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Review of Busch Gardens

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Ranked #2 of 196 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: Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 29, 2014

Loved it - could have stay longer but closed at 6pm...bummer! My 4 year old had so blast! Food sucked!

Thank BensMommy2010
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

We only had one extra day after the wedding in Tampa. Had grands age 11 and 13 and their parents. They choose to go here. It was the first Saturday in April. We bought our ticket in advance and got the Play and Dine plan. By all means do this. This allowed us to eat at select places, without having to worry about the additional cost. We certainly got our money's worth. We arrived within 30 minutes of the park opening and we stayed till it closed at 8. We needed more time! Check online before you go to see which rides are closed. It was great for all ages. Get there early, get on the train that goes thru the Serengeti to see the animals that are out early. Great roller coasters. SheiKra is GREAT. Plenty of animals, but see them early in day and later in day. Ask as you come in the gate the time of the Cheetah Run, and don't miss it. We really enjoyed the Iceploration, not so much SoundSational. The kids were able to ride the rides several times, since the wait times were so low. Clean park.

Thank janwin72
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

This park is dated. Really really dated. There are a couple of good rides, but not enough to justify the entrance fee or the long coach journey from Orlando. We visited this park at the end of our trip, had we visited it first we may have felt differently but it just does not compare to the magic of all the other parks.

The zoo made us feel sad, most of the food/drink stops were closed, which left us with a limited choice and sometimes a long walk for a drink. Also, if the weather report looks bad, don't go, as they closed everything! I can understand them closing the coasters but the only thing left open when there is a storm on the way is the gift shops, which for us meant a long boring wait for our coach back to Orlando. In comparison to the other parks which seemed to have loads still to do during bad weather.

There is SO much to do and see here that I really wouldn't waste my time or money on Busch Gardens.

1  Thank Seeitforyourself
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Just returned after a great day at Busch gardens, we arrived at opening time, the traffic was easy and we were in the park ten mins after parking the car, We loved this park, the time waiting in line was low the longest we waited was for cheetah hunt late afternoon and this was around 20 mins my daughters went on sheikra 3 times on the spin with no wait time all the rides are great the staff are great too, the safari is cool and a nice rest from the rest of the park, All the rides are great with the Gwazi wooden coaster and montu being our favs my 12 year old loved cheetah hunt the most, sadly the new Falcon's fury ride was not yet ready when we were there but they were testing it and it looks great, Great day out,

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

We all absolutely loved the roller coasters here and rode them all several times, the coasters were the big attraction for us. The grounds and animals roaming around to see from the restaurant were also very good.
The only things that stop me giving this full marks are some smaller, niggly things:
- They're nowhere near as efficient as Disney/Universal - the queues were smaller but take a long time to move as they are very slow (in comparison) at loading/unloading rides, and queuing is more or less a 'free for all' - we forked out for QuickQueue but you really just jump the queue a bit and then scrabble with everyone else.
- The rides are a LONG way apart! Be prepared to get worn out! We rode the coasters several times and wanted to do a couple more before we left but just couldn't face another trek!
- Montu wasn't working for a few hours when we arrived, and you have to keep going back there to check - no info boards around the park. It also wasn't running at full capacity when it did eventually get going with only one car working - queues weren't big but took a long time.
- When it rains they shut all the rides down! And take a long time to open them again (luckily we dived in for early lunch to use the time).
But for all that, we still loved it - that many great coasters in one place - fantastic!

1  Thank Simon190725
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