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Hi All,

 

Me and a friend went to the Tampa Bay Area for our Spring Break last week, and we hit up Busch Gardens for two days, since the second day is free anyhow. There is just so much to do in the Bay area, including beautiful beaches, tons of mini golf, indoor and outdoor go-karts and lots of bowling alleys. We geocached and successfully found 5 caches. We also found a carnival in a mall parking lot and rode each ride once. Food in the Bay area is delicious, especially any of the Frenchy's restaurants out at Clearwater Beach, and any Cody's Roadhouse, which includes unlimited salad and rolls with all entrees.

 

The first day (Tuesday, March 16, 2010) at Busch Gardens, was a relatively empty day at the park. We had walk on rides for all of the coasters except (surprisingly) Scorpion. Gwazi was running rough on both tracks 6/10[lion], 5/10[tiger]. Montu was slow in the morning, but as the day went on, it sped up considerably, and offered some very intense rides. Loved it! 10/10. Kumba was a bit rougher than I remember, but had amazing pacing and was really intense and fun 10/10. Skeikra was purely amazing, not only was it as smooth as butter, but there was some surprise airtime, and the ride was so perfectly incorporated into Stanleyville 10/10. Scorpion packs a punch for such a small coaster. 9/10. We had lunch at the Zambia Smokehouse, which was hands down the best [non-Disney] theme park food I have ever had. We got a 1/4 Chicken, 2 pieces of Brisket, 2 huge country ribs, fries, and a dinner roll all for around $13. It was definitely worth it. We saw the show Let's Dance and got on the Sky Ride just before the park closed at 7 pm.

 

The second day (Thursday, March 18, 2010) was considerably more crowded, but still the park offered very short rides on most of it's popular attractions. Today the Sky Ride was closed due to high winds, but we made it on the Log Flume twice, and Tanganyka Tidal Wave early in the morning before changing and hitting up the coasters and ALL of the animal attractions. We rode the train shortly before we left at 4 pm.

 

I hope you enjoy the pictures from our day at the park.

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The park entrance (Morocco)

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Gwazi- running both sides simultaneously

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Entrance

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I wish it were smoother

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Drinks

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Once the hospitality house, now the Garden Cafe

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Butterfly Topiary

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Blue McCaws

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Threesome!

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an up-skirt view of Shakira

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Damn you so sexy!

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70 mph....

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Shakira's a squirter

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She's just such a part of Stanleyville!

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Jungala

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Orangatan

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Damn Glare

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Signatre Shot

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Cobra Roll Love

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Awesome, yet simple, maneuver

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Lifthill action

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B&M's first dive loop

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Feel the STING of the SCORPION

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Really Really intense for such a small coaster!

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Schwarzkopf Loops Rock!

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The Rhino Rally, with the Water Portion fully functional

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White Rhino

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Nairobi Train Station

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Tortoise

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Myombe Reserve

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He fits in well

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Gorillas

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Crown Colony House

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Turtle in Edge of Africa

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Nile Crocodile (used to be below Montu)

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Nala

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The Sarengeti Plain

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Montu

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Cheetah Chase, yo

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Best thing in Tut's Tomb!

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Zebra

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Boiler Up!

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Sheikra...Through the PALM trees!

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Roar

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Hope you Enjoyed!

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I haven't visited the park in a while, but when did Gwazi's trains lose their art on the front of the trains?

 

I know there's a possibility of Millennium Flyers being installed, but just wondering.

 

Great trip report though.

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Great TR! Now I want to go to BGA more than ever. We may be down that way next year, and if so, we need to stop here for a few days. That park always looks so impressive. It always looks Clean, and the animals always look so healthy and content compared to what I'm used to seeing at the zoos around here.

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That park always looks so impressive. It always looks Clean, and the animals always look so healthy and content compared to what I'm used to seeing at the zoos around here.

 

I couldn't agree more. The best part is that most of the animals don't appear to be caged. Obviously, they are restrained to their areas, but to the General Public, it looks as though they are free to go anywhere.

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