Day 12 – Busch Gardens

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Got up at 07:45 ready for our day at Busch Gardens. We both felt much better so after a hearty breakfast set off just before 09:00. After stopping for some petrol ( £20 for about 9 gallons – doesn’t it make you sick), we got stuck in a motorway jam because of a crash ahead which meant we didn’t get there until 10:30. When we got there there was good and bad news. The good news was that the guy at the ticket office informed us that our ticket covered us for a second day which meant we can come back again within the next 6 days for free! The bad news was that the brain numbing, bone rattling wooden roller coaster Gwazi was closed for maintenance – as you can imagine we were both gutted (honest). Our first port of call was the new roller coaster Cheetah Hunt – we both thought it was brilliant, in fact I would go as far as to say it’s my new favourite roller coaster in Florida (sorry Hulk). The queue had increased to 25 mins by the time we got off, so instead, as our stuff was still in a locker we headed off to Montu the roller coaster next to the car park. We got straight on and within 30 secs of the start we both wished we hadn’t. We both thought we were going to throw up – it’s not so much the loops as the violent twists. Perhaps time is catching up on us with these type of coasters. We both agreed we wouldn’t go back on it again. After that we decided on something more sedate so we jumped on the Skyride a cable car ride which takes you over to the other side of the park. From there we went on the Stanley Falls Flume where Jan made me sit in the front and needless to say I got soaked and she didn’t! As the vertical drop roller coaster Sheikra was next to it we went on to that next. For the first time we managed to get a seat in the front. It is a fantastic experience and certainly in my top three. I then said something that Jan was to regret. I told her that as our stuff was still in the locker and that the roller coaster Kumba was nearby which was a pussy cat compared to Montu we should do that next. She reluctantly agreed which was unfortunate because it was just as bad as Montu in that we both thought we were going to be sick again. Jan especially was feeling decidedly dodgy when we got off muttering something about never believing anything I said again! After all that drama Jan wanted to sit down for a while and have a relaxing drink. In the meantime I went to look for my stomach and take some movie of Sheikra. Stomach found and pictures taken we then went and looked at some Orangutans who were really funny. We then caught the Skyride back to the Cheetah Hunt for our second go and this time we bought a DVD of us on the ride – it’s not as good as the one at Universal but it’s a good memory. By now we were feeling a bit peckish so we headed off to Kenya Kanteen for a spot of lunch. On the way there we stopped off at the lion enclosure where the two lionesses were lying up against the viewing glass – I have never been so close to a lion before. After some hot dog and chips and feeling suitably refreshed we then went to the theatre to see a very funny 4D film called Pirates starring Leslie Nielsen and Eric Idle. We then went on the Rhino Rally which is an off-road adventure through some of the animals. Sadly the best part of this ride has been removed to make way for the new Cheetha Hunt ride so it’s over very quickly. It was now getting near closing time so we jumped on the train for a ride around the park before stopping off to see some Kangaroos and Wallabies. We left the park just before six and this time we didn’t get lost. On the way home we stopped off at Carrabba’s for another wonderful meal. A perfect end to a wonderful if slightly stomach-churning day!

2 thoughts on “Day 12 – Busch Gardens

  1. Oh I’m so jealous reading your blogs, esp as the weather has now taken a turn for the worse so make the most of it over there.

    Great pics by the way.

    Lots of love
    Gen and Tom xxx

  2. Feeling sick on the rollercoasters…what’s happened to you both!!!! I’m a ashamed of you. Glad you loved the cheetah it is a fantastic ride, can’t wait to see the video!

    I got your card and cheque today so thank you so much- far too generous!! Will put it towards my iPad


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