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I want to apologize in advance for this wall of text. This is a trip report. Sad and happy at times. May the G-Force be with you.

 

 

SO, I was surprised by my father with a trip to Busch Gardens. Well, he donated the money, and said "Go". I had not planned to go to Busch on this trip. I was only here for a funeral. My Cousin died in a motorcycle accident on February 25th. It was determined that he was not at fault. His name was Mathew, and he just turned 19. That day.

 

The funeral was on Friday. We are doing okay.

 

So! I suggested that Mathew's mother and older brother go with me. Busch Gardens was OUR place. So, we went to Busch yesterday. Man, I love that park. The events in this trip report are in no particular order.

 

5 of us ended up going. My mother, Mathew's mom, her oldest son, my other cousin(Matts Aunt), and myself. I was the single rider, because I wanted them all to ride together.

 

Everything was a walk on most of the day actually. For a Sunday. Our longest line was 20 minutes just after nightfall on Cheetah Hunt. Our night ride was amazing! The sky was so clear, and was the first thing I noticed right after the first launch as we turned over the former Clydesdale barn. The 360 degree view on top of the figure 8 element was amazing.

 

Mathew's favorite roller coaster is Montu . It didn't seem as fast as usual to me. The trims and MCBR did not close on the train. We sailed right through the MCBR. It did sound much louder than I remember. Perhaps the new paint made it seem louder. The four of them rode in the front, and I as usual ride in my spot in the back, but on the same train. I was not let in on this PRIOR to boarding, but when the train crested the lift hill they yelled mathew's name.

 

I really love how they made Serengeti Express goes under Cobra's Curse. It runs under and nearly parallel to Cobra's MCBR. I am looking forward to experiencing this roller coaster.

 

Falcon's Fury is simply the best drop tower that I personally have ridden. I rode twice in a row on Sunday. (17 total rides.) Walk on for the first ride, then one cycle wait for the second ride.

 

SheiKra was just as smooth as it was when it opened in 2005. Was quite tired walking up all those stairs...LOL USUALLY when I go, the line is down the stairs. We had a 3 train wait for the front row. We had first time SheiKra riders, and did not want to subject them to the powerful thrust of airtime in the back, otherwise it would have been a walk on.

 

Took a nostalgic trip back in time. Took a spin on my first roller coaster. Scorpion. Was a lot smoother this time. Both trains were at the ride. One was on the side track obviously.

 

Sand Serpent was fun as usual.

 

Got 2 rides on my baby! Kumba is simply amazing. It was a walk on as well. My family waited for the front row. I rode, then went around and rode the same train as them for my second ride. The cobra roll has developed a bump on the up side, and at the same spot on the down side. I forgive her though. Hands up and through the trees at 60 mph. It's time for them to trim trees at Kumba.

 

Tried to go get a couple more rides on Kumba before we headed to the front of the park, but as we got there, it was E-Stopped so they could search for someone's phone. Busch seriously needs do what we do at Banshee. "We will turn it in at Lost n Found at the end of the night if we find it at all." Then the ride faulted after they restarted it.

 

After 20 minutes, we headed to Timbuktopia. Timbuktu rolls of the tongue better than Pantopia.

 

We bought the All Day Dining wristband, as usual. Immediately we noticed a change. There is a bar code now. The wrist bands are scanned at the registers. The other change is you may only eat one entree every hour. However, you can get unlimited drinks and sides every time you go through the line.

 

We had Dessert Grill. It is more of a food court type setting with Italian, Chinese, American, etc. 5 choices I think. Then we ate at Crown Colony. We always sit outside on the deck to watch the animals. Such a great view of the Serengeti. Bengal Bistro was awesome as usual. I got the Ham sandwich this time. That was amazing. Then we finished the day with the Zambea Smokehouse. I got the Brisket Platter. so awesome.

 

We did not take part in the Food and Wine Festival, but I am sure it was amazing. The food smelled amazing. Wish I had taken a little extra cash with me.

 

In 2014 we lost our grandmother on this side of the family, and we went to Busch the following week. My Grandmother's favorite ride IS Congo River Rapids. She would ride it, but she got more pleasure from shooting us with the water cannons. She had it down! She could get us all soaked! On that trip, we made it all the way to the cave nearly completely dry. Then the 3 of us who went on that trip, got completely soaked under the waterfall.

 

Like I said. Busch Gardens is OUR place. That's where we go.

 

Thanks for reading.

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It would suck if they torn down gwazi cause it was such a great coaster because it was a dueler, & florida dosent have barley any woodies except white lightning, it would be very nice if they retracked gwazi into rmc, but whatever makes them happy!

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I wouldn't want them to start any construction near Gwazi. You never know the things that could be unearthed.

 

 

 

... I'll show myself out.

Too soon, bro. Too soon.

 

Too soon for what? I was making a joke about their Haunt maze.

I know, I got it. Unearthed was my favorite house at Howl-O-Scream last year, but just... too soon.

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I heard rumors that Gwazi was going to be torn down this year. However it will be torn down next year due to the cost of deconstruction... I have no words on what will replace it, but Busch Gardens does have plans on what they want with it.

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I heard rumors that Gwazi was going to be torn down this year.

 

I think we should burn it down in some form of ritualistic devil worship ceremony because its pretty obvious thats where the ride came from based on my experience.

 

As for what will replace it I'm really not fussed right now the park are constructing one bad ass looking coaster that I think could steal the show on all other coasters opening this year.

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I really, really want a dark ride to replace Gwazi. BGT is so lacking in indoor attractions that, for rainy Florida, it's kinda of ridiculous. There's nothing to do in the rain except for one of the indoor shows or to shop/eat.

 

I can get onboard with this.

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Having a look at the shows on offer. Going with a nearly 5 year old and a restless 20 month old. I see the shows are 30 minutes long. Which ones are likely to suit? Thought A is for Africa and Opening Night Critters looked best?

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I really, really want a dark ride to replace Gwazi. BGT is so lacking in indoor attractions that, for rainy Florida, it's kinda of ridiculous. There's nothing to do in the rain except for one of the indoor shows or to shop/eat.

 

I can get onboard with this.

 

 

I'll hop into the BGT dark ride vehicle as well.

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Having a look at the shows on offer. Going with a nearly 5 year old and a restless 20 month old. I see the shows are 30 minutes long. Which ones are likely to suit? Thought A is for Africa and Opening Night Critters looked best?

 

Iceploration might be a good one as well.

 

I didn't like it as much as Katonga, but it is still a great show.

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I'm heading down to Tampa for a conference next Tuesday-Saturday. I wanted to know just a bit more about what I'm getting myself into.

It'd be and a co-worker going to the park. We haven't picked a day yet, and Saturday is the flight back to Ohio, so that leaves us with Tues-Fri. Is there any better than the other option down there this time of year? We understand it's during Spring break, and the crowds would be worse than the usual December Florida visit. So...

 

1. we were curious if the Quick Que Unlimited are worth the cost? I almost always get Fast Passes when the wife and I visit Cedar Point, so I would be ok with it here. But I didn't know if the crowds would be manageable. It's not like we're trying to squeeze in 16 coasters.

2. Does the app include wait times? I've used them in the past at other parks and they seemed accurate, but I didn't know if the BGT app on the Play Store was just a map or once you are within range, you get updated queue info.

3. Any good places for some craft beer? I usually try to hit up places inside parks whenever I go, and I've seen in past trip reports people going, but never got a name of where to stop

 

Thanks for any and all the help guys! Looking forward to my first (and proabably last for a good while) visit to BGT!

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1. Without it, you should have time for at least one ride on all of the major rides. With the regular Quick Queue, you could get all the rides in plus some shows and a couple rerides, and with Quick Queue Unlimited, you could ride each ride 5+ times. All depends on what you think it worth it.

 

2. It does, but they only get updated 1-2 times an hour, so it can sometimes be a little off. Still, wait times don't change that dramatically over an hour so it's still pretty close.

 

3. Not a beer drinker so can't help you there.

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I'm heading down to Tampa for a conference next Tuesday-Saturday. I wanted to know just a bit more about what I'm getting myself into.

It'd be and a co-worker going to the park. We haven't picked a day yet, and Saturday is the flight back to Ohio, so that leaves us with Tues-Fri. Is there any better than the other option down there this time of year? We understand it's during Spring break, and the crowds would be worse than the usual December Florida visit. So...

 

1. we were curious if the Quick Que Unlimited are worth the cost? I almost always get Fast Passes when the wife and I visit Cedar Point, so I would be ok with it here. But I didn't know if the crowds would be manageable. It's not like we're trying to squeeze in 16 coasters.

2. Does the app include wait times? I've used them in the past at other parks and they seemed accurate, but I didn't know if the BGT app on the Play Store was just a map or once you are within range, you get updated queue info.

3. Any good places for some craft beer? I usually try to hit up places inside parks whenever I go, and I've seen in past trip reports people going, but never got a name of where to stop

 

Thanks for any and all the help guys! Looking forward to my first (and probably last for a good while) visit to BGT!

 

 

Try Twisted Tails Pretzels

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