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Crews at Busch Gardens Tampa have been busy over the last several weeks with continued testing and adjusting on Falcon’s Fury, the new drop tower that was originally scheduled to open on May 1, 2014. The park was forced to delay the opening because of construction delays and other issues. No new opening date has been announced yet.
Around the entrance area to the park, signage noting the delay has been installed. Within the last week, signs have also been installed at the parking lot toll booths to alert visitors before paying to park.
In the meantime, testing has been the major focus on the ride. Different combinations of test dummies in the seats have been seen over the last few weeks as full height test drops continue. Earlier issues with the seat rotation and a “screeching” noise seem to have been corrected.
Around the base of the ride, the test seat was installed, along with additional signage including the Quick Queue sign. Most of the landscaping and other detail work also looks to be complete.
Check out the pictures and video below. The video was shot on Sunday, May 18th, and shows full height test drops without seat rotation, with a combination of three adult size test dummies and one empty seat on the end of each set of seats. Tests with seat rotation happened later in the evening.
A special thanks to photographer Matt Hopkins for the use of several of his images.
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