Bush Gardens Tampa worth it?

Monday, April 28, 2014 12:13 AM
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cubkev said:

Everyone is different. Why is that an issue?

Because a well-standardized and agreed upon form of communication exists. You don't have the privilege of being different. It's spelling and grammar. We've all be learning and practicing the rules for longer than we can remember.

Anything less shows how little respect you have for the process. When you show lack of respect, you tend to get the same back.

Monday, April 28, 2014 12:44 AM
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So a mod and the site master both explained why grammar and spelling is important in this thread. Anyone else wanna chime in about not being a spelling nazi or the grammar police?

Or perhaps just read the sites rules and abide by them.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 1:06 AM
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I'm different. I spelled my damn screen name wrong.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 6:57 AM

Lord Gonchar said:

We've all be learning and practicing the rules for longer than we can remember.

Is that the grammar they teach in Dayton these days?

Monday, April 28, 2014 8:59 AM
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Ooooh, look at Shades throwin' shade.

Monday, April 28, 2014 9:19 AM
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Back on topic, I saw a lot of love given to Sheikra, Montu and Kumba. While they all deserve the love they are given, one must not forget the one hidden gem of the park: Scorpion. It is a classic Schwartzkopf and still gives a great ride.

Certain victory.

Monday, April 28, 2014 10:09 AM

There's no "t" in Schwarzkoph. :)

I know, I'm an asshole.

Monday, April 28, 2014 11:01 AM

^ It's "pf" not "ph" in Schwarzkopf... I guess I'm a bigger asshole? (*)

But then again, what do I know?

Monday, April 28, 2014 11:21 AM
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Re: Bush Gardens - "Mons Venus" last came up here in 2003. http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Topic/atlanta-tampa-orlando-lauderdale-help#341887

Entirely different kind of "amusements."

Monday, April 28, 2014 11:50 AM
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Blackie said:

There's no "t" in Schwarzkoph. :)

I know, I'm an asshole.

And as someone who is semi-fluent in German, I should have caught that. ;) And what Shane said about the 'ph'. :P

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Monday, April 28, 2014 12:23 PM
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cubkev said:

Also consider that the job of "Grammar Police", is a job designed for assholes.

Couldn't tell you the last time we bounced someone out of here, but if that's how you're going to address the community you rarely contribute to, you definitely will be next.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 12:32 PM

There is enough to do there to justify a 2 day visit if you want to do more than coasters. The fun card, which is basically a season pass for less than $100, brings the price to a reasonable amount. It isn't just a ride park, its half ride park/half zoo.

There is a solid collection of inversion coasters, nice theming, some nice shows, and lots of animal attractions. The park features a great railroad through the animal habitat and probably the best cable skyway still operating. The food quality is better than most theme parks and they have a good all-day deal on that. Definitely the best coaster collection in FL (in one park).

Plus the landscaping there is phenomenal. Everthing everywhere in the park is landscaped. Even when you are on the back areas of the train ride.

The main area that this park lacks is flat rides, which are basically non-existant. The other major flaw is the sad state that Gwazi is in an operated in.

I agree, Scorpion is great. It's amazing how well Schwarzkopf coasters age and shame that they are no longer produced.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 12:55 PM
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Shades said:

Is that the grammar they teach in Dayton these days?

I had to re-read my post three times before I caught it.


Proof that typos happen to the best of us.

Monday, April 28, 2014 12:58 PM

LostKause said:

As far as a topic asking if whatever park is "worth it," that is such a goofy question. If the park is still in business after charging whatever they charge, then of course the majority of people who attend the park think that it is "worth it." If they didn't, the park would lower their prices to get people to visit.

It is made doubly goofy by the fact that the original poster has already been to the park. I assume that he/she is suggesting that the park wasn't worth it and is just looking for validation.

And, yes, the park is worth it. I haven't been in several years, but I loved it. Montu is easily one of my favorites.

Monday, April 28, 2014 3:50 PM
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Jeff said:

Couldn't tell you the last time we bounced someone out of here

September 3, 2013 ~11pm CST -> Tyler.

It's highlighted on my calendar.

Monday, April 28, 2014 4:22 PM
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After a more careful reading of the OP's post (gibberish), I realize that he went to the park and did everything in 3 hours. I don't understand why that's a bad thing. Would you rather take 10 hours to do everything? I can see that being an issue at a smaller park, but a park the size of BGT has lots and lots of re-ride worthy coasters and attractions that deserve to be savored. I'm going way out on a limb here (maybe not) and I'm going to assume that the OP was only interested in the coasters and rushed through the park to get them all, which I think it a terrible shame for such a beautiful park with so much else going for it.

Is BGT worth it for just the coasters? Probably, but I could see an argument against. Is it worth it for the experience? Nothing in the country jumps out as a significantly better value.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 5:47 PM

There's a lot of people like that, sad to say. They cant appreciate all a park might offer.

See, this is exactly why I would never participate in one of those "we did 17 parks and 35 coasters in 9 days" marathons. If I entered a place like Busch Gardens, Kennywood, or Knoebels then left after only riding the coasters I would be pissed.

As much as I like rollercoasters and consider it my hobby, I might be a bigger fan of amusement parks over all. I would visit the park and have a blast even if there were no coasters there. I enjoy flats, shows, food, scenery, and shopping just as much.

Monday, April 28, 2014 6:07 PM
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To all,

I think the point is being missed. I personally agree that we should strive for good grammar. I was simply stating that in the forum of a message board, we might not know (unless knowing them personally) who is on the other end.

I have highly intelligent friends that are learning English and communicate very effective, despite missing a comma or question mark, here and there.

I am saying that since we don't necessarily know much about the education level of people on the other end, that maybe we shouldn't be so rude.

The original poster simply asked a question from a group he or she thought would provide some great help. Instead, they received rudeness in the form of making fun of their grammar and being told their question is silly.

I didn't call anyone out as an asshole. I stated my opinion that if there really was such a profession...that it would likely be held by assholes. Again, didn't call anybody on here an asshole.

Not quite sure why me sticking up for an enthusiast asking a valid question would get me kicked out. I actually posted on topic in my post and gave him a detailed opinion about the parks worth. True, I rarely post, but I do read everyday.

Anyway, I think getting an opinion about the "worth" of an amusement park is very valid knowing the competitive market in Florida. Maybe he or she has to make a decision on where to spend their money. Maybe he or she was looking for some guidance from people with valid opinions about theme parks.

As I stated above and as some others posted, the park is a beautiful place that is more than just coasters. I say go for it!


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Monday, April 28, 2014 6:22 PM
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RCMAC, 17 parks and only 35 coasters? What dinky little parks are you visiting? ;)

My approach to parks tends to be as follows: on the first visit, get as many of the coasters as I can with one lap on each. Silly as it is, I do like having a large track record. My friends identify me as the coaster guy, and even if our conversations have nothing to do with parks, it's cool to have that association.

After I have visited a park once, later visits involve more exploration with me riding more of the "greatest hits" at that park. My next visit to Lake Compounce probably won't involve laps on Zoomerang. Whenever I next go to BGT, I'll ride Cheetah Hunt and then probably just stick to the B&Ms (SheiKra likely only once, though) for my coaster needs with the rest of the time filled with checking out non-coaster attractions. Well, that's assuming I can break away from Kumba and Montu...

One exception was 2012 where my goal was to ride 100 different coasters in a year. That involved going for laps on rides at parks I had visited before that I traditionally skipped when I would visit those parks (Shockwave at KD, Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds). Last year, though, was all about hitting my 300th coaster, so when I went to parks I'd been to before, I just stuck to the greats. I think it was much more fulfilling.

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Monday, April 28, 2014 7:01 PM

Only very, very dinky, dinky parks.

But I guess my point was that powerhouse parks with seventeen to twenty rides might keep a hard core coasterphile busy for at least a day. Large parks with smaller coaster counts might be a disappointment to those that are interested in coasters only and fail to see the entertaiment value in the other great stuff the park might offer. Like Busch Gardens Tampa.

But you knew that...


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