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Busch Gardens Tampa

Discussion in 'Everything Else' started by fractal, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. fractal

    fractal Well-Known Member

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    Next weekend I'm heading to the Tampa area for a wedding. We are leaving early Thursday morning and we are planning on going straight to Busch Gardens for that first day.

    The last time I was in Busch Gardens Tampa I was 9 years old ( 1976). Anybody have any tips or advise on how to navigate this park? We would like to hit the coasters first ( looking forward to Cheetah Run) and then see the animals.
     
  2. SyracuseOrange

    SyracuseOrange Well-Known Member

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    Spent a day there a few years ago...let me try to remember what happened. (Day started off with a HUUUGE thunderstorm, was so scared that we wouldn't be able to ride anything for hours! Luckily, it cleared up.)

    Since most of the coasters are pretty much in a straight(ish) line to the left, most people start at the front and head back. I'd recommend walking quickly to the back, work your way front, and then hit the animals.

    Have fun!
     
  3. fractal

    fractal Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks for the tip!
     
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    dave&di Well-Known Member

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    I've got no tips but just wanted to say how much Busch gardens has improved over the last few years, you'll have a great day!
     
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    Cheetah Hunt is an awesome coaster. Lines are moderately long all day.
    Don't waste your time with Gwazi, it's neck jarring.
     
  6. fractal

    fractal Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Just got back from our trip. We had a very good time at BG. I took a few pictures and will provide a mini trip report of our day in Tampa. :)
     
  7. devoy1701

    devoy1701 Well-Known Member

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    BG is a great park that has dramatically changed over the past 5 years. We have passes for the first time in about 6 years or so and couldn't believe the difference. Glad you had fun! Not quite Disney, but BG does a lot of things VERY well .
     
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    BG Tampa is a great park that has incredible upkeep. I was VERY impressed with it when I went late Jan.
     
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    I have to disagree with both comments. Cheetah was ok...very quiet and comfortable, but overall nothing to write home about. About half of the attraction takes place in a long trench with absolutely ZERO theming...it's just a concrete base with steel walls. I "think" they were trying to simulate how a cheetah moves up and down through the tall grasses of the African Plains, but overall it's very boring. If you're going to put half the ride in a trench....theme the trench!

    And Gwazi is an amazing tribute to old wooden coasters (though it's not about 15 years old as well, so perhaps it doesn't need to be called a tribute anymore)! The only wooden rollercoaster I have enjoyed more than Gwazi thus far is the Tennessee Tornado in Dollywood.
     
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    Gwazi is an amazing tribute but there is no beating around the bush that it rattles fillings outta teeth.
     
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    devoy1701 Well-Known Member

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    ok. solid point there! :wave:
     
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    tampahomes90 Banned

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    BG is a amazing park. I went with my friend and enjoyed very much.:p
     
  13. inchy warrior

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    Ive been to BG last three years and really enjoyed my time there. I love the animals and went on the serengeti safari which was brilliant, up close and feeding the giraffes. My wife and I really impressed with the park although with the building of Cheetah Hunt it has ruined Rhino Rally, losing the water part of the ride.

    However, sitting and watching the antics of Simpson the siverback and the rest of the gorillas more than makes up for that:)
     
  14. Skunk

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    Truth. Sad too because it had a much smoother ride when it was new. I don't even care to ride it anymore, it's way too rough now.

    Cheetah Hunt is my new favorite coaster in Florida, truly awesome ride.
     

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