banned...you are being a douche...all you've done is come into this thread, take a holier than thou attitude and play the 'I know something you don't know card'. You're not a valued member of the site and you don't have anything exciting to add other than spewing crap about your new local ride.

 

Plenty of people have had other opinions in this thread, for example check out Erik's view on restraints that him and Robb talked about. But they were both mature adults about it.

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Was I the only person saying it like Cheet a ka instead of Chee ta ka.

 

I think the name is bad enough that changing it could be considered. Maybe not. I am pleasantly surprised about the 130 foot drop, I was thinking maybe 100 feet. I was having a hard time believing the lap bar thing, going into the tower would have been pretty knarly.

 

Cheetah hunt looks to have significant airtime which we could use more of down here.

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I think so many of us wanted the lap bar only announcement to be correct because it would have been amazing! It also didn't seem that crazy when the new Eurofighters are having lap bar only as well as rides like Blue Fire at Europa.

 

Heck this is BGT we're talking about...perhaps in a year or two the ride will get all new trains/restraints! Crazier things have happened!

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For those who do, or do not, care about the name--I think this is another example of the divide between those who just want a thrilling ride, and those who want the total package. (AKA: The 'another 500 hundred feet of track, or theming?' argument.) To some, it might just as well be called Roller Coaster #8. To others, it's a betrayal of the relative-consistency of the park's other coaster names. I'm sure many fall in between. But, as usual, the two sides really don't understand each other.

 

/Personally, I love King's Island's suspended coaster...but there's no way in hell I'm buying a Flight Deck T-shirt.

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I honestly don't think "Cheetah Hunt" is a terrible name. I envision it like, "Cheetah('s, will, shall) Hunt" rather than "(We're going on a) Cheetah Hunt" or "(Let's watch this) Cheetah Hunt." If you look at it from more of a first person point of view (I'm the Cheetah and I am hunting) it seems to fit alright.

 

That's my opinion.

 

It also looks like a thoroughly enjoyable ride! And (thank God) I'm not stingy about my restraints. I understand that lap bars have the potential to make a ride like this slightly more incredible, but to me it's not worth bickering about. I'm planning on being down there this spring, I really look forward to hopefully trying out this bad boy!

 

-the Doctor

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I'm excited! I'm hoping to go to Florida next year for Disneyworld ect... and now I have something more to look forward to.

 

Great layout, great pacing, (3 launches seem to help that) cool theme, lame name (But I don't care!) and LAPBAR! = Love it!

 

It would be even more of a delight to find out if the ride will be featuring the "T-Bar" restraint.

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Heck this is BGT we're talking about...perhaps in a year or two the ride will get all new trains/restraints! Crazier things have happened!

 

Floorless Millenium Flyers: a first on Intamin rides.

 

And considering this has a water portion, that would make this the first floorless launched Millenium-Flying Aquatrax!

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I watched the promo video and it was very cool. Seeing the different angles made it look even better, especially the shot coming up into the tower. I believe the cheetahs being in the area will make the ride better, if that makes any sense at all. I know for me the rays help on Manta. Hopefully we see more of those type of attactions. Oh and more Intamins.

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It's refreshing to see a coaster of this type with a really long footprint. I think the long straightaways look fun, and that section will look just awesome from the midways. I foresee one of the most picturesque Intamins yet! I wonder how much of an impact the final launch will have though, taken after a significantly faster one. The trenches and waterfall section will be just unreal though!

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It is more than just a name.

 

I am new to the forums here, and I look forward to becoming a productive contributor in discussions. I have a strong opinion of the name of this attraction, and I hope no one thinks too poorly of me for my first post being a complaint. I will try to explain my position briefly.

 

To begin I would like to remind everyone of a simple concept of communication. It does not matter WHAT you say, but HOW your audience interprets it. In other words BGT may be inferring that we the riders are a cheetah on the hunt; however many people are clearly interpreting the name to mean that we are HUNTING cheetahs. I know when I heard the name that is what I first thought. Therefore to many people, BGT is promoting the hunting of an endangered animal.... O.k... maybe that is being a little dramatic- but at the very least they are equating it to an thrilling adventure.

 

As an Animal Care Specialist working in zoos for the past ten years, I find the name of this attraction offensive and appalling. Our role in zoos is to inspire our guests to want to protect and conserve the animals that they view. We do this by allowing guests to view animals in a safe, up-close setting; therefore allowing them to connect with those animals- and remind them that we share this planet with incredible species of life. To use the word HUNT in any capacity goes against this goal, and is insensitive.

 

I understand that this is a roller coaster site, and coasters are your main focus. However just to emphasize my point- look at how many of you have already proclaimed that the name doesn't matter- it is all about the ride. If the ride is great who cares what the name might insinuate? Well I do, all the other animal keepers in the world do, and I would have thought that BGT did.

 

I don't mean to be over-dramatic over a name, but realize I have chosen animal conservation as my profession, and it means a lot to me. To see another zoo pull something like this is disappointing.

 

Thanks for reading- I hope to be able to have some great positive discussion in the further!

 

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^^^ IMO it looks like you might be trying to push an agenda, as a quick google search showed 9 of 10 results to show images or material related to cheetah's hunting their prey, not being hunted. The point to the name being you are the cheetah on the hunt. So what if the domain name was just registered, do you not think there are nerds like us checking on new name registrations on a regular basis? They've kept it a secret, and if they changed the name, so be it, it's their ride, their millions, and their choice.

 

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Bummer that the name is bringing people down so much. I interpreted it to mean the cheetah was hunting but certainly see where the confusion could come from, several prominent members with a lot of theme park knowledge did interpret it the other way. I think it is unfair to call out someone's intelligence for it. Personally I think the confusion alone is enough reason to change the name.

 

Night rides will be the kind of awesome that awesome is.

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^^^ IMO it looks like you might be trying to push an agenda, as a quick google search showed 9 of 10 results to show images or material related to cheetah's hunting their prey, not being hunted. The point to the name being you are the cheetah on the hunt. So what if the domain name was just registered, do you not think there are nerds like us checking on new name registrations on a regular basis? They've kept it a secret, and if they changed the name, so be it, it's their ride, their millions, and their choice.

 

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Please don't be harsh on a new member trying to rationally explain his point of view.

 

I'm pretty sure once the theming is complete and commericals are made it will be clear that you are the Cheetah on the hunt and not the other way around. Especially if the train looks like a cheetah.

 

And I heard that a resident of the Busch Gardens neighborhood named Cheetaka was going to sue BG if they used her name.

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To begin I would like to remind everyone of a simple concept of communication. It does not matter WHAT you say, but HOW your audience interprets it. In other words BGT may be inferring that we the riders are a cheetah on the hunt; however many people are clearly interpreting the name to mean that we are HUNTING cheetahs. I know when I heard the name that is what I first thought. Therefore to many people, BGT is promoting the hunting of an endangered animal.... O.k... maybe that is being a little dramatic- but at the very least they are equating it to an thrilling adventure.

 

As an Animal Care Specialist working in zoos for the past ten years, I find the name of this attraction offensive and appalling. Our role in zoos is to inspire our guests to want to protect and conserve the animals that they view. We do this by allowing guests to view animals in a safe, up-close setting; therefore allowing them to connect with those animals- and remind them that we share this planet with incredible species of life. To use the word HUNT in any capacity goes against this goal, and is insensitive.

 

I personally completely respect that. But there are things that people who share your opinion about the ride that I do not think they understand completely.

 

First off, the Busch Gardens and Sea World parks have always been about animal conservation and combining the beauty of the creatures of Earth with the thrills of an amusement park ride. Why do people seem to think this ride's name is contradictory to the goal of the parks?

 

Secondly, it's a ride themed to the fastest land animal. That doesn't exactly leave a wide selection of names to begin with. Theming to animals is different than theming to things like ancient civilizations, anything science fiction related, etc., which do give you a wide margin of names to pick and stories to make up that fit the ride.

 

I just hope that at least conveys the reasons for my opinion, if not other's, about the ride's name. Plus, at least it's not a generic name and has a theme. I'd choose Cheetah Hunt over names like Scream!, Flight Deck, and many of the other, extremely generic and boring names for rides out there.

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