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Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: A Review + Tips.

This was a pretty special trip for us.  Mr. Meena’s grandparents live near Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and he’s visited the park several times on family vacations over the years.  We’ve driven past the park each time we were in the area (so that he could gaze fondly upon the coasters) and hoped that we’d soon be back and have time to visit this park together.  So after about three years of wishing for this trip (and also almost three years of marriage), we finally made it!

I’m going to walk you through our day in the park, review the coasters and other attractions we visited, and include plenty of tips and resources along the way so that you can make the most out of your visit.

 

Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida. | My Meena Life

Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions (and fascination with spinning rides) are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor.

 

Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: A Review + Tips.

 

Arrival.

For perhaps the first time ever, we arrived to the park almost an hour before it opened.  We were pretty excited about this until we realized that the parking lot didn’t open until 9:30 am (which is later than usual, in our experience).  After waiting a bit, we were one of the first 20 or so cars to enter the park.  We parked near the tram stop and boarded the first tram of that unusually cold – for Florida – November day.  It appears that you must take the tram if you park in the regular parking lot, as there weren’t sidewalks along much of the tram route.  This could be convenient or frustrating depending on how you look at it, but we didn’t have any problems getting on the tram quickly when we needed to.

Tip: Preferred parking doesn’t appear to be worth the additional price; I observed some park goers walking pretty far to get to their vehicle in that section.  If you are able to park near the tram pick up in the regular lot it seems like a shorter distance to walk overall because the tram drops you off at the park entrance.

 

Christmas Decorations. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

After the short tram ride we got our tickets, went through the gates, and had about 15 minutes to spare before the park opened (if you arrive early you’ll be waiting in a roped off area at the front of the park).  That was when we noticed that some of the rides, primarily those located in the back of the park, weren’t opening 10:30 am (which was 30 minutes after the park opened).  This changed our game plan for the day (we usually head to the back of the park first to avoid the crowds as much as possible) and we were frustrated, especially since I had scoured the website looking for details like this in order to better plan our trip.  As theme park enthusiasts, we take pre-planned park routes seriously.  Of course, it could very well take almost 30 minutes for some park goers to reach the far section of the park.

 

Our day at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

We rode the coasters Cheetah Hunt, Cobra’s Curse, and Montu, which are located in the front of the park, first.  Mr. Meena then rode the new drop tower twice and we opted to have a quick, delicious smoothie for lunch so that we could keep moving through the park.  This is a great tactic if the park is busy – or massive – because the wait times are often less during meal times.  We then proceeded to ride several coasters in the back of the park and visit the bird gardens before resting our feet on the Serengeti Express train ride.  We stopped for a late afternoon meal before enjoying the Opening Night Jitters theatrical show at 5pm.  Afterwards we managed to get in night rides on SheiKra, Cheetah Hunt, and Montu before the park closed and we were one of the last groups to leave the park.  This was a huge chronic pain win for me, since I often have to miss out or leave early if I’m in too much pain.

 

Giant candy canes. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Tip: You can continue to enter the ride queue in a theme park until the park closes.  Some people aren’t aware of this, instead thinking they need to exit the park by closing time, and end up missing out on some of the best rides.

Riding at night or at the end of the day usually means that the queues are shorter and the rides are at their fastest speed (thanks to running for hours and warming up).  Just keep in mind that the queue for the front row will either close early – the case at Busch Gardens – or you’ll be asked to redistribute throughout the train in order to fill the seats as the park is preparing to shut down.

One of my favorite things about Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was that we would occasionally find ourselves entrenched in lush scenery as we explored the park, almost as if we’d entered a jungle.

 

A serene view in the bird gardens. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

That’s one of the things that makes Busch Gardens so unique – they have a strong emphasis on animals and their natural habitats in addition to having thrill rides.

The park is also full of colors and details that create a distinctive theme in each of the various sections.

 

Entrance to Pantopia. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Colorful pretzel sign. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Coasters.

I’ve ranked the coasters from best to worst, starting with our favorites and working down the list.

Montu.

This coaster is massive.  At 150 feet tall it may not be the tallest coaster in the park, but its sprawling layout makes the ride feel like it’s bounding across the terrain.

 

Montu roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

The coaster is named after an Egyptian god of war, which may be why it seems to be furious throughout its seven inversions.  Montu is very smooth for its age of 20 years and I experienced the most intense, yet non-violent, whipping sensation in the back row of this inverted coaster.  Mr. Meena and I both absolutely love it and would happily ride it all day (with plenty of motion sickness medicine for Mr. Meena, of course)!  It is our favorite coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

I especially like how it dives into and out of various trenches.

 

Montu roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Montu roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Fun fact: Live crocodiles once inhabited the area between the station and lift hill for this ride.  Which was alarming to me because the ride isn’t all that far from the ground in that area (and crocodiles have been observed to jump on land before).  Seeing live crocodiles underneath my feet would scare me far more than any roller coaster!

Rating: 5/5 giraffes.

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(Why giraffes?  Because you can find them in the Serengeti Plain at Busch Gardens and they’ve always been a strong symbol of the park.)

 

Cheetah Hunt.

This coaster is exciting from the moment you are launched via electro-magnetic propulsion – and that’s only the first of three launches throughout the ride.  The ride imitates a cheetah hunt; it bounds up a hill to slowly survey the countryside, then takes off in pursuit of prey.  It twists, turns, and accelerates throughout the thrilling chase.

 

Cheetah Hunt roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Cheetah Hunt roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

I really enjoyed the slow circle eight that allows you to look out over the park after the second and biggest launch.

 

Cheetah Hunt roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Tip: Go to the second station in the queue, especially if you want to ride in the front row, because it’s typically shorter and people frequently don’t notice that it’s there.

Rating: 4/5 giraffes.

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The main reason this ride isn’t a 5/5 is because it could be faster and more intense… but then it wouldn’t be a family coaster.  Additionally, the heart line roll is awkwardly slow and the shoulder restraints are painful in the back of the train during airtime.


Kumba.

We were a little sad to see that Kumba, which was previously Mr. Meena’s favorite ride at the park, gave a rough ride despite being closed for 10 days of maintenance one month prior to our visit.  It isn’t unusual for coasters to get rougher with age (Kumba is 23) and it’s still a great coaster, but I recommend sitting near the front of the train where the jostling isn’t as bad.

Kumba means “roar” in African Congo, and hearing the coaster’s roar from across the park is likened to hearing the roar of a lion in the distance.  It’s a fast paced, extreme coaster with an unforgettable ride experience.

 

Kumba roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Kumba has seven inversions, including these beautiful and fun interlocking corkscrews.

 

Kumba roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

The loop circling the lift hill is a favorite as well.

 

Kumba roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Rating: 4/5 giraffes.

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The roughness of this coaster is the only reason why it lost a giraffe.  I should mention, however, that Mr. Meena disagrees with me and stills ranks this living legend as a 5/5.


SheiKra.

SheiKra is a dive coaster, which means it holds you over the edge of its 90˚ first drop before plummeting 200 feet downwards.  The trains are very wide, with three tiered rows that hold eight people each.  For my first ride on SheiKra I was seated off-center in the back row and I became pretty panicked when I experienced the ride shaking as we were held at the drop.  But the second time I was seated in the center of the front row and I was much more comfortable and able to appreciate how smooth and fun the coaster is.

 

SheiKra roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

SheiKra roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Be sure to watch out for SheiKra’s splash zone – it’s really intense and you’ll get drenched (like I did while taking the above photo).   Don’t worry, you won’t get wet as a rider.

 

SheiKra roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

This somewhat terrifying coaster is named after an African hawk that is known to drive straight down after its prey.  If you are brave enough, this ride will give you an excellent view of Tampa from the sky – especially at sunset.

Tip: Sit in the center, over the rail, if this type of ride makes you nervous.

Rating: 3/5 giraffes.

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While this is a great dive coaster, it still focuses on the main dive element and leaves me wishing for something else at the end of the ride (plus, as I’ve mentioned, I find it kind of terrifying).


Scorpion.

This is a Schwarzkopf coaster, meaning it was made by the German engineer and ride designer Anton Schwarzkopf, and (like any ride by him) is generally revered by coaster enthusiasts.

It is pretty unusual to see a ride like Scorpion at a park like Busch Gardens.  Schwarzkopf coasters like this one are normally traveling coasters found in Europe; we’ve ridden others like it at German fairs in Nuremberg and Schweinfurt.  We even traveled to Vienna, Austria, to ride Olympia Looping, which is the largest operating transportable roller coaster in the world.

So, there aren’t many coasters like Scorpion in America, and this one has been running since 1980.

 

Scorpion roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

We opted not to ride it that day because there was only one train running and we wanted to focus on new ride experiences.  But Scorpion is certainly worth a ride, especially if you haven’t ridden anything like it before.

What makes Schwarzkopf coasters so much fun is that the loops are more circular, creating stronger forces compared to inversions that are elliptical.  This coaster has one loop and features a fun helix towards the end of the ride.  Another fun feature is the lap bar on the trains instead of an over the shoulder restraint – which is rather uncommon on rides with loops.

Rating: 3/5 giraffes.

3 star giraffe icon

 

Cobra’s Curse.

This brand new family coaster featured some impressive stats that made us pretty excited to ride it.  The outdoor vertical lift (which is like an elevator) takes you 80 feet up into the air, facing a massive snake, before the spinning trains (one of my favorite features on coasters) take off and promise a spinning frenzy at the end of the ride.

 

Cobra’s Curse roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Cobra’s Curse roller coaster. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

As it turns out, the vertical lift hill is really not very impressive as far as these types of rides go.  It’s not very fast and there’s no exciting dips or angles as you ascend.  And, unfortunately, we didn’t spin much, at least not intensely or for more than a revolution or two (this could have to do with rider weight and/or distribution).  We much prefer other spinning rides with vertical lifts such as Winjas at Phantasialand or Maskerade at Prater.

This is a short ride with relatively small thrills for what can be an exceedingly long wait time.  Furthermore, the queue line is very dark and parts of it can seem scary, which may (and did in fact) scare some young children.

Rating: 2/5 giraffes.

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Sand Serpent.

Unfortunately, this coaster is an older wild mouse ride with nothing particularly special to offer.  If you are looking for another family coaster then this five-story, curvy ride will fit the bill, but it’s not worth going out of your way to ride.

Rating: 2/5 giraffes.

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Air Grover.

This is a kiddie coaster that will let adults ride sans children (a plus for all those credit seekers out there) and has pretty good banking on the turns.

Rating:  2/5 giraffes.

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Other rides and attractions.

Falcon’s Fury.

 

Falcons fury – a drop tower. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

This is a unique drop tower, in fact, it’s the tallest of its kind in North America – standing at 335 feet.  If that’s not enough for you, after reaching its impressive height this ride turns its riders downward 90 degrees so that they face the ground before dropping them in that position.  For a few seconds you’ll be flying towards the ground at 60 mph before slowing down and returning to a normal angle.

Fun fact: The amount of time that you are hanging in midair before dropping is variable.  You won’t know how long it takes, which helps to maximize the suspense of the ride.

I wasn’t brave enough to ride this one, but Mr. Meena reported that the ride restraints are comfortable and allow for an extremely comfy ride (that is, if you aren’t too terrified to notice).

 

Opening Night Critters.

We chose to see this show because I’m an animal bird fanatic.  The rescued animal costars have learned some impressive tricks that help share a funny, heartwarming story on stage.  We enjoyed seeing all sorts of animal actors during the show including dogs, cats, birds, pigs, a miniature horse, and even a skunk!  The moral of the show – that you can accomplish anything if you try hard enough – was wholesome, encouraging, and adorably reinforced by the furry and feathered cast members.

See all of the shows currently offered by the park here.

Tip: During the show we learned that Busch Gardens has partnered with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and they will give two complimentary park tickets those that adopt from the shelter!  Read more about the program here.

 

Serengeti Railway.

Relaxing on this train ride is a great way to see Busch Garden’s expansive Serengeti Plain.  You’ll see lots of animals, such as giraffes, zebras, and antelopes, and learn about them on the leisurely ride.  You’ll see some of the coasters from unique vantage points and learn about them as well.

 

The Serengeti Railway. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Taking the Serengeti Railway. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

The train circles the park, stopping at the Nairobi, Congo, and Stanleyville stations.  We hopped on at the Nairobi station and rode the entire circuit.  This is how we learned that the Nairobi to Congo section is a lovely ride through the Serengeti Plain (and you’ll want to sit on the left side of the train for the best view), the Congo to Stanleyville section is rather boring, and the Stanleyville to Nairobi section returns to the Serengeti Plain for another educational ride.

 

The Serengeti Plain. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Furthermore, the 1200 gallon water tank for the steam engine gets topped off at the Stanleyville station, which means the train has to stop there for several minutes.  This gives you ample time to board and was the point where the train was the emptiest.  The Nairobi station, where most people board, is near the front of the park and can get quite crowded and you may miss out if the train hits max capacity before you board.

Tip: Catch the Serengeti Railway at Stanleyville and take it until Congo for the best ride experience.

 

Bird Gardens.

I was so excited that Busch Gardens had a large bird section and really enjoyed meeting the various birds.  There are several places where you can get close to the birds.

 

The bird gardens. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

The bird gardens. | Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

However, as much as I enjoyed spending time with the colorful, feathered inhabitants of the bird gardens, I was upset that the nectar at Lory Landing can only be purchased with a photo (for a total of $7.49).  I’ve visited bird parks all over the world and I’ve never been charged more than one dollar (or one euro) for a cup of seed or nectar, nor have I ever been forced to purchase a photo that I don’t want in order to buy nectar.  Furthermore, the photo we received was blurry and not worth the price we paid for it.  I was also mauled by pushy parents and children once I had my overpriced nectar (because they didn’t want to pay for their own) and I had to physically remove myself from children who were harming the birds.

Tip: My advice is to visit the bird gardens early in the day if they are important to you, and to avoid Lory Landing and the expensive nectar (unless you are a bird fanatic).  The good news is that since so few people purchase the nectar, if you have some then the hungry birds will be your best friends for about 1.5 minutes.

 

Overall.

Negatives:

1| The park website needs to be updated and more upfront.  It would have helped us to know when the parking lot opened and that some of the rides would not be opening right away – details that we have known in advance for most of our other trips.  We also had planned on eating dinner at the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant, only to arrive too late to do so since they closed at 4pm (another detail that could easily be added to the website).  You can minimize any issues like this by coming prepared with alternative options in mind and giving yourself extra time.

2| It’s easy to spend too much money on in-park features.  Just like we spent $7.49 because I was so excited to feed the birds, you could easily spend more than you planned for by going on a safari tour ($30/person).  If you are on a budget, be sure to plan ahead and take advantage of the wide variety of rides and shows that are included with your park ticket.

3| Avoid the Serengeti Overlook Pub, which is where we headed after finding out the Restaurant was closing.  We found the food to be sub-par and I was disappointed that there weren’t any safari-themed cocktails (which were promised on the website).  In fact, there wasn’t a cocktail list of any kind available.  If you are looking for a quick meal head to Zagora Café instead – it seemed very popular and also smelled delicious when we walked by.  See all the dining options in the park here.

4| The park is very dark at night, so much so that people were using flashlights on their phones and complaining to other parkgoers.  Be careful if you’re visiting at night and keep a close watch on children that are with you.

Positives:

1| Complimentary insect spay was offered throughout the park at gift shops.  This was a reassuring gesture that the park cares about your health and the fact that you probably don’t want to carry a bottle of the stuff around all day.

2| There are recycling bins everywhere – be sure to use them!

3| The park is very handicap friendly and offers a Virtual Queue system for guests who are unable to wait in line.

4| Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a super family friendly park that has so much to offer.  You can be sure to find something that everyone in your group will enjoy.

 

More tips + resources.

+ Check the maintenance schedule before you go!

+ Take chap stick, face lotion, or something to protect your face if you visit in colder weather.  My face and lips were painfully windburnt after riding coasters all day in 60˚ weather.

+ Download the park map and/or mobile app on your phone before you go.  While the app didn’t work well for my Andriod phone, I observed many iPhone users using the app throughout the day.

+ Take the Busch Gardens Shuttle for free if you are coming from Orlando!

+ Estimate what you will spend.  Here is the cost breakdown for our day:

Parking: $20
Two regular adult tickets: $177.60
Food (2 meals, 1 smoothie, 2 ice cream bars): $38.59
1 beer + 1 cocktail: $16.58
Lory Landing: $7.49

Total: $260

Keep in mind that we were likely under average per person, since we only ate one full meal each (despite being at the park for nine hours) and didn’t purchase any upgrades or tours.

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43 thoughts on “Visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: A Review + Tips.

  1. Holy moly, that's expensive!!! I'm not a fan of rollercoasters at all but I think I would enjoy the Serengeti Railway and Bird Gardens – though not for that hefty price!

    1. Theme parks can be really expensive… joining coaster clubs or purchasing season passes are really the only ways to bring the cost down, unfortunately. But Busch Gardens has tons of non-coaster activities, and I agree that you would enjoy the gardens and railway!

  2. So I've never been to Busch Gardens, but I've always wanted to go! The roller coasters look like so much fun, and I love how you rated them by giraffes! Overall, it sounds like you had a great experience!

  3. I haven't heard of this amusement park before but as usual, it looks fun! I haven't been to a park since Texas Dec 2014 and even then it was pretty cold and going on the rides in the winter gave me crazy cold headaches. Haven't been to any in Germany or Europe yet. Maybe we should! #WanderfulWednesday

    1. Well there are plenty of great ones for you to chose from in Germany – Europa Park was our favorite! But of course, it's always better to visit in warmer temps!

  4. I love the giraffe ranking system- some very cool sounding coasters although definitely a pricy day out! I don't think I had realised how much there was at Busch Gardens. #citytripping

  5. Wow such a detailed overview. I am not into rollercoasters.. petrified actually! But I would enjoy the Serengeti Railway and the lush rainforest. Thanks for joining us on #FarawayFiles

  6. This is so cool. When I was in Orlando all anyone would say to me is "Are you going to Busch Gardens>" "you should go to Busch Gardens" – Though, like you, you Disney and Universal 2 week rota was planned down to the last minute! Will need to try and make it next time 🙂 #flyawayrfriday

  7. I'm not a huge fan of rollercoasters or theme parks (except Disney ;)) but my kids love the train ride at Disney World so I'm positive they would love the Serengeti Railway. What I do love is the theme of the park. And I love that it is so concerned about wildlife. #flyawayfriday

    1. Yes, there are lots of kid friendly things to do at this park – the train ride definitely being one of them! They also have a chairlift ride that goes over the plains, but it was closed for maintenance while we were there.

  8. Great post! We love theme parks although we don't tend to visit many when we're travelling due to the cost and I think this would be one we give a miss too. Almost $180 for two tickets is crazy expensive! The roller coasters do look awesome though. I remember seeing adverts for the park when I first visited Disneyland Florida as a kid and wishing I was big enough to go on the rides. We will definitely add to the list of things to consider for our next US trip, but the price tag may put us off. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes, it is more expensive than other parks – but it also has much more to offer. We usually visit parks through season passes and other deals, which is part of the reason why we had put this one off for so long. If it would fit into your budget, I’m sure you would enjoy it!

  9. Omg I loved this post! I also love a good roller coasterrrrrr!!!! 🙂 Also love the photo with you and the candy canes! Thanks for joining #FlyAwayFriday and always following the rules, we love having you! xo

  10. This is such a comprehensive review – literally everything you'd need to know before visiting. I think your tips about avoiding queues are fantastic. I'd be twice as terrified on a ride if I thought that there might be live crocodiles waiting below to eat me up if I fell off! I do love the natural landscape of this park – such a fantastic feature. Thanks for sharing this with us on #FarawayFiles

  11. I'm not a coaster person but wanted to read this bc my daughters ARE! We just took them to Universal Orlando and had a blast. Have always wondered about Busch Gardens and appreciate your honest review. #farawayfiles

    1. I’m glad to hear that, and you’re welcome! The coasters at Busch Gardens are pretty great – and there are even more at their location in Williamsburg.

  12. I love your giraffe rating system!! It's 20 years since I visited Busch Gardens and it looks just as good today, I'd love to go back too and take the kids. #flyawayfriday

  13. Woah – those rides look incredible! I do love a good thrilling ride. Nice to see so much greenery around, too. Helps calm you down after a knuckle-whitening ride!

  14. What a thorough post! Love your rating system! Glad to have you contributing to #FarawayFiles – have a wonderful holiday and hope to see you again for linkups next year! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  15. This was very interesting. I hadn't been to Busch Gardens since I was a child. I thoroughly enjoyed myself back then, but wasn't big on roller coasters. I am glad to see the Serengeti train! That looked incredible. I don't think I would be happy with how dark the park was! that is a bit creepy! #flyawayfriday

    1. Thanks, Janine. I’m glad to hear you have positive childhood memories of the park! Yes, it was a bit creepy for it to be so dark, but fortunately we weren’t there for too long after dark.

  16. Wow! So much important information in this post. Great stuff. You really are a roller coaster expert! I haven't been on one in yonks! This sound like a great park to visit and these tips ensure a great experience although the bird feed is nothing short of extortionate! Thanks for linking to #citytripping

    1. Thanks! My husband has ensured my coaster education – but I do enjoy riding them and learning about them. And I’m glad that I’m not the only one that feels that way about the bird food.

  17. OMG how fun is this place??!! And I love your guide to it!! My husband used to go to here as a kid (he grew up in Atlanta with family in Florida) and always talk about it!! I've never been but looks so fun! Thanks for sharing on FlyAwayFriday!

  18. We are going there in about 2 weeks! Thanks for all the helpful info! Question… we usually take a draw string bag with chapstick and a few other random things in it with us. How would this work? I have seen on other websites where they say not too. We usually (at other theme parks) put our stuff in the cubby on the other side of the roller coaster then when we get off we grab it and go. Is this an option?

    1. Every single ride that we went on at the park had cubbies available where you could put a bag. It was a little tricky on Cobra’s Curse because the ride is moving while you board, so you’ll want to be prepared to quickly drop off your bag. There are some parks that don’t allow you to bring any loose items at all on certain rides (for example, Fury 325 at Carowinds), but those rides always have lockers right next to them where you can put your things (usually for a small fee). But as far as I know you are in the clear for Busch Gardens!

  19. Great review and tips! We have our first trip there on Friday and love to be prepared. We have 4 free tickets, so we are splurging on the meal plan.

  20. I love roller coasters and theme parks. Well balanced with rides, shows, wildlife and nature. They have many kid rides and play area. Thanks for sharing your experience and lovely pictures!!!

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