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Timbukto - Busch Gardens

If you want your child to have their first roller coaster experience Cheetah Chase in the Timbuktu section of Busch Gardens is perfect. You will find this next to Pirates 4D. I am not very keen on coasters but go on this one and the whole family can enjoy the curves, drops and corkscrews of this traditional “wild mouse” coaster. The 1, 200 feet of track only has a top speed of speed of 22 mph and is perfect for a child’s first coaster experience. Be aware you have your photo taken on the second drop so be ready to smile! The height restriction for going on this ride is 46 inches.

The Sandstorm which has a lower height restriction of 42 inches has a rotating base with six arms attached to it, with three cars attached to the end of each arm. In each car you can seat two people, making for a total of 36 passengers per ride. As the ride, which last just a few minutes, begins the base rises and starts to rotate. As the base rotates, each arm rotates its set of three cars at the same time. Also as the base is rising, the arms fan outwards so as the cars are spinning they are angled, so the riders are turning and going up and down, all at the same time. It is not very fast and again is good for younger ones.

However the Scorpion roller coaster hurtles you at speeds exceeding 50 mph through a 360-degree vertical loop, the girls find this quite thrilling. However last time they rode despite everyone being told to “keep your hands in the car at all times” one of them got hit in the face by a lad sitting next to her who had ignored this advice. The height restriction here is also 42 inches.

Pirate’s 4-D which stars Leslie Nielsen combines the latest 4-D special-effects technology with multi-sensory theatre effects and is good for visitors of all ages. You experience sprays of water and lots of surprises during your adventure with the sea’s most crazy band of pirates. This last about 15 minutes and although we have enjoyed it a couple of times we do not always go to it when we visit the park.

We usually finish our visit to Timbuktu with lunch at the Desert Grill Restaurant. Here they have a great selection including giant corned beef sandwiches (big enough to share), turkey sandwiches, baby back ribs, usually some Italian dishes, salads and desserts. Not to mention beers on tap! A good place to sit and enjoy a much needed meal

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