I'd go to IoA. *** Edited 3/5/2008 3:05:12 PM UTC by coasterMNguy...***
2022 Trips: WDW, Sea World San Diego & Orlando, CP, KI, BGW, Bay Beach, Canobie Lake, Universal Orlando
Do get there early so you can catch PF.
Busch does have the best *collection* of coasters, but IMO SheiKra really did very little to change the relative merits of each park. Mummy, OTOH, really made a HUGE difference for "the complex" as a whole.... ;)
Sorry to have to ask, but what is PF?
Once the park is "open-open", about 30-45 minutes after posted opening, they'll start insisting that you have a child to ride. I understand it was *designed* with kids in mind, but it's a REALLY fun ride. I'll echo some sentiments from a friend of mine who recently visited: "Why on EARTH would a major theme park in Florida build SUCH a low-capacity ride?"
Of course, I'm still trying to get them to go 2-across seating to double the (pitiful) capacity.
Gwazi - having a good month, apparently. The off-season rehabbing went particularly well this year, IMO, and now they're even dueling on a MUCH more consistent basis.
There is no such thing as a terrible Coaster just ones that haven't been taken care of
The theme at Busch Gardens is a serious theme. At IOA, it isn't. If you like water rides, go to IOA. I think they have pretty good ones there. If you like animals, go to Busch. If you want to go on more coasters, go to Busch. If you want to see Rogue, go to IOA.
If you are taking college kids, they will probalby enjoy going to the park durring the day and then going to city walk and partying at night.
Also, don't forget about the hour plus drive from Orlando to Tampa for Busch, while IOA is right there
I have been a season pass holder at both parks, and love both parks. I just think that the quality at IOA is better. Not coaster quality necessarily, but the quality of the rest of the park.
Might be concerned about the Harry Potter construction at IoA; it may distract from your thematic experience.
Hardly noticeable! The only hint of construction is behind a gate in Jurassic park. IOA is definitely the better all around park. I go there twice a month and am still not tired of it.
The distance isn't that long... I used to live in Winter Park(20 minutes west of Orlando), and could make a drive to Busch in an hour and a half.
...but there is NOTHING that can compare (IMO) to a visit to "virgin territory". A park I have yet to visit...for ME....is *always* going to beat out a park I have been to before...even if it's been awhile.
Meh, both are great, and you'll have a great time at either... if the weather is warmer (kinda dicey right now), IoA has two of the very finest water rides in existence. Busch's are VERY much "plain Jane" in comparison.
I would write down the three biggest reasons why you and the group are doing the trip and then make some decisions.
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