Rhino Rally lines uncharacteristic of Busch Tampa

Posted Thursday, June 21, 2001 5:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Busch Gardens Tampa's new Rhino Rally is making guests wait as much as two hours. The second half of the ride has a Vekoma-built track where giant SUV's clamp themselves to a "bridge" that "washes away" down a river.

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Thursday, June 21, 2001 5:58 AM
I just returned from BGT and Rhino Rally was horrible. I waited and hour and a half for a ride in a land rover.

Thursday, June 21, 2001 6:23 AM
hypersonicXLC: What did you think Rhino Rally was supposed to be? There have been reviews of this ride all over the place since it opened. That's like going to see "Saving Private Ryan" and then complaining that it's a war movie.
Thursday, June 21, 2001 6:46 AM
I agree... I don't think it's any secret about what Rhino Rally is. Conceptually, I like what I saw on Discovery even without the river part. The way they appear to separate the different paddocks seems clever because you don't really see any fences.

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Thursday, June 21, 2001 7:21 AM
I rode it opening day May 23rd and the 2nd half of the ride was not working. My wait time was short, and we did enjoy it. But the re-ride potential for something like this is very low (been there done that). Wait times will drop after everyone gets a turn.

The ride was designed by BGT along with Vekoma and it took them 3 years to do it. This makes coaster fans sad because they could have built a few coasters for the money and time they spent. And now Vekoma will get a bad rap. The timings of having the water fall at just the right moment, and then having something grab the axels of another vehicle seem very complex.

I'm going back July 4th weekend, and I have no desire to go on Rhino Rally again, even if the 2nd half of the ride is working. We want coasters, not adventure rides, or simulators (like MIB at US which is a 100 million dollar spin ride).

Now we have to wait, probably another 3 years for the next attraction. I love BGT/SWF/BGW/IOA, but I'm tired of the simulator/adventure rides, they're a let down in the long run. It's time for them to build a huge roller coaster, we're due for something big.

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Thursday, June 21, 2001 8:51 AM
I happen to love simulators.

Thursday, June 21, 2001 8:53 AM
Vekoma will get a bad rep? If you ask me, Vekoma kind of deserves the reputation. Conceptually, their ideas are awesome. However, they seem to lack the ability to manufacture a ride that won't break down every other day. The problems with this ride, X-flight and the boomerangs tell me as much as I want to know about Vekoma and it's reputation.
Thursday, June 21, 2001 9:25 AM
I wouldn't say that all Vekoma rides have problems. For instance our Mind Eraser (SLC) and Two Face (Invertigo) have been running every day I've gone to SFA this year, and I'm there once a week. While it's too soon to say, after some initial problems (a lapbar wouldn't lock) on Tuesday, Batwing ran until closing without any problems. I've said it before and I'll say it again; the more we ask for more hi-tech thrills the more problems these rides will have. Think it's just a Vekoma problem? Look at these problem rides that either opened late, were delayed, or had major technical problems: Volcano the Blast Coaster & Hypersonic XLC both at PKD, Superman the Escape at SFMM, Batman & Robin the Chiller at SFGAdv, Perilous Plunge at Knotts. Not one of these rides is made by Vekoma.
Thursday, June 21, 2001 9:39 AM
I think this ride sounds like an awesome idea. It may not be a coaster, but not EVERYBODY loves coasters. Enthusiasts are few and far between. You need to realize that this is a ride the whole family can enjoy. Its a very unique ride, and it is also very complicated. So expect long lines. But from the reviews I have read, the long lines seem worthit.

Thursday, June 21, 2001 9:58 AM
Robvia: YOU may want only coasters but don't speak for me, please. Parks must cater to all kinds of people with differences in what they can tolerate in a ride experience. I happen to have a park very close to me that has only added coasters for the past 5-6 years now WHILE losing flat rides each year. I would *LOVE* for SFMM to stop adding new coasters and concentrate on flushing out the rest of their ride package with some great flats. Then it would be a well rounded park with things for all people to do.

Tell ya what...I will be more than happy to send you more than half of SFMM's coasters and you can send me Rhino Rally.
Thursday, June 21, 2001 12:41 PM
I rode Rhino Rally 2 weeks ago and I must say its a fun ride. We rode it first thing in the morning so the lines werent bad yet. I think its a great addition to an already great park.

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Thursday, June 21, 2001 4:27 PM
I got to ride RR last week. I was looking for more of a thrill and was kinda dissapointed. But then I thought, "Hey, I guess it really isn't much of a thrillride, but more of a family type adventure ride," and then it stood out to me how cool the ride was.

As for the lines it was at 2hrs, but then the water part broke down causing about a 3hr down time. We got lucky and got in just when they re-opened it and only waited about 10min. We again rode it as the last ride. The second ride was way better becuase of the more active and funny driver. There were still some effects that weren't working though, as the boulder, and the boat in the water part didn't do anything, while they are connected to hydrolics and other things so it defitley looks to add some thrill to the water part.

I'm just curious about one thing though. Wasn't it suppose to be more of a flat out speed sorta thing rather than the slow compact way it is now? Because if I remember right I though they were advertising it as a race through plains and such. Also I'm trying to figure out what the big deal about that suprise ending was, there was nothing even special about the ending.

"This time I think ... I think it's ... it's going to work!" - Dr.Bruce Banner
Thursday, June 21, 2001 5:10 PM
I think this ride sounds fun jsut to get away from coaster for a bit.Evne if it doesnt work you can't get as screwed as i did at PKD when Colcano and Hypersonic both broke down the day i went but opened back up when i waited in line for Outer limits.

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Thursday, June 21, 2001 5:13 PM
The surprise Ending was ... getting to see it! Not many have.

How could anyone be disappointed with a new ride especially this regardless of who made it. From what Ive seen, BGT never touted any more than a Safari ride with a difference. To expect high speeds or major thrills on a Landrover linked to a bridge ... you're kidding right?

Go ride Montu, Kumba, Scorpion, Python or Gwazi if you have a need for speed. I dont believe Coasterlovers were ever the target demographic for this ride ... more like Moms and Pops with Kids. When put this way it makes sense.

Also this is a prototype, first of its kind and this is not a perfect world ... expect problems! (Anyone remember Hypersonics first weeks ... low capacity complaints, short ride time complaints, rollbacks, break downs ... since the kinks have ironed out its been getting rave reviews!) Give it time, folks. As we say in Oz and New Zealand, She'll be right, mate!
Im looking forward to visiting BGT with my Moms and Nieces on Labour Day weekend and hopefully the kinks will be out by then.

Question: Does it beat Kilimanjaro Safari at AK?

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Thursday, June 21, 2001 10:41 PM
From the Discovery channel feature showing this ride, I thought it was pretty cool looking. That runaway river looks kind of exciting. The theming around this ride is also pretty cool. This will definitely be a popular attraction at the park.

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Saturday, June 23, 2001 12:07 PM
What do you mean Hypersonic's kinks are out? Thursday we watched for too long while too little happened, and the ops said that was the norm. Wednesday they were rolling back, Thursday they weren't launching or something was up with something else, but when it does start back up, they told us 8 trips had to cycle with no passengers. You wait an hour, you ride, it "goes down", you wait, they fix it again. At least Rhino Rally sounds like there's something good to see even if the ride part's down.

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