This thrill machine is also the tallest dive coaster in the
world and the first of its kind to incorporate an Immelmann
loop (a rolling maneuver), a second, 138-foot dive into an
underground tunnel and a water-feature finale.
three minutes of over-the-edge excitement on more than half
a mile of steel track.
Gwazi - largest double wooden rollercoaster races
riders through almost 7000 feet of track and 6 flyby manuevers
in which trains pass within feet of each other at crossing
speeds of 100 mph.
Kumba - one of the world's best roller-coasters!
After the terror 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.
Height Restriction: Minimum of 54" tall.
Other restrictions may apply.
Python - This thrilling roller coaster will make you
scream through a double spiraling corkscrew and an intense
70 foot plunge -- just for starters!
Height Restriction: Minimum of 48" tall.
Scorpion - terrifying 60 foot drop and 360 degree loop at incredible
speeds. You can find the Scorpion in Timbuktu... If you dare!
Height Restriction: Minimum of 42" tall.
the swift-moving white-water of the Congo River Rapids.
Spin through a geyser, face an ominous waterfall and other
thrilling obstacles in a 12-person raft.
Feel the ultimate rush on Montu - one of the tallest
and longest inverted roller coasters in the world!
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!
Height Restriction: Minimum of 54" tall.
off 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!
Busch Gardens Review:
By Joy Atkinson (Summer Intern)
Busch Gardens is located just North of Interstate 4
on Interstate 75, right outside of Tampa.
is located about 1_ hours from Orlando, FL. Busch Gardens
contains wildlife and wild rides.
With every admission
ticket into the park, it helps
protect and help out the wildlife foundation.
This park is ideal for any family.
There are exciting
rides for the thrill seekers and shows and wildlife
for those who are not.
The thing I loved the most about
this park was the lack of waiting in line.
Of all the
amusement parks that I had the opportunity to attend,
Busch Garden's lines were the shortest.
I had the opportunity
to ride roller coasters twice in a row without having
to wait more then a half an hour.
There were 2 large
steel roller coasters and 2 large wooden roller coasters.
Other coasters in the
park were made in the late 80's and are fun, but not
If you are a roller coaster fanatic,
be sure to ride the Montu.
The Montu is a hanging coaster.
This ranks in the top ten for longest roller coasters.
It is full of loops and tunnels, flips, and goes 65mph,
a must do.
Since I needed to cool down from the hot Florida temperatures,
there were plenty of water rides available to get me
One of them was, the Congo River Adventure.
Some of my fellow park attendees purposely sprayed me
with water while I was on my adventure.
I was drenched
by the time the ride was completed.
The tidal wave had
a bridge that gets everyone standing on it soaked to
These rides were great additions to my day
and made it much more comfortable in the hot sun.
Next, I wanted to sit down for a while.
I went to a
few shows inside the park.
The dolphin show; Wow!
dolphins jumped, twirled, splashed, and performed remarkably.
They even selected an audience member to help with the
Watch out, the closer you sit to the performance,
the more likely you will get wet.
On command, the dolphin
splashed the audience.
It was fun to watch everyone
get wet while I stayed dry.
Second, I attended the Asian
I was entertained and amazed.
These men and women were skilled in moving their bodies'
ways that I thought only a pretzel could bend.
of the show was when they sought out an audience member
for a demonstration.
There were other shows such as
ice-skating, birds, and Kaptain Kangaroo.
But, I wanted
to do the final aspect of the park.
The wildlife is located throughout the park.
to all the attractions gave me a small taste of the
diverse wildlife located in the park.
There were elephants,
hippos, giraffes, ostriches, hundreds of pink flamingos,
deer, tigers, and many more.
Taking a ride on a Rhino adventure lets you off road
and off land into rhino territory.
There is also a train
and a skyline that allowed me to view part of the animal
kingdom without even moving my feet.
Word to the wise, the earlier you get there the shorter
the lines will be.
Drink plenty of water! It is hot!
The shows run throughout the day, keep a good idea of
the time, so that you will not miss them.
Busch Gardens Review:
by Ada Ospina
This is a great family park.
There is something for
Whether you go to the park to ride some
of the best coasters in the U.S. or to see some of the
most exotic animals in the world, you certainly will
have a fun filled day.
This park comes equipped with
four steel roller coasters, a double tracked wooden
rollercoaster, and tons of other impressive rides.
animals go from the American crocodile, to Sloths (like
the movie Ice Age), or beautiful Scarlet Macaws.
My day at the park was great.
I headed straight for the
first thing I saw, Gwazi.
This roller coaster is a real
The best part would probably be the feeling
of seeing both cars barreling through tracks that come
SO close to each other.
The adrenaline rush is the best.
Kumba and Montu are the other two featured coasters
at the park.
These steel rollercoasters are ranked highly
for a reason.
With their speeds, loops, and drops you
are left with the feeling that you have mastered the
best of the best.
The other two coasters, Python and
Cyclone, are a bit more simple but still fun to ride.
The heat called for a little water, and Busch Gadens
Congo River Rapids leaves you nice and wet.
You are sitting in a circular raft watching your friends
and family get soaked as you spin through the course,
not knowing when it is your turn to become drenched.
Tidal wave is another fun water ride.
The drop felt
as good as the water the felt as the boat made its way
to the bottom of the drop.
If you fear heights you can
stand out on the bridge and let the water catch you
as you watch the boat plunge towards the bridge.
Lunch at the park was beyond my expectations.
were reasonable and the service was top notch.
have more than the basic burger and fries.
You can get
filet mignon, baby back ribs, or roast beef sandwiches
at various places throughout the park.
I also got to
have a big peice of fresh baked chocolate cake.
After lunch I tried Rhino Rally, which takes you in
an off road vehichle and you get to see the animals
up close, which was very exciting.
As you are in the
truck you see rhinos, elephants, and zebras walking
If you want to see the animals up close, this is
a definite must ride.
Throughout the park I got the chance to see many animals
that I've never seen up close before.
There was the
baby bird area, which had baby flamingos, african greys,
and a bunch of other cute birds.
There were baby crocodiles
swimming in their little pond, right across from the
sloths and bats.
You see camels hanging around as you
ride the sky ride and elephants laying out in the warm
The last thing I did before I left the park was went
to see the Haunted Lighthouse show.
This show was amazing.
It's a 4-d show that does a good job at scaring you.
The show comes from R.L. Stine, who is great at scaring
It worked on me.
In all my day at the park was great.
It is really worth
the trip to Tampa to go to Busch Gardens.
You get theme
park, zoo, and great dining all in one.