On March 26th, 2013, we began our 2013 Coaster Season with visiting Busch Gardens Tampa. It was a very interesting day, filled with many highs and lows.
We started our day arriving at the park at about 10:00 am. The first thing we wanted to do was ride Cheetah Hunt, as it was my 250th Coaster. But of course, it was broken down due to mechanical problems. We waited to ride it until it opened at about 11:00. It was worth the wait, as by the time we got off the ride, it had a two hour wait. The Coaster itself was good. It wasn't the best, but was very interesting, unique, and a great addition to BGT.
After Cheetah Hunt, we walked through The Edge of Africa, viewed the fabulous animals at BGT, and boarded the Serengeti Railway train. We took the train to Kumba where we got off, and rode the classic B&M looper. Thankfully, it had a very short wait. Later in the day, it had a two hour wait.
After, it was about 1:00 pm, and we were hungry. We went to the Zambia Smokehouse located right under SheiKra, where we got BBQ ribs and chicken. The restaurant was great, just like sister parks Trapper's Smokehouse at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
We then decided to purchase the Quick Que, the parks line skipper ticket. We traveled all the way to the front of the park to get it, but the time we got there they were already sold out. We were very frustrated, as we had to wait on the super long lines at the park. Upset, we went to the fantastic Montu and quickly rode it. After, we walked to Scorpion to take a ride on the great, classic, and rare Schwarzkopf looper. But the line was too long, and we we didn't have time to ride it.
We then looped around the whole park again, and made our way to SheiKra. We waited over an hour to ride it, and then it was already 4:00 pm. It was time for us to ride Gwazi, but the was time was almost 2 hours long, because only one side was in operation. (Read our full post on the future of Gwazi)
After, it was already 6:30. We only had one hour before the park closed for the day. We heard the SheiKra only had a 15 minute wait. We decided to ride SheiKra as many time in that hour, and not do any other ride, as it was our favorite Coaster in the park. By 7:30 we managed to get 3 rides on it.
Then, our day was already over. Our day at Busch Gardens went very fast. It was a packed and long day. We got a lot of rides in that day, but we wish we could have rode more. Overall, it was a good day as we got to ride fantastic Coasters and add more great photos to our library of pictures.
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