This thing is going to be a monster. Being shorter than SV is going to be a plus in my opinion and here's why. Think of how intense Lightning Rod is from start to finish and what an amazing coaster that is. Now imagine that coaster being 206 feet tall with inversions. Good Lord!
The bf and I visited the park the other day for Christmas Town and crowds were non-existant, per usual for a weekday just about any time of the year. I love having this park just an hour down i4 and almost always being guaranteed unlimited walk-on rides on Kumba and Montu.
The Christmas Town Village area, which opens at 4, was very cute and their waffle sandwiches were bomb. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a pic of the one we got, but it was the one with turkey, cheese, and cranberry on it.
Iron Gwazi looks very imposing entering the park and really dominates the skyline. I can't wait for the aforementioned weekdays with no lines to ride this over and over again.
Iron Gwazi's lift, sans-chain right now, has been completed. Track has made it's way about 3/4 of the way down the first drop as well.
I'm happy to report that Gwazi: Tiger was spared demolition and will live on in Jungala.
The Skyride was open again, making for some good views of Iron Gwazi's progress
Same Skyride, different angle
The sun beginning to set behind the new RMC tower
As the sun set, we were starting to freeze our a$$es off (it was like 55 degrees, for you non-Floridians), so we ran to the car to grab jackets for the rest of our night rides.
The new view of the park's skyline when walking into the park
Now that the Christmas Town Village area was open, we were able to get some unique looks from right under Iron Gwazi
The bf and I awkwardly posing for a photo in front of some Christmas trees at the far end of Christmas Town Village
The entire park really looked beautiful with all the Christmas lights illuminated with the sun going down
The quieter side of the park near the kangaroos and flamingos was lined with these cute little trees
They had the SheiKra-Kumba shortcut path open, which was covered with this tunnel decorated with lights, which were coordinated to change color to music
The Crown Colony House was also decked out with music-coordinated lights. When we were nearby, it was jamming to Christmas Eve in Sarajevo
You can get your nuts cracked, if that's what you're into
Even the alligators had this cute little Christmas tree to look at
And lastly, the park's entrance area was also fully illuminated with lights, holly, and wreaths.
Busch Gardens Tampa is a beautiful park and Christmas Town really makes it come alive at night. We really enjoyed our visit and hopefully we'll make it back again before the event ends. I highly recommend the food/drinks in Christmas Town Village!
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