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Buy at the right time and they can get even cheaper. I paid $150 beginning of Feb during one of their sales.

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Holy crap you nerds are a tough crowd.  It looks like a coaster that will make me hoot and holler the entire time I'm on it while simultaneously trying to throw my fat ass as far from the train as pos

I actually agree with many of you talking about how the RMC's are all very similar.  And that's fine. There's nothing wrong with building a ton of very similar kick ass rides when most people who ride

It means that you can look forward to a fun-filled day riding Kumba, Montu, Cheetah Hunt and Sheikra and while you're in line for one of those you might be able to watch an Iron Gwazi POV on your phon

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Robb, KT, and I have NEVER had Platinum passes bought at any of the Florida parks.  They've always been much more money.  Right now some of us have San Diego and some have San Antonio!  Grab the cheapest one you can and enjoy!

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Keep in mind that the $133 3-park ticket does NOT include parking, which is now up to $30/day. If you are parking all 3 days I think its actually cheaper to get the 4 day ticket which DOES include parking.

OR, you know, go to Discovery Cove and get the ultimate package, which gives you Discovery Cove and up to 14 days (?) admission to all the FL SeaWorld parks. :)

 

If you want the "tickets at work" discount on the 3 day ticket....

 

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Go here:

https://www.ticketsatwork.com/affiliates/lifecare/packages.php?sub=packages&action=view&id=78

 

They also have the unlimited 14 day one including parking for $181.99 after taxes/fees (always go to checkout on tickets at work they add fees later)

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7 hours ago, SharkTums said:

Robb, KT, and I have NEVER had Platinum passes bought at any of the Florida parks.  They've always been much more money.  Right now some of us have San Diego and some have San Antonio!  Grab the cheapest one you can and enjoy!

Don't you have to activate it at the San Antonio park before you can use it anywhere else?

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^&^^ You used to have to.  We would time some of our trips to make sure to be where we needed to be to activate it. 

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Gotcha.  Yeah, it might be best to call the park in advance to confirm, but in my case, I purchased the pass through San Antonio and then visited both SWO and BGT before ever setting foot in Texas.

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Thanks for the info!  I went ahead and bought it online from SWSA and it gave me a barcode that appears to be active.  It would still be cool to get a physical card at some point, but I can live without it if I have to.  

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Report back on if this works. Eventually they'll stop renewing our busted paper passes. No clue when, but I'm sure it will happen. lol

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Guest Services was able to print a wallet sized card for me. There are also kiosks outside the park that are supposed to print them as well but they don’t seem to work. I stopped there first to print out my single ride Quick Queue. One kiosk was turned off, the second one wouldn’t scan the barcode and third one didn’t print anything. 

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Great discussion, thanks for the info! We are staying at the new hotel right across the street so parking isn't an issue since they have a shuttle.

Hilariously a Lyft seems like the best stress free way to get to our Universal Loews hotel from BGT. It's only $94! A car rental starts as low as $85 haha.

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This may make me a bad poster.

But they lost me and 3 additional admissions for the Gwazi fiasco. We booked flights 4 months ago and we are still going to Tampa cause we have a place there. But they don't seem to care.

 

Busch is expensive and doesn't want to open their new ride. So I'll see them next year I guess.

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yeah!  without Iron Gwazi that park just SUCKS. . . no reason to go at all.

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FFS - I went to TDS knowing that Journey was down for refurb. . but I didn't boycott the park because of that.  

 

Instead I just enjoyed what was up and running in a spectacular park.

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^^I don't know how you can call the Gwazi thing a 'fiasco'?  I mean, this whole pandemic all park operations have been a mess and a guess at best so it doesn't seem fair to call out BGT specifically.   How can they open a brand new ride when they wouldn't be able to accommodate everyone who would want to ride it and it would make the park a mess?  I'm cutting them a little slack. Especially compared to some parks that can barely still operate normal hours with not even all of their rides/food. 

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And $228 for up to 5 people isn't that expensive.  Also nets you 30% off park merch.  Gold pass would take care of your group.

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2 hours ago, monotone said:

But they lost me and 3 additional admissions for the Gwazi fiasco. We booked flights 4 months ago and we are still going to Tampa cause we have a place there. But they don't seem to care.

You're correct. They don't care. Survival during the pandemic seemed to be more of a priority. SEAS' stock is up 330% since my purchase during the crash in March, and it's at an all time high.

Kudos to them for coming out ahead. Keep your 4 tickets.

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4 hours ago, monotone said:

This may make me a bad poster.

But they lost me and 3 additional admissions for the Gwazi fiasco. We booked flights 4 months ago and we are still going to Tampa cause we have a place there. But they don't seem to care.

 

Busch is expensive and doesn't want to open their new ride. So I'll see them next year I guess.

I mean, no...they or any park does not care about you lol or me or any one. Its bad enough enthusiasts already think parks do/should cater to us but what, like if you as an individual write them they will buck their entire policy for you? Believe me, I wish!! I also am shelving my BGT plans bc Iron Gwazi is not likely to be open and I agree, having been there not too long ago Im not willing to spend the extra $ of (pricy) park, extra travel, place to stay etc  BUT that's just how it goes....much as I wish I could say "Open Iron Gwazi otherwise I am not going!" and they would listen.......I think our 5 tickets are not exactly enough to sway them. I'm disappointed too but like, cmon man lol

EDIT: I re-read your post. You're still going to Tampa? Oh, see I was going there just for BGT, I was gunna tack it on to my visit to Tallahassee so its easy for me to shelve esp as I went to the park in 2018. If you're still going to be in Tampa....not gunna lie, should prob still go lol Still a nice park and wonderful experience, if you're still in Tampa, just do it. Like I went to Cedar Point and had the **** luck of Maverick being closed for those few weeks while they removed the barrel roll, likewise my first trip to SFMM X2 was down and others have gone to CP or DW multiple times and failed to get on TTD or LR. Sometimes we gotta suck it up and dont have the chance to save our $ you should either go OR be thankful you can save your $ on the tix...

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Imagine firing up TPR to post about how a park lost your money because they haven't opened their new ride yet. 🤣

 

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If I ran a theme park I would not open a major new ride right now. Either you cap capacity and reduce potential returns or you have a huge crowd and when pictures of that crowd go viral you have a huge PR problem. It sucks, but I get it.

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^ I hear 'ya on this one. Although it appears like Sea World is close to opening Ice Breaker soon. Rumor has it Memorial Day. We'll see...

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Alright, I am going to be *that* person who asks for advice on how to hit the rides and navigate the park for the first time.

We are going on Wednesday and Thursday, June 9th and 10th. It is our first time at the park. I am familiar with the coaster collection, but not necessarily the park layout and where crowds head first. Is it best to go straight to Cheetah Hunt and Cobra's Curse at opening, since I assume those have pretty low capacity? Or do those lines die down later in the day and we should start in the back? Any advice is appreciated. I guess whether Iron Gwazi is open might affect things too, but honestly, I don't expect it to be open by then. Also, since the 10th is Velocicoaster's opening day, I am hoping everybody and their mom is at Universal that day to alleviate crowds at other parks. Or maybe that won't even make a difference since we're out in Tampa?

We plan on staying open-to-close both days (10am-10pm). We definitely wanna hit all the coasters and major rides, but are there any shows/exhibits that are *must see*? Same goes for food. We plan on getting the all-day dining plan both days. Thanks in advance!

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Two full days at this park is a ton of time to go at a very leisurely pace.

You don't need any strategy at all but yes, optimal strategy is probably Cheetah Hunt > Cobra's Curse > Scorpion and then just do whatever. In reality I would do Cheetah Hunt > Cobra's Curse > Montu since it's right there and will be a walk-on > Falcon's Fury if it's open so you can ride it before it breaks > Scorpion and then do whatever.

Also, keep an eye on the Quick Queue prices. They tend to be cheap at this park. Even if they're higher now they may drop day-of, and I'd even check on the booth by the entrance because sometimes their prices don't match the website anyway.

If you have two full days just do every exhibit, they're all good. Also look into some behind-the-scenes animal tours. Some are shockingly cheap.

My best advice is not to zig-zag, this park is a giant massive loop so just hit things as you come to them.

Other random tips:

- Take the train from the Nairobi Train Station to see the animals.

- Back row, closest to the unload side is the magic seat on Kumba.

- Back row, closest to the load side is the magic seat on Montu.

- The queue for Stanley Falls is the 7th layer of hell if the switchbacks are open and it's worth buying Quick Queue for that ride alone if it's hot, which it will be.

My only other advice is that as much as I love this place I'm not entirely sure you need two full 10-10 days unless you just really want to take it easy and I'd probably recommend spending that second day at an Orlando park.

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4 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

Other random tips:

- Take the train from the Nairobi Train Station to see the animals.

 

The train ride is great but take a look when you get there to see if they're still loading every other row. Usually the train seats a ton of people and you only have to wait for the next train to arrive, but during Spring Break this year they were loading every other row and a small que just outside the train station building ended up being about 3 cycles due to the seating. Just a heads up, we ended wait about an hour thinking it was only going to be maybe 15 minutes.

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@coasterbillWe do like to take our time and not be rushed when visiting parks. I just asked about strategy since we probably will not be buying Quick Queue if we have two full days at the park, unless it is shockingly cheap one of those days. This is mostly for my family, trying to ride everything and see everything. I will be living in Florida and this will be my new home park, so I plan on coming back often.

We have ample time at the Orlando parks both before and after BGT, so we're just going to spend both days here and have some fun. It has been a huge bucket list park for me and my dad (who is almost as coaster nerdy as me), so we figured two full days into our schedule - just to account for any ride closures due to storms, absolutely insane crowds (we are expecting it to be very busy), etc.

Thanks for the tips!

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