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Mako/BGT trip report

NotSo NotSo Profile

Posted:
1/26/17 at
10:11:12 PM

Just had a ridiculously fun time in central Florida. Into Pie on Sun and out on Thurs.
Sunday just hung out with one of my best friends from way back, and hit the Hard Rock Casino. Dinner at Council Oak, very fancy and unbelievable steaks. Needless to say, a 12oz filet and a few beers and it was quite the bill we had! But I ended up at a soft poker table and after about 2 hours got out up 140, so that worked out.

Mon - BG, Tue- SW, Weds -BG
Stayed Mon-Weds at Disney's Pop Century. Wed night at the Baymont behind BGT.

Mako is legit. This is my favorite type of steel coaster. I was only at Sea World 10am-1pm, but I never waited for Mako, in fact only the front and back rows ever had people on. They were letting people take empty seats to stay on so I got plenty of rides. Airtime in every seat. My fav part was the little speed hill before the mcb. Front, back, couldn't even decide what I liked better, just an incredible ride! I don't keep lists or rank coasters, but this thing was a blast! I did see One Ocean with the Orcas, pretty neat. Didn't ride any other rides but Mako, but I rode it a lot!

Pop Century I got for $89 a night ($101 after tax), gift of magic offer. I liked the resort, walked around a lot. The lobby had a wall that just sent me back in time, very cool. The outside theming was crazy, 50ft high, big, loud. Cool! Decent food. I was on the 4th floor in the 80's section, I could see some fireworks. While I didn't go into a WDW park, after SW I went to Pop C for a break then over to MK and did the resort monorail loop. I spent about 2 hours each at Poly and GF just walking around taking pictures and having a couple beers at each. Both are beautiful to see in person. If you never have try to check them out especially Grand Floridian (I could have stayed there all day).. I sat in the lobby and listened to the Pianist for probably 40 minutes. From the lobby to the courtyard is an experience, I was really enjoying GF.

OK, so BGT. Umm, this park is awesome. I think I took almost 200 pics and videos. Hippo and Bengal Tiger were probably my fav things there. I spent a ton of time watching animals. I could do that because every ride was a walk on.
Shiekra - the surprise of the trip. Better that Valravn in my opinion, but I think its because of the restraints. Both drops are like a weightless out of your seat free fall, freakin sweet! Valravn holds you in so tight you don't get any air. Plus, Shiekra only one loop. I like that.
Montu and Kumba - 20 years ago I rode Kumba 42 times and Montu 22 times all in the same day. Man I can't do that any more! I enjoyed about 2 laps on each. I cant do all loops anymore, just not enjoyable.
Cheetah Hunt - nice, long ride. Very cool theming, especially the creek part.
Falcon's Fury - (Patriots and Tom Brady my favorite team, but I have to root for Falcons because I got them at 60-1 week 3 to win the Superbowl..) haha, ok, so holy crap what a ride! No line at all. Get off, get on. I probably rode this more than any ride I think. 335ft, outstanding design. Awesome.
Sky Ride - I did 5 laps. Is this the longest sky bucket ride in the world or what? This was my favorite ride in the park.
Scorpion, log flume, I did some other stuff I forget. It was a hassle on Scorpion to get the dude to let me wait for the front seat, but I got it! First ever ride on that classic, woo!
The new snake coaster or whatever it is - was down. No big deal, I don't ride kiddie coasters anyways. ;)
Most of my riding at BG was on Weds. Monday some rides were down, still windy from the storm that blew threw the day before.

I'll say this, Busch Gardens Tampa is an incredible park. I had a great time.
Sea World, I missed a few things. Ive been fighting a cold, and couldn't push it that day so I avoided Kraken and Manta (never been on Manta). and truthfully, Mako was so much fun that's all I wanted to keep doing!

I think we are in a great time period for new coasters. Some nice wooden ones popping up again finally, and if more like Mako keep coming that's icing on the cake. I can't see coasters like Kraken or Kumba ever being built again. I loved KI's Banshee, but I can't ride maybe once a day. Who wants to go upsidedown 7 times? Gimme speed and air man, all day. The new Hulk at Universal?, heck yeah but only once. That's enough.

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Re: Mako/BGT trip report by RobLec RobLec Profile at 1/28/17 9:48:07 AM
NotSo said:

Just had a ridiculously fun time in central Florida. Into PIE on Sun and out on Thurs.

OK, so BGT Umm, this park is awesome.... I spent a ton of time watching animals. I could do that because every ride was a walk on.
Shiekra - the surprise of the trip. Better that Valravn in my opinion, but I think its because of the restraints. Both drops are like a weightless out of your seat free fall, freakin sweet! Valravn holds you in so tight you don't get any air. Plus, Shiekra only one loop. I like that.
Montu and Kumba - 20 years ago I rode Kumba 42 times and Montu 22 times all in the same day. Man I can't do that any more! I enjoyed about 2 laps on each. I cant do all loops anymore, just not enjoyable.

Sky Ride - I did 5 laps. Is this the longest sky bucket ride in the world or what? This was my favorite ride in the park.
Scorpion, log flume, I did some other stuff I forget... I'll say this, Busch Gardens Tampa is an incredible park. I had a great time.

I think we are in a great time period for new coasters. Some nice wooden ones popping up again finally, and if more like Mako keep coming that's icing on the cake. I can't see coasters like Kraken or Kumba ever being built again. I loved KI's Banshee, but I can't ride maybe once a day. Who wants to go upsidedown 7 times? Gimme speed and air man, all day. The new Hulk at Universal?, heck yeah but only once. That's enough.

Wow, thanks for sharing your report... great TR! So much to cover, where to begin? PIE (St Pete airport) I assume Allegiant - awesome fares. Laurie and I fly back & forth to Cinci often. $44 each way. Can't beat it. Sometimes we book but can't make it, so just kiss the $ goodbye, but heck, it's about the cost of a tank of gas.

Anyway, BGT will always have a special place in our hearts. That was the first park we took our boys to when they were 4-5 years old. Like a zoo with rides. At the time just had Scorpion and Python. That trip triggered memories of my childhood trips to Coney Island, Indian Lake and such. Fell in love with amusement parks all over again, and started doing family trips to Disney and KI.

In later years I remember marathoning on Kumba and Montu. Montu was and always will be our family's #1 coaster. And Sheikra was great when it was new, when the second drop was clouded in fog (later that quit working... like Adventure Express!)

Also later years, yeah, hard to do loops. Don't know how I tolerated Vortex for so many years. Good thing we got away from Cinci before it scrambled our brains. Banshee was somewhat of a letdown, compared to Montu... it even made me start to think that maybe Raptor isn't so bad after all.

So now BGT is our home park, but we haven't been since just after Cheetah Hunt. We've only lived here in Fla for a few months, so will likely visit someday soon, after all the medical issues are over (hopefully). World's best skyride! Hope you feel better soon.
Thanks again for taking the time to write.

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Re: Mako/BGT trip report by NotSo NotSo Profile at 1/28/17 8:05:48 PM
Thanks Rob. I like to read trip reports, so I always try to post one if I go somewhere new because maybe someone will enjoy it. I like reading TRs about my home parks as well, just to get a dif perspective.
Yeah man, allegiant air. I like the small airports. PIE has what, 8 gates I think? We fly out of Youngstown OH, I think they have 4 gates maybe. We like Sanford too.
I know what you mean about a special place. My parents took us to parks like KI and CLP when we where young, and it was so cool to take my son there on family trips. His 1st coaster was TopCatTaxiJam at KI. I even tried to sneak him on Beast when he was only like 44". He did ride MF at only 5 years old, pretty cool.
Now, he's in 9th grade, and he didn't want to get behind (trying to keep 4.0). After me sending him pics of empty Qs he was wishing he went though, he's spoiled with FastLane though, only wants to go if I get FL, lol.
Montu is a great coaster, it's my favorite invert. Kumba is great to. There are some days I can go hard and ride a ton, but about half the time now I do have to take it easy.
If you are ever able to try Falcon's Fury give it a try. Smooth ride. Very unique experience.
I love Florida in January, to hot for me to live there I think! Good luck getting better.

oh yeah, I waited to book this trip for the BGT refurb schedule to come out. I probably wouldn't have gone if Sky Ride was down. I love that ride.

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Re: Mako/BGT trip report by SirWillow SirWillow Profile at 1/28/17 9:39:00 PM
Not much to add other than a great TR. Manta is a great ride, but I can understand skipping it for a great hyper.

I'll always have a special place in my heart for BGT, and not just from working there. When we were working inner city Tampa it was our sanity so many days after school. Whether we needed quiet with the animals or to scream it out on a coaster. I miss that park.

Re: Mako/BGT trip report by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 1/29/17 7:25:53 AM
I do love B&M hypers. Diamondback, Behemoth, and Intimidator are my favorites of all coasters. Mako is the ride I can go on most at SeaWorld Orlando. Kraken happens to be the best there, however I have limited myself to four trips on anything with inversions so I don't feel sick. Manta's pretzel loop is too hard on me, so I only go on that twice at most.
Because I live in Florida, SheiKra is less special to me of the dive coasters. Griffon is my favorite followed by Valravn then SheiKra. Kumba is a great sit down looper. Montu is not the best inverted coaster but it is a fine ride. Because it is new with a ton of things that surprise me both on the ride and in the line, I try to ride Cobra's Curse at least four times each day I am there. I like Schwarzkopf rides, but Scorpion is not very long and the seats are small for adults with long legs. I'll try it two times most days. Cheetah Hunt could be something much better without the super hard restraints. I ride it twice. It does look the best.
Re: Mako/BGT trip report by frontrow frontrow Profile at 1/29/17 4:28:31 PM
Thanks for the report. We have tentative plans to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg in the spring and get Busch Gardens Platinum Passes. Hoping to get down to Sea World Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and The Fun Spot Parks in August. It's been quite sometime since I visited Florida. Glad to hear Maco lived up to the hype. Looking forward to riding it.
Re: Mako/BGT trip report by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 1/30/17 7:10:38 AM
^ Going to BGW is always a good plan. Apollo's Chariot is another good hyper. I wouldn't miss Griffon or Verbolten either. Even though I rode Superman UF out at SFDK, Tempesto would be a new credit for me. Depending on when in the "spring" you go, you may get a chance to try InvadR.
It's also good that you are going to give the Fun Spots a shot. They are some real hidden gems. The giant swings are good, Freedom Flyer should have VR by then, White Lightning has great airtime even though it's for families, and the new smaller Gravity Group wooden should be open.
Re: Mako/BGT trip report by mugen828 mugen828 Profile at 2/1/17 10:13:32 AM
I am so out of the loop lately, I totally forgot Mako existed! I definitely loved Sea World when I visited my second time, which was right after Manta was built.

I personally love Kraken, but I totally understand avoiding loops as you get older. I'm 28 and I'm finding that Batman: The Ride's are really tough because of the G forces on the loops.

I'm unsure when I'll get back to seaworld, but man, do they have a nice little lineup of coasters.

I went to BGT in...2013? and it was a FANTASTIC park. Loved every inch of it. Hopefully they can add another coaster at some point and truly become a next level park.

Nice TR, thanks so much for sharing!

- mugen828
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Re: Mako/BGT trip report by theRock-steel theRock-steel Profile at 2/3/17 5:58:04 AM
I agree that BGT is very good and would be great with a next level of coaster (hyper, giga, or wing). First however, they have to work on day-by-day up keep of what they already have. Kumba and SheiKra go down a lot more than they should. (This goes for any park that is open for many more months than most.)