Anyway, what is your opinion of what happens to Gwazi?
Well, I've only visited BGT twice (really once, since those visits were only a week apart, and it was in 2011), but when I visited, the ride was a walk-on the entire time, even with other rides, like Cheetah Hunt, with more than an hour wait. Not only that, but at this time they had just received the new trains, and it was still empty and teeth-rattling-rough. On the other hand, I like rough wooden coasters, so I rode it 5+ times in a row with my brother. Oh, man, was I bruised later...
Anyway, I think we already know that the ride is a maintenance and issue-ridden nightmare. I don't know what its current popularity is like, but I'm assuming it doesn't have enormous ridership. And we know it takes up a lot
of space that could be used for other, better things. I think these are all reasons for the park to want to end the ride's service and take a better direction.
On the other hand, they've just done some work on it, like the trains added just a few seasons ago, and some weird things that would make it seem it's here to stay for a while. It's like Hurler, a wooden roller coaster at Kings Dominion here in Virginia: the ride has completely horrendous ridership, and it takes up tons of space for further park expansion, and it's just a bad ride. But for some reason, they just re-tracked the ride this year. I think both BGT and KD are thinking that by pouring money into an unpopular ride, it will revive its popularity. Unfortunately, I don't think this has been working.
Essentially, I think it's all about money, and what decision gets them more of it. One way, they could pay to remove Gwazi (which I would imagine is not an easy task), spend time and money to build a grand new attraction, and bring in lots of new people. Or
they could make smaller changes to the ride, keeping it up and running in the lineup, bringing fewer people in, but keeping them happy and not having to pay for a new ride. Or they could take the Europe in the Air approach they took at BGW, and just say "What's the point?" If the ride doesn't bring anyone in and isn't worth the upkeep cost, they could just let it stay SBNO for a bit, before either reopening it or eventually deciding to take it down (which actually reminds me of the situation faced by Drachen Fire). I don't know which approach BGT will want to take, but these are my thoughts.