Just want to give my 2c on the Roaming Hordes, first. I'm a bit disinterested and unimpressed with the whole, "You won't have a minutes rest with the entire park zombiefied." thing that was suppose to happen. Sure, there were groups of people roaming, however, they were rare. It could have been my timing of walking around, but I only encountered two hordes my entire time. It was great, however, for instance, walking from Sheikra to Gwazi was a dark, boring, walk with nothing but traffic noises to scare you from the adjacent road. Personally, I'd like for Busch to return to the permanent scare zones with a fewer roaming hordes.
However, as a whole event, it was money worth spent. I can't wait for next year! All the houses were amazing, and the two hordes I did encounter were awesome as well.
^ Your timing must have been off, because my friend and I ran into the hoards just about everywhere. The only place we didn't see any was the dark pathway along Sesame Street and it was funny because I told my friend that's where the werewolves have been in the past, so we were totally on guard.
aimster wrote:^ Your timing must have been off, because my friend and I ran into the hoards just about everywhere. The only place we didn't see any was the dark pathway along Sesame Street and it was funny because I told my friend that's where the werewolves have been in the past, so we were totally on guard.
I guess I'll have to go back to experience it again. I thought it might have been my timing, it's just unfortunate. Oh well, I'll be able to do nevermore this time. ( I had to skip it last time I went.).
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I went to Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream last night for the third consecutive year and my 7th overall time and for the first time I honestly can say I left doing everything but still feeling unsatisfied. In years past I made the mistake of going on Fridays or Saturdays without front of the line passes which for me makes for a miserable night waiting in outrageous lines and only managing to do one or two houses. This year I spent the few extra dollars and came prepared with "Front of the Line Fear." As far as these passes go if you want to hit every house and get the full HoS experience buy them, they will save time and frustration. But as an overall event this years collection of houses just left me wishing they would of done more, it seems in recent years Busch has become content in recycling more houses than making new ones. Recycling houses on Busch's budget isn't a big deal, but at least make alterations to keep a fresh feel. Death Row Vengeance and Deconstruction are back for the 4th year in a row and seriously need to be removed, yes they make for a decent first time through fear factor but after that they become pretty short and boring. Nightshade is back for a third year but I will give this house the credit it deserves in the creepy factor but I hope its seen its last showing in the HoS line up. This years 3 new houses also left me feeling kind of empty towards the 2011 HoS lineup. Nevermore replaced the "DED" house of previous year but retained many of the scares which was a let down. Vampire Casino just felt empty and lacked any real scares similar to the MyX house of last year that it replaced. And lastly Zombie Mortuary as far as new houses go this had to be best, even though once again many scares from trapped in the walls of years past were reused. I feel I may have enjoyed Zombie Mortuary more if I don't have such high expectations of Mortuary scares thanks to the old house back in the 2002-05 seasons. Overall this years Howl-O-Scream is not a memorable one and if you are a frequent HoS attendee or plan on going to another Halloween attraction I'd urge you to skip it. Busch really needs to revamp its house line up for next year!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press release regarding their Halloween offerings for families.
Families can celebrate Halloween at a special holiday party on Oct. 22 at Sesame Street Safari of Fun at Busch Gardens. Your child can do the Monster Mash, meet the Count, parade in costume and enjoy a spooky lunch.
The lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and includes delicious food served buffet-style, with items sure to please both parents and kids alike. A full menu is available at SesameStreetSafariOfFun.com, under the Dine With Elmo link.
This special Halloween Monster Mash Dine is $22 for adults and $15 for children, and one 6x8 photo with The Count is included per family. Pass members receive a 10 percent discount. Admission to the park is required, but not included.
Note: Children are permitted to wear costumes during the dine, but costumes may need to be removed in order to safely go on rides.
To make your family’s reservation, visit SesameStreetSafariofFun.com and click on Dine with Elmo to book the Oct. 22 dine, or call 1-888-800-5447.
Sesame Street Safari of Fun is the Sesame Street-themed sunny, funny play land at Busch Gardens filled with kid-size rides, cool water fun, memorable adventures and shows that celebrate the spirit of Africa. Take a dive on Air Grover, the new junior coaster for parents and kids to ride together. Splash in Bert & Ernie’s Watering Hole, a wet adventure filled with bubblers, geysers, jets, dumping buckets and more. A photography studio offers photos with characters daily, and a musical stage show brings safari tales to life.
Busch Gardens has fun for the whole family to enjoy all day. With thrilling rides, award-winning shows and exotic up-close animal encounters, and the all-new triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. Busch Gardens provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.
They have also sent us a press release regarding a special new offer for Florida residents!
An all-new offer at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay lets Florida Residents experience the off-road adventure of a Serengeti Safari free with the purchase of a single-day admission!
The 30-minute Serengeti Safari is an open truck tour that offers guests a unique look at Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain habitat, featuring hundreds of exotic, free-roaming African animals. During the safari, guests will encounter antelope, rhinos and ostrich up close and hand-feed reticulated giraffes with the help of an expert guide. Be prepared for amazing photo opportunities!
Guests who take advantage of the online offer will have the opportunity to book a complimentary Serengeti Safari with each full-price, single-day admission they purchase at $79.99 for adults or $71.99 for kids ages 5 to 9.
Children must be 5 or older to participate in the Serengeti Safari. Capacity is limited, and reservations must be made in advance at time of purchase.
This offer will be sold exclusively online, and eTickets let guests print their tickets at home and go straight to the turnstiles. Tickets will be available for purchase through – and must be redeemed by – Dec. 15, 2011.
For those who already have an annual passport or park tickets, the popular Serengeti Safari is available "a la carte" at $30.55 per person, plus tax – a 10% discount from the regular general admission price os $33.95.
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