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P. 357: Iron Gwazi Officially Opening March 2022!

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Just noticed that this year's Christmastown event for Tampa is included with regular daytime admission and annual passes, it is not a separate hard ticketed event. Williamsburg is still a hard ticket event where passholders have to buy a separate admission ticket. Also the website says the park will close either 8pm or 9pm. Earlier than the previous two year's events. Wonder if the park will have as much to offer this year?

http://seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-tampa/events/christmas-town/

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Catching up on the last few pages...

 

That coaster for sale isn't Scorpion - when that popped up last year I contacted the park directly and they said Scorpion isn't going anywhere.

 

Falcon's Fury bad luck continues - struck by lightning late last week and has been closed since Friday. Really wish they could catch a break on this one.

 

Definitely expect less things to see and do at this year's Christmas Town. With it being included in regular admission and closing earlier, there is no way we'll see the same level of quality as last year, sadly.

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Since I'm visiting the park in a few days, any advice? Also, is their anywhere in the Tampa area where we could get coupons?

 

BGT has a lot of discounts going on. Your best bet is going to be purchasing a weekday ticket online or over the phone. It is $65 compare to $95 at the park. If you go on a weekend you can still get a discount $80, plus you can get a second day free (you have to visit guest relations before leaving to get second day free and it must be used within a 6 day period. )They also have a play and dine at $95 which will cover your food all day. I think that is a great deal. There are barely any outside coupons as they offer a lot of discounts. If anyone in your family is a triple A member they can check their website, sometimes they have good offers, oh and if you are military as well. Wavesofhonor.com

 

Hope this help!

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Advice:

 

1. The whole park is effectively one big circle so if you are at a ride that you like, you may want to go again as it is tough to backtrack for everything.

2. Cheetah Hunt is the only coaster that generates any sort of a line, 20-45 minutes in the off season. The water rides in the afternoon are the longest waits in the park.

3. Kangaroo and Tiger Exhibits are amazing. Some other good ones but those are can't-miss.

4. Best food is either the Smokehouse or either option in Pantopia.

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Thanks everyone for all the advice.

 

From what we've read, we're probably gonna ride Cheetah Hunt first, and do the rest of the park around the course. Any advice on where to sit on each coaster?

 

Also, for anyone who's interested: Publix raised the price on BGT tickets to 75$.

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Thanks everyone for all the advice.

 

From what we've read, we're probably gonna ride Cheetah Hunt first, and to the breast of the park around the course. Any advice on where to sit on each coaster?

 

Also, for anyone who's interested: Publix raised the price on BGT tickets to 75$.

Cheetah Hunt: Front row

Kumba: Very back

Montu: Both front and back

Sheikra: Front and back for airtime

Gwazi: Don't

Air Grover: Don't

Scoirpion: Front row

Sand Serpent: If you want to

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Sorry for the double post, but today I had the pleasure to visit Busch Gardens Tampa, and I had a pretty good time. So here's a little TR:

 

I'm gonna start with some coaster reviews

 

Cheetah Hunt: 4/5 First we rode the Cheetah Hunt. And man, this is a great coaster. It was pretty forceful, and you get some floater air. You also gotta love the fact that it's basically twisting through a zoo. Great coaster, I give it 4 stars out of 5.

 

Montu: 4.3/5 Next we rode Montu. Man, what a fantastic coaster. We decided to ride in the back and HOLY SH*T. What an intense awesome ride. Montu proves that they definitely don't make em like they used to. Of the 3 B&M Inverts I've ridden, this was by far the best. I give it a 4.3/5

 

Scorpion: 3.5/5 Next we rode Scorpion. This was my first Schwarzkopf looper. It was pretty fun, but my sister didn't like it. The loop was intense, but the rest of the ride fails to deliver. Still fun though. I give it a 3.5/5

 

Sand Serpent: 2.5/5 We rode Sand Serpent next. Just a MACK Wild mouse. Nothing to write home about. I give it a 2.5/5

 

Kumba: 4.7/5 We rode Kumba next and HOOOLLLYYY CRAP. I took coasterbill's advice of sitting in the back role seat 4, and let me say thank you coasterbill. What a fantastic experience. So intense, so fun, so impressive, so awesome. I came in with low expectations for this ride, and man did it blow me away. The only reason it's not a 5/5 is because of the few rough spots but I can forgive that. I give it a 4.7/5

 

Sheikra: 3.75/5 Next we rode Sheikra. It was fun and all, and there was some forces felt, but I found it a bit gimmicky. However I loved the first drop. I give it a 3.75/5

 

Gwazi: 1.5/5 Up until now, I was having a pretty good day. Fun coasters and amazing animal exhibits, and than I rode Gwazi. Why did I ride this again? It was so awful and horrible, I wondered why they haven't tore it down yet. The only thing keeping me from giving just a 1 is that the operations were pretty efficient, but that's the only good thing I have to say. I give it a 1.5/5

 

Non coaster rides:

 

Falcon's Fury: 3.25/5 Now, we discuss the new hotness, Falcons Fury. It was fun and scary, but it was a bit too gimmicky for my tastes. I give it a 3.25/5

 

Stanley Falls Flume: 2.5/5 Fun and all, but prepared to get soaked. This ride was the reason I wasn't able to use my phone for 10 minutes. I give it a 2.5/5

 

Whatever the hell you call the bumper cars: 2.5/5: Just your average bumper cars, nothing to see here. 2.5/5

 

Skyride: 3.25/5 It was a nice little chairlift, and it gives you good views of the animal habitats. The only thing that irked me was the name. It was like they didn't even try with the name. 3.25/5

 

Pantopia Theater: Motor City Grooves: 3.5/5 We decided to go see Motor City Grooves to cool off in the air conditioning of Pantopia Theater. It was actually a fun little show and they played some good tunes. I give it 3.5/5

 

I suggest everyone should check out the Alligator exhibit and the Curiosity Caverns. Pretty nifty exhibits.

 

Overall I give Busch Gardens Tampa a 4.25/5 The only thing keeping me from giving it a 5 was that the park was a pain to circumnavigate and some coasters were only doing 1 train operations despite the long lines. Overall, this is a must visit park for any coaster enthusiast and pretty much a must visit for anybody. Overall, Busch Gardens Tampa: 4.25/5. A gold rated park

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Kumba- 1993

I305- 2010

 

The fact that these two coasters compete just blows my mind for how advanced and ahead of their time B&M was. What did people think when kumba opened if they think so highly of it now? It must have been ridiculous to be alive for the construction and opening of such a magnificent ride. Kumba will forever be an icon in the Amusement industry.

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Kumba- 1993

I305- 2010

 

The fact that these two coasters compete just blows my mind for how advanced and ahead of their time B&M was. What did people think when kumba opened if they think so highly of it now? It must have been ridiculous to be alive for the construction and opening of such a magnificent ride. Kumba will forever be an icon in the Amusement industry.

Sadly I can't see people in 20 years saying how insane Gatekeeper is If B&M start working with Stengel firm again, wld it change the situation?

 

Is there a particular train on Kumba that is rougher than the others? My friend rode it and she didn't like it at all. She said the twists are unnaturally shaped and the train bumps around way too much

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Kumba- 1993

I305- 2010

 

The fact that these two coasters compete just blows my mind for how advanced and ahead of their time B&M was. What did people think when kumba opened if they think so highly of it now? It must have been ridiculous to be alive for the construction and opening of such a magnificent ride. Kumba will forever be an icon in the Amusement industry.

Sadly I can't see people in 20 years saying how insane Gatekeeper is If B&M start working with Stengel firm again, wld it change the situation?

 

Is there a particular train on Kumba that is rougher than the others? My friend rode it and she didn't like it at all. She said the twists are unnaturally shaped and the train bumps around way too much

 

I sat in the far back and the only parts I thought were rough were the cobra roll and the corkscrews. However the cobra roll wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

 

Maybe your friend didn't like the intensity?

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I still remember before my trip to FL, I was anticipating to ride Hulk, Cheetah Hunt and Manta. Kumba was just another credit I wanted to get and wasn't expecting too much from it. I ended up riding it about thirty times in two days and easily became the most memorable ride of the trip. I also never understood why people think it's overrated or rough, it's better than half the rides B&M built after Kumba. Dominator and the Hulk are a bit rougher and they haven't been around as long as Kumba has. But as said before everyone has an opinion.

 

Could you imagine if Drachen Fire was originally made by B&M like intended, we'd probably have two of these amazing rides.

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