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It has been my experience on all old-school B&M inverts that the back rows are wonderfully intense. Montu is no different.

 

And I'm another member of the Rear Right on Kumba Cult.

 

Zen experience - that zero G is to die for.

 

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Just got to experience Cobra's Curse. Great addition to Busch Gardens. They needed a well themed fun family coaster and this fits the bill. The indoor queue line is a significant step forward for the park. Hope this type of ride theming becomes standard for future park attractions.

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Thank you.

We are only going to have 1.5 days at the park (with quick pass), and we're debating on weather or not to get the added cobras curse to it. It's an extra $20, but with lines under 2 hours it shouldn't be necessary. Btw... $20 is extremely steep for 1 coaster, but we don't want to miss it.

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Tonight was the VIP party for Cobra's Curse! It was a great event, we had Montu, Cheetah Hunt and of course Cobra's Curse open to us for four hours! Plus lots of free food and drinks, which is always a plus. Cobra's Curse is really fun family coaster and a great addition to the park!

 

 

Check out the photos:

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Great theming in the que!

 

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

 

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

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Got our credentials and we're ready to go!

All in all, a really fun night! Big thanks to Busch Gardens for having us out!

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Sweet ride!

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Noted.

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Now it's a party! ;)

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Let's ride!

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Cobra's Curse in action!

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Perfect amount of waiting!

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Can't pass up Cheetah Hunt while we're here!

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Love walking into a station and seeing this!

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Plenty of animals to hang out with.

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Sometimes I hang out with penguins.

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Montu was absolutely packed tonight!

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Still one of the best coasters around!

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Tried and failed at Ring Toss!

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The ball toss is TKraptor approved!

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Unlimited games!

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Time for night rides!

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Can any locals chime in on how long the lines have been for cobras curse?

 

On a whim, I went on opening day of Cobras Curse. Got to the park around 11:30a. Posted wait time was 120min. The Queue was out past the marquee and started near Crown Colony House. Including several small downtimes, we waited roughly 80-85 minutes. We rode a second time around 3pm. Posted wait time was 60 minutes. Again, including several short downtimes, it was a true 60 (I estimate it would have been 40 without the momentary delays). Both our rides were vastly different. 1st time barely spun. And while it was fun, it was very mild. 2nd time we spun like crazy. It felt out of control. This coaster is a HUGE win for BGT. A seriously fun FAMILY coaster. Can't wait to ride again!

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I'm watchting it on our local tv station right now. They are in a helicopter over the park. The park seems to be open. There are people still walking around, Falcons Fury is still running as is Kumba. The reports don't seem to indicate where the orang escaped from . Odd, but it must be in an area where the GP isn't. It looks to be in the Jungala area, but like I said, people are still on the midways and rides are operational right now.

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At the park now, and have to say that I'm not impressed with operations.

 

We ended up spending over $200 on fast lane, and it really has not helped us at all.

 

The ride crews are stacking all 3 trains, cheetah has not run all day, several rides we have gotten in line for broke down and we were made to leave the line, the Kumba crew was more worried about the taco bell delivery they recievd than doing there job.

 

Been here all day and we're only able to use the fast lane twice due to all of this.

 

Btw...it just took 9 minutes to dispatch a single train on montu as I stand in the line writing this.(after going through the fast lane line).

 

All of the coke freestyle machines in the park are out of most of everything except coke all day. Employees told me the wearhouse was out of most flavors.

 

Beyond all the negatives, it's a beautiful park.

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30 min wait after fast lane.

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At the park now, and have to say that I'm not impressed with operations.

 

We ended up spending over $200 on fast lane, and it really has not helped us at all.

 

The ride crews are stacking all 3 trains, cheetah has not run all day, several rides we have gotten in line for broke down and we were made to leave the line, the Kumba crew was more worried about the taco bell delivery they recievd than doing there job.

 

Been here all day and we're only able to use the fast lane twice due to all of this.

 

Btw...it just took 9 minutes to dispatch a single train on montu as I stand in the line writing this.(after going through the fast lane line).

 

All of the coke freestyle machines in the park are out of most of everything except coke all day. Employees told me the wearhouse was out of most flavors.

 

Beyond all the negatives, it's a beautiful park.

 

That seems like a frustrating day! When I was at the park back in May, it was absolutely empty..which was great! (somewhat). The only ride that was opened at park opening was Cheetah Hunt in which we were the first ones on but didn't get off until about 20 minutes later! The operations were so slow that I've never seen them like that! Falcon's Fury wasn't opened, Sand Serpent wasn't opened, Scorpion wasn't opened, Sheikra wasn't opened...on top of that they have the Rhino Rally ride gone just sitting there as well as Gwazi and Tidal Wave.

 

Cobra's Curse seems like a fantastic addition and Busch Gardens USED to be one of my favorite parks...but seeing reports like this and how my previous visits over the past few years makes me question my future visits. I really love the park but it certainly has lost its unique atmosphere and charm in these past few years. The employees aren't as nice, slow operations, ride closures, etc etc.

 

I really want the park to succeed too! It just seems like the charm and unique qualities of the park has faded over the past few years. However, based on how Cobra's Curse looks...it seems like the park is stepping in the right direction!

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That's odd...we have visited twice in the past two years and our visits couldn't have gone any better.

 

One time we got the Quick Queue (which worked fine for everything) and the next time we didn't need it because the park was dead. Operations were fine and while they had some issues with ride down time, that's to be expected at any park - especially with rides as unique as Cobra's Curse, Falcon's Fury or Cheetah Chase.

 

Not trying to be a dick or anything, but my advice - don't go to theme parks on busy holiday weekends! I know most people are strapped for vacation time, but when you visit during the most peak times of the season (like the 4th, Memorial or Labor Day weekends), you can't expect it to not be insane - even with a Fast Lane, Quick Queue or whatever skip the line method you can purchase.

 

We either stay far, far away from theme parks on holiday weekends, or we go on the days just prior or following.

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We either stay far, far away from theme parks on holiday weekends, or we go on the days just prior or following.

 

yep.

 

that's why we are gonna be there from 7/11-7/15. .we avoided the 4th, because we knew it would be packed.

 

fingers crossed the mid-week and heat will keep crowds to a minimum, but even if crowded, we've budgeted 3 days for BGT, so should be able to do everything anyways.

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Being a holiday weekend had nothing to do with it. Rides being down and poor operations has nothing to do with it being a holiday.

 

Operations were horrendous, and even a Fast Lane did not help much. The employees just seemed to not really care about much. If they would have put a little effort into there job, it would have been great!

 

On a positive note, cobras curse was a fun ride and is gonna be a huge hit with family's.

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even a Fast Lane did not help much

Maybe it would have helped if you called it by it's actual name ;P

 

But seriously, ops are usually pretty good when I go. Montu and Kumba are sometimes slow, but the other rides are usually pretty quick. As for downtime, Cheetah and Falcon are Intamin, so it's not really surprising that they still go down, and Cobra is not even a month old yet, so it's gonna go down a lot.

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Falcons fury was a blast!

 

We went to seaworld today, and operations were stellar. I do give bush gardens props though. I did say something to guest services (something I never do) and they took care of us.

 

Even with all the problems at busch, we still had a "decent" time. I love the theaming and selection of rides. I don't agree with the holiday excuse though. We have visited many theme parks on holidays, and never witnessed as bad of operations.

 

Now it's time to sit back and relax with a Pina colada and prepare for the Disney madness that awaits us.

 

Next up we are doing fun spot, 8 days at Disney, and Carowinds.

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Sorry to hear about your day, must have been just a bad day. We where there the day before and it was packed as well but everything went pretty smooth. Got there right after they opened and there was only a 15min wait for Cheetah Hut so i got in line but when getting back off the ride you could see the line getting long fast so i went and got a Quick Queue and was able to get right on all the rides but Montu which i had to still wait a little bit. No down time on any rides when i was around them but heard some say something about Cheetah being down but seen it right after that and it was running.

 

This is a beautiful park and love how the rides are worked into the landscape of the park. They just really fit everything together so well with the ride going right beside you to over you then down in the ground which not only make for a great ride experience but make the ride and park so enjoyable to look at. As well as all the animals around the park!

 

I don't care much for drop towers but Falcon's Fury was great and had me wanting to ride it some more.

 

Griffon at BGV was great but SheiKra is so much better.

 

Really enjoyed Kumba and Cheetah alot! Great rides that are long and fun all the way thru.

 

Montu is a blast and really gets you going.

 

Cobra's Curse was more of a fun family coaster. Which is a great addition to the park.

 

I always enjoy seeing pictures so i'll leave a few from the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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