Taking a Trip to Florida Need some info PLEASE!

Sunday, February 26, 2006 11:54 PM
I have planned a trip for me and my fiance from the 17th of march to the 26th.((mainly planning on going to Busch Gardens and Islands of Adventure)). i was just wondering what the ride status is down there? if anyone that has been there recently, or can let me know what to expect when i go down there that would be awesome. i was there in 1999 to both parks i know what they are like, i loved them both, its my fiances first time down there and i just want to know if enough rides are going to be open at busch gardens. im going to be staying over 3 hours from there, and when i went down in 1999 Kumba was closed... thanks
*** Edited 2/27/2006 6:57:08 AM UTC by A Ames*** *** Edited 2/27/2006 5:34:07 PM UTC by A Ames***
Monday, February 27, 2006 1:35 AM
Your posts are difficult to read since they lack punctuation.
Monday, February 27, 2006 2:00 AM
There you go i EDITED it for you i hope it makes sense now.
Monday, February 27, 2006 7:35 AM
That is still one long last run-on sentence.

My wife and I will also be in the area March 12th through March 25th. We will be hitting Busch Gardens, just as we do every year, but haven't decided on the exact date for sure yet.

My crystal ball says, most rides will be open while some of them might be closed.

Monday, February 27, 2006 9:37 AM
Was at both parks last week. At Busch Gardens everything seemed to be opened, except for one of the trains on Gwazi. The chairlift got stuck the day after I was there. Not sure if it is operating now. The park was not crowded and you could walk on and ride SheiKra as many times as you wanted.

Islands of Adventure had most things running. Ripsaw Falls was still down. T-Rex on Jurassic Park was not operating, though the ride was. For ten dollars more you can get a park hopper to go to Universal Studios as well. The Mummy is a wicked dark ride/indoor coaster. Prices at the parks all have jumped to about $60. Could not find any coupons for the parks.

Wet'n Wild is just down the street. At 3:00 you can get into the park for $25. Disco-H2o is crazy brilliant and worth every cent. The Star-Flyer is also just down the street from Wet'n Wild. Coupon books at hotels offers two dollars off the ride price. With the coupon its just $5. It's very cool. *** Edited 2/27/2006 7:55:40 PM UTC by rc-madness***

Monday, February 27, 2006 12:01 PM
If you get BOTH sides of Gwazi running, it's either extremely busy (Spring Break week?), or you're exceptionally lucky. BGT is an awesome park overall, but what they do to that wooden coaster in terms of operations and (lackluster) maintenance is nothing short of criminal....IMO.
Monday, February 27, 2006 12:32 PM
when i was down there in 1999, Gwazi was just opened not to long before. it was an amazing ride, and i def liked it. but when i read about it now people just complain about it. its kinda sad. i was also at Islands of Adventure not to long after that place opened. it sucks knowing that Dudley Do Rights not going to be open by far one of the best flumes i have ever been on. thank you guys for helping me out. *** Edited 2/27/2006 5:32:59 PM UTC by A Ames***
Monday, February 27, 2006 2:33 PM
When Gwazi was new it was truly an amazing coaster. The park even ran it correctly by allowing the coasters to load and depart at the same time giving the true dueling feel to the ride that it was inteded to have. My last trip to the park they had both sides running, but not on the same schedules. It was like having two separate wooden coasters running out of one station house. Very sad that they are not running it the way it was designed. Those flybys were awesome.

BTW, if you are looking for park info on what rides are running on a particular day, it may be on either parks website, or if not, they definately both have phone numbers that you can call that will tell you the information that you want to know

Monday, February 27, 2006 3:18 PM
Each time I have ridden Gwazi, it blows my mind how amazingly slow operators are loading the train, (not trains). They check, chat, recheck, hang-out, then check again. On most days dueling coasters should be an easy walk on, high rider capacity right? Wrong, It was the only coaster with a line on the day I was there, an hour long wait at that. It made no sense. Difficult to appreciate the coaster if folks running it do what they can to discourage your attendance. So much potential.
Monday, February 27, 2006 3:45 PM
I dont know what happened when I went to BGT last summer, but Gwazi was truly an amazing coaster then.

I felt like I chanced a really lucky ride or something. They werent racing, but both sides were open and I rode then successively one after the other for an hour or two.

It might be because I wasnt expecting anything out of them because they dont get any hype, but I would venture to say that Gwazi is *the* hidden gem in florida.

Bring it up north if you dont want it!

Monday, February 27, 2006 3:53 PM
We *do* want it, but we'd prefer it to be maintained....and staffed....and what the heck, run BOTH sides consistently. Since you came in the summer, I'm not too surprised both sides were open for you. Shame for those people who go to BGT during the other 8 months a year....:(
Monday, February 27, 2006 4:04 PM
I really must have been lucky then back in 2002. The only ride I missed in Florida was Kumba because of it's yearly maintenance. I went in March during college spring break week.

I'd go with an open mind. Some rides may be operating and others may not. Just go out and have fun and may I suggest you stop by Old Town with some phat cash and ride the 300 ft tall Sky Coaster.

Any advice that you are looking at along the lines of what to start off with first? What is a "must do" if its open? Asking us if certain rides are open is a lot like asking someone if it's going to be windy enough to fly a kite.

~Rob Willi

Monday, February 27, 2006 4:42 PM
i was just wondering about rides that have been closed alot lately. due to maintance or just down problems. maybe i worded it wrong. but thanks for the info.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 11:27 AM
Anybody else got some information about FLORIDA? :)
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 4:25 PM
Sometimes FLORIDA is sunny, and sometimes it rains.

I know a lot more about FLORIDA, but that's all I want to tell you for now until you ask again.

A lot is Two words (but a common mistake), and unless you hate yourself you should always make the word "I" uppercase. Capitalizing the first letter of each sentence is something people who post on Coasterbuzz do also. You may already know this and are just lazy.

My first few Coasterbuzz posts were not very easy to read either, and of course I make a few mistakes every now and then, but if you want us to take you seriously you need to show us that you care about how your posts look.

I need my Franklin Spelling Ace when I post on CB. I also bought a quick study sheet for Grammer and Punctuation. It's hard to keep up with all of the smarties, but it pays off well in the end.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 5:15 PM
Wow if you people can not read what I write then you have some issues. Thanks for the help, but you guys are rediculous.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 5:57 PM
Well A Ames sometimes there are more chiefs in this tribe than indians.

Anyway, I'll be down there during the same time but I'm going to Disney first then Universal after your trip. Some have already stated that Ripsaw is closed and the T rex may not be back from the beauty parlor by the time you go. Also if you plan to go to Disney Pirates of the Carribean may be closed as they are planning to add the movie characters to it.

Thursday, March 2, 2006 3:03 PM
All REDICULOUSness aside, I don't know what to tell you except for the fact that Gwazi may only be running one side. I've been to the park that time of year a few times and only one side of Gwazi was running. If you want a more definitive answer to your question, you might want to call the park.

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