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Stanleyville - Busch Gardens

Stanleyville at Busch Gardens is a great area to enjoy part of your day; in fact we tend to spend quite some time there.

You will enjoy Stanley Falls which is an exciting log flume ride and was the first in a long line of adventure thrill rides at Busch Garden. There are often queues for this as it is popular. Here you can cool off as you ride in log rafts which take you on a twisting, turning journey before plummeting down a 40-foot summit for a wet ending. The ride has two drops which are fun and although you do get wet you don’t get soaked.

Next onto SheiKra which when it opened was a Florida record coaster height of 200 feet, reaching speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, and boasts a maximum vertical angle of 90 degrees! With new coasters appearing every year in Florida I do not know if this record still stands. To make this an even more exciting ride they added a second drop, 138 feet tall at 81 degrees, plummeting underground before taking a banked turn into a splashdown area.

SheiKra' s coaster trains are a different design than the usual coaster. Each train has only three rows with eight seats across, carrying 24 passengers per train. There are five trains on the coaster and two can be loaded at once. If you can possibly get to the front row you will be even more scared. To add to the fear factor the cars have now been made floorless!

The top of the lift hill gives riders a spectacular view of landmarks including downtown Tampa and Adventure Island before rolling right over the edge and pausing. The train holds for 5 nerve-testing seconds before being released down the vertical drop, zooming along the ground – it is scary and practically everyone on the coaster screams. It then coasts over the break hill and barely pauses for the second drop, which takes guests through part of the African jungle ruins, under the splashdown area and over the Zambia Smokehouse.

The underside of the last row of each coaster is outfitted with special pipes. These pipes launch the water in the splashdown up into the air and onto the heads of guests waiting near SheiKra and the Stanleyville train station. Although guests on the ground may get drenched, riders will walk off nearly completely dry!

When you leave the ride you can then enjoy the Tanganyika Tidal Wave which takes you on a leisurely cruise down an exotic African river with flowers, cave paintings and villages. However you stop relaxing when the boat plummets down a 55-foot drop into a lagoon and drenches its riders as well as soaking the onlookers on the bridge above. Some people stand there on purpose on a hot day just to cool off!

Enjoy Stanleyville we always do.

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