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  • Trip Report Wonderpup & Aimster's 2011 Busch Gardens Tampa Adventure Extravaganza!

    I'm on vacation from work this week, so I decided to take Wonderpup to Busch Gardens today since we hadn't been to the park yet this year. I wanted to check out the new Australian area, Walkabout Way and peek in on the progress of the new Cheetah Hunt coaster that's being built. I also signed up for the coaster insider tour, which I heard was really neat (and only costs $20).

    Yay we're here!


    First up... Walkabout Way!


    Kangaroos ahead!


    You can hand feed and pet the kangaroos and wallabies in the exhibit.

    Kangaroo!




    Wallaby!


    Wallabies are cool (and Wonderpup approved)!


    I haz a sexy!


    G'Day!


    Albino Wallaby


    This little guy wanted the big carrot piece in the food cup I had ($5 for a cup of food... and totally worth it), so I fished it out and handed it to him, which he immediately proceeded to nom on.


    I wanted to take him home! Severe cute overload! Seriously... I cried a little from the cuteness (he was the sweetest thing).


    Ok enough of that... onto... the new Sesame Street area!

    Took me 30+ years but I FINALLY got a photo with Cookie Monster!


    Freaky camel!


    Wonderpup thinks flamingos are weird. They are.


    Next up.... Jungala!

    Big kitty!


    So pretty!


    Tigers are my favorite animal.


    Sleepy baby!


    At noon was the Coaster Insider tour, a 45 minute walking tour where you get up close and personal with Montu, which is my favorite inverted coaster. I was the only one on the tour, so I really felt like a VIP with two tour guides, who were really great!

    Under Montu's lift hill


    They took me into Montu's maintenance bay and explained how the wheels work and how other doohickeys on the coaster work and all the safety elements.

    Wheels!


    More wheels!


    Various coaster parts & doohickeys


    Nerd shot!


    From there they took me into the area of the maintenance bay where the extra trains are kept. Montu has 4 trains and one train is always under maintenance/rehab on a rotating schedule. The train currently under rehab has been there for about 3 months.

    Train!


    Naked Train!


    The average park guest can't get this shot!


    Where the wheel coverings are stored when a train goes in for rehab.


    Another shot you can't get every day...


    They then took me up on the brake run platform... kinda. They can't take tours up to the actual break run anymore as they had problems with tour members trying to grab hands of people on the trains as they go by (and vice versa), so they now take you up to the landing just underneath, where you can still get some great views.

    Love that barrel roll!


    Coming up into the break run...


    Wheeee!


    At the end of the tour, it was time to ride Montu! I got front of the line & front row access. As usual, a great ride on a great B&M invert.

    If you love coasters, I highly recommend this tour. Very informative and fun and the price is right at $20.

    Ok moving on.... Speaking of coasters, the tour guides told me they're working on rehabbing the trains on Gwazi to make the ride smoother as a lot of people have been complaining how rough it's gotten over the years (myself included). Tiger side is down right now, so only the Lion side is running.

    Speaking more of coasters... Cheetah Hunt progress! I can't wait for this coaster to open next spring!

    Future site of Intamin goodness!




    Big pile of dirt!


    ShiekRa!




    Lorikeets!


    These birds are MAJOR hams


    New show debuting in the Moroccan Palace Theater next month


    Lions!




    Meerkats are funny!


    ♪♫ Walk like an Egyptian...♪♫


    It was a fantastic day. The weather was perfect and crowds were light (longest wait I had was maybe 5 minutes... the only rides I did were the coasters). The animals were more active since it wasn't scorching hot, which makes for a better experience. I went to the Aussie area 3 times. The guy selling the food cups was cracking up when I showed up the 3rd time and when I went to buy another cup of food, he just gave it to me! He could tell I really loved that area. I did. I could have easily spent half the day there and the other half watching the tigers in Jungala, and I would have had a perfect day.

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    Thanks for a great TR, Human of Wonderpup!

    I'm kind of laughing that people on the tours are foolish enough to grab hands on the riders passing by.

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      Re: Wonderpup & Aimster's 2011 Busch Gardens Tampa Adventure Extravaganza!

      People on the coaster would try to reach out to the people on the tour as well. People in general are just dumb.

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        I LOVE IT! I have thought about taking that tour!
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        • #5
          Re: Wonderpup & Aimster's 2011 Busch Gardens Tampa Adventure Extravaganza!

          Very cool! I really think Busch Gardens is severely underrated with both coasters and animals. I love the new area!! Makes me want to renew our AP's......almost.

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            I don't think I'd be able to leave the kangaroos and wallabys! Too cute!
            I want my cake back!
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              me thinks I will have to add BG to my SW AP.
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                Re: Wonderpup & Aimster's 2011 Busch Gardens Tampa Adventure Extravaganza!

                Originally posted by SummerInFL View Post
                Very cool! I really think Busch Gardens is severely underrated with both coasters and animals. I love the new area!! Makes me want to renew our AP's......almost.
                Summer, they got a special going on right now where if you buy an AP you get an additional 3 months free. Not sure if it applies to renewals but it doesn't hurt to ask. Plus the new CHeetah Hunt coaster and the new cheetah encounter opens next spring and it promises to be pretty awesome. I got a 2nd day free ticket with my admission yesterday. I got 7 days to use it but not sure if I will. Even if I don't... no biggie. Yesterday as so perfect I doubt anything could top it for awhile.

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                  Re: Wonderpup & Aimster's 2011 Busch Gardens Tampa Adventure Extravaganza!

                  i hate the new coaster's name. now if it was something more topical than generic like DUMSAKO(relative swahili for "the cheetah hunts") id be better pumped!

                  the roos be adorable as always, Montu is down as always!
                  average day @ the BGA!
                  Don't think of a gun as a weapon.
                  Think of it as a third arm that magically
                  shoots bullets!

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                    Re: Wonderpup & Aimster's 2011 Busch Gardens Tampa Adventure Extravaganza!

                    Originally posted by dead_Mau5 View Post
                    i hate the new coaster's name. now if it was something more topical than generic like DUMSAKO(relative swahili for "the cheetah hunts") id be better pumped!

                    the roos be adorable as always, Montu is down as always!
                    average day @ the BGA!
                    I originally heard the name "Cheetaka" for the new coaster. Oh well.

                    Montu was NOT down. If you look at my pics from the coaster tour, you can see a train on the tracks in some pics. Crowds were VERY LIGHT, so they only had one train running. ALL the coasters were running (I know... as I rode them all, even the the Air Grover kiddie coaster). The park looked great and all the employees I encountered were pleasant, would smile and say hello and some even engaged in some small talk (like the really nice lady who was refilling my sipper bottle with water at the Desert Grill... she asked me how I was enjoying my day, etc.). And it was a great day to watch the animals, who were a lot more active due to the beautiful weather as it was warm, but not scorching hot (it hit in the low 70's yesterday). It was seriously a perfect day at Busch Gardens. Probably the best time I've ever had there (and I've never had a bad visit there).

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                    • #11
                      Re: Wonderpup & Aimster's 2011 Busch Gardens Tampa Adventure Extravaganza!

                      wow i love the tiger
                      I am traveling now.

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