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A day at Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens is approximately an hour’s drive from Orlando down the I-4 at Tampa and is well signposted. We left the villa at 8. 30 to get there early for the park opening. A small ride on a ‘train bus’ takes you from the car park to the entrance.
The park is split into areas – Bird gardens, Stanleyville, Congo, Nairobi, Timbuktu, Serengeti Plain, Eqypt and Morrocco. Stanley ville is an older part of the park and has a a huge double wooden roller coaster named Gawazi. Red and yellow coasters named Lion and Tiger intertwine along 7000 feet of track! Try both and see which one comes out top in a vote!
On from there to SheiKra, a high speed, floorless ride which twists and turns at 70 mph, with 90 degree turns and a plunge into an underground tunnel, the ride ends through water! ! Great fun and you will get wet! !
The next port of call is Kumba is in the Congo area. The ride is enormous and takes you through weightlessness, a 360 degree turn and a 135 foot drop! ! After a ride on this the ease of a water ride might appeal? – Congo River Rapids is right next to Kumba and takes you through rapids and wateralls! ! Fun and wet go together on this ride, your sides ache with laughter as each person seems doomed to get drenched! ! Each raft takes 12 people.
We stopped for lunch at the Desert Grill. There was plenty of choice, hot and cold from Baby Back Ribs to salads and fresh fruit to gateau! ! You can choose to stay inside on the huge bench style tables or go back outside to sit in the sun! ! If you get there at the right time you can watch a live show while you eat.
In Serengetti you can take a train ride for a safari. A slow down in pace from the thrill rides! There are plenty of African animals to see – Giraffes, zebra, antelopes, ostrich, lions and more. The train makes two stops at Congo and Stanleyville.
In Nairobi we went on the Rhino Rally, an off road adventure. The ride takes you through the ‘Wilds of Africa’ aboard a large safari vehicle. You can get a close up encounter with the Rhinos and all the time a small ‘role play’ adventure is going on! !
Then, Montu in Eqypt, this is a totally thrilling ride! ! It takes you on one of the longest and tallest inverted roller coaster rides in the world! ! It has a 60 foot vertical loop and an inverse diving loop all at speeds of over 60 mph and a g-force of 3. 85! ! !
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