My Busch Gardens Adventure

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 Disclosure: As a Busch Gardens Ambassador I received tickets for my family free of charge to visit Busch Gardens. 

As a Busch Gardens Ambassador I had the chance to take my family to Busch Gardens for the day. I cannot tell you how exciting it was. I am a big amusement park fan and love riding fast thrill rides. I love the feeling of being scared as the rush is very exciting to me. We were not able to ride every single ride as the park closes at 6 and we did not have the Quick Que to go in front of the line. We will be going in another month, so I will be able to show you those rides when we go next time. We stayed over in a hotel on Friday night in Tampa so that we could get there when they opened.



 busch gardens stilts                                                                                When we entered we saw men walking in stilts dressed up. The kids thought it was pretty cool. 


Busch Gardens Alligator
alligator                                                                                           On the way to the first attraction we saw the Alligators sun bathing and a couple in the water. This Alligator is huge! 

cheetah hunt                                                                                    My husband got a shot of all of us walking to the Cheetah Hunt. My little guy is in the red in front of my son in the grey shirt. I am in the pink.  

cheetah hunt sign                                                                                            One of the signs inside while waiting in line to ride. My 7yr was a tad skeptical while waiting in line to ride it. Over and over he was asking if it was fast. I told him yes it is fast but reassured him he would be fine. 

cheetah hunt2

                                         Here is my son all strapped in ready to ride it for the first time. I sat with my 8yr for the first ride. 

cheetah                                                                                    We waited in line for approximately 45 minutes. Once we boarded the Cheetah I could feel my nerves kick in with excitement.  The Cheetah Hunt was a really fun ride with lots of twists and turns at high speed. In addition, this is the parks longest thrill ride attraction at 4,400 feet long.  The turns were little jerky and there is an upside down loop. The Cheetah is not the smoothest ride, but it is a fun ride that I will enjoy going on again. The kids enjoyed it too. Next stop…….montu                                                           Montu is by far my favorite coaster so far at the park. With a G-force of 3.8, at speeds of 60mph, this inverted coaster takes you on quite an exciting ride. With smooth twists and turns you feel as if you are flying through the turns. Not one jerky turn or movement through this ride from beginning to end. With 7 inversions, and many vertical loops including the Immelmann loop which is when you enter a half loop and then go through a half twist and curve out in the opposite direction in which you came from. Batwing is another element that inverts users twice on the ride. The zero-g roll, where riders experience a feeling of weightlessness gave me the feeling as if I was flying through the track. I cannot wait to go on Montu again! 

busch gardens sea life

 busch gardens sea life ducks                                                                                  Here is some sea life and in the background is the Cheetah Hunt.  

pantopia                                                                              Let’s explore the life of Pantopia. The centerpiece of this land is the new Falcon’s Fury ride. You can also visit the Scorpion which is a roller coaster with a 60 foot drop and a 360 degree loop or sail on a ship with the Phoenix which is a rocking ship that brings you upside down and around multiple times. In addition, for smaller kids if they do not enjoy these thrill rides they can enjoy the carousel. 

falcons furybusch gardens falcons fury                                  The Falcon’s Fury is the tallest freestanding tower in North America standing at 335 feet high up into the sky. You start by slowing going up all the way to the top of the tower and then the seat pivots you at a 90 degree angle face down like you are ready to be face planted into the ground. A few seconds later at 60mph you will go straight down feeling a rush from the speed and power like no other ride. My husband refused to ride it, but my other kids did accept my 8yr and 7 year old. My 8 year old wants to do it next time though! I never felt such a rush in my life as the seats were pivoting forward my butt was off the seat and my back was not touching the back of the seat either. I was terrified!! I loved every second of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. 


                                                My husband and 7 year old are conversing while we go on Falcon’s Fury. Check out the video footage he captured. 


                          The Phoenix was our next stop. I can remember as a kid going on something similar at amusement parks when my parents would take us. The pendulum swings around back and forth, then tips upside down several times. When upside down you are upside down for approximately 10 seconds and then it goes around again. Not sure how I feel about this ride. I think if the ride continuously went around in circles and were not held upside down and paused for 10 seconds I would like it a lot better. Our next stop was……


     sheikra2                                                                                   sheikra3

Board the Sheikra the floorless roller coaster that will take you through riveting high speed of 70mph. You will climb 200ft in the air into a 90 degree drop. You will then dive straight down 70mph through a loop and then into an underground tunnel with a big splash that drenches the onlookers at the edge. Tons of kids were standing near Sheikra in their bathing suits to get wet. Every time riders would come down and the jets would spurt the water out the kids would run around laughing. It was amusing to watch them.

This coaster was a lot of fun to ride. My only disappointment was that I wanted it to last longer. I felt it was very quick but wow, what a fun fun coaster to ride! I definitely cannot wait to ride this again.

                                                                                 Take a look at the video of Sheikra in action. 

cheetahs                                                                      The Cheetah’s come out for viewing at certain times of the day. We made sure to come back to get a viewing of them. They are beautiful animals. 

elephant                                                                                              We had to stop and look at the Elephant as it is one of my daughters favorite animals.

congo river rapids

                             We finished out the night, letting all the kids ride the Congo River Rapids. You will plunge down the river through waterfalls and a mysterious cave. My kids got stuck under the waterfall and came out drenched. I highly recommend waiting till the end to ride this ride or you will be soaked for the whole day. I cannot wait to ride this one next time.

At Busch Gardens if you have small children there is an area with rides for younger kids. Smaller kids can go on Air Grover which is a small coaster that kids and parents can go on together. In addition, there is a train ride that is relaxing with views of many African animals to see along the way. I felt the food was not too bad in price and if you get the souvenir cups you can get free refills all day. We did not get a chance to ride everything but next time we go we will be finishing the park of the rides we did not go on and hit the ones that are our favorites. I hope you enjoyed my Busch Gardens adventure. Do you like amusement park rides? What are your favorite rides? Let me know below! You can enjoy Busch Gardens in Tampa or Williamsburg Virginia. 

Wait, that is not all Freaky Preview is back and will open Howl-O-Scream 2014 on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream 2014 will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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  1. massholemommy says:

    I was at the one in Tampa about ten years ago. I would LOVE to get back to a Busch Gardens sometime!!

  2. franckxethee says:

    They have exciting rides at Busch gardens. If I had the chance to be there I would be really excited too.

  3. rmanea says:

    We have not been there in about 15 plus years.. last time we went though we had a blast!

  4. listen2mama says:

    My hubby and daughter love thrill rides. We've been to Busch Gardens a few times and ilving in Florida, we visit all the parks often.

  5. Aisha Kristine Chong says:

    What an awesome experience – Im sure you had a blast!

  6. deannaritz says:

    I have always wanted to go to Bush Gardens but haven't had the chance. I can see from your pictures that I would have a great time. I will have to put this on my list of places to visit. 🙂

  7. jen temcio says:

    I am too scared to do rides like this but I could do the Congo River Rapids. The rides look insanely cool though!

  8. michele d says:

    If your looking for thrill rides Bush Garden has them. Love Love the Cheetah Ride.

  9. FUN! This is on my bucket list of places to take my family. We just went to the VA location a few weeks ago.

  10. rochkirstin says:

    What a great adventure you've experienced here! The amusement park must be crowded with so many people. I'd love to try the rides! 🙂

  11. Ben says:

    Those pictures look amazing. I'd love to visit Busch Gardens. It looks awesome.

  12. Debi says:

    What a great adventure for you guys. Busch Gardens is such an amazing place.

  13. FamiGami says:

    I've never been to Busch Gardens. I always wanted to go since I was a kid though!

  14. Shasta says:

    What a fun day. I need to visit Busch Gardens.

  15. Fiorella says:

    How fun!! I live in Orlando, which is like 2 hours away from Tampa. I've been to Busch Garden twice in my life and it has always been a ton of fun. I need to go back since it's been a while! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. makeupbylaurag says:

    This looks like too much fun! xoxo

  17. mrsthreeinthree says:

    Oh wow, this looks like so much fun!

  18. mhbcash says:

    No doubt, you guys have a lot of FUN!

  19. Rebecca Swenor says:

    Looks like you all had an amazing time at Busch Gardens. I have yet to go there. I have always heard that it is a wonderful time for all. Thanks for sharing.

  20. bonniegowen says:

    Sounds like a great day. I have never been and hope to go someday.

  21. Sarah Mueller says:

    We used to go to Busch Gardens back in the 80s! It sure has changed a lot. Thanks for the write-up.

  22. I've never been to Tampa – but I've been to Bush Gardens in VA and loved it! It's one of the destinations I really miss going to moving halfway across the country. :-/

  23. Becka says:

    That looks like a wonderful day! I have been there and it is a blast!

  24. Ashley Diane says:

    I LOVE Busch Gardens. I go once every few years and never gets old!

  25. Ann says:

    This looks like it would be a amazing day to spend with the family. I have not been to Bush Gardens but i am hoping i can make it there in the next year or two. Great photos,thanks for sharing them.

  26. mary says:

    I LOVE busch gardens. I need to try falcons fury. Too scared still lol

  27. Danielle says:

    Looks like you all had a great time. I would love to go there. I hope that I can take my son there soon.

  28. chrissy4gordon24 says:

    I've actually never been to Busch Gardens, I'd love to go one day!

  29. Liz Mays says:

    When we rode the water ride we were positively soaked too! It was super fun, but I didn't think we'd get THAT wet. Busch Gardens parks are a blast!

  30. Rayveniael says:

    Looks like so much fun! I have not been to BG in a while but I am going to Epcot soon!

  31. jane says:

    falcons fury is my fave ride! haha i was in the themepark in malaysia and i have just to queue for like 3x for this one! haha feels like flying!

  32. My husband and brother LOVE Busch Gardens! I like the kiddie rides, but I'm not much of a roller coaster girl 🙂

  33. katrina says:

    This was great, we are thinking about a busch gardens trip when we are in Clearwater in Dec/Jan. I haven’t been sense I was a teenager so this had some great info for me!

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