Totally jumping in here to mention I was at the park yesterday. Hadn't been since whenever Falcon's Fury was only doing test runs. The park still holds its place in being my personal #1 favorite. The attention to details in theming the wide variety of thrilling coasters the park has still puts it far over the edge of other parks I like! There were a few first-time rides on some rides too:
Falcon's Fury (x2): Easily the weirdest drop tower I've ever been on. The face-down freefall sure gave me a funny feeling in my stomach, but I certainly enjoy that the ride is smooth as butter. I'm also glad it's as tall as it was, because that pull-out certainly wouldn't work with any shorter towers. Very cool ride!
Cobra's Curse: Cute and exciting family ride, lots of very good positive g's on those helixes, and the spinning added a lot to the experience too.
Tigris (x2): My first time on one of these SkyRockets. This was a surprise hit with the group I was with. We didn't expect too much getting on, but by the time the coaster was going backwards, everyone sounded like they were already having a blast, which only got more amplified by the time we got launched to the top. We all LOVED it! Great pops of air, positive g's and twists. The only thing we all overwhelmingly agreed on was the ride experience was admittedly pretty short-lived. Very, very exciting coaster otherwise!
Also, for it being the day before the 4th of July, lines were shockingly manageable. I had Quick Queue going in, which helped me skip the 55 minutes of Cheetah Hunt, but the longest I think I waited for was 35 minutes for Tigris (second ride since QQ only allows 1 line-skip on it). SheiKra was a 15 minute wait with my group, and Kumba was in-station wait. All in all, had a fantastic day!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press release about this year's Howl-O-Scream including the return of past icons, a new house and several new scare zones!
Howl-O-Scream 2019 unearths long-buried icons of the past as well as new nightmares as Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay celebrates “20 Years of Fear” with horrifying haunted houses, terrifying scare zones and thrilling rollercoaster rides through the dark.
For two demented decades, Howl-O-Scream has been haunting Tampa Bay each fall as the area’s premier Halloween event. The event’s dark past has earned a sinister reputation, and is presently nominated for a USA TODAY Readers’ Choice award for Best Theme Park Halloween Event. Howl-O-Scream fans can show their support and vote for the event once per day until August 26.
Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event, available during 22 select nights at Busch Gardens beginning September 20 through November 2, 2019. Single-night tickets start at $39.99 and unlimited admission for all 22 nights of Howl-O-Scream is available starting at $79.99. Park guests can upgrade their night of fright by selecting a Front Line Fear Pass with options including front-of-the-line access to haunted houses and attractions, including the all-new Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch coaster.
NEW experiences for 2019
The Residence – ALL-NEW House!
Enter the pristine home of the picture perfect suburban Clark Family, but beware of unseen horrors – once you’re invited in, you may never make your way out. Don’t let yourself become the next sacrifice in their sinister devotion.
Howl-O-Scream 2019 presents more scares than ever with an unprecedented nine zones throughout the park, including three ALL-NEW scare zones:
NEW! First Fear: The horrors of Howl-O-Scream’s haunted past are the first frights to greet you, rising from the dead and bringing 20 years of fear back to life. Come face to face with Dr. Livingsdoom, the vampires from the House of Vayne, Trickster and more.
NEW! Little Nightmares: Take a creepy walk down memory lane to the bygone era of papier-mâché masks and homemade costumes sure to stir up the nightmares of your childhood.
NEW! Carpe Noctem: The eerie quiet of this gothic Romanian cemetery is shattered by the triumphant screams of vampires and the sobbing moans of their victims. This immersive zone even offers guests the opportunity to climb into a coffin to get a feel for the nightlife of the undead.
Visit http://www.HowlOScream.com to shop now and learn more about all of the haunted houses, scare zones and experiences offered at this year’s Howl-O-Scream. Stay tuned for more dreadful details by following Howl-O-Scream on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
^I'm right with you there! I can't wait to watch this beauty go up!
Also, given that they know they can now market this as the tallest hybrid in the world (assuming they use the full 210 they have on the height), I suspect an announcement will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks!
Top 10 Coasters! 1.Steel Vengeance 2.Fury 3.Millennium Force 4.Maverick 5.The Voyage 6.Twisted Timbers 7. Lightning Rod 8.Storm Chaser 9.El Toro 10.Phantom's Revenge Honorable Mentions: Ravine Flyer IIShivering Timbers, KrakenMako Underrated Coasters: Steel - Manta, Wood - White Lightning
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