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Mom to 2
07-27-2005, 06:00 PM
I am in the early stages of planning our 3rd trip to the World in Dec. 2006. We will be doing all the Disney parks, but this time we have decided to skip SeaWorld, and Universal Studios, and go to Busch Gardens instead (never been there). Can anyone tell me how long of a drive it is from Disney, and if it is worth it to spend a day there?? My kids will be 12 and 8 at the time and love coasters (so does my husband and myself).
Thanks for any info on Busch Gardens.

Lory

HappyLawyer
07-27-2005, 06:37 PM
hey sent you a pm will be there the same month, you might consider the orlando flex ticket it includes admission to universal, BG and Seaworld. Try not to skip it it is fun, but, it's understandable if it does not fit into the time frame, this will be our first trip to BG also,

roberrl187
07-27-2005, 07:30 PM
We went in 1998 and I think that it took us about an hour or so. We will be going to WDW in August and plan to make another side trip to Busch Gardens. If you love coasters and animals, this is a fun park.

twinz
07-27-2005, 07:44 PM
We went in 2001, and what an adventure it was....my sister got pooped on in the bird sanctuary :rotfl: ...we were on a rollercoaster (can't remember the name) and the ride stopped going up the hill, and we had to get out and walk down the stairs....then we got front of the line passes for any other ride inthe park...we were going to go onto the "safari" type ride they have...then THAT broke down. So we decided to call it a day. They do have some good rides, but it was just mishap after mishap for us.

nhpooh
07-27-2005, 07:58 PM
We went a few years ago, it took about an hour from WDW. My kids love it, one loves the animals and the other loves the rides. Go for it it's great.

Dopey's Girl
07-27-2005, 08:00 PM
Lived many years of my life about 2 miles from Busch Gardens. Should take you about an hour and 15 minutes to get there from Disney. BG is fun, but NO disney for sure. Given that you all like coasters, you'll have a good time. There are LOTS of them there! Plus the weather that time of year will make the animals that you do see more active and that's a little more exciting than just seeing them all lay in the shade trying to stay cool. Also, there are some other really fun rides and shows too. I think it's worth a day trip if you haven't been before given that you've done SeaWorld & Universal before. It'll be a different experience for sure! Have fun whatever you decide!

2x_dis_dad
07-28-2005, 07:22 AM
I was at Busch Gardens this past Saturday. I had a really fun time. The new roller coaster Skeikra is awesome. It is about an hour from Orlando to Tampa, depending on the time of day. I am sure it will take a little longer if you hit rush hour in either direction.

Cinderella2004
07-28-2005, 04:45 PM
We spent 3 days there in 2003. We booked the Serengeti Safari for one of our mornings. If your kids love animals, you should look into this!!! They take you out onto the safari, in the back of a large, pick-up type truck, and you get to feed the giraffes!!! It was wonderful. I believe it was about $30.pp. They also gave you all kinds of information about the other animals on the safari, but the highlight was definitely feeding the giraffes.

Have fun!! They have some great coasters, too!

Motherfletcher
07-29-2005, 06:05 AM
I went to BGT in 1962 and rode the awesome escalator and was given free beer! They don't have the escalator anymore but they still give away free beer! :drinking1 They probably don't give it to 10 year olds anymore.
I would allow an hour and a half to 2 hours from Orlando with the I-4 construction delays. BGT is 'THE' park for rollercoasters and Sheikra is the scariest in the State! BGT is less crowded than Orlando parks too.

cjb71870
07-29-2005, 06:19 AM
Some hotels have buses that go to BG. Our regular one does. If you like roller coasters that is the place to be! And, they just opened the new one!!

Danauk
07-29-2005, 06:48 AM
We have a day at BG planned for our Christmas trip. We love coaster too and figured it would be busy (we will be there during christmas week) so we have booked on the adventure thrills tour so we will not have to wait in line for the major coasters. Sheik'ra does look amazing, I love dive coasters (I have an AP to Alton Towers in England that has Oblivion, the worlds first dive coaster and have riden it about 100 times.) I would definatley say there is enough to do for a whole day there.

PhotobearSam
07-29-2005, 11:07 AM
We are going there in October but I am not a coaster fan....Is there anything else for me to do?


I just had to use this smilie... :maleficen

sherry66
07-29-2005, 11:19 AM
We have visited BG several times and loved it :cool1: We are not interested in roller coasters but love the animals. We took the serengeti safari tour which awsome. You get aboard the back of a truck and drive out in the serengeti plains. You get to hand feed several kinds of animals including giraffes. It was well worth the money. The web site is very informative as well.

riu girl
07-29-2005, 07:02 PM
sherry66:
I am considering the safari ride (the one where you can feed the giraffes) but I think it costs about $30/pp. That would be $120 US for us, so I don't know. Is it worth the $$.. Is there any way to get a discount for it??? I know DD would just love this, so I might go ahead and do it but its not like me to spend that much $.

Thanks
Suzy V.
photobearsam: if you check out www.bgtguide.com you will find a ton of info. on things to do besides the coasters. It looks like there is one very good show (Katonga) , plus a safari ride, train ride, skyway type ride, tuts tomb, bird avairy etc etc. I'm sure you could find a ton to do there for a day or two.
We are going to buy the unlimited passes and go there 3 or 4 times over two weeks. Since we will be with the kids I don't want to be there all day/night, so I am thinking about 4 half days. I think the 2005 fun cards (unlimted admissions for 2005) are $62.95 US for adults and $52.95 US for kids plus tax. If we went four days I think this would be a good price.

sherry66
07-30-2005, 08:47 AM
riu girl;
I don't know of any discounts but I'm sure there are some at times. We got bush gardens/sea world tickets "at par" in 2004 .I think in was unlimited admissions to both parks for X number of days. I think it was 7 or 8. We spent 2 days at bush and didn't ride a coaster. The safari ride is worth every cent :cool1: DH said that we are going to do it again in 2006. :maleficen

grover
07-30-2005, 08:52 AM
where can you get info on the flex ticket?
G in W

sherry66
07-30-2005, 09:08 AM
I think you can get them from a TA or somewhere like ticketmania or maple leaf. We got the bush/sea world from our TA.

lookingforward
07-31-2005, 10:28 PM
We just got back from a quick trip to Orlando and Busch Gardens. We loved Busch Gardens, very different than Disney but a total blast for our teen boys. We booked the Adventure Thrill Seekers tour and it was awesome. Totally worth the $75 per person charge because the average wait for roller coasters was 90 minutes and we did not have to wait on the tour. Rode Zheikra (spell?) twice in a row, the tour guide was amazing, I will post a trip report tomorrow. Stayed at the Shades of Green, had so much fun.
We bought season passes, for two years, per person $129, since we live in FL. I can't wait to do the safari and the halloween tour.

dynamite100
08-05-2005, 04:51 AM
We just got back from a quick trip to Orlando and Busch Gardens. We loved Busch Gardens, very different than Disney but a total blast for our teen boys. We booked the Adventure Thrill Seekers tour and it was awesome. Totally worth the $75 per person charge because the average wait for roller coasters was 90 minutes and we did not have to wait on the tour. Rode Zheikra (spell?) twice in a row, the tour guide was amazing, I will post a trip report tomorrow. Stayed at the Shades of Green, had so much fun.
We bought season passes, for two years, per person $129, since we live in FL. I can't wait to do the safari and the halloween tour.

Hi.This is the second post on this thread to mention the Adventure Thrill Seekers Tour. Could one of you give me details about that please. How do you book it, and what does it include?
Thanks, Carl.

Danauk
08-05-2005, 06:27 AM
The adventure thrills tour can be booked on the Busch Gardens website (that is where I booked it from.) It is a 4-5 hour tour which includes lunch. You get guided around the park and told info about the rides. Then you get front of the line access to all the major coasters, rhino ralley and prefered seating at the shows. Plus you can get a discount at the shops.
Here is a link to the page on their website with the info on http://www.4adventure.com/buschgardens/fla/sp_adventure_thrill.aspx
I hope this helps.

Amigatu
08-05-2005, 10:12 AM
Here is some friendly advice from me who just went there. Do not go on the weekend. Plan your trip to BG on a Tuesday or Wedsnday, because we went on Saturday and there was a 1hr and 90 minute wait for rides like the Congo River ride. Next time I go, it will not be on a weekend. I went on the Safari tour. I did the one for 30 minutes and fed the Giraffes for 45.00. 30 minutes was long enough for me because out there on the Safari it is 10-20 degrees hotter than in the park. Make sure you wear a hat also. I didn't. It was real HOT! The Animals were well worth the trip. Have a great time!! Wish I was going!! :flower:

Shooby doo
08-07-2005, 06:00 AM
Just to say we love BG have gone every year that we have been to WDW.Officially I think the distance is @75 miles.Up until Kracken,the Montu & Kumba were the best coasters that we had been on! They have at least 3 rides that you will get soaked on & I don't just mean wet! They have lockers near the rides so we normally change then do them one after the other!
As someone mentioned it's not Disney but the prices tend to be slightly less.It's worth bearing in mind that it is a big park so put your walking shoes on.Also if you have a Flex pass you can get free transport (I think it leaves from Seaworld's car park) to & from BG
Hope this helps SD :rolleyes1

dynamite100
08-08-2005, 04:59 AM
The adventure thrills tour can be booked on the Busch Gardens website (that is where I booked it from.) It is a 4-5 hour tour which includes lunch. You get guided around the park and told info about the rides. Then you get front of the line access to all the major coasters, rhino ralley and prefered seating at the shows. Plus you can get a discount at the shops.
Here is a link to the page on their website with the info on http://www.4adventure.com/buschgardens/fla/sp_adventure_thrill.aspx
I hope this helps.

Thanks.
My intention is that we will be going on a week day in late April next year, using the free shuttle from I-Drive. Do you think crowd levels at this time of year will make it worthwhile paying the extra for this tour, bearing in mind that it is imperative to me that I get on all the major rides? Or will queues be short enough to allow me to do all the rides anyway?
Sorry to keep asking tedious questions.
Cheers, Carl.

Danauk
08-08-2005, 06:09 AM
I'm not sure about the crowd levels as I have never been before. But if you are taking the free shuttle from I-Drive I'm not sure you will arrive at the park in time for the tour (we have to be there for 10:15). We are renting a car for a few days when we are there so we can drive to make sure we get there in time.

MrsPete
08-08-2005, 09:44 PM
Busche Gardens runs a shuttle from Orlando to Tampa just for people who want to visit this park. It costs $10/person, and it's FREE to anyone who has a flex-ticket. You have to call for shuttle reservations; they'll even pick you up at your hotel.

Upside: You'll arrive well-rested, and you don't have to pay $8 to park.
Downside: You must adhere to their schedule.

dynamite100
08-09-2005, 04:31 AM
Busche Gardens runs a shuttle from Orlando to Tampa just for people who want to visit this park. It costs $10/person, and it's FREE to anyone who has a flex-ticket. You have to call for shuttle reservations; they'll even pick you up at your hotel.

Upside: You'll arrive well-rested, and you don't have to pay $8 to park.
Downside: You must adhere to their schedule.

I already have my flexticket, and was planning to use this shuttle, but had hoped that the earliest one would get me to the park by 10AM. Judging by people's reactions, I'm guessing this might not be the case.

Carl.

Lanie
08-09-2005, 11:39 AM
Does anybody know the schedule to that shuttle or the place where I could find it?

Thanks

jlovesee
08-09-2005, 11:33 PM
I absolutly love Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and while its not Disney its definitly a destination park. If you like roller coasters there isn't really a bad one in the bunch, Scorpion is a lot of fun, Kumba and Montu are wonderful. My husband LOVES Kumba and he has ridden over 400 roller coasters! I wouldn't ride Gwazi unless you really love wooden coasters and can handle being beaten up a bit. Tiger is the better side.

Besides the coasters the animals are very interesting, I really liked the hippo pool where you walk below ground are and able to see below water. I think that is near Crown Colony. The Wild Wings show is absolutly wonderful (if you like birds). I also recommend the Sky ride, and Rhino Rally. You can get a "fast pass-like" ticket (they call it a Quick Queue) for Rhino Rally there is usually an employee handing out return time tickets for free. Then there is no line or very little line to speak of.

SheiKra is insane, Jeff my husband loved it of course (coaster nut that he is). But you cannot be afraid of heights. All there is a VERY VERY VERY good BBQ restarant next to SheiKra called the Zambia Smokehouse, I am from Kansas City and ate there twice in the two days we visited the park. really very good.

Of course you have to visit the hospitality house, free beer is still served there. :)

What I would recommend is treating Busch like you would treat Animal Kingdom. Spend a lot of time, don't rush and enjoy yourself.

Personal opinion compared to Disney Parks, Busch is very much like Animal Kingdom, but Busch in my mind is still tons better.

Jennifer

dynamite100
08-12-2005, 03:08 AM
Bump.

christi
08-14-2005, 08:47 AM
Can anyone tell me what the shows at Busch Gardens are like? I've heard that Ka Tonga is excellent?

Thanks

dynamite100
08-18-2005, 08:59 AM
bump.

dynamite100
08-23-2005, 04:15 AM
bump.

ozarkmom
08-23-2005, 08:52 AM
I have a couple of questions about Busch Gardens. One of my teens loves roller coasters the rest of us don't we prefer other rides so are there other rides for non coaster riders?. Also to see the serengeti animals you have to buy another ticket?

misskrystal
08-23-2005, 02:10 PM
:cheer2:

I went in 2001.

It's just over an hour to get there, but it's deffinately worth it.

The water rides are amazing!

If you buy the 5 park Flexi ticket, you get free transportation too.

Krystal

:cheer2:

lovethattink
08-23-2005, 02:16 PM
We have annual passes to WDW, Sea World and Busch Gardens. We really like Busch Gardens. The rollercoasters are awesome. The only one I don't like is Gwanzi (?spelling). It's a wooden rollercoaster and it's very bumpy. I get a headache everytime. The metal rollercoasters are much smoother. We also enjoy watching the animals. Be sure when you go there that you don't try to measure everything to Disney's standards. The park doesn't meet up to all of Disney standards, but it does have the thrill rides that Disney is lacking.

minijeanie
08-23-2005, 09:24 PM
in BG this past June

We loved it. kids roller coasters freaks!! They loved them all.. We went on a Monday and got on 4 roller coasters with only 5 minute wait.

Park is in a absolutely horrible location....was amazed we even found it.But once inside, found the park very charming. The counter service food had terrific choices. In fact much, much better than any Disney park.

wish Disney would take heed and follow suit

jlovesee
08-30-2005, 09:51 AM
Ka Tonga is ok, children will probably love it. Basically its a professionally done (with changed massive sets) and centers around the retelling of 4 african tales. Its very colorful and easy to follow. I think its on par with most live Disney shows, and I would definitly go if you have the time. However, it wouldn't be first on my list to do.

Jennifer

Motherfletcher
08-31-2005, 11:19 AM
Park is in a absolutely horrible location....

It used to be tricky to get to BGT before Interstate 275. The "horrible" grew up around the park in the last 45 years much like what happened to Disneyland. Maybe thats why it was the only major Florida park to experience a decline last year with only 4.1 million guests compared to MK's 15.2 million. But the drop could be from last year's Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne that caused the park to close for 3 days and 2 of those were over Labor Day weekend. We are going over Labor Day this year and we are more than happy to be in a park with a third of as many people as MK and half as many as Universal.:crowded: