This past weekend we had the amazing opportunity to head over to Busch Gardens Tampa for a Travel Channel Media Shoot of the upcoming season of Bert the Conqueror. Check us out next summer braving the front row of Kumba with Bert! But anyways, while we were at the park, we snatched some pictures of the upcoming Mack Spinning Coaster, Cobra's Curse. This Coaster is shaping up to be one of the best spinning Coasters built to date, and will definitely fill the gap of a non-inverting Family Coaster the park needs after loosing Gwazi. And speaking of Gwazi, check below for an update on Gwazi and SheiKra's water splash fins.
When Gwazi, Busch Gardens Tampa's former dueling GCI Wood Coaster, closed back in February 2015, many people have been wondering the fate of the ride. While the Coaster community was keeping their fingers crossed that we would see a RMC in Florida, things have been silent when Cobra's Curse was officially announced. This weekend, Mark Rose, Director of Ride Design and Engineering, stopped by and someone asked him about Gwazi. He was short, but stated that work on Gwazi will begin sometime next year and that it would NOT be bulldozed down, as they have plans for the site. For obvious reasons, he could not say anything else. Only time will tell to see what happens, but based on the trends in SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, we won't see an addition to that site, probably not until at least 2018 if we are lucky, but realistically around 2019/20. The park probably has site plans narrowed down, possibly to a RMC conversion, a B&M Mega/Giga Coaster, or something brand new out of the box. But Gwazi's site is huge and can make room for nice expansion in the future. (On a side note, if Mako becomes extremely successful at SeaWorld Orlando next year, a B&M airtime machine would be a no-brainier.)
Now with SheiKra. Earlier this Fall it was reported that the B&M Dive Coaster has its water fins, which create the water splash finale, were removed. There were no official statements from the park and no one really knew why this occurred. Speculation around the web stated a reason was for Hawl-O-Scream, to painting in that area. However, as of October 18th, the fins were sadly still off. While the beautiful visual is not there anymore (which now probably makes Cheetah Hunt my personal favorite at the park) the last turn around is faster and creates a more intense turn, as the water splash provides about 20% of the braking of the Coaster. A source told me that the fins will probably return before the end of the year, however it is not certain why the park would do this. All we know the fins are off and at this point won't come back for a while.
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