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P. 358: Two new slides & more announced for Adventure Island!

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Afterburn and Montu are the only inverted coasters to have Batwings, yes.

Wingover is B&M's fancy word for a Corkscrew. Same thing but B&Ms tend to have a gradual banking change leading into it and then a quick snap over the top and gradual change out of it.

 

I went back in April and the park was great. The operations could have been a lot better (especially for a Busch park) but it was still above average.

Gwazi is a really good coaster it's just forgotten about due to the roughness. PTCs aren't meant to run on those kinds of layouts. Anyhow, ride it first thing in the morning. It's closest to the entrance and smoother by a long shot in the morning. My organs hated me after riding in the afternoon.

Kumba is easily one of my favorite B&Ms and my favorite looping coaster. It was just as smooth as a modern B&M and thrice as forceful. The lack of trims/a MCBR that takes off speed makes it so great.

Montu was great except for the fact that when I rode the trim was taking off too much speed for the Batwing to be forceful and the MCBR was slowing it down to a very slow pace, making the second half drag on forever slowly.

Scorpion was nothing special at all. It shuffled a lot and had a meh layout. For its size it's pretty intense but it's nothing to write home about.

SheiKra was really average. Nothing stood out and it shuffled a LOT. It's a shame though, because I adore Griffon.

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sixflagsgadvguy1000 - Dude, you sound more paranoid than I was two years ago! Don't fret.... none of the Busch Gardens coasters will give you a problem. The way I got through all the questions and issues I had was that if I went on on B&M...then another, and liked it - then B&M was A-OK in my book. I get it, but you may be psyching yourself up for a fall if you react this way about them. This past summer, I knocked out three new parks. HersheyPark, Busch Gardens Europe, and Kings Dominion. Since the last post re: Great Adventure in another thread that I responded to, I have also conquered Kingda Ka! All I have to say is... JUST DO IT! You won't regret any of it. Most of all - HAVE FUN!!!

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I was at BGT today. Lots of stuff closed mostly due to all the construction: no train, monorail and only 1 side of Gwazi running. What ever happened to the idea of putting Millennium Flyer Trains on this GCII? That would definitely improve the Gwazi ride.

I do question the statement that Cheetah Hunt will open in the spring. I'm guessing late spring if not summer. Not a lot of work completed so far, and I was a little disappointed. You can only see the construction status from the Crown Colony balcony. Lot's of Intamin track at Adventure Island awaiting installation. I'll be back tomorrow - Sunday. I wish I thought to bring my camera, but not too much to see so far.

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I was at BGT today. Lots of stuff closed mostly due to all the construction: no train, monorail and only 1 side of Gwazi running. What ever happened to the idea of putting Millennium Flyer Trains on this GCII? That would definitely improve the Gwazi ride.

I do question the statement that Cheetah Hunt will open in the spring. I'm guessing late spring if not summer. Not a lot of work completed so far, and I was a little disappointed. You can only see the construction status from the Crown Colony balcony. Lot's of Intamin track at Adventure Island awaiting installation. I'll be back tomorrow - Sunday. I wish I thought to bring my camera, but not too much to see so far.

 

One side of Gwazi (Tiger) is down because from what I was told when I was there last Monday and took the Coaster Insider tour of Montu, they're rehabbing the trains on Gwazi one side at a time to make the ride not so rough. Even my tour guides agreed Gwazi has gotten really bad over the years (it was great when it opened). So hopefully when the Tiger side comes back, it'll be a smoother, better ride. And at that time, the Lion side will go down for a similar rehab of those trains.

 

Considering Spring goes from March 20-June 20 in 2011, they got until then to make good on their "Spring 2011" promise for getting Cheetah Hunt open.

 

Oh and the monorail station is going to be the the loading area for Cheetah Hunt (and the old Clydesdale barn area is going to be turned into a cheetah encounter attraction similar to the tigers at Jungala. Looking forward to that! And skyway will reopen once Cheetah Hunt is complete, so there's that to look forward to as well. And seeing as they're working on getting everything ready to get the track installed, once that starts happening, it's going to go fast. They just need to get all those big piles of dirt out of the way first.

 

I think 2011 is going to be a great year for Busch Gardens. I'm actually considering finally getting an regular AP instead of one of those FunCards (that way I don't have to pay for parking every time... that adds up after awhile). It's really one of the more underrated parks here in Florida. I really regret not going more when I lived 10-15 minutes away (now I live about twice that, which is still pretty close, but...).

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Back at Busch Gardens today (Sunday) for another visit. The train(s) were running, so I was able to see the construction status. As I said yesterday, lot's of green track and yellow supports in a lot near Adventure Island. There was a crane near the boarding area for Cheetah Hunt, but didn't erect any steel today. I do understand it is Sunday, a day of rest. I even went on Rhino Rally to see the progress from there. Not much to speak of so far. Lot's of sand still needs to be moved beyond Rhino Rally. That seems to be approximately where they stopped "the hunt" as of now.

 

As I headed for Montu for the first train out (total of 3 riders counting me) the construction gate was open. There is a trailer with supports on it near the crane I spoke of.

 

I'll be back for a few days after Christmas to ride and see the progress - I hope.

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Now that the ride has gone vertical, do we have anyone from TPR who can do regular updates? At least once per week and post them to this forum?

 

Please let me know. If you post a great update I'll make sure it appears on the front page of this site and sent in to Screamscape!

 

Thank you!

 

--Robb

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Made my way over to Busch today. And look what I found! Track is now up! I will be back after Thanksgiving to see how much further the construction has gone.

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Track is up!!!

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Looks like either a temp bridge. But who knows!

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Overview of the station.

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Overview of Cheetah Run.

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The transfer track has been finished it seems.

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You can see that the transfer track turns underneath the skyride section.

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Wood. All over my trench! How rude. (Ok, so it's not my trench)

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Track in the overflow parking.

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