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

Postby Projektion » Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:32 am

While it would be amazing, it just doesn't seem possible. Gwazi is a pretty big ride area-wise, but it just doesn't have the height/beefy structure to accomodate a 212ft tall coaster compared to like Mean Streak/SV.

I could maybe see it happening if they literally tore the entire ride down and only reused the footers, but even then, it's a stretch.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Canobie Coaster » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:07 am

If it actually is 212 feet tall, my expectations (which were already high for a RMC Gwazi) are even higher.

Wasn't this magazine the one that broke the news about Kanonen being bought by that water park?
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Too Fast For Comfort » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:46 am

Projektion wrote:While it would be amazing, it just doesn't seem possible. Gwazi is a pretty big ride area-wise, but it just doesn't have the height/beefy structure to accomodate a 212ft tall coaster compared to like Mean Streak/SV.

I could maybe see it happening if they literally tore the entire ride down and only reused the footers, but even then, it's a stretch.


If you look at the construction pics, they're actively removing a lot of the supports. The reports are that the wood has rotted so much that its pretty much in disrepair. My hunch is that they're going to remove almost all of the wood, and mostly just use the existing station and footers and completely rebuild the ride from scratch -- probably with steel supports as well.

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

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:09 am

^Maybe I just haven’t dug deep enough into what’s has been posted on other sites so far but everything thing I’ve seen of the construction work is surface layer removals of track and railings... I’ve yet to see any of the support structures modified in any way, and while I’m not saying that they won’t heavily modify the supports (because we know they will) I think it is wrong to assume that the majority of this coaster will be built from scratch without leveraging the existing structure... If they weren’t going to use the majority of it, I think you would’ve seen larger chunks of the coaster already missing.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Dombot » Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:52 pm

The world's tallest hybrid coming with a beyond-vertical drop sounds like a dream come true, but I doubt the park is gonna make a coaster taller than SheiKra anytime soon. If I eat my words at some point, so be it, but that's just my two cents.

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

Postby B&MIntaminGCI » Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:58 pm

^Obviously nothing is confirmed, but First Drop Magazine first mentioned Untamed having 5 inversions and today Looopings.nl confirmed that. I would definitely say that the Gwazi rumor might hold a bit more weight now. I'm still hesitant to believe it because it sounds way too good to be true, but we'll find out soon enough.

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

Postby jlp94 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:15 pm

Haven't the First Drop writers been the people do leak info like where Kanonen went and stuff like that? I remember this post from Robb back in 2006 said,
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Original thread: https://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=24539&p=170408&hilit=european+coaster+club#p170408

So I think there's a decent chance the rumors could be true, but I'm not a big expert or anything.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby NickC » Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:30 pm

Has anyone actually seen the article from this issue of First Drop magazine though? The ECC website, Facebook page and Twitter accounts all make no mention of a recent issue, and there doesn't seem to be any place to buy or subscribe to this magazine. Is it even still being produced/published?

I really really want this to be true, but find it extremely odd that the quote seems to have originated from one user on Reddit attributing it to a magazine that no one else has seen or can verify even exists.

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

Postby bgtlover » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:34 pm

NickC wrote:Has anyone actually seen the article from this issue of First Drop magazine though? The ECC website, Facebook page and Twitter accounts all make no mention of a recent issue, and there doesn't seem to be any place to buy or subscribe to this magazine. Is it even still being produced/published?

I really really want this to be true, but find it extremely odd that the quote seems to have originated from one user on Reddit attributing it to a magazine that no one else has seen or can verify even exists.


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

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