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Postby coasterbill » Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:25 pm

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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:02 pm

^ Whoa!! What a beautiful photo!! Can't wait to see this thing in action! :lover:
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Postby jlp94 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:14 pm

They're so close to finishing the trackwork! And they've been working on the queue and station as well, so hopefully we'll see an opening sometime in April or early May?
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Postby southpuddle » Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:38 pm

Well if you believe the rumor that certain YouTube channels started themselves by pulling random dates out of their backend, it’s opening in only 9 days!

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby mark549 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:10 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:
coasterbill wrote:
mark549 wrote:I think Iron Gwazi's opening will be delayed now. Safety of park staff, RMC crew, customers / guests, everyone is more important than the construction schedule.


Yeah, we should just shut down all of Tampa for a few months. None of the 1.7 million people living in those two counties should show go to work.

Yeah really. ::) Kind of tired of the panic over Covid-19 when there are waaaay more serious things to be concerned about, like this year's flu that the vaccine isn't really helping with, or climate change, or a thousand other concerns that are far more pressing.




Seattle is shutting down schools, events, sports, etc., they are the epicenter of the disease in the US, today. Their state virologist said a few days ago there might be 600 cases simmering undetected, which means a few thousand today. Since the incubation time is long and most people don't get a bad case, counting precisely is impossible.

Lots and lots of concerts, festivals, movie shooting, conferences being canceled or postponed, too many to count and growing exponentially (just like the virus).

It's been estimated that Italy may have between 50,000 and 100,000 cases today. Not the numbers officially reported but the ones in latency yet to surface. Their hospitals are getting overloaded with sick people. For those who get a bad case - maybe 5 to 10 percent - it's two to three weeks in the hospital to prevent your lungs from being ruined. That is worse than flu.

A friend works for the local hospital and he says they are totally unprepared for a huge surge of sick people. The first few will get good care but the rest won't.

There are drugs that seem to eradicate the virus - remdesivir (experimental) and chloroquine (used against malaria, but has side effects). However they are not ready to be loaded on pallets to be sent to hot spots like Seattle, Europe, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Thailand ... so the spread has to be slowed to buy time.

This is NOT a political post, merely an observation that theme parks are going to be economic casualties in this. But it is stoppable with behavior changes, even more than technology. There are two ways to catch the carnivorous coronavirus: you breathe someone's cough or droplets when you are close, or you touch some of their emissions and then your fingers inadvertantly transport it into your mouth.

I'm trying to be respectful and helpful here, don't want to be banned, but this is more important than worrying about that.

Waiting in lines would be a great way to spread it. Sorry.

A time-out is needed to stop / slow the spread.

it won't be the parks making the decision later this month, it's going to be forced. Sorry.

The coasters will still be after the pandemic ends and we can then celebrate the opening of RMC's masterpiece. I like the photo of the last rail.

A few health tips (beyond washing your hands).

Hot tea inactivates the virus and keeps you hydrated. If you ingest virus by mistake, sending it to the stomach (acids) is better than to your lungs.

Elderberry and cordyceps mushroom are thought to prevent its replication, according to Chinese scientists who are very busy right now. Good nutrition, sleep, having a well functioning immune system, staying away from junk food, no preexisting problems, youth are all good factors for having minimal to moderate symptoms.

I'm curious how BGT plans to care for their animal during the hiatus. Probably like a hurricane except a longer duration.

I'm more concerned about how poorer countries will handle this. India today shut down export of pharmaceuticals that the US health system is totally dependent upon.

We could be in for a bumpier ride than an old Arrow corkscrew. OK, dumb joke ...

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby coasterbill » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:09 pm

... you feel better now?

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Postby WolfBobs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:06 pm

Karen on Facebook told me to use Lavender Oils I can get from her totally not MLM business she has going.

So I plan on doing that whilst also putting raw potato slices in my socks to pull out any toxins from my body while I visit parks.

I am also knitting surgical masks for anyone interested.

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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:09 pm

coasterbill wrote:... you feel better now?


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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby coasterbill » Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:22 pm

For the sake of organization we now have a centralized thread for COVID-19 coronavirus. Feel free to continue this discussion over there.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby boldikus » Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:55 am

Sooooo back to coasters.

The park has announced that track work on Iron Gwazi is 100% complete.


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