Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby -lofty- » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:47 am

I'm quite looking forward to how this baby will turn out.

If it gives you that 'close-up' feeling with animals that the River ride at Flamingoland does, it'll be fantastic. Obviously, if they are planning that up-close personal theme with the animal encounters, then I'm sure that Busch will try and push the boundaries a little more then just floating by a lion exhibit (reference to the boat ride). I mean, it seems like they are trying to push and get known with their new rides and attractions lately, just look at the 'Alone' concept for Howl-O-Scream. Such a novel yet simple response to that 'alone feeling'.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby moinab » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:39 am

BeemerBoy wrote:^ THIS HAS GOT TO BE A HINT.

I'm hedging my bet towards a flamingo-themed aquatrax now.


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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby vekoma_fan » Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:58 pm

I think I worked in the states a year to early.. :( Well, no other choice then to visit next year then! I can't wait to see how this one turns out, among the other great attractions at BGT

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby vinphenix » Thu Aug 05, 2010 9:13 am

Thank u for the pictures !
That's nice to see. I'd love to be there to watch them too ! :)

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby StrataKirby » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:09 pm

Does anybody know what the crowds are like in early to mid-january? This'll be my first time to BGT but i can only go for one day probably so i want to pick the right time.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:25 pm

I went a few years ago in January (20th's), and lines for all the coasters were nonexistent. Just be aware that there's a chance that some rides could be closed for annual maintenance. I'm still bitter about missing Kumba because of the repaint. :(
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby live2tell75 » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:00 pm

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Still a great ride and not a bad way to end the work day!
I made it out to the park last week one night after work to check out the construction progress and experience some of the Summer Nights festivities before they end this weekend. I couldn't believe how many walls had gone up and the new pathway from the Edge of Africa looks pretty good. It will be good to hear an official announcement hopefully this fall. Here are a few photos I took.
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The park's Summer Nights program keeps the park open until 9pm or 10pm. This is late for Busch Gardens Tampa.
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I had to check out the new Walkabout Way.
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I must say this is the first time I have ever seen an albino Kangaroo.
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I thought the park could have made the look of Walkabout Way a little more elaborate. But the experience is pretty cool. How many places can you hand feed kangaroos?
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It was nice that the animals in Walkabout Way were able to free-roam around the exhibit.
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Hopefully this time next year, this view will look dramatically different.
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The new pathway from Narobi over to The Edge of Africa.
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Preview of good things to come!
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Other side of the new parthway.
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The Serengeti Safari's new loading/unloading area.
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Taking the new pathway to the Edge of Africa area near the Lion exhibit.
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Entering the Crown Colony area.
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For all the wall lovers, these next few photos are for you!
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Maybe the new coaster station?
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Feel the Speed!
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More of the Crown Colony area.
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Heading back to Narobi.
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Looking back at the Crown Colony area.
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Near the Narobi park entrance.
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That's it for this update. Glad to see so much progress is going on for next year's big attraction!
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Almost forgot, I checked out the Kinetix Summer Nights rock show. The stunts were pretty impressive!

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby Maximo37 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:45 am

Agreed, that Kinetix stunt show was very imressive. I'm sad I only went to see it once this season. (which is a shame, since I generally visit the park 1 to 2 times a month...) And since it was towards the end of the Summer Nights season, didn't leave myself an opportunity to see it again. Hopefully BGT will bring it back again next year too... As for all that construction, I'm drooling more and more every day... Spring of 2011 (May I'm sure...) can't come soon enough... I actually went two weeks in a row (last Wed and this Thurs) and the construction walls near Caravan Crossing gift shop (near Nairobi Gate) had all new teaser photos on them in just that weeks time...

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby neovortex2k » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:05 am

Cant wait to see this new ride. Will get to see the construction for myself when I jet over in 2 weeks!
Has anyone seen the teaser stuff with the barcodes on a smart phone?
I've tried with mine but the site we get redirected too doesnt work from Ireland, maybe it only works in the US?

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT, BGA) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:04 am

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