Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby Philrad71 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:48 pm

Thanks for posting, Robb...Iron Gwazi is looking great!

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Postby bert425 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 3:12 pm

fantastic video Robb. . . really good questions and some nice answers too.

those trains are beautiful.
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Postby tndank » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:46 pm

Rumors are suggesting BG is targeting March 14 for opening Gwazi.
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Postby thrillseeker4552 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:06 pm

^One month away and track isn't even complete yet?

Yeah, um, definitely not. I think May is most likely, just like the other SeaWorld coasters opening this year except Stingray.
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Postby tndank » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:14 pm

If they finish the track in the next week or two, it's possible. They are already doing block testing, moving trains, etc. Need about 3 weeks of testing and it's good. Not saying it's going to happen, but I don't think it's a crazy idea, either.
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Postby bgtlover » Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:35 pm

I've heard the March 14th rumor as well, by more than one source. It would be great for FL Spring Break crowds, since that's when some of our schools start. I don't see it either that early, but miracles happen. The first weekend of April seems more realistic, if not the the following couple of weekends. Tigris opened April 19th last year, and they seem to be wanting to open ASAP to bring in the rush before summer hits, which worked with Tigris during the normally slow weekdays of (late) April and May.

Even with the rumored Screamin' Swing for 2021, they are quite well on their way with that construction as well for a flat ride that shouldn't take long to get open. I see opening it much earlier than normal for attractions at the park, definitely before Spring Break 2021.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby coasterbill » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:27 pm

tndank wrote:Rumors are suggesting BG is targeting March 14 for opening Gwazi.

Cool. I’m targeting a Lamborghini and six million dollars.
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Postby CaptainUnknown » Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:55 am

Add me to the skeptical list of the Pie Day opening, but at least the sign's up.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby coasternut79 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:38 am

No way this thing is opening 3/14. The track is at least a week or two away from being completed minimum. I just watched a new update video yesterday and there is still quite a bit left to do from the stall to the end and I don't think they've connected the drop to the first hill / outerbank turn yet. The testing will take 3 weeks minimum. The end of March is possible but that's only if everything goes right from now until then. It seems much more likely they would be targeting mid to end April.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby coasterbill » Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:52 am

Yeah, I wouldn't be that surprised if they're still erecting track on 3/14.

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