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P. 372: Serengeti Flyer swing ride announced!

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Given they're hunting Cheetahs on the other side of the park, how about "Baby Seal Clubbers", or for a more African flavor "Ivory Poachers", or "Impala Impalers". Maybe they could highlight lesser known animals like "Meerkat Mayhem" or "Ostrich Overload". Or just plain horny animals: "Randy Rhinos", "Humping Hippos".

 

Cedar Fair naming dept on the line: "Deck Mouse", oh thanks guys, moving along.

 

"Zebra Tracks", "Jungle Swinger", "Leaping Leopard", "Credit"....

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^^^My ride kept going until the last brakes !

 

^

 

If I were to rename the coaster, I'd have it named to something that had to do with a Hyena.

 

"Hyena Whirl"

"Hyena chase"

"Laughing Hyenas"

 

.. random name examples.

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Any word yet how the operation of Gwazi is going to be with the new trains? I haven't been to the park in awhile, but they didn't even make an attempt to dispatch both sides at the same time so that they actually dueled when I was there last. Has this improved since then?

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Given they're hunting Cheetahs on the other side of the park, how about "Baby Seal Clubbers", or for a more African flavor "Ivory Poachers", or "Impala Impalers". Maybe they could highlight lesser known animals like "Meerkat Mayhem" or "Ostrich Overload". Or just plain horny animals: "Randy Rhinos", "Humping Hippos".
Hungry Hungry Hippos: The Ride?

 

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Those flyers really are some smooth looking trains, I think these on Gwazi might be the best looking flyers around! I wonder if adding the millennium flyers will improve the ride operations any from the loading and unloading standpoint. One thing I always hated about Gwazi was how freaking long it used to take the operators to dispatch a train, they would check everyones seatbelt then drop the lap bars then check everyones lap bars. Hopefully the flyers will speed up the process somewhat.

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Well, when I rode it yesterday, they still did the seatbelt check row by row, and then checked the lap bars on their second pass. Why they can't do both at the same time like every other park on the planet is beyond me. I went back later to ride it, and the dispatch times were really slow.

 

Here's hoping it was just opening day jitters!

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I hate to say, that I doubt that it was opening day jitters... dispatch times on Gwazi have always been painfully slow beyond belief... I was in Six Flags Great America last September... and the ride ops on Viper had dispatched the loading train as the other one was just pulling back in... of course it helps that the Viper trains have retractable seatbelts... and the ops check the belts and the lapbars in one swoop... it was wonderful...

 

...Anyways, I'm heading to BGT right now... dodging raindrops (should have went yesterday, as it was suggested to me... but at least I'm sober now...) and hoping Gwazi is in operation... fingers crossed...

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They should have two people coming down each side of the train to check. First person checks the seatbelt, you pull down your lap bar, second person behind the first checks lap bars...

I don't really mind the wait for Gwazi, I'm not always in a rush to get through the park.

 

Those flyer trains look great, especially with the grille and the lion/tiger face on it.

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of course it helps that the Viper trains have retractable seatbelts... and the ops check the belts and the lapbars in one swoop... it was wonderful...

 

Viper doesn't have retractable seat belts, just the same individual seat belts just like most PTCs out there including American Eagle, Voyage, Raven, Etc.

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It doesn't... I could have sworn they did when I was there this past September... I guess I could be mistaken though... (just asked my partner when he got home from work about Viper's seatbelts... when I suggested retractable, he looked at me like I was crazy!!... You are correct that Viper DOES have similar set up to Gwazi's... not sure why I recall otherwise...)

 

Anyways... JUST got back from BGT and sadly Gwazi wasn't even testing... going back tomorrow for the official opening... really looking forward to it...

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^ Have a great time. Sadly I can't go.

 

Reguarding operations on Gwazi: I know the guy from GCI spoke about redundancy for safety but did anyone ask BGT why they dont check both at the same time. In there defense if someone could get away with not clicking there seatbelt to ride I am sure they would. I remember when we were kids we would keep it loose on Blue Streak for more airtime. There probably is a pretty reasonable explanation, I would love to know the honest reason. Maybe with the ride not sucking now they will put more emphasis on capacity. I mean who knows maybe they just didn't really want anyone to ride it before.

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I'd call it the Salt Lick Sidewinder, since they can't use Return to Sender. However, given the creative team's more recent moves, I'm sure we will see "Timbuktu Wild Mouse Turbo," or some other lame name.

 

tangent

I want it back now in Williamsburg, please.

Or send Scorpion. Yeah, send Scorpion.

Gwazi Tiger+Gwazi Lion+Montu+Kumba+Sheikra+Scorpion+Wild Mouse+Sesame Street

LNM+Alpengeist+Apollo's Chariot+Griffon+Grovers+2012

It's irritating how the otherwise better park gets the smaller and less fantastic coaster collection, but I guess it's because BGW is my home park. And my ridiculously high standards/borderline insane crusade for a good Schwarzkopf Looper in Virginia doesn't help.

/tangent

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