The first time I saw the sign that said Living with the Land had all its Fastpasses distributed, I was like, "WTF?" because it was right after opening.
Then I went to it (getting a Fastpass for Soarin' along the way) and got right on. Must've been a bad business decision to include Fastpass on the boat ride in the first place. It certainly doesn't need it, or didn't the four months I was down in Orlando.
Yeah Living With the Land really doesn't need FastPass usually, but around lunchtime the line can get pretty long because a lot of people will ride it just before or just after eating lunch since the Sunshine Seasons food court is right there too.
I usually hit Living With the Land first thing in the morning when everyone else is running to Soarin' or Test Track. I'll have a quick breakfast at Sunshine Seasons, then go on the boat ride. Great way to start the morning.
Alright, so here we are at Busch Gardens Bash in Tampa, FL. I don't think we could have asked for better weather, I doubt it got about 74 degrees. As per usual the park was vibrant and clean, nothing that wasn't unexpected. I give them three thumbs up for Haunt; easily some of the best Haunts I've been through and it showed. The place was packed around 11pm to the point in some areas you felt like you were on I-5 during Rush. But having been there since 7ish, I bowed out as the crowds rolled in. The early entry to Haunt with Dinner and the cut in line passes were invaluable, it allowed us to hit all but one attraction on the evening.
So, without further rambling, I present to you my take on Busch Gardens Bash. And please, I beg of you, comment if you like
Yawn, my it's early! But to meet up with friends I haven't seen in months and ERT at BGT, it was well worth it.
First order of business was CHunt. This is probably the shortest line you will ever see on a Saturday for CHunt this year.
Yuuuuup! Ready and waiting.
This is why you should come to bash events, or join a TPR Tour.
I confess, I didn't watch the video Robb did on purpose, I wanted to form my own opinion on CHunt. And while I was somewhat disappointed the ride didn't have more umph, there were certainly many aspects of the ride that were unexpected. The detail they put into the rides theme was nothing short of amazing.
Logan was fascinated by the Dog and Cat playing together.
On the way to Gwazi we stopped by to play Croc Hunter.
Taking Gwazi in the rear was one of the most terrifying experiences of the day.
After getting A$$ raped, we went over to pet and feed the Roos.
How amazing was this! Being able to feed the roos was totally unexpected!
This one took a liking to Shawn.
Personally I was fascinated at how soft they were. I think Amy would have taken one home.
"Ahhh, he likes me!"
Time for a quick group photo before lunch with the Big Man himself, err, Big Bird! Thanks to the park employees who put up with all of our cameras and took our picture!
They served whale for lunch, shockingly unexpected.
After lunch and before our VIP tour of Montu, we stopped by to watch a friendly game of leap frog already in progress. It was an unexpected discovery.
Seriously, if you have not watched the video below DO IT NOW! Be sure to turn the sound up ;)
It's VIP Tour time!
Here we have Norman, our awesome tour guide, telling Robb he is his biggest fan.
We got this close to the brake run.
We got to walk down these cool stairs to the holly land.
Somehow, this helps the ride operate.
Big brother is watching.
Inside the maintenance building they have a few demo's setup like this harness mech. This was a nice unexpected touch.
"This is a wheel assembly"
#5 has been disassembled for rehab
The wheels are HUGE! either that or I have a small head.
If you want to build your own Montu, here would be a good start.
You might also need these spare parts.
Upstairs we unexpectedly found a naked Montu.
Coaster sits on rails while in storage to prevent rider discomfort.
Uber cool bogey porn
More unexpected porn.
And even hotter porn.
"All restraints have been checked, visual scan, 5,4,3,2,1, clear, dispatching Montu" HAHA, they don't do that nonsense at BGT, gothcya!
"You lied to me you bastard, you said there was Yager in my restraint"
Enough of that, let's go outside and get personal with Montu.
That's what she said.
With a full load, Montu was hauling the mail.
These people were all like, "How did they get down there?"
This was freaking amazing.
Rock on dude!
Such a beautiful setting for a kick a$$ coaster, my #1 Invert. So that concludes the Montu tour, what next, hmmm.
Nappy Nap Nap Nap Nap, Nappy Nap Nap Nap! Nap! Nap! Yay, it's Nap Time!
After a nice dinner and a crazy dinner show, it was time for Haunt. Anton never looked so good.
We also checked out this show which was totally awesome and unexpected.
So the Haunts were awesome, sorry no pictures allowed and about all I can say is you have to do it at least once and Haunt Front of Line Pass is a must.
Joe says taking Kumba in the rear at night is AMAZING!
Another thing that was amazing was the time I had with old friends and new friends, a great time was had by all.
Hope you enjoyed this Adventure, and if you did, be sure to post a comment!
Only 2 more adventures remain in the season!
Last edited by chadster on Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:43 pm.
Nicely done Chad thanks for bringing back the good memories, and the horrible nightmare of Gwazi in the rear... Ouch. Overall though Busch Gardens Bash was a great day and like your trip report had some unexpected things.
Yay! I had such a great time hanging out with you and everyone that day. The turtle porn still cracks me up! And yes I still want to take one of those wallabys home with me. Oh and I want to thank you guys again for helping me build the courage to do the houses during HOS. Once I got over my initial freak out, I was having a blast (until that one vamp snuck between Shawn & I and scared the crap out of me in the vampire casino house ). Hope we can all do it again next year!
I'm going to Busch Gardens tomorrow and will tell the roos you say "hello".
I reeeeeeeeeeeeally wish I could have been there that weekend. Maybe next year if there is an event. I miss you guys and can't wait until our playdate at WCB (even though Joe might not be there, he'll be there in spirit).
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