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

Postby Midgetman82 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:54 pm

I was just at the park this Thursday. Got a trip report of it coming soon once I sort through all of my photos. I got to see Falcon's Fury testing non-stop almost all day (no soft opening :cry: ), and it looked like it wasn't any slower than any other drop tower (i.e. KI's or KD's drop tower). The carriage is just larger, and gives the illusion that it's slower because of it. It looks to be a killer drop tower with lots of speed on the way down. That, and the thing was MUCH more massive than I originally thought it would be!

^I do think smaller cars do give more of a sudden jolt when they drop because of their lighter weight, but I don't think they're necessarily "slower." Drop a ping pong ball and a bowling ball simultaneously (in a controlled environment), and both should hit the ground at the same time.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby jec8992 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:53 pm

I went on Falcon's Fury today twice, it was Awesome!!! Fairly tame though, but that tilt effect is insane at that height. Was looking at the ride specs on the wall and the drop isnt quite 300 ft its listed as 281 ft(tower is 335) and top speed is 58 mph instead of 60(it feels a hell of alot faster than that though). Best view in Tampa at the top =) And compared to most freefalls, the actual freefall isnt very long, probably only has 100 ft of pure freefall and the rest is mainly a controlled descent. But overall its definitely my new fav ride at Busch Gardens.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby larrygator » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:57 pm

jynx242 wrote:^The Feast is absoultely a must to me. Get in about an hour before everyone else - really makes the evening do-able.


Agreed being able to go through the best house or two without the conga line procession allows the scare actors to focus on you and makes for a great time.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby canadianparkfan » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:58 pm

Midgetman82 wrote:I was just at the park this Thursday. Got a trip report of it coming soon once I sort through all of my photos. I got to see Falcon's Fury testing non-stop almost all day (no soft opening :cry: ), and it looked like it wasn't any slower than any other drop tower (i.e. KI's or KD's drop tower). The carriage is just larger, and gives the illusion that it's slower because of it. It looks to be a killer drop tower with lots of speed on the way down. That, and the thing was MUCH more massive than I originally thought it would be!

^I do think smaller cars do give more of a sudden jolt when they drop because of their lighter weight, but I don't think they're necessarily "slower." Drop a ping pong ball and a bowling ball simultaneously (in a controlled environment), and both should hit the ground at the same time.

My thoughts exactly... You described it very well. The sudden jolt on those smaller cars is probably the reason for the better airtime.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:35 pm

Today I had the chance to experience Falcon's Fury during a soft opening at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! Needless to say, this ride delivers all the Intamin "good feelies" you'd expect and more. The total ride experience is extremely quick paced and the 90-degrees-face-down element adds an extra thrill to make this the best drop tower I've ever ridden. Pantopia has really livened up the former Timbuktu area and the new food and beverage options really bring it up to the standard of the rest of the park's recently-updated realms.

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And we're back!
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Falcon's Fury looks great while testing...
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No water dummies means there's a chance I'll get to ride...
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LENS FLARE!!!
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The money shot.
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For you drop tower enthusiasts.
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And one more.
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Looks awesome from the ground!
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Me: "I'm gonna be one of the first guests to ride today!"
Everyone else: "Why does this guy keep taking wacky-thumbs-up photos?"
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For the Park Index...
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The true hallmark of progress!
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A very nice marquee!
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The hand-painted elements on the drop tower look fantastic!
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Up they go!
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Pure glimpses of fun in the making...
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Mission Accomplished!
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Park executives like Mark Rose, VP of Engineering took a moment to ride the ride.
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Lots of great expressions!
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Hold on tight!
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Many smiles here!
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So many photogenic views of this ride.
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I was practically speechless after my first ride.
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Time to go again!
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Here I am holding on for dear life...
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And holding...
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And falling...
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And landing.
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Such a winner!
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The rest of Pantopia is now complete.
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Here's the other reason I visited the park today...
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Getting warmer...
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These neat souvenir cups feature a ride vehicle look-alike that you can slide up and down the tower.
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This is why I was really here.
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The Bacon Pretzel Fury is a winner of a food option in the park.
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Remember Akbar from Akbar's Adventure Tours? He now owns this shop in Pantopia.
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So many things are new to Pantopia since my last visit.
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They've got Dippin' Dots!
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Dragon Fire has been added to the side of the Pantopia Grill.
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Looks great!
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Good 'ol Scorpion is still here!
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The new cover design on the carousel is finished.
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The games area has been revamped as well.
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I sense a unifying theme here...
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The Pantopia Theater hosts a new live-action show...
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Opening Night Critters!
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An old game stand has been converted into a kettle corn station.
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Several additional food and beverage items have been added to this side of Pantopia.
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All the ICEES! All the things!
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Added layers of detail...
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The Phoenix received a new paint job to blend in better with Pantopia.
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Akbar's shop!
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Must resist the urge to buy!
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Very nice!
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Falcon's Fury has been integrated into the design...
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There's a Spice & Tea Exchange in this shop now.
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Souvenir!
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And we close with a sneak peek at one of the new Howl-O-Scream houses coming to the event next month...
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby smartestcoasterkidever! » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:51 pm

My focus has now shifted from Falcon's Fury to those amazing souvenir cups....

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

Postby The Yeti » Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:45 pm

Awesome report! I loved the video and Falcon's Fury just looks so insane. Best drop tower ever you say? That's what I like to hear!

How would you describe the breaks/"landing" part of the ride? Uncomfortable at all? Surprising? It seems pretty abrupt, especially with the seats swinging out.

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

Postby _koppen » Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:23 am

Awesome photo report!

I also would love to know how it compares to regular drop towers, and which one you would rather ride :D
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby rcrider4 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:17 am

The Yeti wrote:How would you describe the breaks/"landing" part of the ride? Uncomfortable at all? Surprising? It seems pretty abrupt, especially with the seats swinging out.

It's not nearly as abrupt as it looks. It rides very smooth from beginning to end.

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

Postby marth555 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:02 am

Those bacon pretzels looks so good :b

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