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P. 372: Serengeti Flyer swing ride announced!

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29 minutes ago, YoshiFan said:

Last year Sunday was a lot less crowded than Monday but that was probably because the Buccaneers played a playoff game that day. This year they are playing Monday night so it probably won’t make Monday less crowded at least not until later in the day.

If you can get there at opening Monday, I’d probably go then. If you stay ahead of the crowd you should be able to get to Iron Gwazi and then Montu before it gets too crowded. Montu has been running 1 train a lot and the line can get bad by late morning on weekends/holidays. 

Yeah I'll be able to get there at opening on Monday. I just saw too that they are including a free meal at the park with admission, so I could take a spin on the coasters and then enjoy some lunch before heading out.  Thank you for the input! :)

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Has anyone purchased the two park ticket before? I was wondering if I both that, if both tickets could be used the same day? Basically looking to get me and a friend in a little cheaper. Do they do twilight hours or anything?

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8 minutes ago, DJ_Sillybootz said:

Has anyone purchased the two park ticket before? I was wondering if I both that, if both tickets could be used the same day? Basically looking to get me and a friend in a little cheaper. Do they do twilight hours or anything?

I presume you mean a BGT/SWO two-park ticket.  If that's the case, yes I bought one back in 2021 through TicketsatWork.com.  I don't recall if there was a restriction on using them the same day, but I do know that there was only one printout/barcode that I used.  Sorry if this doesn't help.

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8 hours ago, AmyUD06 said:

I presume you mean a BGT/SWO two-park ticket.  If that's the case, yes I bought one back in 2021 through TicketsatWork.com.  I don't recall if there was a restriction on using them the same day, but I do know that there was only one printout/barcode that I used.  Sorry if this doesn't help.

That's important, thanks!

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11 hours ago, DJ_Sillybootz said:

Has anyone purchased the two park ticket before? I was wondering if I both that, if both tickets could be used the same day? Basically looking to get me and a friend in a little cheaper. Do they do twilight hours or anything?

A few years back we bought a sea world orlando ticket combo with a Busch Gardens Tampa ticket. Included parking and meals at both parks. It was pretty slick 

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Serengeti Flyer's entrance sign is up (picture taken from the train). Cobra's Curse has also been closed the past 2 days, hopefully it's not going to be an extended closure like some past times over the last 2 years.

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If all coasters are open, nothing should be that much of a wait. Iron Gwazi, Cobra’s Curse, Montu and Cheetah Hunt might have some lines early in the day but nothing too bad. 
 

By afternoon it should be walk ons or close to it, if Cobra’s Curse is still closed, Cheetah Hunt and Montu will have longer lines more of the day.

 

Also Falcon's Fury is supposed to open again this spring. I hope it actually does open then and it won't be like the Skyride that had signs up for opening in summer 2022 and never did open.

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/entertainment/theme-parks/2023/01/25/busch-gardens-says-drop-ride-falcons-fury-will-reopen-this-spring/

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I took today off to go tandem skydiving for the first time. With the jump spot roughly half way between Tampa and Orlando, I thought I’d make the Trek to Tampa. It was a really amazing experience and no where near as nauseating as the Stratosphere Sky Jump (I found the Vegas strip lights to make the sensation of height a bit much) and the whole thing was very serene yet thrilling. Highly recommend! 
 

Ever since I moved to Orlando, one of my favorite things to do is visit this park on a weekday during January or March.  Today was no exception and the added bonus was that the ride availability was probably the best I‘ve seen in 5 years. 4 rides on Montu, IG, and   Kumba, and a single ride on Cheetah Hunt, Sheikra and Tigris. Just a few notes :

- Ops were good with 2 train operation on Sheikra, Iron Gwazi and Cheetah Hunt. Everything but the front rows were a walk on. 
- Montu and Sheikra were running like a dream. I really do prefer the latter to Dr. D, as much as it pains me. It’s so much smoother and the “loop and swoop” (as I can the  Immelmann and sweeping turn before the block brake) is still my favorite moment on any dive coaster. Montu was nearly trimless and running like a bat out of hell despite half full trains. 
- I’m a huge Kumba advocate but it was pretty gnarly going into the first corkscrew in the back. I had a Zen ride in the front which was ironically smooth. 
- I rode in the front seat of Tigris with a nice younger guy. I think we were the only ones on the ride and we started chatting about parks afterwards when we noticed we both had coaster apparel. We both agreed that SV has the edge to IG, which I know is an unpopular opinion. I just love the sheer setting and length, but Iron Gwazi is fierce (to quote the safety spiel) and so much more accessible, so I’ll take it. 

 

Best day I’ve had lately!

 

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