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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby halltd » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:46 pm

BGT did a great job on these videos. So well made, funny, AND informative. The "selfie" bit cracked me up!

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Dom497 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:15 am

So I was doing a little bit of searching in the Tampa permit database and I found 2 surprising facts:

1) Sandstorm was to be relocated somewhere else in the park (but that permit got cancelled).

2) The City of Tampa signed off on the ride on MAY 6. It seems like the only explanation for the ride still be closed is that (when testing stopped) a major part of the ride broke. I'm sure there are parts that have never been used on a ride before so I would think that whatever broke had to be manufactured from scratch back over seas.

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Postby Cyrbuzz » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:58 am

I'm pretty sure it was a parts issue. After all, this is a prototype ride and like they say you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

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Postby rcrider4 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:33 am

It was because of a parts issue. They had to replace all of the cables that move the catch car, and I guess it took a while for them to be delivered. Not sure if this next part is official or not, but I heard that they had to be replaced because the lubrication used in the old ones was not reacting well with the Florida weather.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:56 pm

Dom497 wrote:So I was doing a little bit of searching in the Tampa permit database and I found 2 surprising facts:

1) Sandstorm was to be relocated somewhere else in the park (but that permit got cancelled).

2) The City of Tampa signed off on the ride on MAY 6. It seems like the only explanation for the ride still be closed is that (when testing stopped) a major part of the ride broke. I'm sure there are parts that have never been used on a ride before so I would think that whatever broke had to be manufactured from scratch back over seas.


Sandstorm was originally planned to be re-located to a plot near the entrance of Gwazi Park by the special events pavilions. I'd imagine the park's greater plans for that section of the park were enough reason to cancel those plans and to send the ride to Sesame Place.
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Postby jarmor » Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:30 pm

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Postby eddie200330 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:53 pm

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Postby Swornenemy » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:01 pm

According to some of my family in Florida that are at the park right now, Falcons Fury has opened. My nephew who is the one doing the riding said it was awesome. Sounds to me like you guys have another awesome ride at the park.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby hydra » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:21 pm

It is in fact open as of about 5pm today. Keep in mind this is a soft opening.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby rcrider4 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:46 pm

Yep, here is a video of the first run


And the article about it on BGTFans.com

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