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Busch Gardens is a great theme park to visit
I want to tell you all about my experiences of the fantastic theme park known as Busch Gardens.
I have never visited this park before when I have visited Orlando and so I really wanted to make sure the next time I visited Orlando It was on my wish list. Well I have now been to the park and I can tell you It was brilliant, they have some of the best coasters in the world here, so let me start by telling you all about the rides and there are plenty of them.
The Gwazi. This is Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's mammoth double wooden coaster. It is also the Southeast's largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster boasting more than 1.25 million board feet of lumber and over 2 million bolted connections. Named after a fabled lion with a tiger's head, Gwazi races riders through almost 7,000 feet of track and is two distinct coasters intertwined. The Gwazi Tiger has an element that gives riders a slalom sensation more like a bobsled than a wooden coaster.
Next are the Congo River rapids. Encounter the swift-flowing white water of the Congo River Rapids. Spin through a geyser, face an ominous waterfall, and other thrilling obstacles in a 12-person raft. You must be 42 inches tall to ride this ride and other safety restrictions may apply.
The next ride is called the Sheikra and what a ride this is, SheiKra carries riders up 200 feet at 45 degrees, then hurtles them 70 mph back toward the ground at a 90-degree angle. It is the first coaster of its kind in the Americas and only the third in the world.
SheiKra is the first dive coaster to incorporate an Immelmann loop, a water feature, and a second 90-degree 138-foot drop through an underground tunnel. SheiKra also includes a 360-degree climbing carousel. 3,188 feet of steel track offers a total ride time of just over three minutes.
Now for the next thrill ride. The Cheetah Chase, this is a great family ride. Challenge the crazy curves and hairpin turns of Cheetah Chase. This five-story family coaster takes you on an adventure in the heart of exotic Timbuktu.
We now have the Montu, this is possibly my favorite ride in Busch Gardens. You feel the ultimate rush on Montu - one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world. Experience the thrill of an inverse diving loop and a 60-foot vertical loop while you endure speeds of over 60 miles per hour and a G-force of 3.85.
And now for the Kumbu, Kumba is one of the world's best roller coasters. After the blood-curdling thrill of an initial 135 foot drop, you will plunge from 110 feet into a diving loop, feel a full 3 seconds of absolute weightlessness while spiraling 360 degrees, and tear through one of the world's largest vertical loops.
The Python is next. Experience the twists and turns of the Python. This thrilling roller coaster will make you scream through a double spiraling corkscrew and intense 70-foot plunge - just for starters.
The Scorpion is next up. Feel the "sting" of Scorpion's terrifying 60-foot drop and 360 degree loop at incredible speeds. You can find the Scorpion in Timbuktu...If you dare.
The Stanley Falls. This ride is when you Cool off Literally. On Stanley Falls. Our Log Flume whisks your whole family through a splashing trip ending in a 40-foot drop that's sure to get you soaked.
Finally we have Tanganika Tidal Wave.Watch out when your seemingly tranquil jungle journey aboard a 20-passenger boat ends with a sudden plunge down a 55-foot drop. This creates an enormous wave that gets everyone sopping wet.
I hope this helps with my Insight into the thrill rides at Busch Gardens; I will be back with my second Installment of what to do and see at Busch Gardens.
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Page added on: 20 January 2006
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