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

Postby AndrewA86 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:46 am

djcoastermark wrote:^ Don't worry. You are going to have a blast even though the next coaster is not ready. BGT is really a cool place that is all about the experience of the moment. Not of the future, but what is there will wow you, and will keep calling you back like a mythological Siren. It has for me and I live here.


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

Postby coasterBro » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:47 pm

cfc wrote:Dear SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment:

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has Tempesto, and would like one of these RMCs, too.

Thank you.

BGT's already stellar coaster lineup is just getting better.


In fairness, you're getting some cool multi-launched thing with a 315ft spike.

But both Busch parks have exceptional coaster lineups.


On an unrelated note, I for one am glad to see that the (obviously inaccurate) fan-created No Limits layout that the rest of the enthusiast community is currently fawning over/arguing about isn't being entertained here.
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Postby Philrad71 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:42 pm

OMG...this is unbelievably awesome news!!!

My favorite park just keeps kicking it up notch after notch!
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Postby JeromyL » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:08 pm

cfc wrote:Dear SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment:

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has Tempesto, and would like one of these RMCs, too.

Thank you.

BGT's already stellar coaster lineup is just getting better.


Thats exactly what I was thinking!!!
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Postby Kw6sTheatee » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:05 am

I used to live around these parts. I love Busch Gardens Tampa so much, I’m very biased towards it because this place was my childhood! I haven’t been back in nearly four years, but that will change when I get to return in April. :airtime: :b
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby HowieP » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:19 pm

THANK GOODNESS!!! Gwazi is FINALLY getting the RMC tracking! :lover: :lover: :lover: =) =) =) =)

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

Postby Dombot » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:11 pm

OH. MY. GOD. :lover: :lover: :lover: :lover: :lover:
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby anonymouscactus » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:15 pm

My first job in Florida was Gwazi ride operator (they were going to give me Rhino Rally but I still had a NY license at the time) .... not at all sad at all to see it go, lol, but it's what started me down the career path to SeaWorld! And subsequently out of the industry all together, lol.

That ride was horrendous to operate, especially in the heat. Bye, Felecia!

Can't wait to make it back in 2020 8)

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

Postby DILinator » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:04 am

After years of remaining steadfast in my declaration that Gwazi would eventually get the RMC treatment, at long last the naysayers have been silenced! :lol:

As for BGT, what more can be said that hasn't already! The park is simply phenomenal, and one of the best in the entire country, hands down! I already considered it my favorite place in Florida, yes, even more than Disney and Universal, and that was before Tigris and now this. I was already planning on returning to Florida sometime in 2020 with my kids for a vacation, and Disney trip, as most of them have never been, and BGT is definitely going to be on the itinerary as well!

Star Wars Land, or RMC Gwazi... Even as a huge Star Wars fan, I genuinely don't know which addition I am more excited for!
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Dombot » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:13 pm

Okay, I think I'm breathing again. Let me just say a few things.

This is probably the most amazing news ever. Gwazi was my ride back in the day, I probably rode it more times than most could tolerate. It was my first "big" coaster, so seeing the ride close almost half a decade ago (!!!) was very bittersweet. On one hand, I knew the ride wasn't very popular despite the recent addition of the new trains. On the other hand, yeah, it was time for a change. Whatever went in that spot, I'd be pretty happy.

This... is beyond what I expected. Like, miles above.

Even when the park confirmed they were "re-doing" Gwazi, I thought it would be a pretty basic conversion; y'know, take the track out, keep some of the support (or rebuild what's unsalvageable, what with the ride sitting dormant for that long), add a few inversions, good to go! Even if it wasn't the best RMC, it'd still probably be my favorite in the park. But this... this is incredible. I mean, it's a hyper coaster with a beyond-vertical drop. What even. :lol: I'm so excited for this, 2020 can't come soon enough.
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