Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

P. 859: Iron Gwazi Testing Video!
Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 4 guests
Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
I prefer to mate with donkeys over humans!
User avatar
 
Posts: 2050
Joined: 27 Mar 2007
Location: Korea
Gender: Male
Age: 31

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby Garet » Tue Jun 16, 2020 6:29 pm

There's also a lot of unknowns here which I think has led to all the social media speculation. There's a lot of ifs that we probably don't know about. Like A.J. put it, the worst-case scenario is most likely just delays to the opening. But I'm sure the parks are going to look at all these liens as the money comes in and consider how much each is owed and how important each service is.

In any other year, I'm sure getting new rides open to attract bigger crowds and advertize the park would be important. But in the year 2020 where there are reservations and people local will go anyway and people from out of state/abroad (more general public than enthusiasts) are less likely to be travelling for a new ride, as well as, I'm assuming here so someone correct me if I'm wrong, probably being one of the more expensive liens, then the park could push it.

Until the parks make any announcements, who knows. It could be the first thing the park wants to pay off or it could be the last.

A zonkey is a cross between a zebra and a donkey.
User avatar
 
Posts: 567
Joined: 07 Jan 2006
Gender: None specified

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby tanthonyam » Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:36 pm

As usual, enthusiasts are blowing this out of proportion.


I was not. Just posting what I saw.

Site Admin
User avatar
 
Posts: 34217
Joined: 01 Feb 2005
Location: Swimming in the Ocean
Gender: Female
Age: 39

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:37 pm

The news is also reporting that even Disney has liens right now, mostly because soooooo many people were laid off or furloughed all over Orlando that some bills just didn't get paid due to no one being able to pay them who was left in the skeleton crews at the parks.

Don't let this donkey melt you with its laser eyes!
User avatar
 
Posts: 377
Joined: 19 Aug 2009
Location: Orlando
Gender: Male
Age: 30

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:58 pm

coasternut wrote:I'm curious. Did anyone go yesterday? Interested in your thoughts and observations. How did it go????


So, I wasn't planning on doing a report or anything nor did I take any photos from my visit, but my boyfriend and I went back on Monday, and honestly it was some of the same sh*t that's been said about SeaWorld Orlando, with some miniscule improvements that I think they made after getting a lot of negative publicity over the weekend.

Going into the park, I actually got flagged for registering 102 degrees when they put the gun to my head, but I was quickly whisked away into the secondary screening tent, re-checked twice, and was good to go after about 3-5 minutes.

The park did enforce mask-wearing when entering, but a lot of people were walking around with them pulled down or with their nose exposed, or just not wearing them at all. I think we saw two employees all day actually enforce mask wearing and that was about it. One guy walked up to us and told us to "watch out for the mask police". We weren't sure if the guy needed to lay off the meth or the Fox News. (Probably both).

Social distancing was pretty much not a thing at all both out in the park and in queues, people were really piling in. The only place we witnessed it being really enforced was at Kumba, but only once you got past the attendant going into the station. They did run two stations for the first time I've seen in like 8 years on Sheikra, which was nice, but even past the ride attendant there people were right on top of each other. The way they loaded the trains was super random. I saw one row of Sheikra with one seat between two parties, one with two, another with none. A lot of parties were merging with one another or asking other people to merge parties because they didn't want to wait. Sometimes a group of two would just follow another group of two onto a ride and nothing was said. Unlike SeaWorld, we did not once see a train seat wiped down between riders. We weren't at all about to be big enough of dicks to ask for our platinum pass re-rides with the long, slow lines, but I did ask an attendant if we could re-ride through quick queue. She replied, "we aren't doing the platinum pass re-rides anymore". I pointed to the sign above us that was still up advertising platinum pass re-rides. It's still being advertised on the website, too.

It's obvious that staffing cuts were made to save money but they seemed to stupidly cut the staff in areas that literally make them money; food and retail. We were disappointed to find a sad, scaled-back menu at the BBQ place by Sheikra, which is usually one of our favorite places to eat in that park. Only one side of the restaurant was open, so the line was super long and people were packed in with, you guessed it, no social distancing. The liquor stand we usually frequent on the path across from Stanley Falls was closed. Ride exit shops were closed. It was over 90 degrees and it took us a good minute to find somewhere to buy a bottle of water. There were just so many missed opportunities where we literally WOULD have spent more of our money there. And like, I get it may not make sense to staff something like a full-service restaurant, but did they really make the call that they didn't believe they'd sell 1/2 of one cocktail or a cheeseburger without fries per hour to make up for the $7 they'd have to pay one employee to be in a few of the smaller stands each hour?

Whew, when I started typing that I didn't think it'd end up being this long. In a nutshell, SeaWorld as a chain seems to need to get their sh*t together. On the way out we even saw the repo man demanding the keys to Iron Gwazi.

Jk about the last part.

Is my pee supposed to be this color?
User avatar
 
Posts: 2852
Joined: 29 Nov 2009
Location: Where the grass is blue.
Gender: Male
Age: 26

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby Midgetman82 » Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:59 am

That's a huge shame to hear. I'm sure the layoffs/furloughs played a huge part in their efforts to save money, but nipped them when they thought the were ready to reopen like everything was still fine and not requiring extra effort to keep afloat smoothly. As for the guests, it was only time until folks started thinking of ways they could get away with circumventing new rules.

It's more and more sounding almost like the folks that opted to skip this year entirely on amusement parks probably had the right idea, if not for the complete tanking of capacity caused by new safety procedures, then for the other guests making the experience worse for everybody else actually trying to be safe. :(
So long, and thanks for all the fish! | Flickr | YouTube | @WaterSlideDB | Coaster Count

Site Admin
User avatar
 
Posts: 34217
Joined: 01 Feb 2005
Location: Swimming in the Ocean
Gender: Female
Age: 39

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby SharkTums » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:09 am

I just don't understand how Universal seems to have gotten the reopening so right and Busch/SeaWorld so wrong. Thanks for the report, I'll keep hoping that they do better! Maybe now with the mask mandates in both Orlando and Tampa that will help?

What's with the donkeys anyway?
 
Posts: 66
Joined: 02 Dec 2014
Gender: None specified

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby RideWoodenCoasters » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:16 am

Perhaps higher staffing ratios help with mask "reminders". We just got the statewide mask order in CA so I hope this helps with parks reopening here.

Counts I305 as 32 credits...
User avatar
 
Posts: 6672
Joined: 22 Apr 2006
Location: Orlando, FL
Gender: Male
Age: 29

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby A.J. » Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:10 pm

SharkTums wrote:Maybe now with the mask mandates in both Orlando and Tampa that will help?

Oh, how we all wish.
Image
Data entry nut for the official TPR coaster poll! https://coasterpoll.com/
Follow me on Instagram for perfectly adequate theme park photos!
The opinions that I post on this forum do not necessarily represent those of the company I work for.

Site Admin
User avatar
 
Posts: 34217
Joined: 01 Feb 2005
Location: Swimming in the Ocean
Gender: Female
Age: 39

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby SharkTums » Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:01 pm

FYI - It appears Busch Gardens has changed their schedule to now be closed Mondays and Wednesdays starting next week.

Also just throwing it out there that I said this made more sense WEEKS ago when they first announced their schedule. With this new schedule you can now visit BGT or SWO every day of the week, they no longer will share a closed day.
Last edited by SharkTums on Tue Jun 23, 2020 2:10 pm.

Previous

Return to Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & Donkeys!

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: No registered users and 4 guests

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.

cron