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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:02 pm

Great start to the trip!

I couldn't believe how far the walk from preferred to the tram was at Busch Gardens. I wasn't planning on parking in that lot but they gave me a free upgrade to it with my preferred pass. I'm guessing this was the area with the handicapped parking as well?
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Postby Jelenp » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:28 am

Philrad71 wrote:^ Michael is not my father - he is my domestic partner of 14 years. :)


Sorry about that! I still love the trip report and can't wait for the next part! :b
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Postby Philrad71 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:08 pm

Off to a great start, Phil. Looking forward to more.


Thanks Boldikus - I figured that I needed to start pitching in with the theme park and booze reports so you, Bill & Zach don't have to post them all! :lol:

LOL. . that reminds me of years ago. . when I got a new boss, and he was trying to be friendly and get to know his new group.
my desktop photo on my computer at the time was Nick and I at the top of Mauna Kea in Hawaii (linked below).

and he glances at it when talking to me (in front of the group) and goes: "OH!! is that you and your Dad on a mountain??"

LOL. . yeah, I corrected him, "um. . nooooo.. that's my Husband and I in Hawaii". . . and for the next 3 months, he barely interacted with me other than work related stuff (he was SO embarrassed. . and of course, I told Nick about it the moment we got home and we LAUGHED and LAUGHED).


Ahhhh...you get that too, eh Bert? :lol:

We get that a lot - it's expected, but we understand. My team at work all know Michael and were texting me me just about every day while he was in the hospital asking how he was doing. Never mind how I was doing! <lol - kidding, of course!>

And best of all, both of our families are super accepting and they all love us and we love them. And even my ultra conservative Christian relatives have all came to accept us and love us for who we are. We couldn't be more blessed, really!

To be honest here, I don't know if Michael (or I) would have been able to pull through what we went through if it wasn't for the love & support that we received from all of our families and friends.

Great start to the trip!

I couldn't believe how far the walk from preferred to the tram was at Busch Gardens. I wasn't planning on parking in that lot but they gave me a free upgrade to it with my preferred pass. I'm guessing this was the area with the handicapped parking as well?


Thanks Michael!

I'm not sure if it was in the same lot as preferred or not. I don't think so because it was after you go under the road/bridge with the tram. I didn't see a tram stop anywhere near where we parked in handicapped, but perhaps I may have overlooked it. Sure seems like they should have another one there, but it wasn't the end of the world. Just took a little long to get to the gate (frequent rest stops).

Sorry about that! I still love the trip report and can't wait for the next part!


That is quite alright and thank you for the nice comments! As mentioned people make that assumption all the time - it's all good. :)

And let's get to business with a few more park pics...I will try to get the entire report done by the time the Bills game kicks off in Jax on Sunday! ;)
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Ahhh yes...here is a shout out to a certain someone on here. I would put a winkie in here, but for some reason my semi-colon doesn't work now. WTF. lol
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God, I freaking love Cheetah Hunt.

Seriously one of the most overall fun rides that I have ever ridden.

The lines weren't bad at the park at all, but this and Cobra's Curse were boasting close to hour long waits (normal), so I bought the QQ for one skip the line pass and used it on just those two rides.

It was entirely worth it though. I didn't want Michael waiting for me for that long and I HAD to ride both of these coasters!
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Cobra's Curse was also "weeee fuuuunnnn!!" like Cheetah Hunt. But no where near as exciting or long.

I was hoping that the cars would have spun like a Tilt-A-Whirl more, but I still very much liked the ride. A very unique coaster with really awesome theming.

I got to ride in the front with a coaster enthusiast from Wales - she was very cool. If you are on TPR, Hiii Welsh lady!!!!!!
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Florida parks have all the cool topiary.

I prefer topiary kissing swans to real ones - those demonic b%tches are mean as sh%t! I swear that swans and geese hate human's guts so bad that they would rather just peck our eyes out and then proceed to feast on our flesh than to look at us. lol
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The elephants were about the only animals out that day. The others said "Eff that noise, we're staying inside where it's warm!"

I noticed a similar reaction at DAK when we went in '07 when it felt like we were in Alaska instead of Florida. I think that we saw a hippo and a giraffe on the entire safari expedition. lol
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The other animals we saw was a gator getting ready to go all "Om nom nom" on a turtle (at least from our angle).
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And I will end this latest installment with an "Absolutely no caption needed" photo.

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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:59 pm

Nice update.

I thought the same thing on Cobra's Curse. I was surprised it didn't start spinning until the second half and when it did, it spun much less than the other spinning coasters I've been on. But the theming and superior layout compensated for that fact.
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Postby Hilltopper39 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:33 am

Philrad71 wrote:I will try to get the entire report done by the time the Bills game kicks off in Jax on Sunday! ;)


I'll have a teal beer in your honor at the stadium, Go Jags! (also report so far, I love BGT and REALLY need to get back over there sometime)

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Postby Philrad71 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:27 pm

^ Hehe...I just saw that on the news and have to admit that I would have one or four if I were going. Teal is one of my favorite colors!

Of note, a friend from work came over this morning and told me that he and his wife just bought tix to the game on TicketMaster last night and were leaving after work to drive to the game.

I guess that there have been over 20k tickets sold to this game with folks from NY? If so, there should be a great showing of Bills fans there!

Let's both hope for a good and fair <refs, cough> game! :)
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Postby Hilltopper39 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:57 pm

The story I read was that 20% of the re-sale tickets were sold to Western NY zip codes not necessarily 20% percent of the stadium. I know down here the tickets made available after season ticket holders had their pick sold out in like 2 minutes. Then they opened up an additional 3200 or so tickets (upper deck section usually under a tarp haha yeahI know) plus an additional 5000+ standing room only tickets which also sold out in a few minutes. Either way it should be a packed house and exciting atmosphere, I'm just hoping for an exciting game to go with it! (and by exciting I mean Jags by 20 :b :b )

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Postby Philrad71 » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:17 pm

^ I think that the standing room tix were what my co-worker and his wife bought. He said that they were going for $180 apiece which sounds about right once TicketMaster adds their price gouge to it.

I already realize that if the Bills ever get a playoff game at home or go to another Super Bowl that I will never be able to see it live unless I win the lottery. It's all good though as I would rather watch it home and avoid the madness! ;)

Have a good time tomorrow - may the best team win!
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Postby Philrad71 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:05 pm

Hey folks!

While everyone is testing out the new coaster poll site, I thought that I would sneak in another update for your viewing enjoyment...
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People really dig this thing.
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And for damned good reason!

Even though Kumba ranks third behind Montu and Cheetah Hunt as my favorites at BGT, that's really saying that a park has a really kick-ass coaster line-up when a dive coaster ranks 4th in a park!

I got to ride in the magic seat without a wait and it was as OMFG amazing as everyone says it is. Love how the B&M roar on this thing is almost deafening in the back of the park.
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Here are a few for the "Coasters at sunset" thread
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And speaking of #4...
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While Michael went in to catch a show, I marathoned Sheikra about 8 times in a row. All we had to do was exit and wait if there was a seat open and hop right back on.
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It was surreal power riding Sheikra in 40 degree temps...what an effin' blast.

Even though Sheikra ranks 3rd in the US dive coasters, it was the first DC that I ever rode and I love the hell out of it.

I hope more parks in the US start building these with higher heights, more loops and perhaps even a few airtime hills!
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The sun & temps are going down faster than our (moronic) presidents approval rating...so with that, I will pause for station identification.

More to come soon...and as always...thanks for reading!
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Postby djcoastermark » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:40 pm

The temps going down line, giggle ! Even though BGT is my home park and have been there like a really smart million times, (ahem) I still am captivated by others pictures and trip reports of the place. It really is a very unique and beautiful place. Love the report

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