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p. 348 - Iron Gwazi POV!

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You can now see a White-Necked Raven in Jambo Junction at Busch Gardens Tampa! Pictures and more info. here:

 

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Holy crap you nerds are a tough crowd.  It looks like a coaster that will make me hoot and holler the entire time I'm on it while simultaneously trying to throw my fat ass as far from the train as pos

It means that you can look forward to a fun-filled day riding Kumba, Montu, Cheetah Hunt and Sheikra and while you're in line for one of those you might be able to watch an Iron Gwazi POV on your phon

I actually agree with many of you talking about how the RMC's are all very similar.  And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with building a ton of very similar kick ass rides when most people who ride

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I understand why they give locals discounts but seriously, don't you want to do something for the families that fly across country to get to Florida or do you just want them to stay with the mouse? Never have been a fan of discounts for a segment of the population.

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I understand why they give locals discounts but seriously, don't you want to do something for the families that fly across country to get to Florida or do you just want them to stay with the mouse? Never have been a fan of discounts for a segment of the population.

 

They are a big enough attraction to draw enough of the Disney crowd out of Central Florida for a day or two. However, they do not have the resort aspect like Disney and Universal does to attract the multi-day stays. Therefore, they have to rely on locals and annual pass holders to help fill in that gap.

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^If it works like Disney (which I am sure it does) there will have to be someone with a valid Florida Driver's License when you go through the front gates. So, she would we be allowed to buy your tickets but she would have to be present when you go to the park.

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Do you have to show ID to use Florida resident perks like that? I assume so. I'll be staying with a Florida resident for two weeks in January, so is she allowed to buy things like this for us as presents?

 

It would be in your best interest to contact the park and verify. Let us know how they respond as others may be interested.

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Buccaneer Cheerleaders Face Howl-O-Scream 2011 Video:

 

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I understand why they give locals discounts but seriously, don't you want to do something for the families that fly across country to get to Florida or do you just want them to stay with the mouse? Never have been a fan of discounts for a segment of the population.

 

Those are the suckers who will purchase the safari on their own. Locals are the ones who are much more jaded and harder to get to come to the park, as their mindset is "damn tourists! stay out of my town!" Las Vegas does the same thing, since most locals you talk to will only visit the strip because they work there or have friends visiting from out of town.

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I have purchased Florida resident tickets online for Universal before for myself (a FL resident) and several friends (non FL residents) and have never been asked to show ID at the gate. However Disney and Busch Gardens might be completely different and I would bet that if they are giving away a free Safari then they will verify your residency somehow.

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Thought you'd guys like this picture I took of SheiKra today

 

And you were right!

Nice picture!

 

Those supports are just huge and thick!... I like

I hope i'll get to ride this beast someday!

 

Again great picture

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^ Thank you I rode it for my first time when I was maybe 9 and it was terrifying. Now that I'm used to coasters it's a ton of fun! Everyone should get the chance to ride the original mega-dive coaster since it's so awesome

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Holidays at Busch Gardens 2011 Line-Up & Pass Member Preview Dates:

 

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press update of the latest celebrity sighting in the park, this time with a star from the Vampire Diaries at Howl-O-Scream.

 

Actor Michael Roark, who was featured in the recurring role of Frank on TV’s The Vampire Diaries, faces a sin-city clan of bloodsuckers in the new Ultimate Gamble: Vampire Casino haunted house at Howl-O-Scream.

 

The actor, who also a graduated law school at the University of Florida, visited Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream on Thursday night with friends.

 

He is also known for his recent role as Donovan Peck in Dolphin Tale and his upcoming role as Ryan in Magic Mike that was partially filmed in Tampa.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press release about this coming year's special event lineup including the popular Bands, Brew & BBQ, Viva La Musica and Summer Nights offerings.

 

Some of the biggest names in country, Latin and classic rock are coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2012. It’s our biggest lineup yet, including music’s most memorable acts at Real Music, rock legends at Bands, Brew & BBQ, and Viva La Música’s award-winning salsa and meringue. PLUS you won’t want to miss the debut of Busch Gardens’ all-new ice show and your chance to go behind-the-scenes with our animal care experts.

 

Can’t decide which event to attend? With a 2012 Fun Card, you can “pay for a day, play all year” and never miss a thing! It’s the best value for again-and-again access to all of the amazing animal encounters, world-class thrill rides, exciting entertainment and family adventure Busch Gardens has to offer. AND, if you buy your 2012 Fun Card now, you can celebrate the holidays at Busch Gardens, New Year’s Eve and the remainder of 2011 for no additional cost.

 

NEW THIS WINTER: In February, Busch Gardens will debut its biggest ice show ever. Iceploration combines world-class skaters, larger-than-life puppets, amazing costumes, original music and even animal stars to tell the story of tech-savvy pre-teen Austin and his grandfather – and old-world adventurer – who encourages him to put down the smartphone and “explore the world.”

 

ALSO NEW IN 2012: Busch Gardens will welcome guests to observe and even take part in the animal care experience when the Animal Care Center opens this winter. From nutrition to treatments and check-ups to surgeries, much of Busch Gardens’ veterinary care will be conducted in guest view in this new state-of-the-art facility.

 

SPECIAL EVENT LINEUP

 

Jack Hanna: January 13

Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for a day of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet and greets when he visits Busch Gardens on Jan. 13. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows in the Stanleyville Theater. He will also join families for a memorable Serengeti Night Safari and make special appearances at a family sleepover that evening.

 

Real Music Concert Series: January 18 – March 24

The Real Music Concert Series presents notable names from music’s most memorable eras every Wednesday through Saturday at the Stanleyville Theater. From swingin’ big bands to sock-hop era idols, the lineup features something for everyone:

 

January 18-21 The Terry Myers Orchestra with The Swing Sisters

January 25-28 The Glenn Miller Orchestra with The Diamonds

February 1-4 Tony Orlando

February 8-11 Frankie Avalon

February 15-18 The Osmond Brothers

February 22-25 Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

February 29 – March 3 The Ventures

March 7-10 Rita Coolidge

March 14-17 The Grass Roots

March 21-24 Marylin McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

 

Bands, Brew & BBQ: Saturdays and Sundays, February 11 – March 4

Bands, Brew & BBQ offers four weekends of smokin’ hot fun – now on Saturdays AND Sundays! New this year, you have two days to sample dozens of craft and international beers and fire up your taste buds with food from your favorite local restaurants as well our own famous, blazing barbecue. And every Sunday, enjoy sizzling live performances from award-winning country and classic rock artists.

 

February 12 Lynyrd Skynyrd

February 19 Brett Michaels

February 26 38 Special

March 4 REO Speedwagon

 

Viva La Música: Sundays, April 15 – May 6

Join the fiesta every weekend as award-winning acts from perform salsa, meringue and more on the Gwazi Park stage. And don’t forget the popular, regional Latin cuisine and authentic arts and crafts throughout the festival area. Stay tuned as Busch Gardens reveals the artist and more details this spring!

 

Summer Nights: June 9 – August 12

The award-winning Kinetix will return to Summer Nights with energizing shows full of live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world. Their thrilling performance – along with modern music and fire effects – will pump up the crowd every night in Gwazi Park. Adding to the amazing coasters-after-dark lineup, guests will launch into the night on Busch Gardens’ newest roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt, and enjoy more fireworks than ever before, including a special July 4th celebration in Gwazi Park!

 

The 2012 Busch Gardens Fun Card is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2012 and is available at the Busch Gardens’ front gate, online at BuschGardens.com or by calling (888) 800-5447. Prices are $79.99 for adults and $71.99 for children ages 3 to 9. Event dates, times and artists are subject to change. Performances are included with any daily admission or annual pass. Visit BuschGardens.com for more information.

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Found a really cool video today about the Marketing Campaign for Cheetah Hunt!

 

Look out for the TPR forums which make an appearance too!

 

Here is the description

 

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We just completed our awareness campaign for Busch Gardens Tampa (BGT), in which we worked hand in hand with BGT’s Marketing and PR teams to raise expectation about their newest mega-attraction to be launched in the year 2011. Mindclay Creative conceptualized, produced and deployed many different assets through a period of five months, ending right at the park’s official Global Announcement.

 

GOALS:

 

Roll out information about 2011 attraction in a strategic and controlled manner.

Sub-divide information and distribute through several web channels.

Culminate by letting the audience participate in bringing the pieces together.

Prepare audience for official attraction announcement.

Total campaign time bracket: five months.

 

SOLUTION:

 

Mindclay devised this campaign within a response-based framework, taking fans from awareness, garnering interest, offering engagement opportunities, and ending on an expectation high-note.

 

The campaign included many different types of deliverables, all conceived and produced by Mindclay Creative. Among them: Motion graphics intensive teasers, video webisodes with park officials, construction fence artwork with QR-codes (along with metrics-enabled QR technology as a distribution channel), several micro-sites, and two full 3d animations of the still-under-construction coaster.

 

The video can be found at:

http://mindclay.tv/2010/11/seaworld-parks-entertainment/

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^^ I got that same press release. I told my mom Frankie Avalon is coming right before her birthday and she's already making plans to see him.

 

I'm happy Kinetix will be back again. It was really an amazing show. Looking forward to what the 2012 version will be like.

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I was SO CLOSE to finally getting my mom on Cheetah Hunt, her first roller coaster in years (She has sworn to wait at the exits for me since she took me on Gwazi when I was 8), but it broke down when we were at the turnstiles

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press release regarding the birth of their newest Grevy's zebra.

 

A new Grevy’s zebra was born on Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain on Friday, November 4. Within an hour after its birth, the female foal was running with the rest of the herd and nursing from its mother.

 

Just last week, Busch Gardens announced two other additions, a male Cape buffalo, and female Sable antelope.

 

The buffalo was born to mother Semara on Sept. 21. At the time of his birth, the calf weighed approximately 45 lbs. The playful and explorative youngster now weights 75 lbs. Once full grown, Cape buffalos can weigh up to 2,000 lbs. The Sable Antelope female took her first steps within a few minutes of birth. Though Sable Antelopes are shaky at first, newborns can run fast enough to keep up with the herd within 3-5 days.

 

Busch Gardens’ guests can view all of the new babies from Rhino Rally, the Skyride or Serengeti Express train ride. For an even closer look, the Serengeti Safari offers guests an open-bed truck tour Serengeti Plain, with opportunities to get up-close to antelope and rhinos and hand-feed giraffes.

 

For details, visit http://www.buschgardens.com

 

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I'm just wondering something. I've always said that the one thing that makes Montu (in my humble opinion) was second best to Kumba solely because of its zero g roll. I've always said that it rolls the wrong way. If it rolled the opposite way, it would feel more natural and smooth. Does anyone have an opinion on this or am I just really nitpicky?

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It feels natural to me, but I ride Montu a LOT (I've probably ridden it close to 50 times this year so far), so my opinion is probably moot.

 

Anyhoo... I was at the park this past Monday and even though some of the schools around here are off all week for Thanksgiving, it wasn't too crowded for the most part. Saw one of the Christmas shows (the one at Desert Grill) and it was cute. Got in 2 rides on Kumba with no wait, 3 on Montu, once on Cheetah Hunt (had a posted 20 minute wait) and rode Lion side of Gwazi (Tiger wasn't running that day). Saw Kasi the cheetah and he gets bigger by the week, but he's still freaking adorable.

 

I'll be at the park again next Friday with a friend from California and it'll be his first visit to the park. He's been reading up on the coasters and can't wait to ride them.

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