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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Billy2 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:16 am

Does anyone know if there is a place to get discounts off regular admission? Ill be hitting this place up next week... any places to stop and get a coupon or something?
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby chargersmichael » Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:28 pm

Howl-O-Scream 2011 Website MINOR UPDATE!!!

The website has been updated...a little :( but it's still an update :)

The teaser saying at the bottom of the screen has changed to:
"The garden is blooming, the garden does grow. But under the moon, evil begins to show."

Also, I don't remember there being red eyes on the entrance statue. The zombie lady's face has disappeared. There are now eye balls in the middle of the roses and there is a creepy hand trying to get in!

In the next few weeks, the whole website will be up! Stay tuned.

http://seaworldparks.com/howloscream_com_2011

Also, HOSinsider released another teaser picture of the commercial:
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby sheikramatic2006 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:27 am

Hey Guys BGT Nation has posted a Howl o Scream construction update. It's not much but it will be the first of many!

Head on over to BGTNation.net to check out the rest of the update!
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Postby aimster » Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:34 pm

I was at the park yesterday and got a couple photos of the Death Row Vengeance maze construction.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby chargersmichael » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:55 pm

Howl-O-Scream 2011 Website Update #3

This last update shows a zombie lady that we have previously seen on the BGW's Howl-O-Scream site and the statue is gone. There is know a bloody hand on the remaining stone. There is also a new quote at the bottom. This is probably the last update before the actual site goes up. Howl-O-Scream is looking really good this year.

http://BGTNation.net seems to have a Howl-O-Scream Construction Central page and they updated showing a new commercial screenshot and the updated site.

Check out the updated site: http://seaworldparks.com/howloscream_com_2011

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby chargersmichael » Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:56 pm

TRIP REPORT: 8/12/11

Today I went to Busch Gardens with my younger cousin. The park opened at 9:30 on a Friday during Summer Nights...found that shocking! We headed straight for Cheetah Hunt and we only waited one ride for the front! We enjoyed it...Cheetah Hunt closed at around 11:30 and for the remainder of the time I was there (about 2:00). There was a train with the restraints up in the trench of the second launch. The restraints were up because they had to evacuate riders...it was closed a lot during the day. We headed to Montu and there was an empty station! We rode the front and back. One train we were on in the front was a little rough and the restraints were really dirty. The time we went in the back row...it seemed like there were new restraints put in...there were actually 6 black colored restraints! After Montu, we took the Skyride to Sheikra. We rode Sheikra in the back first, it was rough. Sheikra didn't seem like it was running well today...it was rough in the back and it smelled bad on the lift hill. Then we rode the front...smooth but the smell was still irking me...it gave me a headache. We then went on Stanley Falls, Tidal Wave, and Jungala. My younger cousin (12) took me to Jungala and climbed and went on the Wild Surge. The Wild Surge is amazing!!! It is an airtime machine!!! I was out of my seat on every drop we stayed on for another ride and I put me legs out at it was even better!!!

Howl O Scream Update:
The Bumper Cars were still open!?!?? The Timbuktu storage building (Trapped in the Walls) was unloading all of it's crap that's been there for like 6 years??? When I was on Sheikra, I looked over to the Gwazi field to see the work on the house...there were boxes around the pavilion and inside it...there were construction guys there too and there seemed to be some walls for the maze sitting in the pavilion. The Nightshade building saw some action but little...there were guys going in and out. The Death Row maze seems to be getting close to completion, I saw construction guys bringing in the props and details and seems like they were testing the trap door thingy (thingy that comes down that makes a loud noise and a person pops out) and starting on the outside/entrance to the maze.

Montu:
After riding a lot of rides...my younger cousin wanted to go on Montu again and this was the scary part. We went in the back row and it was the old dirty train...going down the drop my restraint came up and I quickly pulled it down really tight on me holding with all of my muscles and after the first loop, it locked in place but I didn't let go. I tried to tell the worker but as I was talking to him, he went to talk to another worker and forogt the conversation I was having with him...that made me mad. I felt unsafe on the ride, it was very rough, it made a lot of noise (rattling noise) but my younger cousin loved it...Hopefully they fix that train soon.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby aimster » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:31 pm

^ I would have gotten that ride op's attention and made sure they were aware of the restraint issue. That IS scary!

I was at the park yesterday (got there around 3:30) to catch the finale of Summer Nights. It was HOT (93 with a heat index of 104). Only coaster I rode was Montu, front row. I can only do front row on most coasters (or the first few rows) as the G forces in the back give me really bad migraines. Saw the cheesy awesome "Dance to the Music" show at Desert Grill. I just love that show as I'm a disco fan.

Saw the very last performance of Kinetix. I love, love, LOVE that show! I really hope they bring it back again next summer. The music, the acrobatics... just awesome. I talked with some of the cast afterwards and they were all pretty cool.

Fed the kangaroos and wallabys and went over to Edge of Africa to wish the lioness', Rose and Iris, a happy 5th birthday. The park had a little birthday celebration for them earlier in the day. The male lion, Simon, turned 5 earlier this year.

Forgot to go over by Jambo Junction to see the progress on the Death Row Vengeance maze construction. I'm not a big Halloween event person, so this stuff is usually off my radar unless it's right in my face. :oops:
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:32 am

chargersmichael wrote:TRIP REPORT: 8/12/11
Montu:
After riding a lot of rides...my younger cousin wanted to go on Montu again and this was the scary part. We went in the back row and it was the old dirty train...going down the drop my restraint came up and I quickly pulled it down really tight on me holding with all of my muscles and after the first loop, it locked in place but I didn't let go. I tried to tell the worker but as I was talking to him, he went to talk to another worker and forogt the conversation I was having with him...that made me mad. I felt unsafe on the ride, it was very rough, it made a lot of noise (rattling noise) but my younger cousin loved it...Hopefully they fix that train soon.


I highly doubt that the maintenance staff at Busch Gardens would release a train into operation that had any sort of issues with the safety devices. Your restraint was probably stuck in between locking positions and released into the slightly more open position and at some point during the circuit and then locked in place. When I used to work in operations we would get stories and complaints like this from the guests quite often, but it was always their imagination making the situation much more harrowing that it really is.

Whenever someone (GP) says "the lap bars came open and I almost fell out, that ride aint safe!" this is probably what happened.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby dragonskeep » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:05 am

^ I bet it's still scary as hell though. My cousin and I experienced the good old fashioned total restraint failure on the Flying Daredevil at Circus World. He was able to push it all the way up as we entered the station. That was a long time ago and he really didn't seem all that freaked out by it, he simply held on to my fully functioning restraint through the loop and laughed his A$$ off. Many years later we rode Weiner Looping there and while fully operational lap bars were had by all it was still quite a bit more harrowing. :wtf:

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby SoCalCoasters » Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:49 pm

Some footage of ShieKra from my first trip to BGT back in June:


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