When we arrived at the ticket booths and walked right up to purchase our tickets. To our surprise we were offered a funpass for the price of a regular ticket. Since the fun pass was good until the end of 2008 we snatched the offer because you never know what the future may hold.
The first coaster we decided to hit was Gwazi which was number 250 for me. To our surprise as we walked up we saw both sides cycling together. We decided to ride the Tiger side first. The wait was about a 2 train wait for the back which ended up being about 10 mins due to slow loading. We found the ride to be smoother than people made it out to be but not too intense. We also thought it lacked severely in dueling elements compared to LR. Overall 6/10.
Next we turned around and decided to ride the Lion side which was a 2 train wait for the back which ended up being 10 mins as well. This side provided the elements I’m used to on a GCI. It had airtime a lot of laterals was just as smooth as the Tiger side and provided an out of control feeling. The dueling aspect was still mediocre however. Overall Gwazi Lion gets an 8/10.
Next we ventured up to try Sheikra our first dive machine. The wait for the front row was about a 10 min wait. I have to admit that I had low expectations for this ride. I also have to admit I was wrong. The lift hill was steeper than expected and the drop more intense. The ride doesn’t pound you with forces but it’s a very fun coaster for what it is. I was also amazed at the sheer size of the drop, track and ride vehicles in person. Overall 9/10.
Next on the agenda we walked up to give Kumba a try. This was a 3 train wait for the front seat. I thought this coaster looked a little too similar to Medusa but I still thought it would be a fun ride. I loved the tunnels and the way the loop wrapped around the lift hill. I also thought that it provided some pretty good forces but wasn’t as intense as people said it was. I also thought that it was pretty smooth. Sure it rattles a little bit compared to newer B&M’s but its no where near a headbanger. I prefer Medusa though just for the slightly smoother ride. Overall 8/10.
Next we walked up to the newer Cheetah Chase. I had already ridden this ride at BGE and many other mice to boot so I knew what to expect. The ride was a walk on was smooth and provided good laterals. What else can I say about a Wild Mouse? Overall 5/10.
Next we decided to take a trip on Scorpion which was a walk on. This was a fun ride that was very reminiscing of Laser. It provided a smooth ride and actually had a helix that made me black out pretty badly. This was a surprise coaster of the day. Overall 7/10.
It was about time to head over to Montu but on the way we caught the Elephant show. It was a pretty good show but the size of elephants just doesn’t impress me that much anymore. I guess it’s because I’m so tall myself.
On the way to Montu we decided to give Rhino Rally a try since it was a walk on. The water portion was not working but I don’t really know what that means so it didn’t bother me. It was cool seeing the animals up close but since I live near SFGADv it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. Overall 7/10.
Next we finally made our way over to Montu which was a 3 train wait for the front. The trims were off and the mid course was barely on so all I can say is wow. This ride packs more punch than anything I’ve ever ridden. The theming was great as was the overall smoothness of the ride. My feet hurt afterwards from the G forces but it was completely worth it. Overall 10/10.
After our first ride we hopped on for a back seat walk on ride. Surprisingly it wasn’t nearly as intense but was still loads of fun.
We also made our way back for a front row ride on Sheikra which was a 30 min wait. Once again this ride delivered a fun experience that wasn’t too intense.
We also saw the bird sanctuary which was neat because we got to hold and touch the birds. The reptile house was my favorite because of the various snakes and the crocs. It’s really amazing how big these things are up close especially the alligators. We also had fun watching the monkeys and Gorilla’s. It’s amazing how much they are like us. I have a huge interest in evolution so I could have watched them for hours.
Overall it was a great day and we will be returning hopefully when that hyper goes up.
Busch Gardens is/are the only park(s) where something takes precedence over riding Coasters.
The first thing one should always do is make reservations for the beer masters class because they go fast. (Free, but limited tickets, lots of beer though.)
Then go ride a couple coasters and make your way to the Beer Hall. At Africa, always Start with the Smaller of the Bar areas across from the main taps. There are usually Taste tests and or limited edition or specialty beers. Quite often they will run out and when they are gone, they are gone. (also free)
It is only then that you make your way in line for the main taps. They have a 2 beer limit here, and are very good at recognizing 'cheaters.' If you time it right throughout the day, it is possible to obtain more then 2 free beers from there. (not that I would recommend it. ;) )
All in all, I usually end up with more free beer then I can drink.
That why I love Busch Gardens. Oh, and the coasters. lol
Sounds like you had a good time though.
Glad you had fun! Remebemer Chimps beat humans in simple memory test :)
Glad to see you did the Lorikeets. That is one of my favorite animal exhibits in the park.
Kumba on the other hand I love. Every time I ride it I am surprised by its intensity. Just when you think it can't go much faster, it somehow seems to gain more speed and throws you into the cobra roll.
Not to discount Kumba, though. Kumba is aging gracefully and gives one power packed ride. I actually did not like Kumba after my first visit. I must have had a train with square wheels on it because I thought it was too jarring and had a miserable ride. After my second visit to the park I became a believer.
When it comes down to it, though, Montu and Kumba are by far the best coasters in the park. Sheikra doesn't even come close...
Kumba definitely takes the top spot for me, followed by Montu, Sheikra, Cheetah Chase, Gwazi, and Scorpion.
Great park isn't it? Clean, always fresh and lots of animals.
The only complaint I have with it is the lack of flat rides. Heck, SFMM has more flats.
Otherwise: great coasters, great animal exibits, great scenery, and as has been stated, FREE BEER.
I just visited last Tuesday and the park was almost a ghost town. I was walking on everything. Definitely a great time of year to visit.
I think the lack of flats is a good thing. They don't overdo anything and they don't just plop something in.
By the way, never ride Phoenix. That thing is evil.
And yes, great scenery and free beer are pluses.
It's weird. I will ride any roller coaster I see, but I am scared of Phoenix. It's so loose, insecure.
As for Kumba, Montu, Scorpion and Shreika the lines aren't long and the coasters couldn't be better. One of the better Zoos I've been to and a great theme park. Gwazi frustrations aside one of my favorite parks. *** Edited 12/9/2007 4:17:00 PM UTC by rc-madness***
The others, amazing. And let me tell you, that Cheetah Chase is fun too!
Very time consuming.
Cheetah Chase? Meh, it is braked way to hard. The first half is fun, but the second half just crawls.
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