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Busch Gardens Tampa: I'll be going to BGA on Saturday, August 23rd.

From Tyler S.
Posted August 12, 2008 at 10:40 PM
I'll be heading up to Busch gardens Africa on August 23rd and Adventure Island on the 24th. I have a few questions.

-What will crowds be like?
-Is there any certain order we should travel the parks?
-How close are the two parks together?
- Any interesting tips/hints?

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From Karin S
Posted August 13, 2008 at 9:34 AM
The parks are relatively close together - they're approximately a block away and across the street from each other. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, check for them at their website. Busch usually has great "online only" offers.

I haven't been to the water park, but BGA has been very busy due to the many South American tour groups. These groups seem to be larger than in the past, so if one descends on a ride, be prepared to wait unless you purchase the Quick Queue, which is about $25.00. (If you're lucky, they'll be at a Disney park on the day of your visit, so you won't have a problem).

If you want to do the coasters, my advice is to get to the park when it opens - usually around 9:00 am. If they do their staggered opening, you'll be able to do Montu and Gwazi a couple of times. Then you can head over to Sheikra and Kumba. The lines usually don't get too bad until around 11:30. You might want to check their operating hours so you can plan your days. Keep in mind, it has been raining almost every day and that can impact your visit since they close the rides during a storm.

Hope this helps - have fun.

From Tyler S.
Posted August 13, 2008 at 1:17 PM
Thanks for the info! And by the way, we have platinum passes so we don't need to buy any tickets.

From Karin S
Posted August 13, 2008 at 4:17 PM
With your platinum passes, don't you get to ride two times in a row? That could come in handy if the tour groups are in town. Have a great time.

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