Busch Gardens Tampa: General Discussion

Discussion in 'Rest of the World Parks and Attractions' started by Sam, 18th Aug 2012.

  1. Altonadvocate1

    Altonadvocate1 TowersStreet Member

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    GCI are undoubtedly a it top coaster manufacturer, but it concerns me that Gwazi developed a reputation for being rough despite not being an old coaster and despite being retracked and having new trains. Now we are getting Steel Gwazi courtesy of an RMC conversion.

    It's a bit like your Vauxhall nearing the end of it's life, then Honda overhauling it... weird, and I love Honda.

    Is this unusual? Do GCI coasters tend to hold up and last?

    Will WIckerman have a short life?

    Is it a good investment or would it have been better to go for a near indestructible B and M?

    It's a little concerning.
     
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  2. Danny

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    The park don't need another B&M; they need another balls to the wall thrill coaster and this is exactly what they're getting with an RMC.

    With that said, Gwazi was one of the worse GCI examples. A well maintained GCI is likely to last, but they're also easy to re-track and therefore preserve (see Wodan).
     
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    I never rode Gwazi. Can someone explain how it got this seemingly appalling reputation?
     
  4. Danny

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    Personally I don't think it was as rough as people made it out to be. It certainly wasn't as smooth as your standard GCI mind, but no Grand National wheel seat...
     
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    They arguably have the best collection of Beemers in the world but with the way Seaworld invest in Florida, the B&Ms across both parks are very different and I can't really think of a B&M that Busch will need for now.
     
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    Wooden coasters really suffer in the Florida climate. There is a lot of variance and extremes. Same with Dania Beach Hurricane.

    I'm not worrying too much about them sticking with the name Gwazi, it's well recognised - I had no idea what a Gwazi was prior to them building the ride. Plus Tiger hasn't operated in the best part of a decade anyway.

    Makes sense to retain the name in a lot of ways.
     
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    Would have preferred the Twisted Gazi they patented. Guess they couldn't call it Steel Gwazi because of SteVe. Its not made of iorn....
     
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    Iron Rattler isn't made of iron either. Don't worry either way, it's going to be a great ride regardless. Hershey still win worst name.

    SteVe is the worst short form in the coaster dork universe. I blame @Rob
     
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    Maybe RMC push parks towards Steel/Iron/Twisted ________ names as some sort of brand strengthening nonsense.

    Unlikely, but who knows.
     
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    Recreation by CoasterMac305:



    Looks very speed focused like Zadra. Can't wait to ride it someday!
     
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    Some more Iron Gwazi photos:

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    Looks like there are going to be some very interesting elements.
     
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    Ooft.
     
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    Found my new phone wallpaper courtesy of BGT :hearteyes:

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    OOFT!

    That is a thing of beauty.
     
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    Latest update, you can see that the lift hill structure is starting to go up:

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    And we have an animated POV!

     
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    It looks like it is going to be a brilliant coaster and is very long! Maybe not a SteVe beater but a top coaster in its own right.
     
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    Going to be a lot of fun I think I just had it in my head that they would try to go for a world no 1. With this.

    Expecting good things, Zadra is my current no.1 and this shares many elements with that exceptional ride and the most intense coaster I have ever ridden
     
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    A new update by the park:

     
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