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

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:05 pm

I went to ride the sky ride and encountered this.

I guess 60 degrees and 15 mph winds count as inclement down here.
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Postby Philrad71 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:25 pm

^ It was like 48 for the high the day that we were there in December and it was open. Perhaps they just put out that sign mistakenly versus the generic "This ride is temporarily closed" sign?

Weird.
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Postby coasterbill » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:54 pm

15 mph winds generally means occasional gusts over 22 or 23 MPH which is usually the cutoff. That kind of checks out.

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:02 pm

Ok I was figuring it was more the wind than the temperature.

At least the alternative was walking through Pantopia and it gave me a reason to get my second bacon pretzel fury of the day.
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Postby Philrad71 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:10 pm

^ Never a bad trade-off! ;)
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:51 pm

Today Theme Park Review was invited to visit Adventure Island, the water park next to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay so that we could try out the new Vanish Point slides set to open with the park tomorrow! Four years ago I experienced Ihu's Breakway Falls at Aquatica Orlando for the first time--my first Proslide SkyBox slide. Since that time I hadn't been back on one since, until today.

The slide is about 10 feet shorter than Ihu's Breakaway Falls but wraps around an existing slide complex for a truly interwoven that makes this third new slide very unique! The slides are translucent by design and allow rides to see partially outwards as the go along. The drop cabins (Proslide SkyBOX) continue to impress with the moment after the floor has dropped out from beneath you being unparalleled.

We'll have the video from my experience up shortly... Check out the photos below to get a glimpse at this excellent new attraction--I highly recommend checking it out when you're in the area!
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We were greeted by a few tall characters on our way in!
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We were also treated to the sounds of the park's steel drum band!
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Vanish Point was added to a lower portion of the Colossal Curl station segment.
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Watchers too afraid to ride can from the entrance sign to see the expressions of the more-brave riders once they're in the tube.
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Colossal Curl and several other slides are packed together in this space.
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A look at the super steep drops pf Vanish Point.
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And it keeps dropping!
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Time to head in for myself...
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I was told my scream was quite intense.
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I cannot wait to see the full video!
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Tons of attractions are kept in close proximity by design.
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Tight turns to be found!
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The three slides weave in and out of each other throughout the course of their respective layouts.
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Colossal Curl launches from the same platform as Vanish Point.
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For a less intense start...
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Vanish Point features one traditional slide without the ProSlide Tech SkyBOX or the layout wrapping around the tube lift for Colossal Curl!
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Another look at the two SkyBOXes from Proslide!
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There's even a glass slit where you can look ahead in the direction you'll be dropping once inside.
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A beautiful, twisted collection of water slides!
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A look at Colossal Curl...
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Special thanks to Adventure Island for hosting us today! Come down to check out this weekend as the water park opens for the season.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby jarmor » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:05 pm

It's funny but I find myself scared to do the slide without the drop capsule as opposed to the ones with it. It's something about throwing myself down the slide vs being dropped lol.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:13 pm

Great report! I thought Adventure Island looked compact from atop the lift hills at Busch Gardens, but it looks even more compact from you photos. I lost count of how many slides I saw per photo.

I'm a big fan of the drop pod slides. Glad to see more popping up even if I may never make it to Adventure Island.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Dombot » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:27 am

Can't wait to ride these! :b
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Satans Hockey » Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:25 am

Nice report, I really enjoyed Adventure Island when I went. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. It wasn't a huge park but the slides they have a great and the lines weren't very long for any of them the day I went.

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