I obviously want to experience the rides, while my parents would go to shows and animal attractions. Can this all be done in one day?
Also, any advice on strategy once we get into the park, and any tips on how to save money (cheapest tickets I have seen so far are from AAA) would be greatly appreciated!
EDIT: Also, it looks like Dollywood is on the way (about half way between the park and here). Is it worth taking an extra day to visit?
-Sam *** Edited 4/17/2005 1:42:55 AM UTC by Avalanche Sam***
If you arrive at the park within a half hour of it opening, head straight for Kumba in the very back of the park. You should have a very short wait there, so make sure to re-ride if you want. Next, work your way back to the very front of the park and go to Montu. You should have a decent wait for this ride, 15-20 min im guessing, but you never know. Montu is an AMAZING ride, one of my favorites.Make sure you get a ride once in the back and the front.
After Montu, head straight across the park to hit Shiekra (if its open, im not sure when it does). If it is open make sure to get that done. Then go to Gwazi. This is another great ride. Both sides are quite different and both are excellent. The animal part is really cool, and make sure to take the train around the park.
Have a great day, its a wonderful park.
Hope that helps.
I was just asking if one day was enough.
But we did everything.
Scorpion doesn't usually have a long line, but I've never seen it run more than one train so hopefully that isn't too much of a wait.
Cheeta Chase usually gets long lines after the Lighthouse 4-D let's out a crowd of people (since it is right next door).
Kumba usually is deserted near the end of the day leaving a one train wait for the front and a walk on for the rest of the train. Definitely try this one in the front and back as well, it's wicked intense.
Python is skip-able, but if you ride it, sit anywhere on the right side of the train.
As for Gwazi - lately they have been only running one side. Both are good in my opinion, and definitely better in the front of the train for all the pops of unexpected air.
SheiKra is opening on the 21st of May for the general public (I think). If that's open when you are there, I have no idea how lines will be.
And finally - Dollywood is well worth a stop if you can budget the time. It's a great park for shows and shopping for the people who don't ride, and it has three very unique and exciting coasters that I've never seen with horribly long lines... but you never know.
-Keith "Badnitrus" McVeen
I know that someone suggested you do Kumba at the back of the park and then come back to the front for Montu but my last trip to BGT I found it best to hit Montu then hop on the skyway to get to the back of the park and track down Kumba.
You may even be able to hit Gwazi to the left of the park's entrance, veer right to Montu, THEN take the Skyway to the back of the park.
As long as you get there when the park opens you will have NO problem doing the major coasters -- and Rhino Rally (it gets a bad rap but it is a one-of-a-kind attraction) -- before lunch.
Cheetah Chase (low capacity is its curse), Scorpion, Python -- if you don't mind getting soaked the rapids ride is a pretty good one. The Lighthouse 4D show can also possibly be considered a water ride!
Either way, if I were you I would have your parents meet up with you for a late lunch at Crown Colony and at that point you will have done the marquee thrill rides and then you can spend some quality family time and meander through the park and enjoy the animal exhibits.
Like any park visit, you should prioritize. If you arrive at the park within an hour of gate-open, try to ride Montu and Gwazi first, then Kumba. You can probably re-ride these later, but you may have to miss other attractions.
I had a great time visiting 10-6 on a weekday in January, riding all the coasters and water rides, but I opted to miss every show and the train ride past the animals.
Keep in mind, that if you have the time, BGT has a 2nd day free policy.
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