Well I contined the "get up early and drive to a theme park" even today...my day off...and I went down to Tampa to ride SheiKra. It was an interesting drive...arriving in the area when people are going to work and going to school in the morning sure added traffic. Lol.
So I got to the gate, and Busch started to impress me right away with the musicians they sent out to entertain us untill 9:30. 9:30 came...and I headed off to find the area where SheiKra was to be closed untill 10...so I headed back to Gwazi...and boy was I impressed. GCI made a nice ride.
So I made it to SheiKra, and rode in the front row center (walked on) then went back to ride the second row (walked on) then I went back...and it broke down. So it was a wait of 15 minutes as it was started and cycled, then I rode the last row. The front row is great...but honestly, the side seats are great. If you have a choice between the middle seats and the edges...go for the edges.
I headed off to Kumba...and I wasn't impressed. I've started to find that I don't really like inversions...and a coaster who really relies on inversions to rock my world just doesn't work well.
I did BGT's bumper cars then...and they were lame. Not the best at all...though nothing can compare to SFNE's Mass drivers road rage on thier bumper cars...so I am a bit spoiled.
Rode Cheetah Chase...Mmm...lame but the brakes suck. Every time you'd stop you'd just bash your gut into the bar.
Rode Scorpion, my first Schwartz. coaster...not impressed. It had way to much force in the helix.
Enjoyed free Busch beer ( ) King Tut's Tomb and Montu. Then I headed home.
Gwazi-Wow. A wooden coaster I liked...like really really liked. Great way to start my morning.
SheiKra-Very impressive. It is fun, the drop is cool...but it is too short. Its really a two trick ride. Not the best coaster in FL...but damn good.
Kumba-Mmm...no. It's too much emphasis on loopage...not enough speed or airtime.
Ubanga-Banga Bumper Cars-Just a lame little bumper cars. Not enough people on it, but just slow and not even a circle. Oh well.
Cheetah Chase-Yeah...nothing special at all.
Scorpion-Wow. For such a short height this sucker builds up some speed...and forces on the helix. Too many forces actually.
Free beer-YEEHAW!!! What a nice plus.
Montu-Wow...I mean I didn't love it persay...but I think I found an inverted coaster that I don't dislike.
So Busch Parks really impressed me. Like any non Disney park they don't have nearly enough to ride that doesn't bash your head (coasters)...however...as far as park feeling and themeing...they kick the *** off any other chain outside Disney. But what really scored the points with me was the themed music. No other park outside Disney (that I've seen) does that, and to do add that last bit of feeling to the park...it really helps drive home the theme. The rides are good, all thier new coasters (minus Cheetah) are unique and don't feel standard and lousy...and thier park is clean, the people nice, and the beer free. I was very impressed. The layout needs MAJOR work, and I wish the map would give info about the rides...but I am impressed and can see myself back in the future.
Way to go Busch!