Busch Gardens Tampa

Monday, May 19, 2003 10:22 PM
Just out of curiosity how many enthusiasts here say there home park is busch gardens tampa?

My question is, is Akbar's Adventure a decent ride or not? How is the park in general? I am probably heading down there soon, just didn't know if a stop at BGT is worth it or not...or should i just stay in the Orlando area instead?
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Monday, May 19, 2003 11:23 PM
I would do BGT. I cant say that it is my home park, but I have been there about 5 times in the past year and still love it. Gwazi is a must ride, Kumba is awesome, and Montu is OK. The food is excellent, the park is clean and beautiful, and there is a lot of non ride things to do... gorilla exhibit, bird exhibit, the African Savannah. Rhino Rally is an excellent non coaster ride, when its working, and better yet when its working with the river finale. Sandstorm is a pretty simple flat, but it always a must ride for me. Scorpion is a small, but decent looping coaster, Swartzkopf made, so automatically fun. If you can swing it I would defiantely try and find the time to make it to Tampa for Busch Gardens.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 4:35 AM

CarolinasCarowindsBoi said:
I would do BGT.

LOL! I thought that I was the only one who referred to parks and coasters as sex objects.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 6:35 AM
I really enjoyed BGT when I visited in 2000. Kumba, Gwazi, and Montu are all excellent, and you really can't pass up the opportunity to ride a great Schwarzkopf looper, Scorpion. I was also surprised at how beautiful the park was. I'd heard it was lousy compared to BGW, so I was expecting a pretty ugly park--especially considering its location in the armpit of Tampa--but that was not the case.

By the way, does anyone have pics of the newly repainted Python?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 7:42 AM
Just went last month. I'd return in a heartbeat if I was in the area. Montu, Kumba and Gwazi are worth the price of admission alone. The park is really clean and pretty, although not on the same level as BGW.

It's less crowded than the Orlando parks. If you go, be sure to take some good walking shoes as the parks layout is widespread. You have to do a lot of walking to get from one main attraction to another.

Vater, I do have some pictures, but unfortunatley the digital camera was broke. I had to do one of those disposable camera deals. I don't have a scanner so I can not post them. The Python looked nice though decked out in a bright yellow and glossy black paint scheme.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 7:48 AM
Yeah, I'm actually surprised Busch decided to repaint it. I really loved the yellow/black scheme as well, and it's been that way since day one, as far as I know.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 9:19 AM

It's my home park, but it hasn’t been my home parks for vary long though. Because I just move down to Florida (St. Petersburg) at the end of January and I've only gone twice so I don't know a ton about it yet. But It's worth a visit IMO, Kumba and Montu are good Beemers, plus if your over 21 you can go do that beer thing they have and you get a free cold one!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 9:31 AM
Well, I personally think that BGT is the best park in Florida, but I realize that I am in the minority with that opinion. Anyway, Akbar blows. I thought the synch of the motion with the film was off. It almost made me and my sister barf. Montu is the supreme god of B&M goodness, not to be missed. Kumba is B&M's "agressive" side. Gwazi is solid, not quite top tier, but overall decent.

The park as a whole though is amazing. It's just a great place to be with a lot to see and even more to do. Oh and did I mention? FREE BEER!

lata, jeremy

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 10:18 AM
I went there a month ago and highly recomend you go. Python looks great in its new paint and is nicely themed and looks great. Montu is an AWSOME INVERT and is my second favorite coaster of all time, Kumba is great, fast, and intense, and same goes for Gwazi...and if you get a duel consider yourself lucky...Scorpion was also a decent coaster...and looks nice. The park is also very well themed and i saw constant sweepers everywere...Great place and upkeep...But like mentioned already bring walking shoes because theres alot of walking to do.

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1. S:RoS @ SFNE 2. Montu 3. Yankee Cannonball 4. Kumba 5. Gwazi 6. Cyclone (SFNE) 7. B:DK

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 10:48 AM

2Hostyl said:
Anyway, Akbar blows. I thought the synch of the motion with the film was off. It almost made me and my sister barf.

What made this ride so bad? And what could've been done a lot better?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 10:55 AM
Jason, Akbar (and its predecessor, "Professor Dagnabbit's 'hurling' through time-machine") were both VERY poorly timed. When the image on screen doesn't synch up with the movement of the seats, it can be exceptionally disorienting, and CAN make you quite nauseous...trust me, I've been there...;)

On the plus side, there's a top-notch invert, a kick-butt sit-down Beemer, an Anton looper, and a revitalized GCI that duels *occasionally*...add in a world-class zoo, FREE beer....what's not to love...I gotta get back there soon myself, now...;)
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 11:38 AM

rollergator said:
Jason, Akbar (and its predecessor, "Professor Dagnabbit's 'hurling' through time-machine") were both VERY poorly timed. When the image on screen doesn't synch up with the movement of the seats, it can be exceptionally disorienting, and CAN make you quite nauseous...trust me, I've been there...;)

When you say the ride wasn't in sync, do you mean you'd see the screen make a right hand turn, but your seat would turn left...or more of a you'd see the screen turn right, and then your seat would turn a few seconds later?

Did you ever see, or hear people talking about wanting to puke?

Thanks.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 12:26 PM
The second one, the seat would move appropriately, just not in time with the movie...which incidentally why the Disney version is called "Body Wars", ROFL...the eyes and the inner ear have two different ideas of what's happening, and the *conflict* causes considerable nausea...

...and I *was* one of the people talking about wanting to puke...:). I had hoped Akbar would be a marked improvement...it wasn't...;)
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 5:54 PM

MikeMir87 said:
Montu is an AWSOME INVERT and is my second favorite coaster of all time, Kumba is great, fast, and intense, and same goes for Gwazi...and if you get a duel consider yourself lucky

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 6:02 PM
Really...I wish I knew that when I was there...DAMN!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 11:29 PM
Yesss.. do Bush Gardens, Tampa. It is fantastic. As everyone has already stated, great park, very pretty and very clean. There is a LOT of stuff to do and see, even if you aren't crazy about riding the great rides. And the food is great, good selections. At least we thought so anyway!

The coasters are excellent, and I agree, worth every penny you pay to get in. I loved it all, just to be honest, all four of us did. We loved all the rides and things they offered. Each trip we make... we go back for seconds, and even thirds, if at all possible, on the Coasters and other rides we love. I just turned 40, but I am by far NOT old yet. Get me in a park and I am a kid again!

BGT isn't my 'home park' either, but I lived in Valdosta, Ga, which isn't THAT far..ha.. We went at least six times while living there I know, and now that I have moved to northern part of Ga, about hour from Atlanta, we have been back to BGT 2 times, just since we moved. :-)Great park and worth the effort.

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