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Ooooooo! It would be cool upon entering the lift you got swallowed by a giant snake head then just prior to the last little pop into the brake run, you could get pooped out it's a$$. If they painted the inside of the snake to be an inside of a snake, it would be an awesome journey through the digestive system of a Sand Serpent.

 

Guy "Why haven't theme parks come to me for theming ideas yet. I gots millions of em."Koepp

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Sand Serpent, it doesn't inspire me personally, maybe they'll keep changing the name like the S & S Woodie at Clementon.

 

But it's all academic, no matter what the name is, it still looks like a fantastic coaster - call it "Trouser Snake" for all I care.

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I was at the park again yesterday....

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Skyride down til April 22nd due to Cheetah Hunt construction. Carousel is down through March 11 for a complete refurb. Montu is down for a few weeks for annual maintenance.

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Bands, Brew & BBQ started this weekend.

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This weekend was Montgomery Gentry (was originally supposed to be Blondie, but obviously it got changed). Next weekend is Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

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Sample 50 beers for $25? Yes please!

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Had lunch at Zambia Smokehouse. The outdoor seating area gives a great view of SheikRa's splashdown.

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Tiger topiary at Jungala is getting new covering. It was totally "naked" when I was there last week.

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KITTY!

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Forgot to get your Howl-O-Scream merch back in October? They still got some left (at Desert Traders).

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The new Serengeti Outpost tour sign-up kiosk looks great!

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Twisty Intamin goodness!

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Yup, it's going to leap OVER the Skyride (this has also been confirmed by BG via their Facebook page, Twitter feed & blog).

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Lots of theming work has gone on in the last week. Coming along nicely!

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While Montu is down, they got the area blocked off with these benches and an employee stationed in the archway to make sure guests don't go back there.

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Passed out lion.

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Whatchoo lookin' at?!

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Did you know zebras are actually BROWN and white?

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Wow, I didn't know David Hasselhoff worked as stilt-walker at Busch. It's a shame Montu was closed, I would have been shattered, though Busch Tampa is a 12,000 mile one way commute for me.

 

I wish they'd had guy versions of the "Be My X" or "Future X" shirts, if they did, I couldn't find them at HOS.

 

The Wallabies are the name of our national rugby team down here, I'm always amazed they picked such a small timid (though very horny) animal.

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Ooooooo! It would be cool upon entering the lift you got swallowed by a giant snake head then just prior to the last little pop into the brake run, you could get pooped out it's a$$. If they painted the inside of the snake to be an inside of a snake, it would be an awesome journey through the digestive system of a Sand Serpent.

 

Or they could do what Hansa did to Nessie and just do that to the very end of the ride.

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Wow, I didn't know David Hasselhoff worked as stilt-walker at Busch. It's a shame Montu was closed, I would have been shattered, though Busch Tampa is a 12,000 mile one way commute for me.

 

I wish they'd had guy versions of the "Be My X" or "Future X" shirts, if they did, I couldn't find them at HOS.

 

The Wallabies are the name of our national rugby team down here, I'm always amazed they picked such a small timid (though very horny) animal.

 

Most of the wallabies at Busch Gardens are total sweeties, but man to see those two going at it was something and man did they draw a crowd!

 

Oh and last week I got kind of attacked by a jealous wallaby because I wasn't paying attention to it and feeding a couple kangaroos. It was actually pretty funny how it tried to like smack me, but I know if it was *really* pissed he/she would cut a bitch. I know to pay closer attention to the other animals around me besides the ones I'm feeding. Animals are just so unpredictable. But they're so CUTE!

 

There's one really small wallaby that's my favorite. It's is just the sweetest thing and I've been kind of bonding with him/her since November. It doesn't like it when a lot of people crowd around her, but I was way on the other end of the habitat where there's not a lot of people and my little wally is small enough it can fit through the bars and come out into the walkway. There was a kangaroo that was starting to get pushy/grabby with the food, so the wallaby just hopped between the bars and hopped over to me in the walkway (I just sit on the ground... easier on my feet/legs) and put his/her little paws on my knee. So I think my little buddy remembers me or something (and I know it's the same wallaby because of its ear markings). It was really quite cool. It's experiences like that that make Busch Gardens such an amazing place.

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^You've probably spent more time with Wallabies than I have, well the non-Rugby kind at least.

 

Of the Australian animals, Koala's are way aggressive, they're like Ewoks on PCP. They play all cute, and then you hold one, and they shower you with gold (though I don't think they crap on you at least) or go for the jugular with one of their claws.

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Ok, so just got back from BG of 2011 today (finally), so I'll just go through how my 2 hour trip went.

 

Got there, printed my ticket and walked through the gate. I headed straight for Gwazi (for the first time in a long time). Rode Lion. Walked off. Rode Tiger. Walked off. Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot to mention how AMAINGLYFANTASTICORGASMICWONDERFULSTUPENDOUS the trains were. yea. Then rode Sheikra. Walked to Kumba. Line was about 35 minutes, so I didn't wait. Oogled at Cheetah Hunt. Yea, when I looked at it over the Edge of Africa walkway, my eyes were like It was wonderful. Oh, then I rode Gwazi Lion, again. Hear that? I rode Gwazi 3 times in one day. New personal record. I would have ridden Tiger again, but it was closed. Then I left. It was well worth the 12 year wait for Millenium Flyers.

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