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Kumba - should it stay or should it go?

Busch Gardens Tampa: What a headache.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted November 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Kumba is awesome but a headache should they make it smooth or take it down and make a new ride or a animal habitat


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From Tim Hillman
Posted November 8, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Manny, you just made my day! I thought only us old guys got headaches from riding Kumba. Now I don't feel so bad.

I think Busch Gardens should keep Kumba but try to smooth it out a little. The ride has a great course. It's just a little (actually a lot) too rough.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM
I agree the ride is such a headache I would like to c better carts for this ride like gwazi had that would make my day

From Skipper Adam
Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:05 PM
I think it is too rough too, and not a good course either. Even if it wasn't rough, I don't imagine it being a better coaster experience.

From steve lee
Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:43 PM
How long has it been since Kumba went down for any sort of extended maintenance? The first time I rode it, it was smooth as glass. Last time I rode it (maybe in 2008 or so?), it was pretty rough. There's really no excuse for letting a B&M get that rough. Obviously the needs of a full-year park are different than a seasonal park, but that's not really an excuse for letting a $20 million investment lose its appeal.

Same applies to Hulk, by the way.

From Zackiel Marsh
Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM
Kumba has always been my favorite coaster but I recently rode it in October for the first time since 2008 and it got so rough. I couldn't enjoy it half as much. Kumba has one of the best layouts ever so I think it should be smoothed out. Same with Sheikra and Hulk.

I wonder if there is such thing as a remake for a coaster. Like make a new coaster with same name and similar layout but put in some new surprises.

From Karly Tenney
Posted November 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM
These rides are not rough who the heck thinks
the hulk and sheikra and kumba are rough
I just went on Kumba last month and it wasnt rough jeez.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted November 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM
Which row did you ride in on the hulk and kumba both were smooth in the 90s now the are rough you probalbly have a new deffinition of rough

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted November 14, 2011 at 7:54 PM
Which row did you ride in on the hulk and kumba both were smooth in the 90s now the are rough you probalbly have a new deffinition of rough

From Nick Markham
Posted November 14, 2011 at 8:38 PM
Um, have you ridden it after its big refurb last year? I rode it in July 2010 and it was smooth as silk. They have most definitely been working at smoothing it out.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted November 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM
Yes I have but in 2011 it got a little rough I do like the ride it's a good ride I'm saying lately it has been a wee bit rough

From David Sutter
Posted November 15, 2011 at 4:45 AM
Rough? Well it is a coaster...And yes parts of it are a little more head banging then others but still and all a great Ride...

From steve lee
Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Nick, which one had a refurb in 2010? Kumba or Hulk?

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