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

Postby bert425 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:49 pm

jlp94 wrote:I assume it won't be open in March 2019 when I visit?





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skyrocket II seem to go up pretty fast (after all, it's really not that much track in too large of a footprint). . .so you never know.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby bgtlover » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:06 pm

I wouldn't expect it to open before May...like mid-May to Memorial Day weekend. Late April (after Easter) I think would be pushing it, but you never know.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby The Great Zo » Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:55 pm

For the record, not that it matters, the Busch/SW parks will have 33.3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333% of all Sky Rocket II coasters.

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

Postby bert425 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:17 pm

The Great Zo wrote:For the record, not that it matters, the Busch/SW parks will have 33.3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333% of all Sky Rocket II coasters.

Just in case anyone was wondering.


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

Postby SharkTums » Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:27 pm

The Great Zo wrote:For the record, not that it matters, the Busch/SW parks will have 33.3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333% of all Sky Rocket II coasters.

Just in case anyone was wondering.


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

Postby coasterbill » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:38 am

The Great Zo wrote:For the record, not that it matters, the Busch/SW parks will have 33.3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333% of all Sky Rocket II coasters.

Just in case anyone was wondering.


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

Postby A.J. » Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:48 am

Do any of our European friends subscribe to First Drop magazine? Apparently there's some reporting in there that whatever replaces Gwazi will effectively be a brand new coaster with a single 212 ft / 65 m steel-structured lift hill, and the original lifts being used as regular hills in the layout. Anyone know more about this apparent rumor?
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby jlp94 » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:02 pm

A.J. wrote:Do any of our European friends subscribe to First Drop magazine? Apparently there's some reporting in there that whatever replaces Gwazi will effectively be a brand new coaster with a single 212 ft / 65 m steel-structured lift hill, and the original lifts being used as regular hills in the layout. Anyone know more about this apparent rumor?

Out of curiosity, does that park have any height limit for coasters?
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Too Fast For Comfort » Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:08 pm

jlp94 wrote:
A.J. wrote:Do any of our European friends subscribe to First Drop magazine? Apparently there's some reporting in there that whatever replaces Gwazi will effectively be a brand new coaster with a single 212 ft / 65 m steel-structured lift hill, and the original lifts being used as regular hills in the layout. Anyone know more about this apparent rumor?

Out of curiosity, does that park have any height limit for coasters?


Falcon's Fury is 335'. While it is just a free-standing structure and not a coaster, I'd imagine that any height limit for the park would also have been applied to Falcon's Fury. While BGT is pretty much right in a neighborhood, I'd imagine that the park is probably grandfathered in, and possibly pre-dates the residences. So resident should have known when moving there to not be bothered by the sights of a themepark.

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

Postby boldikus » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:31 pm

A.J. wrote:Do any of our European friends subscribe to First Drop magazine? Apparently there's some reporting in there that whatever replaces Gwazi will effectively be a brand new coaster with a single 212 ft / 65 m steel-structured lift hill, and the original lifts being used as regular hills in the layout. Anyone know more about this apparent rumor?


This is (apparently(!!!)) the quote from the magazine. Its on all the FB coaster groups, but I can't say for sure if its accurate. If true it sounds amazing.

"The new Gwazi will make some major modifications to the dueling coasters. The first of which is to remove its dueling element. A new steel structure lift hill will give the coaster a 65m (212ft) 91degree first drop. Making it the tallest and steepest RMC hybrid coaster as well as the tallest coaster in Florida. The original lift hills will remain and feature as "normal" hills on the new track"

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