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Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:56 pm

The Vekoma Grover's Vapor Trail family coaster is an awesome one at Sesame Place. I would hope they get that version than the one they have at BGW.

Tue Jun 16, 2009 2:48 pm

Florida needs a good hyper or launched coaster. I wouldn't really cap SheiKra as a hyper and Hulk just seems "eh" as a launched coaster.

But knowing this is a Busch project, I'm all for a good Diamondback, Behemoth, or Goliath-esque hyper that isn't "tame" like Raging Bull. I doubt this is going to be the whole Sesame Street land because Jungala was just built, although I wouldn't count that out since Land of the Dragons is starting to become a little old.

Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:47 pm

Well I will let you guys know that it wont be a major coaster, it will be a kiddie coaster for the new sesame street area. (re-theme of LOD)
I am 99% sure that is what is going to be...
BGT initial plans have been to put a launching coaster from premier elsewhere in the park...but those were just plans/rumors.
We wont probably see a new major coaster until perhaps 2011-12 or even2013. =/ :?r
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Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:36 pm

LOD does need some love and care, but I think after Jungala was built it would be in BGT's best interest not to re-vamp a current kiddie section but add more rides elsewhere...perhaps not a large coaster, but a small coaster or a pair of decent flats...just my opinion though.

Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:19 am

i thought they were gonna put a kiddie coaster in jungala for the kids, but they thought otherwise. but you are all right, they need a kiddie coaster, at least before they invest in another major coaster.

Sat Jun 20, 2009 6:44 am

SFjunkie2010 wrote:LOD does need some love and care, but I think after Jungala was built it would be in BGT's best interest not to re-vamp a current kiddie section but add more rides elsewhere...perhaps not a large coaster, but a small coaster or a pair of decent flats...just my opinion though.


I think the BEC parks don't really want to add any random flats anymore...If they do its gonna be kiddie rides :?r

A nice dark ride for BGT would fill in that void....

Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:12 am

It's going to be a Sesame Street coaster. BGT is in desperate need of one for the little ones. I'm excited about it. BGW's Sesame area looks really fun. An added bonus, my daughter will be getting into Sesame Street when it opens! Double bonus!

Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:39 am

Land Of The Dragons does not really fit the whole African theme of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay very well... it would be good to see it go.
They could put some of the rides in Land Of The Dragons at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, there is still a little bit of room left in there, and the area goes great with the European theme of the park.

Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:47 am

In the next few years, I'd like to see BGT get a b&M hyper to compliment Sheikra. Even so, additions are still additions and that's good to see in the crazy economy AND the crazy circumstances with the company.

Busch Gardens Tampa employee falls of Skyride

Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:32 am

from ESPN

South Florida kicker Maikon Bonani has been hospitalized after falling 35 feet from the Skyride at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla.

Nursing supervisor Janelle Hoskins told The St. Petersburg Times that Bonani was in fair condition.

"Our entire program is praying for Maikon and happy that the injury was not life-threatening," coach Jim Leavitt said in a statement. "I was able to visit him [Saturday]. He's in pain, but doing fine and resting."

The park issued a statement saying that after sending a gondola out of the station, the employee thought the door might be unlocked and held onto the door to check it. He hung on as the gondola took off -- authorities say -- then let go about 35 feet above the ground into a landscaped area.

Busch Gardens didn't reveal the name of the employee injured in its release.

Leavitt told The St. Petersburg Times that he believed Bonani injured his T12 vertebra in the fall.

"He's fine. The main thing here is that he didn't die," Leavitt told the newspaper. "He isn't paralyzed. The most important thing is his health."

Leavitt told the newspaper that if Bonani faced a long recovery, the kicker could redshirt this season.

20-year-old sophomore won the Bulls' starting kicking job after two games last season. He finished 15-for-21 on field goals.


http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4339343
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