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Best part of Busch Gardens Tampa's Howl-O-Scream?  Getting to ride all the coasters at night!!!  

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If there are no airtime jolts like the ending of Steel Vengeance this is looking to be the best RMC out there for my tastes. I'm cool with ejector air but the bunny jolts are just too annoying to enjoy for me. The elements and sheer height of this thing; I can't wait to see more of it.

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This thing is going to be a monster. Being shorter than SV is going to be a plus in my opinion and here's why. Think of how intense Lightning Rod is from start to finish and what an amazing coaster that is. Now imagine that coaster being 206 feet tall with inversions. Good Lord!

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Being shorter than SV is going to be a plus in my opinion and here's why. Think of how intense Lightning Rod is from start to finish and what an amazing coaster that is.

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The bf and I visited the park the other day for Christmas Town and crowds were non-existant, per usual for a weekday just about any time of the year. I love having this park just an hour down i4 and almost always being guaranteed unlimited walk-on rides on Kumba and Montu.

 

The Christmas Town Village area, which opens at 4, was very cute and their waffle sandwiches were bomb. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a pic of the one we got, but it was the one with turkey, cheese, and cranberry on it.

 

Iron Gwazi looks very imposing entering the park and really dominates the skyline. I can't wait for the aforementioned weekdays with no lines to ride this over and over again.

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Iron Gwazi's lift, sans-chain right now, has been completed. Track has made it's way about 3/4 of the way down the first drop as well.

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I'm happy to report that Gwazi: Tiger was spared demolition and will live on in Jungala.

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Going down

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The Skyride was open again, making for some good views of Iron Gwazi's progress

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Same Skyride, different angle

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The sun beginning to set behind the new RMC tower

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As the sun set, we were starting to freeze our a$$es off (it was like 55 degrees, for you non-Floridians), so we ran to the car to grab jackets for the rest of our night rides.

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The new view of the park's skyline when walking into the park

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Now that the Christmas Town Village area was open, we were able to get some unique looks from right under Iron Gwazi

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The bf and I awkwardly posing for a photo in front of some Christmas trees at the far end of Christmas Town Village

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The entire park really looked beautiful with all the Christmas lights illuminated with the sun going down

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The quieter side of the park near the kangaroos and flamingos was lined with these cute little trees

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They had the SheiKra-Kumba shortcut path open, which was covered with this tunnel decorated with lights, which were coordinated to change color to music

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The Crown Colony House was also decked out with music-coordinated lights. When we were nearby, it was jamming to Christmas Eve in Sarajevo

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You can get your nuts cracked, if that's what you're into

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Even the alligators had this cute little Christmas tree to look at

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And lastly, the park's entrance area was also fully illuminated with lights, holly, and wreaths.

 

Busch Gardens Tampa is a beautiful park and Christmas Town really makes it come alive at night. We really enjoyed our visit and hopefully we'll make it back again before the event ends. I highly recommend the food/drinks in Christmas Town Village!

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I can't wait to see how high the second hill ends up going. By the looks of it from this angle, even assuming it gets taller you are still going to absolutely FLY over it...

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I love not knowing what's really coming next in the layout and that they never released a full POV. I don't really avoid "spoilers" for coasters but I'll probably have a chance to ride this not long after opening so I might try as hard as I canto not look at any mroe new pics of this thing. Absolutely can't wait to get back over to BGT this summer.

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So... this just came up on my news feed (from July, sorry if this has already been torn apart)...

 

https://www.thetravel.com/busch-gardens-best-worst-rides/

 

This might be the stupidest reading I have **ever** seen (and not just because of the spelling of Scorpion). -- Also: I think Coasterbill may have 3 actual, full-fledged heart attacks. (*Cough* #5, #3, #1) -- Warning you now.

 

"You are then instantly brought back up into an upside-down loop before speeding off through the seven inverted tacks." -- huh? Tracks doesn't even make sense either. WHAT DOES IT EVEN MEAN.

 

I mean, besides the list itself.

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The reason the article says to not ride Kumba is because it's all the way in the back of the park. So, you're telling me not to ride the coaster on account of laziness? That's what the skyride's for, biotch. Oh wait, you don't want us riding that either.

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