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

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue May 24, 2011 11:03 am

This Sunday, I was able to stop by Busch Gardens to check up on the progress of Cheetah Hunt. While the ride wasn't doing any test runs during the day, there was plenty going on in and around the ride.
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The entrance to Cheetah Hunt appears to be complete.
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The attraction's wait time sign is installed and working. Notice the Skyride's ride regulations sign shares the same post as the one for Cheetah Hunt.
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This looks completely different than the old Skyride entrance...
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The old Edge of Africa gifts stand was retained for the opening of Cheetah Hunt, but has also been expanded heavily to allow for additional retail space beneath the ride's station.
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The banners have all been installed on the Cheetah Hunt tower.
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The outside of this section of the Crossroads of Culture (that is now the official name for the new realm) looks to be nearly ready...
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But work continues on the small things. This banner was hung during our visit.
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The Cheetah Hunt Overlook has been completed at the entrance to the Crown Colony Restaurant.
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They really have revitalized this corner of the park!
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I love how they camouflaged the launch with a bridge!
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While the construction walls are mostly gone, barricades block off the entirety of the area until they are ready to open.
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It is hard to even remember the old monorail building with this kind of architecture masking it.
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I can't wait!
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The landscaping around the first overbank out of the launch is complete.
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We have some fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo...
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The Overlook is now being advertised around the Crown Colony.
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Managers seemed to be inspecting the area throughout the day.
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Banners have been installed along the overbank as well.
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A better look.
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Guests are still routed around the park through a temporary path through the Nairobi Gate. Notice the new fence added to the area that will be Cheetah Run.
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This side of Cheetah Run looks like it is finished.
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As is this broken archway.
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*drools*
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Path work continues near the Moroccan Palace Theater...
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Over in the Edge of Africa, Cheetah Hunt sprawls across the landscape.
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That non-flanged support we noted a while ago? It was made purely to hold another banner.
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The guest interactions with this ride will be spectacular.
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It hops over the Sky Ride...
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See? Over the Sky Ride!
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Inukaza » Tue May 24, 2011 11:53 am

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^This photo looks so amazing to me. I love Busch's Landscaping. Thanks for taking that photo!
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby braztaz » Tue May 24, 2011 1:07 pm

Wow, the ride tower looks great with the banners. And the entire area looks amazing...especially compared to what it was just a couple months ago!
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby aimster » Tue May 24, 2011 1:33 pm

I need to go back and look at the photos I started taking every 2 weeks starting in January through now... amazing how fast this thing went up when you think about it. And what Adam said, this whole corner of the park has been given new life and it looks gorgeous. Friday can NOT get here fast enough!
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue May 24, 2011 3:15 pm

man it still looks slow, even without trains :evil:

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

Postby BarryH » Tue May 24, 2011 3:37 pm

The Cheetah Hunt area looks awesome! I remember when there used to be a bunch of benches in the area. I remember sitting on one when I had a stomach ache.

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

Postby chargersmichael » Tue May 24, 2011 3:40 pm

Cheetah Hunt construction!
Trip Report to come soon!
I couldn't get to the Crown Colony viewing area as it was closed until 1:00. I got to the park first thing and did my thing but it was closed until 1:00...:(
Hope you like the pictures.
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Coming to Busch viewing Montu!
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Cheetah Hunt at the entrance of the park!
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First headed towards Gwazi with the new trains! SO MUCH BETTER! Lion is my favorite and a lot smoother than Tiger.
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Lion going down the drop!
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Cheetah Hunt tower through the trees! Great scene!
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Morning rise to Cheetah Hunt!
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Through the trees again...great setting!
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Walls are down and landscaping are done under the tower! Looks great!
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Under the arch view.
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Another view.
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Walking around toward Montu with the tower popping over the wall.
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New landscaping around the first turn and trench. Looks fantastic!
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Entrance! It said it had a 240 minute wait. O GOD!!! :)
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Tower shot! The theming is phenomenal!!! This is probably the best themed coaster after Expedition Everest!
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Cheetah Hunt coming back from Montu.
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First Turn.
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Entrance again. I can't believe this used to be the Skyride entrance.
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Another tower shot!
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Another first turn shot. This is a very photogenic ride! The views are going to be amazing from the ride experience.
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First turn.
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Tower.
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Cheetah Run through the glass!
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Crossroads entrance overlook.
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Another look.
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Tower from the Arch.
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The new landscaping under the tower. Just amazing.
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Under the tower and through the sun.
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Tower by the drop.
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Looking back towards the Skyride station and Drop.
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Looking ahead. Last element of ride.
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Hop!
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Amazing view.
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Heading to Kasi, Mtani, the baby aardvark, and many exotic animals!
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Sleeping...aww
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In person...they are adorable.
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Baby aardvark!
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He was wide awake and roaming around his room and sniffing I guess.
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Cheetah Hunt Corkroll.
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Cheetah Hunt into and out of the Rhino Rally portion.
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If only there was a Cheetah Hunt train there.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Blatch » Tue May 24, 2011 4:56 pm

Wow, some amazing pictures so far by the TPR crew! Cheetah Hunt is a very photogenic ride, and I love all of the different shots you can get of the coaster through it's long, winding course.

Unfortunately, I seem to have gone just a bit too early. I wish I could have known all about their new coaster before I went last April. I guess I'll just have to wait until 2012 or 2013, but I'll be spending some quality time with Untamed myself this summer... ;)
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby dragonskeep » Tue May 24, 2011 5:32 pm

Thanks for the updates, the pictures are great. The Skyride is also looking awesome with all the new scenery, it will be a new experience. I am pretty excited about Friday, chance for a little moisture though. Anyone know BGT policy on running the rides in the rain.

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

Postby orangeblue » Tue May 24, 2011 8:16 pm

Should still run unless there is lightning near by, which you can bet there will be since almost any rain in Florida around summer time is from a thunderstorm. However, if there's only like around a 10-30% chance, you should be good. We haven't really kicked off the rainy/afternoon-thunderstorm season yet.

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