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Postby dougr » Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:29 pm

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Postby Imhotep » Wed Jan 11, 2006 9:37 pm

DATman wrote:
Umm ignored and neglected are basically the same thing.



What I meant Kraken was neglected by being put in a more family based park like Sea World instead of a thrill park like BGT.. If it was at BGT it would probably be shown more love by the GP.

On the other hand, Python is in such a park.. And its flat out ignored.

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Pirates! 4-D and Riptide coming to BGT

Postby Homer » Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:27 pm

http://tinyurl.com/8o8r8

"The new pirate movie, Pirates 4-D, features a script written by Eric Idle, who wrote the hit Broadway musical Monty Python's Spamalot. Idle has a starring role in the movie as Pierre, loyal first mate of Captain Lucky, played by Leslie Nielsen.

The 15-minute comedy adventure will open Feb. 18 in Busch Gardens' surround-sound Timbuktu Theater, which seats 750. Viewers will wear 3-D glasses and will experience sprays of water and other special effects.

Busch Gardens' Pirates 4-D is part of a plan to build a library of films for the theater."


At least something FINALLY replaces Lame Lighthouse... :D Also, Adventure Island finally gets a new slide as well, happy day for BGT fanboys!

Although I will miss Tampa Typhoon alot... :(
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Postby pianojohn » Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:43 pm

Well, I guess it is a new movie for BGT, but the film itself is at least 8 or 9 years old. But ANYTHING is better than that Lighthouse movie! You would think they could at least hire better actors! Geez!

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Postby CoasterJunkie » Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:47 pm

Which one is the Tampa Typhoon...

I hardly ever go to AI...to many prostitots and fatties in tight suits... :?r

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Postby Homer » Sat Jan 21, 2006 12:52 pm

^The tall speed slide thing thats an icon of the park.
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Postby SLUSHIE » Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:30 pm

Id ont think the movie is replacing lighthouse, just playing along side of it. They do have more that one theater room dont they?

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Postby Homer » Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:53 pm

^Nope, only one theater.

I am thinking of this;
* Pirates would show at so-and-so time and Lame Lighthouse would show at so-and-so time. But... Lame Lighthouse is being removed! Thank god...

(Hell, my 2004 season pass was the "Special Edition Haunted Lighthouse" design... it was either that or Dale Erndhardt Jr. on my season pass.
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Postby Slacking » Sat Jan 21, 2006 6:05 pm

Homer wrote:^Nope, only one theater.

I am thinking of this;
* Pirates would show at so-and-so time and Lame Lighthouse would show at so-and-so time. But... Lame Lighthouse is being removed! Thank god...

(Hell, my 2004 season pass was the "Special Edition Haunted Lighthouse" design... it was either that or Dale Erndhardt Jr. on my season pass.


Yeah, I had the HL pass too. Better than the normal ticket passes the give you these days.

Glad to see Pirates replacing Not-so-Haunted Lighthouse. HL was weak. I saw Pirates once, and enjoyed but don't remember too much of it since i was in an incredibly bad mood that day, but Leslie Nielsen is the man.

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SheiKra Construction Pics

Postby Homer » Fri Feb 24, 2006 7:25 pm

Want to see how everybody's favorite dive machine came to life? Well, here are some early and sooner on pictures of SheiKra's construction.
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This area would probably be where a part of the Zambia Steakhouse and the splash/turnaround would be at today.
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This was probably taken where the lift stands now.
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Another view of that cement block thingy of doom.

Heheh... I said thingy.
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And now, JimBob will describe this pic;
"And dat der digger thingy would probably be where the station would be today. Go Erndhardt Jr. and support our troops!"
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I thought this would be the coasters name. Instead, it was the name of the show Busch had going on in the Stanleyville Theater during "Summer Nights 2004".
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More Taganai thingys.
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This would probably be where most of the queue and the turnaround would be at today.

And note to the tree dude, back to work.
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This view would be most of the seating of the Zambia Smokehouse and the turnaround.
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Fast forward to December 2004, SheiKra is now slowly rising.
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A slowly rising erection... lol, erection.
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The turnaround has been completed!
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No, its not complete. But, it could eat me!
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The tunnel area is under construction. Watch out for the "Tunnel Troll", he pinches your ass and wants 21 dollars.
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Lovely curve of a turnaround, had to get another.
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And an uber-cool sun shot of the turnaround from the butt of the Zambia Smokehouse.
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Zambia Smokehouse area, pre-splash.
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Mmm... concept art.
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Ahh! Teh track is going to attack me! Run!

Seriously, this shot would be where the splash would be now.
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The brakes of the mighty SheiKra.
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Again, beware the Tunnel Trolls.
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And now to March of 2005, the ride is mostly done and heres a shot of some workers working on the holding brake.
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