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Postby Florida420 » Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:55 pm

All this Sheikra/Griffon talk is all fine and well.

But what I wanna know is....

When are they gonna debut the Floorless Skyride? :airtime:
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Postby thefitness » Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:05 pm

This was in Sundays news paper...apparently Sheikra and Griffon are twins.
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Postby stuart888 » Thu May 17, 2007 10:34 am

It is a good move for them, a business move. Take their best ride, change it, and get all kinds of national attention and public relations. A great business move, and will have me coming back to the park sooner.

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Postby missingmusician » Thu May 17, 2007 11:02 am

stuart888 wrote:It is a good move for them, a business move. Take their best ride, change it, and get all kinds of national attention and public relations. A great business move, and will have me coming back to the park sooner.

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Postby RctInfinity » Fri May 18, 2007 3:49 pm

I'm going to BGA the Friday on the week after the trains arrive. (Sorry if it's confusing; I mean the week after the week of Memorial Day, on Friday.)

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Postby hemmy » Fri May 18, 2007 5:57 pm

I will be in Tampa the first week of July and that will be my first ride on Sheikra.

But good lord I hope it isn't jam packed.

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Postby stuart888 » Fri May 18, 2007 6:12 pm

Sheikra is never an issue for lines, as I assume that many people are just too afraid of it. You can ride it again, and again, with no issues. Yeah Sheikra!
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Postby Worra315 » Fri May 18, 2007 7:52 pm

stuart888 wrote:Sheikra is never an issue for lines, as I assume that many people are just too afraid of it. You can ride it again, and again, with no issues. Yeah Sheikra!


Witch Sheikra are you riding? I went there last saturday, the 12th. Right when the park opened, for about 1 hour it was a walk on after that it was one helluva line! Not that many people are scared of SheiKra.

Hell I got four rides in that day, boy was it exciting!

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Postby alpengeist04 » Sat May 19, 2007 3:21 am

^Obviously, it depends when you go and what time of the day. I rode SheiKra two weeks ago on a Tuesday, it had a two train wait till around 2 pm and a one train wait the rest of the day. ...oh and that was for the front, the back was a walk-on the whole day. =)

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Photo TR: SheiKra Floorless Media Event

Postby Erik Johnson » Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:08 am

On June 16th 2007, Sheikra is reborn at Busch Gardens Africa located in Tampa, Florida as it reopens with a new twist. The coaster cars are now floorless. Busch Gardens Africa (BGA) held a media day on June 15th, to allow us to experience SheiKra "floorless" a day early, as well as an opportunity to interview BGA's General Manager and Executive Vice President Dan Brown and its Vice President of Design and Engineering, Mark Rose.

You can experience this event by checking out the photographs as well as watching the attached video. The video does feature offride as well as a complete onride video of myself riding SheiKra giving commentary as I experience the ride. So sit back and enjoy the new SheiKra experience.
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Check in time at Busch Gardens Africa was 9:00 AM
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They were already cycling trains before the media event started.
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I have never seen SheiKra from this angle before.
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It was time for me to go check-in and receive my media packet.
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Here is my press/media pass.
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Our press kit came inside this nice SheiKra bag.
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This is one of the new SheiKra floorless trains going up the lift hill.
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There is an opening day countdown clock on top of SheiKra's entrance.
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Several "birds of prey" were on display for the event.
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I totally lost this contest.
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There was a little bit of entertainment before the event started.
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It must be time for the event, since the dancers are now out.
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More dancing.
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Executive Vice President & General Manager Dan Brown gave us an introduction.
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I also had the opportunity to meet with Mark Rose, Vice President of Design and Engineering.
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I bet you are now ready for more coaster pictures.
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SheiKra through the trees is always nice.
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So is a shot of 30 people hanging off the edge of a 200 foot drop.
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Looks like fun!
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Yes, its now floorless.
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Another group of people heading towards the water brake run.
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The loading station looks a bit different now.
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In a matter of a few seconds the gate and floor retract.
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Another group of happy riders heading out of the station.
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The front row really benefits by being floorless.
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Here is a shot the "media seat".
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Smile for the camera!
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Close up of the back row of the train.
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More birds of prey.
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When I got home, I checked my mailbox to find this.
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Looks like BGA is having ERT for Passholders (not including Fun Card holders) during the rest of June.

Sheikra Floorless Media Event. (Zipped version for download at the bottom).

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