Tradewind (Busch Gardens)

Sunday, June 26, 2005 12:40 PM
Hi,

I'm looking for informations and photos of the Mack musik express "Tradewind".

I hope you can help me?

Many thanks :)

I'm from Germany and I like Musik Express very much.

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Sunday, June 26, 2005 12:57 PM
Have you checked www.flatrides.com ?
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Sunday, June 26, 2005 1:18 PM
yes, but on flatrides.com I have found nothing about the Tradewind.
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Sunday, June 26, 2005 1:33 PM
Other than theming what is so special about that Music Express that makes it different from all the others?
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Sunday, June 26, 2005 3:37 PM
I don't know, what is different, but I need informations about all musik express in the world, i will make a big database of my favorite ride. I have from different musik express photos and infos, but not from the Tradewind :( I don't know, how this rides looks. So I need photos and informations about Tradewind in Busch Gardens.
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Sunday, June 26, 2005 6:06 PM
Oh. There's two photos here.
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Monday, June 27, 2005 2:27 PM
Many thanks for the link!

I have never seen this one before, many thanks!

I think,this one was built in the early 70's.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005 10:43 AM
Tradewind was added in the mid-1980's as a part of the brand new themed area "Festa Italia."

It was, from what I recall, brand new for the park when installed and was not a model built in the 1970's. It still resides/operates there.

The area opened with several flat rides... Tradewind, Turkish Delight, Capapult, Gladiator's Gauntlet, Sea Dragon and a couple of childrens rides.

In subsequent years, the area saw the addition of Roman Rapids and later Apollo's Chariot.

Catapult, Sea Dragon and Gladiator's Gauntlet have been removed. Catapult was relocated to the area of the WhirlbleWind wave Swinger (Which it'self was relocated to the spot vacated by the defunt Spider (Monster) ride.

Gladiator's Gauntlet was the first of the Festa Italia rides to bite the dust. It was a fun ride to watch, but a boring ride to guests and expensive to maintain and operate.

There is currently a souvenir shop in it's place, I believe.

The Sea Dragon met it's maker the season prior to the addition of Apollo's Chariot I believe. The entrance/exit/photo area for the coaster lies where the ride used to be located. The ride, from what I have heard, was either sold, or put in storage.

Shaggy

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:55 AM
If I remember correctly, Sea Dragon was one of the few spin-and-spews that didn't make me even remotely ill. I had a blast on that thing. What type of ride was it?

I distinctly remember my one ride on Gladiator's Gauntlet. I was pretty nervous watching it from the queue, but once I boarded I was treated to perhaps one of the lamest ride experiences ever...save for one thing: my restraint (an OTSR similar to a standard Arrow or Vekoma) had about a foot and a half of play in it. I came off the ride shaking in my shoes, but thinking back on it, there was no way in hell I was going to be ejected from such a pitifully tame contraption.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 2:12 AM
Vater...based SOLELY on the description of the above linked page, that Sea Dragon sure sounds like a Mack Sea Storm. Saw one of them a WHILE back, none for YEARS, then ran into *three* of them on the recent trip to Niagara...

SFDL, Marineland, and maybe (?) Waldameer...

bill, CFA (converted flatride aficianado)

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:19 AM
Yup, that's it...thanks gator. Excellent! There's one at Marineland, which is where I'll be Friday evening! Flatrides.com actually has all three Canadian installations that you mentioned pictured here.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 11:37 AM
Flatrides.com is missing one! La Ronde got one under the name "Maelstrom". Next time I'm there, I'll take a picture of it.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:00 PM
LOL...I went 2 for 3. PCW, not Waldameer. Adam will probably slap me for not checking his site first... ;)

Amazes me that both BGT and BGW remove flatrides so *casually*, when that's something both parks are so obviously lacking...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 12:58 PM
gator, you may have seen one at Canada's Wonderland as well. Their "Great Whale Of China" was a staple at the park until (I believe) it was shipped off to Carowinds this season. It's a shame BGW removed theirs as it was the best one I had been on and was the only one that ran a program that featured all the boats revolving sideways (facing the center) at the end.

Ray P.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005 3:59 PM
BGW's Sea Dragon ran a program that rotated the boats facing center as well. That was the best part of the ride, if I remember correctly...
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