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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby coasternut79 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:41 am

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!

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Postby sixFLAGSman! » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:28 pm

Iron Gwazi is topped off!
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Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:45 am

Oooo I just got a little chills seeing that photo.
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Postby boldikus » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:56 am

coasternut79 wrote: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.

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Postby boldikus » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:10 pm

Sorry for the doublepost but uhhhhhhhh

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Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:17 pm

^ I Just shivered at seeing this. Great double post, there! :airtime:
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Postby bert425 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:19 pm

^^ holy. . . . that's gorgeous!
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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:21 am

Wow!!! Love those two most recent photos. This coaster is going to be insane!!!
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:20 am

Wow, even knowing that's fisheye, still looks ridiculous. Can't wait.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:14 pm

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.
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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.
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I'm happy to report that Gwazi: Tiger was spared demolition and will live on in Jungala.
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Going down
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The Skyride was open again, making for some good views of Iron Gwazi's progress
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Same Skyride, different angle
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The sun beginning to set behind the new RMC tower
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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.
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The new view of the park's skyline when walking into the park
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Now that the Christmas Town Village area was open, we were able to get some unique looks from right under Iron Gwazi
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The bf and I awkwardly posing for a photo in front of some Christmas trees at the far end of Christmas Town Village
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The entire park really looked beautiful with all the Christmas lights illuminated with the sun going down
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The quieter side of the park near the kangaroos and flamingos was lined with these cute little trees
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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
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The Crown Colony House was also decked out with music-coordinated lights. When we were nearby, it was jamming to Christmas Eve in Sarajevo
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You can get your nuts cracked, if that's what you're into
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Even the alligators had this cute little Christmas tree to look at
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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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