Busch Gardens Tampa – Day One

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 7:36 AM
2/13/02

After waking up a little before 5:00 am in Michigan, we set off for the airport. We flew out of Muskegon Airport around 7:00 and arrived in Chicago about an hour later. We had a little bit of a layover, then it was off to Tampa. We landed around noon, and were at the park by about 2:00. It was cold (55 degrees!) and gloomy, but I was so thrilled that I was finally there.

Originally we had planned just to hit up BGT on Sunday for a full day. To my mom, the whole point of this little hop over to the park on this day, before driving to my grandparents, was to redeem our bronze “fun passes,” but I knew all along I’d be riding that day for a few hours. What a deal the “fun passes” were! It was the same price as a day pass, but works all season. In addition to that, we received a discount along with a free t-shirt in the gift shop! This deal was so good, it seemed like a major rip off to BGT. How do they do it?!

After one hundred and five days without a coaster, I found myself sprinting towards Montu once in the park. It was a complete walk on. WOW. It blew me away. I was told by most that it was better than Raptor, but I thought there was no way….I was wrong. SO many inversions, in combination with the trenches, made it such a good ride. I re-rode another couple of times, and then forced myself to get off so I could ride the others in the short time we were there.

Next on the list was Gwazi. The park was so empty that only Tiger was running, and it dispatched each time with half-full trains. I chose the back for my first whirl. I was warned numerous times of the painstaking process of loading, so I was prepared for none other. Somehow, I managed a one-click ride…maybe it was the lack of people there and the tiredness of the employees. This being my first woody of the season, I was entirely too excited. I found myself somewhat pleasantly surprised. I had expected nothing great from this ride, but it ended up with some great laterals and short and sweet pops of airtime…but let me tell you, its no Timbers. I re-rode, but this time in the front. I got stapled…big time. My abdomen still hurt 10 mins later. Needless to say, my first ride was better ;).

Next was the almighty Kumba. We hopped the sky ride to the back of the park, which provided us with a great view of the wildlife. I found myself repeatedly saying, “Is that a real elephant/rhino/camel?!?” Ok, so on to Kumba. I had to wait one trainload to get the back right. It was a fun ride, provided some great gs and inversions, but I could tell right away it was not running up to par. Lines had grown, so I couldn’t manage a re-ride on this one. I sure hope one Sunday they replace its square wheels with round ones, so I can truly get a good ride on this beast.

Onto Python. Absolutely NO ONE in the station, I would’ve had a solo ride if it wouldn’t have been for a couple coming up the exit ramp. Overall a decent ride, I hadn’t realized it before, but it was exactly the same as ours at MIA, except a little smoother J. Ok, that was a credit, no re-rides for me since I have it at home.

Scorpion. I had been anticipating this quite a bit, actually, seeing as how it would be my first one of Anton’s creations. I was so impressed by this fun little ride. The loop, the head choppers, and the helixes were great. I just had to re-ride J.

After a hop on the upside-down swinging ship, I headed back to Montu. By now we only had about 30 mins left, and I wanted to purchase some postcards..but I NEEDED to get back on my new favorite invert. I rode two more times, got what I needed, and left the park just as it began to rain. Here are the totals for this two and a half hour visit:

Montu: 5
Gwazi: 2
Kumba: 1
Python: 1
Scorpion: 2


Overall, I loved this park. It was the best feeling in the world to walk midways again. The animal life along with the thrills put BGT in a warm place in my heart. I absolutely cannot wait to head back on Sunday for a full day of riding!

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Kara
403 Laps

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 7:43 AM
Ok, I'm jealous.  I go to BGT for a full day, and can't get a credit on Python. Kara goes for a few hours, and snags it ;)

Glad you had fun.

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 7:43 AM
I am glad to hear that everything is open and the lines arent too long.  I am flying into Orlando tommorow and will be making my way out to Busch later next week for a few days.  Looking so forward to riding Montu again!

Cheers,

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Bob Hansen

"Excuse me while I kick the sky!"
kickthesky@hotmail.com

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 8:11 AM
How busy does Busch Gardens Tampa during the winter season and during the summer seasons? It seems like everytime I read trip reports on Busch Gardens Tampa the park is usaly empty or slow. I like to make it down to Florida maybe in the fall of this year.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 8:18 AM

ST chick said:
"After one hundred and five days without a coaster, I found myself sprinting towards Montu once in the park. It was a complete walk on. WOW. It blew me away. I was told by most that it was better than Raptor, but I thought there was no way….I was wrong."

Sorry for quoting, but I think some other people needed to see that in print (on monitor) one more time. Brakes or no brakes: Montu: Rules the sky! (no offense R-Jo :))
jeremy
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 8:32 AM
Jeremy,

How true, how true.  Montu blows Raptor away as well as every other inverted I have riden IMHO.

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Bob Hansen

"Excuse me while I kick the sky!"
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 10:50 AM
Awesome, more Montu gushing.  I have to agree, *still* my favorite inverted ever!

Montu rules the...trenches. ;)

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 11:47 AM
Too bad you didn't get to ride the Kumba I got to ride. It was almost as smooth as Raging Bull, except forcefull. It's my favorite sit down looper (out of Demon, Shockwave, Scorpion, and of course, Kumba)

And on Montu, just out of curiocity, did you feel the trims? I was expecting them, because of all the people who rip on them, I saw them, they came by, and I didn't feel them... Did you feel them, or was it like what I experienced?

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 11:58 AM
Im so glad to hear that you finally made it.  Ive got to admit i will miss you caounting the days down every single day for the past week or two, LOL.  Enjoy the next few days.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 1:00 PM
Will be down there myself in one month to hit BGT, IOA and the Disney parks.  I miss Montu....

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 1:28 PM
The trims were hitting incredibly hard on Montu, which bummed me out...but its still the best! I honestly don't think I'll ever get over that coaster...until Talon atleast ;).
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Kara
403 Laps
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 1:46 PM
Now Kara, do you mean the (alleged) trim BEFORE entering the batwing or the midcourse brake run AFTER the batwing.

On my *sole* ride on Montu I felt NO slowing before the batwing (and yes, I was kinda bracing for it). After the batwing though we did pretty much come to a dead stop. but at that point I could have gotten off *right there* and Montu would still be my favorite looping coaster of any type (inverted, sitdown, standup, floorless, wooden)
Okay I'm done :)
jeremy
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 2:14 PM
Are the midcourse brakes always slammed on?  The first time I rode Montu the train had almost came to a complete stop.  It barely made it over the hump following the MCs.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 2:53 PM
The MCBR was hard at the end of January. Thats the reason I don't think it's as good as Batman... the second half is as fast as a softshell turtle flattened on a highway.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 3:15 PM
Wow, this park sounds awesome! I am going there in about two weeks and am totally phsyced(sp).  Do they ever run both Gwazis anymore?  I hope they are when i go there.  Will the lines be at all big on March 6 and 7?  Thanks:)

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 4:28 PM
Jeremy,

 There is indeed a trim before the batwing on Montu. It wasn't being used when I rode it last week, but it was still there. I have felt it on earlier rides though.

 One thing I have noticed is if the trim in the batwing is off, then the block brake will slow the train a lot. If the batwing trim is on, the block brake with not brake as hard.

-Sean

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Sunday, February 17, 2002 8:09 PM
I only felt the trim on the batwing on my rides with a full load of riders on Montu.  The midcourse block was on heavy.  Montu still was a kickbut ride and was my favorite invert till Dueling Dragons.  I just like the way the layout is different on Dueling dragons and Fire has a great downward helix.

Great TR Kara and BTW your corkscrew dosn't have tree branches hanging only inches from your face in the corkscrews :)

Chuck who has herd two people complain about square wheels on Kumba since his Jan 1 visit.  I thought it was the best B&M non invert I had ever ridden PERIOD!

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Charles Nungester
167 coasters asn hopes to be over 200 by the end of 2002

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Monday, February 18, 2002 12:18 PM
A little lait to this thread, but yes,

Montu does rule the sky. :)
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Monday, February 18, 2002 12:37 PM
I rode Montu about 15 times when I went to BGT, and felt no trims at all.
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Monday, February 18, 2002 1:05 PM
I WANT MY NITRO!!!  <goes into the corner and whimpers like a schoolgirl>
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