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Published on Saturday, 04 June 2011 23:27
"Hop aboard a wild jeep tour that takes you through the wilds of Africa. It's an off-road adventure that combines the thrill of an African safari with the exhilaration of going up-close with exotic animals as you trek across the wide open veldt." - Official description of Rhino Rally.
Let's start by saying that we all knew that Rhino Rally was going to receive a new route, since the new roller coaster that just opened to the public last week, Cheetah Hunt, has literally "eaten up" the best part of this wild-but-mild themed family ride: the water section.
|The water portion of Rhino Rally was incredibly fun for the whole family. Photo from Orlando Theme Park News.|
If you've visited Busch Gardens before the start of the work for the new roller coaster, you may remember how fun it was to get on an off-road track, and then finding yourself falling off a rickety bridge and then continuing on a journey through a small river... Oh, the memories! Of course, that part of the ride was reportedly breaking down a lot of times. Why? Well, the off-road vehicle used to get in the water following a Vekoma track (but it was no roller coaster, of course), therefore making the ride's system very complex.
|It looks like Cheetahs beat Rhinos in the water nowadays... Photo from Orlando Theme Park News.|
Anyway, now Rhino Rally is in a not-so-good shape lately, especially because of the very short trip. Now the drivers try to make your journey as slow as they can, to make the ride worth to see, but even by stopping multiple times along the way to make guests observe the animals at a slower pace doesn't solve the problem.
During our last visit to the park, we had the opportunity of hearing an interesting news, though. One of the drivers apologized to the guests for the very limited ride's duration, and added that "a new section of the ride should be open by the end of August." Very interesting, right? The ride could really use some help, especially since it has a ton of potential! But, where could they expand the ride's path?
Here's a view of the current (and past) ride path:
As you can see, there's a problem with the expansion of the ride: the train track. Will they make the trucks go over a new bridge, or will they just make them go through the tracks, stopping whenever necessary, but at the same time risking to make a bottleneck every time the train passes over that section? What do you think?