[QUOTE=BDavis932;1062142]I’m curious of any personal thoughts or opinions on Busch Gardens and Sea World Orlando. We found a pretty good deal on tickets that include both parks and I know nothing about either park! :ohmy:
We will staying at Old Key west over spring break this year and won’t be doing disney parks this time :eek: DSis and her family will be doing Universal but I can get a 14 day tix to BG/SW for the same price as a 1 day ticket at Universal.
We have a Sea World near us in San Antonio - if you’ve been to both - comparisions would be appreciated too!!
The biggest difference between the two Sea Worlds would be the coasters. SA has Great White which is actually a standard “Batman” although it’s years older than SFFT’s Goliath which used to be SFNO’s Batman before Katrina destroyed that park. This makes San Antonio the only city in the world to have two Batman inverted coasters. They also have Journey to Atlantis, which is also in the Orlando park (and similar to a ride in BGWilliamsburg), Steel Eel which is a 150 foot tall non looping coaster and the Shamu Express kiddie coaster. In Orlando they have Kracken, a major scream machine which was the tallest coaster in Orlando until 2009 and Manta, a flying coaster where, well, your belly is facing the ground plus a Shamu Express and a Journey to Atlantis. The shows and everything else are going to be about the same.
Busch Gardens Tampa was the original animal kingdom. There is a collection of world class coasters there as well as many other thrill rides, family rides, and shows. Depending on how you grade things, BGT is pretty much on par with any Disney park and a lot more adrenaline pumping.
Do some more checking into Universal, but whatever you do, you need to get yourself a 2 day/2 park ticket because after all, there are two parks and you might want to hop if you’ve gotten everything done in one.
And then there’s Harry Potter Land, which really doesn’t have much new other than the environment, the Harry Potter Flight ride and the castle walkthrough. The Dueling Dragons Coaster and the Flying Unicorn have been annexed from The Lost Continent’s Merlinwood area and renamed but otherwise are unchanged (well Flying Unicorn’s trains have been modified but the track is the same). But be prepared for extra long waits (think as bad or worse than Midway Mania) on the Harry Potter’s Flight ride as there’s no fast pass, but there is a single rider line.
And if you want to talk dining, this area also houses Mythos, which is the multiple winner of Theme Park Insider’s best restaurant award (not that we’ve eaten there).