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PHOTO TR: Busch Gardens Tampa 2011 (90 pics uploaded)


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I will be posting pictures from my amazing trips from BGT this year starting from May, until December this year!

 

May 2011

PART 1

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I love the view of Montu from the Parking Lot!

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Cheetah Hunt as seen from the entrance of the park.

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It was my first time on the flyers so I had to check them out. They smoothed out the ride a bit but it is still rough.

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Gwazi station.

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Went to check on Cheetah Hunt construction (Note: these pictures were taken a week before the opening of the ride)

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Cheetah Hunt really changes this whole area of the park.

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Construction walls are finally down under the tower complete with landscaping.

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The "Crossroads" entrance overlook.

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Again.

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Walking around to Montu...ugh. I'm so glad we don't have to do that anymore.

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The amount of beauty this ride brings is amazing!

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This area will be filled at opening.

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If only there was a train...

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More shots of the first turn.

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The tower looks amazing!

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Cheetah Run.

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Under the tower...

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Closer look at the landscaping under the tower.

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(Write your own caption)...I'm in love with this shot.

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Last element of ride and looking out to the Serengeti Plain.

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I think this is a great shot.

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I had to check on Kasi and Mtani! (Note: They are now in the new Cheetah Hunt area and come out during certain times of the day)

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I'll leave you with this picture of them sleeping...awwwwww!!! **PART 2 of May 2011 will be posted tomorrow!**

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JUNE 3RD 2011 UPDATE STARTS TOMORROW WITH TONS OF SHOTS OF CHEETAH HUNT (if you know what I mean).

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I'll start today's update with the baby aardvark...it's just not the same as Kasi and Mtani...still cute though.

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It was roaming around his little "room" and sniffing...I think.

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Cheetah Hunt's corkroll!

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Different angle.

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Wait...

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This would be perfect if there was a Cheetah Hunt train right above it!!!!! UGH

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A look at the elephants.

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Timbuktu...this area has seemed "dead" this season. Hopefully they get rid of the Phoenix and put in a Screamin' Swing!

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Sheikra and Stanley Falls...the park was really empty in May...well at least before Cheetah Hunt opened.

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I love being in the front on the 4 second hang before the drop.

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I thought this shot was amazing! I can't believe I took this!

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Water Splash Finale Braking...whatever you wan't to call it.

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I love the view of Sheikra from the Zambia Smokehouse!

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Second drop into the tunnel...I miss the mist.

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Splash down!

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This is the entrance to the smokehouse and if you look up...this is what you see.

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Tidal Wave.

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This was supposed to turn out better but I was late and it didn't come out good.

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Sheikra's Immelman through the trees.

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This is my all-time favorite shot of Sheikra besides the one of the drop! I was really proud of myself haha.

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Just in case you didn't know what the big red thing I was taking pictures of or didn't bother reading the captions...here ya go.

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One last shot of the Sklooooooosh.

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A look at BGT's landscaping...doesn't even compare to BGW but still pretty.

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Statues of animals...they really must hate the heat haha...That's all from May's Update...Next update is June 2011 (the 3rd to be exact) and has a ton of amazing shots of Cheetah Hunt (literally) haha.

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June 3rd 2011 Trip at Busch Gardens Tampa!

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I was first rider of the day with my mom in the front row and we sprinted to the ride with the rest of the "herd" behind us...we did it though!...it was running great all day...love the airtime and the hanging loop...rhino rally area is great...this is a FANTASTIC addition to BGT.

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Walls are finally down and Cheetah Hunt is now on the sprint to catch its prey.

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The first turn is so pretty!

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I can't believe how they changed this...it's a beautiful alive area of the park...just think that one year ago (june) there were smelly horses out here and an old time looking skyride building.

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The line of people 10 min after the park opened.

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Cheetah Run, Cheetah Hunt, now Cheetah Gifts? wow...really creative haha. What about Cheetaka???

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The amazing entrance to the beautiful ride.

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The new skyride entrance...what a difference this area is...great job BGT

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Amazing view of the tower from the SkyRide entrance.

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I'm in love with this shot! I can't stop looking at it haha.

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How many cheetah's can you find in this picture?

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Looking at the marvelous tower.

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The "hop" over the skyride.

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I love this airtime hill.

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Looking back towards the "new" skyride station

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Cheetah Hunt is photogenic everywhere on the ride!

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This loop provides a lot of hang time.

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I tried to get the Rhino Rally area...didn't work out too well.

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Horns!!!

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Looking back...

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Stanley Falls! This ride never gets old.

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Kumba through the trees

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I thought this was a cool shot.

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GRRRR.

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All the tigers were sleeping because Jungala is VACANT when Cheetah Hunt is hunting.

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I'll end with this update with this shot...I went through the glass hole and there was a tiger right outside of it sleeping! It was amazing and scary. Tomorrow's update will feature more of Cheetah Hunt!

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Howl-O-Scream 2011 Review

 

This year's event based off of the "Dark Side of the Gardens:Zombies Live Here" really turned this year's event around. There were no scarezones and I actually thought it was better without them because the scare was everywhere at the park. It was really crowded this year and I went last night but here's my review:

 

Haunted Houses:

 

Zombie Mortuary-7/10

Yes it's a new house but so much of it is like Trapped in the Walls and you could tell when and where they were going to pop-out. It was themed "ok" but I thought this was going to be a stronger house than what it actually was. Not really scary.

 

Nevermore-7/10

Just like the DED house. No real scares. Didn't catch what works from Poe's stories they were trying to get to but the ending was pretty cool! Same design as the DED house, basically a retheme house, not new.

 

Ultimate Gamble: Vampire Casino-9/10

I thought they did a fantastic job with this house and will be a favorite. I didn't really feel like I was in a casino too much but there were a lot of creative scares in this house that I wasn't expecting. Howl-O-Scream really tried with some of their houses and this one blew me away. Careful about the "All-you-can-eat buffet towards the end"

 

Nightshade Toy Factory-8/10

Just like last year's but with minor updates. A few more scareactors, and a little different ending. Lots of effects in the house. Really enjoyed it. Nothing really scared me except the ending probably.

 

Death Row Vengeance: Fear the Dead-8/10

A returning favorite like Nightshade. Didn't really catch the whole zombie integregation but still liked it. Enjoyable house, no real scares though. Love the ending though.

 

Deconstruction: The Doctor is Out of Control-5/10

I wish they tear this one down. Every year they try to make it better but it gets worse and worse. No scares at all and don't bother waiting in line for it. I hope they make a new house here next year.

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