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Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:17 pm
I remember talking to the GCI team on the '07 Midwest Trip during ERT on Kentucky Rumbler. I asked if Gwazi was going to get Millennium Flyers. They said they were talking to the park about options to update the ride, including adding MF trains.
After four years of waiting... it's finally happening!
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:44 pm
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press release announcing the debut of new Millenium Flyer trains on Gwazi.
In 1999, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay unleashed Gwazi, the Southeast’s largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster featuring 1.25 million feet of twisting lumber. On Saturday, Jan. 22, Gwazi will reopen to fans outfitted with new Millennium Flyer trains designed by Great Coasters International, Inc., the coaster’s original manufacturer.
The new trains provide the smoothest way to ride a wooden coaster and are highly regarded for their spacious, cushioned seats and individual row design that resembles wooden roller coasters trains from the early 1900s. The open sides of the new cars will provide unobstructed views of the 7,000-plus combined feet of Gwazi’s two twisted tracks.
SPECIAL OFFERS FOR THRILL SEEKERS:
•To celebrate Gwazi’s reopening, any guest who rides Gwazi on Saturday, Jan. 22 will receive a coupon valid for a 30 percent food and beverage discount at any culinary location, including all restaurants and snack carts
And this is just the beginning, as Busch Gardens is keeping the fast-paced thrills coming all year long. Experience a new breed of speed with Cheetah Hunt, a one-of-a-kind multiple launch coaster opening spring 2011.
With a 2011 Fun Card, you can pay for a day and come back all year to challenge all of the world-class coasters at Busch Gardens. It’s the best value for again-and-again access to all of the amazing animal encounters, world-class thrill rides, exciting big-name entertainment and family adventure Busch Gardens has to offer.
Photos courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
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Last edited by ernierocker
on Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:06 pm.
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:50 pm
The coaster deserves those trains, especially for how the ride banks. It didn't seem uncomfortably rough, but it did make me laugh hard on the brakes! I know that these new trains will make the coaster much better and now I really can't wait to get back to Tampa.
Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:58 pm
Great news! I rode (one side) Gwazi in 2006, it wasn't horribly rough but it was by far the most rough GCI. The ride has a good layout, hopefully the Millennium Flyers can bring the ride up in terms of where it stands in rankings. I really hope I go to BGA this year, defiantly a huge year for the park!
Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:02 pm
Wow, if these trains make this ride GCI, GCI smooth...BGA will have the best looking coaster line-ups in the USA, in my opinion.
Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:13 pm
That wood looks soooooo good on those trains, gives them an old-classic look. Good to see BGT improving a good classic.
Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:15 pm
This is great news! I know my body will thank me next time I ride Gwazi.
Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:21 pm
I look forward to trying them out! Definitely should make a great improvement to the ride, as I liked the layout when I rode last year. Only a week or so to wait!
Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:27 pm
We were going to skip this park for our October Florida Trip, but with this news and Cheetah Hunt, I might have to change my mind!
Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:33 pm
Im not getting my hopes up to high.
Wildcat at Hershey was still rough. Gwazi isn't going to be turning into a B&M. Ha.
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