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P. 372: Serengeti Flyer swing ride announced!

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^ Same. I freaking loved this water park.

 

I particularly loved Paradise Lagoon where you could jump off the rocks - and the small slides with the long drop into the water were cool too. In this day and age, it's surprising to see something so Action Park-ish still around.

 

Thanks for posting the report, Adam - the new slides look great!

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Looks great! I like that there is an "easier" slide for people who aren't ready to handle the drop. I know a lot of the Busch Gardens campers are going to love this!

 

I'm wondering how the queue for this will be maintained compared to Colossal Curl (sorry if this is obvious, I don't go to many water parks). I remember Colossal Curl's queue frequently extending to the bottom of the stairs when it first opened, which sometimes was a 45 minute or so wait (and that's for a tube slide that fits multiple people). How will they distinguish between the queue for these and Colossal Curl on that stairway?

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^^The SkyBOXes terrify me in the best way... But I think that's what I like about them. Once you step in, there's no turning back, so you can't be tempted to bail out like you can on the more traditional body slides.

 

I think what surprised me most about these slides compared to Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica Orlando was the length of the layout after the initial drop. It allowed me to decompress after the drop and take in the simple fun of the slide... And man, was this thing smooth! The park VP explained to me that this is the third generation of this kind of slide in a SeaWorld Entertainment park and each time they had worked to better the experience--and I'd definitely say that even though Vanish Point is 10 feet shorter than Ihu's Breakaway Falls, the experience is definitely better overall thanks to the longer slide experience and the smoother slide finishing inside to allow for a more comfortable experience.

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You can now get Year-Round Quick Queue at Busch Gardens Tampa for $299 ($269 if with an annual or platinum pass). Strange the park isn't promoting this more. Has the company not learned from their lack of marketing over the last few years? I mean, how much does it cost to make a FB, Twitter or IG post?

 

attractionsmagazine.com/busch-gardens-tampa-introduces-year-round-quick-queue-pass-299/

 

Busch Gardens Tampa introduces Year-Round Quick Queue pass for $299

 

Frequent visitors to Busch Gardens Tampa who hate waiting for their favorite attractions can now purchase a Year-Round Quick Queue pass for $299 and get 365 days of line-skipping privileges.

 

Recently, the website for Busch Gardens Tampa quietly added a new upgrade option called the Year-Round Quick Queue, which provides unlimited front-of-the-line access to Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba, Cobra’s Curse, Scorpion, Stanley Falls Flume, SandSerpent, and Congo River Rapids for 365 days days from the first day of use.

 

Park admission (such as an annual pass) is required but not included in the Year-Round Quick Queue price of $299 per person ($319.93 after tax). Annual Pass Members get a 10% discount on their Quick Queue purchase. Guests must meet individual height requirements for ride entry; passes are non-refundable and rain checks are not available.

 

For one day visits, Busch Gardens still offers standard single-use Quick Queue (seasonally priced starting at $14.99 per person plus tax), Quick Queue Junior for rides with height limits below 48″ ($9.99 and up), and QuickQueue Unlimited ($19.99 and up).

 

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We just booked a trip to Clearwater the week of May 21-26 (week that leads into Memorial Weekend) and a Busch Gardens visit is one of the things we are most looking forward to. As of now we are planning to spend one of the days there. I'd assume going on a Tuesday or Weds are probably the best to visit from a crowd standpoint? Is there a certain restaurant or food stand to look out for? We've never been here but years ago my wife visited BGW and loved the "food from around the world" motif. We will have our kids with us (ages 5 and 7) so because of that, repeat rides on most of the coasters will probably be out of the question. Therefore, if there is a known spot to ride or avoid on certain ones I'd love to hear that! I've never done a dive coaster before so I'm particularly pumped to ride Sheikra!

 

I'll be doing a full trip report of the visit so thanks in advance for the advice! (p.s. anyone know the best deal on single day tickets?)

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Wow, thanks for that info Bill. When we were originally planning our trip it was for mid June and I remember checking that maintenance page out and wasn't concerned. I had forget to look again when we moved the dates to May (wayyyyy cheaper hotel rates). We are flying out Saturday afternoon so I will push for Friday if everyone can wait that long. Kumba was one of the ones I was most excited for. Does maintenance ever end early?

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Maybe, but I've never seen it happen. I have seen it run late but it's a holiday weekend and I'm sure they'll bust it to get it open on time.

 

As for single day ticket deals, just keep an eye on their socials if you're only going to Busch Gardens. If you're going to Orlando they sell a combo ticket with SeaWorld for 2 days / 2 parks that's a great deal.

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Maybe, but I've never seen it happen. I have seen it run late but it's a holiday weekend and I'm sure they'll bust it to get it open on time.

 

As for single day ticket deals, just keep an eye on their socials if you're only going to Busch Gardens. If you're going to Orlando they sell a combo ticket with SeaWorld for 2 days / 2 parks that's a great deal.

 

Thanks, I'll do that and just see what they offer. We have talked about visiting Orlando for a day but weren't sure on what attraction to see...a Sea World / Busch Gardens pass would for sure make that an easier decision.

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Yeah, I'm inherently biased towards SeaWorld but the ticket is really an amazing deal, especially if you have kids and a lot of tickets you need to buy.

 

It's $89.99 for a day at Busch Gardens Tampa. It's $10 more for a 2 day, 2 park ticket. Every other park in Orlando starts around $100 per person per day (and that's for a non park hopper ticket which is impractical at either Universal Park. Hollywood Studios or Epcot).

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Yeah, and for $170 you can get admission to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens, and Adventure Island for 14 days with parking included, which is really a great value. Might not fit into everyone's trip schedule but Aquatica is worth a solid half day, and the ability to come and go as you please to any park over 2 weeks could really be put to some good use, especially in the summer when hours are longer.

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Wow, in looking up those 2 day tickets...yeah, that's gonna be the plan. Probably drive in to Orlando for a day at Sea World early in the week and then head to Busch Gardens on Friday. Hopefully weather doesn't play havoc with anything. Thanks guys!

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So, I'm going to BGT with my three oldest kiddos, the last full week of April, and we're also doing SWO, so we'll be getting the two park ticket (and making use of the free shuttle!). However, going through the other ticket add-ons, I noticed Quick Queue for both parks was only $20 per person (as long as I go to BGT on the Wednesday that week), and even as a staunch "I can't stand line skipping systems, and won't pay extra for them!" person, I'm pretty darn tempted at that price! What I'm not sure about, because I've never really paid attention when it's been discussed before, is how they work at those two parks (primarily BGT though). Do they give you a time to come back to get right on the ride? Or do you just go through a separate line, like at CP? Thanks for the assistance!

 

Oh, and believe me coasterbill, I made sure to check that rehab schedule when planning this trip a couple months ago, and actually bumped my trip up out of the first week in May, due to Kumba going down at the end of April! Definitely don't want the kids - or myself even - to miss out on that awesome coaster!

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Honestly on a weekday during the last week of April, it may be a waste getting Quick Queue, even at that price. All the schools in the state will be in session during that time since Spring Break/Easter is early this year. The only rides that will have more than a couple train waits will be Cheetah Hunt and Cobra's Curse. Montu, Kumba and SheiKra will likely be walk-on. I'd wait until you're at the park to purchase personally. I've seen countless people waste $ getting it and there were literally no lines whatsoever on slow days at BGT. (Well maybe it wasn't a waste to them, but to each their own...lol)

 

As far as how they work, QQ has a separate line either at the entrance or exit of the rides. You just enter when you want to ride.

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^Thanks for your response! I ended up moving my vacation up a week, and the Wednesday price for QQ was $50, so I'm going to pass on getting it. I'll take my chance, and hope that it's not too busy, like you report!

 

Another question though, before I finalize my purchases... Are the All Day Dining plans a good deal at BGT and SWO? I've found before at KI, that when going with my kids, I can get just two plans, and then eating every couple of hours, sharing the two entrees among the four of us works just fine. How are the available food selections at these two parks though, I guess is the main thing I'm wondering.

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Most of what is available on the dining plans is mediocre-decent park food. Zambezi smokehouse offers barbecue on the more decent side, so I'll recommend that. Also, at the Serengeti Overlook Pub, there was a combo deal that offered pizza, chicken, and fries as one meal on the plan the last I ate there (all mediocre). But if you're trying to feed a family, it might be the best deal. Though personally, I'd just stock up on Bacon Pretzel Furies at Twisted Tails.

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Even if it does end up being busy, I'm sure you can add Quick Queue after the fact.

 

As for the all-day dining deal, I haven't done it. Looking at the restaurants, it doesn't include Twisted Tails Pretzels though. The bacon wrapped pretzels are amazing and a must in a visit to the park.

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Ok, thanks guys! I'm definitely going to want a Bacon Wrapped Pretzel (or two), and if that's not on there, is does give me pause about the rest of food options. I'll likely pass, and we'll just eat one meal in park, as per usual (and Bacon Wrapped Pretzels!)

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This site has never let me down on tips and advice for visiting a theme park for the first time. We'll be at Busch Gardens friday and saturday of Easter weekend. I would expect large crowds. We'll arrive at rope drop. What's the best route to take to ensure we hit all of the major rides before the lines start expanding? Also, best place for a decent lunch (by theme park food standards)?

 

I downloaded the app. I was hoping to get wait times, no luck. Do they post wait times within the park, if not at ride entrance, do they have wait time boards?

 

Thanks in advance. We've done the Universal and Mouse trips before, we are excited to do something a little different.

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^ If you're a fan of BBQ, eat at the Smokehouse near Sheikra. Not the best BBQ ever but for theme park food its excellent and you get a lot for your money. Two people could easily split a platter and a side and be stuffed. Also get a bacon pretzel in Pantopia.

 

As far as how to hit the park to ensure everything - The app does display wait times, I guess you have to be in the park. The rides also have the waits listed at the entrances. Just get Cheetah Hunt and Cobras Curse outta the way, then hit Falcons Fury. The B&Ms shouldn't have ridiculously long waits. Here's my report from a few months ago. Also Canobie Coaster just posted a good one as well.

 

Have fun, its a great park!

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I was at the park this past weekend and the Serengeti Overlook upstairs buffet was closed all weekend long. The Pub downstairs was open but upstairs was roped off. Not sure if this is another cutback or not. It was open when I visited last month in Feb. For the deal, it's the best option when eating at BGT. I like the Zambia Smokehouse...But be prepared to spend about $25 a person. If you do that, you might as well go ahead and get the all day dining meal for $35 and be able to eat all day long.

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