Busch Gardens Tampa updates

January 23, 2019, 6:32 PM

Interesting little snippet found on the coaster kings web page about Gwazi ...

“The new Gwazi will make some major modifications to the dueling coasters. The first of which is to remove its dueling element. A new steel structure lift hill will give the coaster a 65m (212ft) 91degree first drop. Making it the tallest and steepest RMC hybrid coaster as well as the tallest coaster in Florida. The original lift hills will remain and feature as “normal” hills on the new track”

True .. or not ? Time will tell.

They are also reporting that SheiKra has come out of its annual refurb minus the water shoots .... !! Pictures seem to confirm this. I find this sad as it was always a great place for the kids to stand and get soaked, especially after they took Tidal Wave out, and the infamous bridge.

I'll be back in a couple of weeks so I'll check it out for myself. I'll also be back on March 9th, as I'm booked on the coaster insider tour, so that should be interesting. 2 hours of wandering around Cheetah Hunt and Cobra's Curse followed by a walk to the top of SheiKra. Should be fun.

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Edited: January 24, 2019, 7:18 AM

The water fins can be easily added and removed with the turn of a few bolts. My guess is that their current absence might be a function of the season, and not necessarily a permanent feature. If you didn't know, they have a number of different fins that spray water in different patterns (or at least they do on Griffon) that can be swapped out to create different effects. The splash-down also provides a natural braking effect, so removing the fins will cause the trains to enter that final carousel turn at a higher speed. If you get a chance to tour SheiKra's station, definitely ask your guide about it.

Interesting notes about Gwazi. I would be really surprised that Cedar Point would allow Steel Vengeance to be topped after just 2 years, but maybe that was already predetermined and what has caused Gwazi to sit SBNO for such a long time. Losing the dueling element will be disappointing, and I hope the makeover will not be as long and redundant as SV.

January 24, 2019, 9:07 AM

I go over to BGT 3 or 4 times from October to March and I have never seen SheiKra run without the water shoots. But I agree, it's only a couple of bolts securing the hardware. It's odd after all these years they have decided to take them off. At least I have plenty of photos of SheiKra going thru the water, so some good memories if they never reappear.

But yes .... a definite question when I do the tour in March. Even if they are back on by then.

I agree with your assessment of the "long and redundant SV" Interestingly on checking the coaster wiki .... The old Mean Streak was a shade under 5500ft. SV is 5740ft. Gwazi's total track is close to 7000ft !! ..... Let's hope RMC has listened to what people have said about SV.

Edited: January 24, 2019, 9:36 AM

The SheiKra scoop removal might be a maintenance issue too. Not necessarily for the coaster, but for the splash area, which tends to have puddles that may be affecting storm drainage in the area.

Another comparison for Gwazi would be Colossus, which had dueling 4,325-foot tracks compared to Twisted Colossus, which now has a 4,990-foot mobeus track.

January 28, 2019, 7:28 AM

After riding many RMC's last year I am super excited for new Gwazi. Unless they screw this project up bigtime (which I can't see how that happens) it will unquestionably be the best coaster in Florida.

February 7, 2019, 7:03 AM

Went to BGT yesterday (6th) and I'm pleased to say the kids were having a great time getting soaked by SheiKra in the 80deg heat of a Florida afternoon .... :)



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