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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Ranked #1 of 197 things to do in Tampa
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed March 26, 2013

The park to seemed to be an extension of the Ghetto area it is located near. Employees seem to be very un happy with their jobs. Could see the employees wearing their pants to low and the girls seem to wear pants about two sizes to small. At the area where you get your bags checked saw poor management skills where a supervisor named Elliott chewed an employee's butt in front of guest and other employees. I believe Busch should give Elliott a course in management skills or relocate him so he has no dealing with public. Park was very dirty with litter and restrooms a dump. It appears to be going down hill. Can not compare with Sea World, Universal or Disney Parks. Many of the young workers are wearing their pants low (Ghetto Mentality) and the girls (especially young black girls) wear pant a few sizes to small.

3  Thank Bifg M
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Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

We spent 6 hours and, due to the lines (which i understand are part of it), the rides not being at full capacity (which is uncalled for), and the technical failures of other rides, we only have ridden 2 rides! It is my worst park experience ever.

8  Thank Stephen C
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Liked the food, the animals.The park was clean and neat.
The staff very friendly. The concerts were alot of fun

1  Thank Jan c
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

As Florida Residents, we have seen our fair share of amusement parks. We’ve done countless trips to Disneyworld, Sea World, Busch Gardens etc.

General Impression:
While I have seen this park look better (the paint on a lot of the coasters is very faded and seriously needs a touch up) it is obvious that they have spent quite a bit of money improving other areas of the park. The cheetah hunt ride/exhibit and decorations are well thought out and mix nicely with the surrounding plants and décor. They did a good job of blending the ride in with the walkway and the safari wildlife area.

We bought the fun card ($85) which allows us to come any time for the rest of the year and will be going back several times. We live in Jacksonville, Fl and are both in our 30s. We love coasters and mild thrills but my parents also usually join us and neither of them are really into the rides.

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Montu and Kumba are both exceptional roller coasters. They are both starting to show their age (especially Kumba) but are still fun to ride and offer 2 or 3 different experiences depending on where you sit. The front tends to be intense because you can see everything while the back feels faster and you get more of a speed sensation. The middle is a good combination of the 2. Gwazi (the wooden coaster) is fun but it’s hard to ride. Part of the wooden coaster experience is the feel but it tends to leave you feeling beat up and bruised. Cheetah hunt was great and surprisingly mild considering Montu but the new rapid take off technology is fun to experience. The only problem with Cheetah hunt is both times I’ve been since it has opened it has broken down several times. The ride also doesn’t hold very many people at a time and as a result the lines are long, even on a slow day. This most recent time it actually broke down while I was on it which was scary. After the car came to a rapid halt smoke and the smell of burning rubber was overwhelming. The staff was quick to assure us over the speaker that everything was ok and a nice gentleman walked up to explain what had happened. The smoke and rubber smell were a result of the brakes kicking in and we shouldn’t be alarmed. They gave us a free pass to jump the line next go around and we were able to ride it again with no problems. We also rode some kiddy rides and the Congo River Rapids.

We had some ice cream but that was about it. We ended up eating outside of the park because of the hours we were there. In the past we have always enjoyed the food and while it is “theme park priced” – I have no complaints. If you have a family I’d recommend buying one of their refillable plastic drink cups and taking advantage of the 99 cent refills especially since the ice melts and the drinks get hot in the Florida heat.

We rarely watch the shows or view the animals so I can’t really comment there. Jungala is neat and looks like it would be fun for kids. The sesame street area looked clean and well maintained. We did visit the bird aviary and paid the $5 for a tiny cup of nectar but in my opinion it was worth it for the interactions with the birds. The kangaroo/wallaby area if fun and the animals are pretty inquisitive.

Thank Mindy L
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Before you get a chance to enjoy- and especially if you're a tourist in for the day...$15 for parking. BAM! Right outta the gates. If you park in a place that has a tram to the entrance do youself a favor if you're travelling with kids. DON'T load up the stroller just yet. Whatever you pack in there, you'll have to unpack to get your stroller in the Tram (if you can even squeeze it in there). Our tickets were $85 a piece and free for our kid (under 3). So, before you get inside to spend any more money on souvenirs, pictures, food, etc. for two people you're at $185.00

At the entrance there's a lot of ways to pay. If you've paid in advance and have e-tickets you can hit the kiosk off to the right and pick up your tickets. We went on a Sunday, and went right to the kiosk to buy tickets. From there to getting inside the park was maybe only 10 minutes. Not bad.

Go to the Sesame Street section first and make sure the little ones have their swim suits on. If you can manage it, do the rides first and the water stuff later. There's a great little family restroom off one of Zoe's snack shacks that has a two diaper changing stations, a restroom and 2 rocking chairs for nursing. In need of a cleaning, but not bad. A good place to change out of wet swim suits and into new clothes.

The train...We thought this was going to be better than it was. When I was a kid you could see all kinds of animals right near the train. I think since they started doing the "Pay Extra" to get up close, all the animals hang out near the "Pay" sites to get fed more. The train was kind of a waste, plus you can't bring your stroller easily which means once you get on, it's 45 minutes until you get back to where you started.

Outside of the roller coasters, you will be able to find something for everyone here, and kudos to Busch Gardens on the staff. Everybody there smiles and waves and is willing to help. Good job!

2  Thank palamedes79
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