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    StupidJudy
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    Hey pals!

    As a kid we visited Busch Gardens Tampa, but I barely remember it. Has anyone been recently? What did you think of it? Looks like a lot of big rides that I wouldn’t do but maybe my sons would enjoy those. Wondering if the park is nice to visit, is it more like a zoo with rides scattered throughout? Is it still interesting to visit without the big rides?

    #85874

    Ferg
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    Funny story. Years ago before internet, I was working for a university in Texas and was in Florida seeing alumni. I had a day in Tampa with no appointments and asked where I should go. Several people said “Busch Gardens.” I had never heard of it but decided to go since so many said I should. I parked, took a shuttle to the gate and when I got up to the ticket window, the lady told me the price for a ticket. I looked at her in shock and asked, “What kind of garden is this?!” I honestly thought I was at a botanical garden. LOL I had no idea it was a theme park! LOL!

    #85876

    StupidJudy
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    Funny story. Years ago before internet, I was working for a university in Texas and was in Florida seeing alumni. I had a day in Tampa with no appointments and asked where I should go. Several people said “Busch Gardens.” I had never heard of it but decided to go since so many said I should. I parked, took a shuttle to the gate and when I got up to the ticket window, the lady told me the price for a ticket. I looked at her in shock and asked, “What kind of garden is this?!” I honestly thought I was at a botanical garden. LOL I had no idea it was a theme park! LOL!

    Haha Ferg! Maybe you were thinking of Cypress Gardens? Back then there was also Circus World, my sister and I had our faces painted like clowns, memories! We might have gone on an elephant ride as well, it’s kind of blurry!

    #85882

    SEJ101
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    Busch Gardens is definitely a big ride place. The vast majority is roller coasters, but there are a few tamer rides, such as a log flume and a carousel. There are a few animal enclosures to visit, such as kangaroos or apes, as well as a savannah that can only be seen by train. There’s also a few shows scattered around. If you’re not into big thrills, this may not be the place to spend your money.

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    jman410_89
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    Busch Gardens is really a nice place to go once in a while. Last time i was there we went in March and had complimentary tickets in our e-mail so we were invited for free. I watch The Wildlife Docs they filmed it on ABC 7 every Saturday morning. I rode Cheetah Hunt twice just before Slinky Dog Dash opened. I always enjoy the animals roaming around.

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    StupidJudy
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    Busch Gardens is definitely a big ride place. The vast majority is roller coasters, but there are a few tamer rides, such as a log flume and a carousel. There are a few animal enclosures to visit, such as kangaroos or apes, as well as a savannah that can only be seen by train. There’s also a few shows scattered around. If you’re not into big thrills, this may not be the place to spend your money.

    The spinny coaster is probably the only one I would want to ride! The rest I’d probably be sitting on a bench waiting for the boys!


    #85913

    StupidJudy
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    Busch Gardens is really a nice place to go once in a while. Last time i was there we went in March and had complimentary tickets in our e-mail so we were invited for free. I watch The Wildlife Docs they filmed it on ABC 7 every Saturday morning. I rode Cheetah Hunt twice just before Slinky Dog Dash opened. I always enjoy the animals roaming around.

    Free :eticket: always good! How does Cheetah Hunt compare to Disney coasters? What’s the thrill level compared to Everest let’s say?

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    SEJ101
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    I’d say Cheetah Hunt is a more intense than Everest, but not as intense as Rock n Roller Coaster. It’s definitely much faster, with numerous launches. There’s also a heartline roll, an inversion that feels as if there’s no gravity when sped through.

    #86619

    Sammie_Kay
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    Busch Gardens is fun! I love going on the sky ride and the train. Plus they still have the mold arama machines!

    #86620

    jman410_89
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    StupidJudy wrote:

    Free :eticket: always good! How does Cheetah Hunt compare to Disney coasters? What’s the thrill level compared to Everest let’s say?

    Not to other coasters but with Slinky it’s a family fun coaster. Fun fact…Cheetah’s can run up to 60 mph but for dogs they can go up to between 35-40 mph typically the Greyhound can. They have two launches on each coaster. Everest only goes forward & backwards nothing to compare.

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