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Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Trip

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:49 pm
by The Great Zo
I'm still working on a full 2015 trip report but I wanted to do a short four-part report on a recent trip to Florida. Less detail, less writing, and a quicker jump to the pictures!

Part one is Busch Gardens Tampa. It's in my top 10 favorite parks, and it's located in one of my favorite areas to vacation -- the Tampa Bay region.

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Tampa!

The scorecard for the day:
cheetah x2
cobra's x2
montu x3
sky ride (to stanleyville)
sky ride (to cheetah hunt)
lunch stop -- bacon pretzel fury
scorpion x2
falcon's fury x3
sky ride (to cheetah hunt)
sheikra x2
kumba x3
montu x3

I visited on Friday, February 3, 2017. My longest wait was about 10 minutes for the final trip on the sky ride (!) while the coasters/FF were all station waits or walk-ons for the entire day. The weather was perfect -- sunny and warm, not hot and humid.

Was my first time on the three newest big rides. Cheetah Hunt was just weeks from opening during my last visit in 2011, so I was really glad to get on this time. It's a perfect "big kid" ride. Just thrilling enough, and a ton of fun. Cobra's Curse was a little bit of a disappointment, though I can't say my expectations for it were sky-high. It's like Dizz at Bobbejaanland (sorry for the obscure reference) -- 10 seconds of ride, block brake, 10 seconds of ride, block brake, etc. It seems like they put a ton of effort into the three different ride styles, but never really give them time to develop. Love the theming though! Falcon's Fury is truly spectacular. Intamin is out of their minds. Easily my favorite drop tower. I didn't find it frightening (I love heights and drops) but rather the overall sensory experience was heightened by the tilting seats.

Also, bacon pretzel twist. Only thing I ate all day. Only thing I needed to.

OK, let's get to the pictures.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Travels

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:50 pm
by The Great Zo
Pictures from BGT!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Travels

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:50 pm
by The Great Zo
I mentioned the Tampa area is one of my favorite places to visit. I have several reasons why -- here are some pictures to help explain!

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Trip

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:09 pm
by bert425
Nice pics.

brought back some great memories of our trip there last June.

You skipped Sand Serpent tho?.. not a mouse fan?

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Trip

PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:20 pm
by The Great Zo
bert425 wrote:You skipped Sand Serpent tho?.. not a mouse fan?


I've already got the credit and I'm not a mouse fan, so I would have skipped it anyways, but... it was down for the count. Out of service. Temporarily kaput. No big loss. Cobra's Curse had actually just re-opened from a month-long maintenance period the day I was there, so I was pretty fortunate it opened as scheduled.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Trip

PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:27 am
by boldikus
Your photos are phenomenal! I'm so excited to hopefully, finally get to BGT later this year.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Trip

PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:10 am
by TheCoasterKid211
Nice pictures! It's always cool to see a TR of my hometown/park... also, BE THE THUNDER! :b

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Trip

PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:11 am
by Card
This is a super impressive photo collection. Even your bird shots are really good. You've just made it that much more tempting for me to visit Tampa in the fall later this year.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Trip

PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:22 am
by coasterbill
Those pictures are sick. Glad you had fun! This is easily my favorite park in Florida, I really need to get back there, I'm having withdrawals.

PS: I want her job

boldikus wrote:Your photos are phenomenal! I'm so excited to hopefully, finally get to BGT later this year.


Heads up by the way, don't go from 8/7 to 9/1.

Re: Photo TR: Andy's 2017 Floridian Trip

PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:54 am
by boldikus
coasterbill wrote:Heads up by the way, don't go from 8/7 to 9/1.


Efff going to Florida in the summer. The (tentative) plan is for the first weekend in December, my bday wknd.