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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:07 pm
by bgtlover
bert425 wrote:^ when we were at SWO a few years back, they were forcing folks to use the bunnies for Kracken & Escape from Pompeii.

on the TPR FB page, someone who was at BGT yesterday responded to me and said that things that fit in pockets (I specifically asked about zippered pockets), were being allowed on ride, and not having to be stored.

if that holds? I recommend cargo shorts with zippered pockets - they served me well on the USA trip, and in Japan last year.


Journey To Atlantis has a separate load and unload station. That's why loose articles aren't allowed on it. They also hadn't allowed bags in line at Manta or Mako either (both just have the little bins big enough for small items, like glasses and hats). Manta does however have fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo in the station by the exit (or did last time I noticed).

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:24 am
by A.J.
Manta's always been the same as far as I've noticed - fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo next to the queue entrance, and small open bins on the unload side of each station.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:21 pm
by jedimaster1227
Last night Theme Park Review was invited to a VIP preview of this year's Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival. This event returns for another year of great food and drink options, concerts and other entertainment--and of course, it is just one more reason to enjoy the park's many coasters and experiences. During this preview event (which was presented as a surprise for annual passholders alongside invited VIP guests), we had a chance to sample options from all of the food cabins, as well as enjoying an Eaglemania concert (described as "the world's greatest Eagles tribute band") and a special fireworks show (not something that will be offered regularly throughout the event).

As has been true for the past food festival events between SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, the best way to enjoy the event is to get a sampler lanyard and try as much as possible. With each year the event has grown to include more flavors, more food cabins and more overall to enjoy, and the beauty of these lanyards is that it allows you to pay less per item if you commit to a certain number of items on a lanyard.

The sixth annual Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival can be enjoyed on weekends from February 29th through April 26th. For more event info including concert details, events menus and more visit: https://buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:53 am
by xVicesAndVirtues
I need some time alone with those nighttime photos of Iron Gwazi...

Great report! I love everything this park is doing lately and the other day we walked past the booths as they were being set-up, and some of the food options are really looking great!

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:07 pm
by Waltrane
So I’m curious...did you like what you saw of Iron Ahwaz I? I’m sensing you might have liked it a bit. That maneuver looked insane. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a quick steep drop like that.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:51 pm
by JJLehto
Great report!
I was lucky to catch the Wine & Food fest before and wow, what an experience.
Great photos!

I will be going to the Tool show (judge me all ya want) April 19 in Tampa, hoping this will be open by then! A huge RMC so close is driving me nuts

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:51 am
by mark549
I think Iron Gwazi's opening will be delayed now. Safety of park staff, RMC crew, customers / guests, everyone is more important than the construction schedule.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:54 am
by cfc
Looks like lots of good stuff at this year's festival, which fires me up for the Williamsburg version. Thanks for the fresh photos of Iron Gwazi, too.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:09 am
by coasterbill
mark549 wrote:I think Iron Gwazi's opening will be delayed now. Safety of park staff, RMC crew, customers / guests, everyone is more important than the construction schedule.


Yeah, we should just shut down all of Tampa for a few months. None of the 1.7 million people living in those two counties should show go to work.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:43 am
by Hilltopper39
BGT and Seaworld parks in general always do a great job with their festivals and this event looks really good as well. I'd love to get to it a day before it closes, hopefully Iron Gwazi opens before it ends and I can check em both out.