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Jun 22, 2013
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In case you don't follow BGTFans on twitter, here's a recap of my visit to the park today, along with a few additional notes:

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The large Howl-O-Scream sign over the turnstiles and the signage over/around the Nairobi Gate were all still up today. Just inside the entrance, the lighting rig, hidden speakers, and Shop of Horrors signage were all still up as well.

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The shop itself was closed, with a sign out front noting it's conversion over to Santa's Christmas Workshop, due to open on Thursday. Tut's Tomb was the only area I could see/hear work being done on removing the Howl-O-Scream things. Like mentioned in the tweet above, most signage was down throughout the park with the exception of The Basement, Vampire Casino, the main sign for Circus of Superstition, and one of the two Harvester's Haunt signs. All of the temporary directional signage looked to be removed with the exception of one little stand map in Stanleyville outside the train station. (Also, I didn't check the sign/facade entrance at Nevermore, so that may have been up still).

This surprises me a little, because removal of ALL the Summer Nights signage, and Crown Colony Restaurant signs, along with the installation of walls in front of Rhino Rally and Gwazi Park entrance happened overnight. Two nights have now passed (albeit a short overnight after the end of Howl-O-Scream Saturday night) and there is still a lot to be removed from inside the park.

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I'm not much of a beer drinker (or any alcohol, for that matter), but it's hard to turn down a free cold one. And what can I say, I don't get paid for all this work, so times like that make it all worth it!

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40 minutes was the longest I saw anything all day. By mid afternoon, Cheetah Hunt was at 10 minutes, and Stanley Falls was the longest at 30. For the general public, 50 bucks for 8 hours in the park with overall low wait times isn't a bad price to pay.

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It's going to be getting very exciting to watch in the weeks ahead. Probably a little while yet before we actually see it going vertical, as work continues on the foundation. But just knowing we have some major pieces of the project on site is exciting in itself.

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Just across from the Falcon's Fury site it this new addition - an electronics recharging station. It has both USB ports and regular electrical outlets available.

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It's a little weird seeing these Christmas trees up, and then turn into Sesame Street Safari of Fun and see Grover and Cookie Monster sitting on a bench taking picture with kids with bales of hay and pumpkins surrounding them. It's even weirder seeing the covered up sign for Harvester's Haunt right before walking down the path with all these trees. Lights and some decor have also gone up inside Sesame Street Safari of Fun, and I saw some lights along the roof line of the Gwazi entrance and nearby gift shop.

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Outside the park, in the auxiliary lot north of Adventure Island, there are eight large sections of the tower, and a huge number of various smaller pieces of the ride. I'll have lots more pictures in this week's Falcon's Fury update, so stay tuned for that.
 
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