Cheetah Hunt is the newest ride, and we waited in line for it once before technical difficulties turned us around. We eventually went back and waited for about 45 minutes. It's a good ride, but it's more focused on speed than height, and I love those stomach turning drops on some of the taller roller coasters.
I loved seeing the animals! I'm not sure why, but they were all so interactive on Sunday. Maybe it was because it was cooler or because it wasn't overly crowded, but they came right to the glass or to the people feeding. It was so much fun!
Had to take the opportunity! Roll Tide!
We had to get one of Tim in front of Timbuktu! Busch Gardens Tampa's theme is Africa, so there are all different countries and cities of Africa built around the park.
I took plenty of opportunities to be silly and pose! I also wore my Garmin and tracked the mileage when we were walking outside, because I always wonder when I leave these kinds of places how far we've walked. Now I know! We tracked around 3.2 miles.
This was the coolest part! He jumped up on the glass to say hello! I was so glad to have my camera out, because I couldn't believe it! You hardly ever see these big animals so close to the glass, much less jumping up like this! Thank goodness I saw the movie Life of Pi. This made me want to pet the tiger, but after seeing the movie and seeing Pi have the same feelings and then barely be able to survive in the boat with the tiger, I was reminded that these animals are not for cuddling.
We didn't stick around for it, but Busch Gardens started a night celebration for the holidays this year called Christmas town. It's a separate ticket, and we decided to opt out. Yelp had an elite event there, so I did see pictures and it looked nice. Kat, Beka, and Caroline all had great recaps of that event.
I have decided that this is my favorite roller coaster, called Sheikra. This is the massive drop, and there is another just this steep but about half the height. Both of them leave your stomach at the top while you drop. When we went on this one I had forgotten about the huge drop, and I was saying to Tim and Alex as we were climbing the hill that I'd meant not to go on this one and didn't realize this was the drop one. Oops. Too late!
Sesame Street Christmas decorations!
We happened upon the kangaroo feeding, which happens three times a day. Their tails are strangely long and fat.
We stood in line for Cheetah Hunt, that I had mentioned before, ate lunch, then headed out!
It was a great day at Busch Gardens! I loved going at Christmas and spending the day with Tim and his brother. It was chilly so the park wasn't overly crowded.
Are you a theme park fan?
What is your favorite?
Do you ride roller coasters?