Busch Gardens Africa announces floorless tweak for SheiKra

Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:23 AM | Contributed by Jeff

On June 16, Busch Gardens Africa will reintroduce SheiKra to the world with a new twist: floorless cars that allow riders an unobstructed view of the 70 mph rush.

Read the press release from Busch Gardens Africa.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:26 AM
Now if someone could just convince Cedar Point to give Mantis this treatment, all would be well with the world. :)
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:40 AM
very true
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 11:41 AM
Sounds good to me, it makes a great ride even better!

"With the front rail gone, passengers in the first row, especially, will be completely exposed as they come over the crest of SheiKra’s signature 200-foot, 90-degree plunge." Sweet.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 12:19 PM
" Now if someone could just convince Cedar Point to give Mantis this treatment, all would be well with the world."

I'll second that motion.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 12:58 PM
That sounds cool. Too bad it won't be done for me when I visit in march! Guess I'll have to go back down next year! ;) And as much as I hate to say it, Screamscape actually had this whole thing right. Guess you get lucky every once in a while.

I agree with the whole Mantis thing. Ever since I heard of that idea, I liked it.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 2:03 PM
Said it before and I'll say it again, Screamscape is more correct regarding rumors than any other rumor source, site, person. Not that it is correct all of the time, I am just saying it is more accurate that what a lot of people give it credit for.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 3:11 PM
I'd love to see Mantis with floorless trains, but I would think that Mantis is designed with a much higher heartline than the floorless trains have.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 3:26 PM
I think the "heartline" is about the same. Floorless coasters sit quite high off the tracks.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:06 PM
Now the question with SheiKra becomes will this change hurt the capacity of the ride becuase of the added time of having to raise and lower the floors in the station?
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:21 PM
This sounds awesome!
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 4:46 PM
^^ You can't hurt the capacity of rides at BGA, they stack on every dispatch as it is... :)
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 6:32 PM
Interesting that they refer to the park as BGT a few times in that article.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 6:54 PM
Even in the event Mantis could go through a Floorless chassis conversion, it would be the most boring Floorless coaster in operation. Keep in mind stand-up layouts are more drawn-out between maneuvers to keep excessive G's to a minimum -- Mantis is a perfect example. With Floorless coaches and a lowered heartline, Mantis would be tamer than Superman Ultimate Flight.

So what's it to be? A relatively boring and uninteresting Floorless? Or a mediocre stand-up? :)

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 7:25 PM
Have you been on Mantis? It has the same big elements most floorless rides have, and a very tight second half. It's not a boring layout at all.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 7:50 PM
Yes, I have been on Mantis. I rode it Summer 2002. Ride wasn't as bad as people made it out to be (roughness wise), but it wasn't a very engaging or inspiring layout.

Large sweeping first half with a lot of excess "nothing" track between maneuvers consisted mostly of large pullout sections to reduce G's on riders' legs...and the second half was the complete opposite --- maneuvers were overly tight and rapid --- almost as if the ride was confused as to what it wanted to do with itself. Floorless coaches would somewhat improve the ride, but not enough to justify the cost of the modifications.

With a lowered heartline, the G's exerted that would normally be felt strong on a stand-up would feel weak on a Floorless chassis. My two cents. :)

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 7:51 PM
If I don't change my plans around this summer well I am in Orlando I will miss Sheikra by 1 day. So I'll just have to switch Seaworld and BGT around.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 8:24 PM
Conversion to floorless platforms shouldn't hurt capacity. Those platforms switch very quickly. Although I've never seen this with Dominator, I would imagine they can be prone to breaking down occasionally, which would put a bit of a damper on throughput.

Nice press release. I haven't been on Sheikra yet. When last I went to BG, they were still building it.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 9:05 PM
There just better not be any delays, I hit Tampa the 24th and check into the HRH @ Universal the 25th so the 24th is my only chance to ride it. Cant believe they actually sprung for the new trains, yet again Busch Parks exceed (enthusiasts) expectations!
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Wednesday, January 31, 2007 9:43 PM
Kraxleridah,

I might be wrong on this but I think the trims on Mantis were being used in full force back in '02, which would have given you that dull first half you experienced. The last two seasons it was a rare occasion to hear those trims kick on during the first drop. Mantis can be pretty intense without the trims and I think a change to a floorless train would be a really good change for the ride.

On topic though, I'm completely surprised that they are really doing this to Sheikra. From what I've heard (I have yet to ride it), it was an awesome ride, yet the park is going to make changes to it to make it a better ride two seasons after opening. Although I'm on the "change the Gwazi trains" bandwagon.

~Rob Willi

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