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Busch Gardens Bash! Oct. 15th, 2011 - Busch Gardens Tampa


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Just got home a bit ago from my two day drive, and had to post to say that BGB WAS AWESOME! Cheetah Hunt was a lot of fun, the coaster tour was great, and I really liked HOS. And...I COULD ACTUALLY DO MAZES THIS YEAR! My eyes have finally healed enough from all the surgery that I can go into haunt mazes and actually see stuff. I thought Vampire Casino was the best house of the night (the talent inside were very aggressive!), but all the houses were fun. And the roaming zombies ruled!

 

One of the best days I've ever had at BGT. Thanks, Robb, Elissa, and everyone else involved for the awesome fun. And I even got a few Ice Bat photos...

 

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My first TPR Bash and I had a blast, along with everyone in my group. Thanks Robb, Elissa, Busch Gardens Tampa and anyone else involved with getting these bashes together.

 

ERT on Cheetah and Montu was the greatest, well worth getting to the park at the crack of dawn for lol. Both tours were outstanding and both Scott and Norm were great tour guides and you could tell they are very passionate about what they do. A great day all around and look forward to many more TPR events in the future

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Rise and shine, lets get started

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Waiting for the sleeping beast to wake

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Little ones first coaster

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Loved the ERT on the 2 coasters

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The real deal and best buddy

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Be one with the Cheetah

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Under the bridge, over the sky ride to grandmas house we go

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They grow up fast!

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Cheetah pumpkin dodgeball

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Top of the world. Very eye pleasing element thats for sure

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Zero to lazy Cheetah

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Busch Gardens Tampa has so much to offer for everyone between the awesome coasters, flat rides, and animals you can go all day and still not see everything.

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Our best giraffe impression

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Shiekra towering over Scorpion

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Warning you may get wet

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Got to train them early

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Just monkeying around

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Always one in every crowd

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Montu tour time. Norman was super excited to be giving this tour

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Montu thinks im a perfect angel

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I like my bearings frozen

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Coaster guts

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Eye see you

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Inside the belly of the beast

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Somethings missing here

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The making of a funny picture

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Outside portion of the Montu tour.

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So close you can almost smell the stinky feet

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To the bat cave

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Time for HOS tour with our most excellent tour guide Scott

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Group photo time

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How the hell did you get the beans above the frank!

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Show during Fright Feast

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Radioactive Zombies

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Kumba night ride, yes please

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Vampire Casino was one of my favorite houses

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All I ask for are sharks with freakin lasers on their heads. I that too much to ask for?!?!?

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CROWDED!

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Good night BGT and TPR, it was an epic day and a long one at that!

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Woah, first oppourtunity to sit down at the computer after getting back from Florida last night.

 

It was great seeing some recent new friends again from the past summer and making a few more brand new ones too.

 

Having been to Busch Gardens just a few years earlier I was surprised to be reminded just how awesome Kumba and Montu are. Both were running exceptionally smooth and fast, especially Kumba since I remember it being a bit rough my last visit. Such great early B&M's. It was also great to see Montu behind the scenes and do the walkback, while the coaster was running!!!

 

Cheetah Hunt is really a great coaster. Each ride you can't help but to like it more and more. It's not the most insane of coasters but it has plenty of great elements that are fun to shoot through. It has a good balance of hills above ground and trenches below ground. Definitely a new favourite and I loooove the train stylings.

 

It was also my first time really partaking in a "haunt" event. All the houses were incredibly cool.

 

I have to say Busch Gardens Bash was a great big dollup of awesome sauce on what turned out to be a great jaunt down to Florida for the weekend. Definite kudo's to Robb and Elissa for getting things together. Thank you!

 

I also agree, Hockeyman55 great pictures!

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HA! Glad to see someone else got photos of the tortoise porn too! That had to be the funniest thing all day. I was cracking up at the parents lifting their kids up to see over the fence.

 

Here are some of my photos from the day:

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They're changing out the OTSR on Montu from yellow to black.

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Kasi is the cutest cheetah EVER!

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Group photo with Big Bird before taking over Air Grover (because we're sad and pathetic).

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Chad, Shawn & Logan got soaked on Stanley Falls!

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Steve and Joe got MORE soaked!

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Shawn feeding a wallaby at Walkabout Way. I love this section of the park.

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Lunch time!

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VP of Engineering & Design, Mark Rose, talked to TPR during lunch.

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This is my "serious" pose.

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It's Jesus gorilla!

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Hot tortoise lovin'. And the bird apparently wanted in on the action!

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We had a great driver at Rhino Rally. I think his name was Doug. He was really funny and had us laughing the whole time.

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KUMBA!!

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Could it be? OMG! It's Piers!!

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I'm a roller coaster nerd and DAMN proud of it!

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This was actually my 2nd time taking the Montu backstage tour and Norman was my tour guide when I took it a year ago!

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"Please don't eat me, Mr. Tiger!"

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These monsters during Howl-O-Scream were awesome.

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Scary-ass zombie hobo clown!

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One advantage of Howl-O-Scream: Outside of Cheetah Hunt (which had a posted 110 minute wait at 10:30pm), lines for the other coasters were almost non-existent!

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Steve and one of the Naughty Nurses

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The Vampire Casino maze was really well done. And... $2 Blackjack! Yay!

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Gotta love the Fiends show!

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Shawn and his spiffy new zebra beanie hat!

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Wonderpup and Ice Bat finally meet!

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^ Later in the night the crowds reached the coasters in the back. We rode Skeikra around 10 and Kumba around 10:30. Sheikra's line was crazy busy and Kumba was fairly busy but not as packed as Sheikra. We used the front of line passes for the coaster's and walked right on all of them, it was a beautiful thing lol

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2 things I have learned that are absolute fact: Turtles like to mess around and Kumba makes living better. BGT has a killer coaster line up but can you imagine that place with a big freakin Intamin woodie. Will anybody please build another El Toro except with more twisty bits at the end.

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Busch Gardens Bash was excellent--thanks, again, to Robb, Elissa, and BGT! Cheetah Hunt is a helluva good ride, the backstage tour of Montu was great, and Howl-o-Scream was a lot of fun (especially the roaming hordes of zombies). And the Fright Feast show had dancing Jager bottles!

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Busch Gardens Bash was Red Dawn Awesome! I did have problems with my annual pass (credit card for EZ Pay was messed up) and I got a little sick at around 3 and missed the HOS tour (due to about 3 hours of sleep the night before), but no one is to blame for that except me. I finally got to ride front seat on Cheetah Hunt. I'm glad we got the front of the line passes for HOS. I was seeing hour long lines for the houses all night. Nevermore hit 2 hours! Crazy!

 

When is the next Busch Gardens Bash? I would also attend the Legoland Bash, whenever that is.

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