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Old 08-02-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Warwick, RI
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Hello all! I'm bringing the family down to Tampa for Christmas for a week to visit family, and was wondering how Busch Gardens would be in December? Is the weather in Tampa typically warm enough for a fun visit to Busch Gardens this time of year? I'm from New England, so it'll be warmer than home, but nice enough to enjoy the park?

Also, I'm figuring that with the economy as bad as it is the crowds will be thinner than usual, but is December a busy time of year at the theme parks. I would think Dec is considered off-season, but I figured I'd ask. Thanks is advance everyone!!
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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December would be a fantastic time for Busch Gardens. The crowds are smaller and the weather is generally very pleasant at that time of year.
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:29 AM
 
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Thanks Tilli, I was hoping someone woud say that. I was thinking that would be the case, but I wanted to hear it from a local. Thanks again!!!!!
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:49 AM
 
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Busch can be busy, especially around Christmas. It is less crazy than Disney though. The nice thing about Busch is that you can buy a ticket and come back as many times as you want.

We were just there last night and had to wait 45 minutes for most of the rides like Sheikra, Montu, Rhino Rally, Scorpion (small roller coaster), Sky Ride (get's you from one of the park to the other) and Congo River Rapids. They have rides and entertainment for all ages of visitors. There is a new section for the little kids. Timbuktu has a mix of rides like Scorpion, Cheetah Chase, Sand Storm. Then they have little airplane rides and merry go-round for the wee little ones.

They have areas that are not rides, like viewing animals, feeding the Lorakeet birds. You buy a small cup full nectar for $5 (maybe more). They have people there who will take your picture while you are feeding the birds. The birds will often climb on your hand to feed. My daughter once had 5 birds on her. You then can buy the pictures, which are expensive, so bring your own camera.

Wear sneakers. There is a lot of walking and some hills.

The temperature should be glorious! It can get chilly, 60's, but most likely it will be in the 70's, or rarely in the 80's Nevertheless, wear sunscreen.
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:43 PM
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You'll like BG is December. The weather is great, except for El Nino years, but it may be a bit crowded. The locals flock to the theme parks when the kids are out of school.
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:56 PM
 
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Busch can be busy, especially around Christmas. It is less crazy than Disney though. The nice thing about Busch is that you can buy a ticket and come back as many times as you want.

We were just there last night and had to wait 45 minutes for most of the rides like Sheikra, Montu, Rhino Rally, Scorpion (small roller coaster), Sky Ride (get's you from one of the park to the other) and Congo River Rapids. They have rides and entertainment for all ages of visitors. There is a new section for the little kids. Timbuktu has a mix of rides like Scorpion, Cheetah Chase, Sand Storm. Then they have little airplane rides and merry go-round for the wee little ones.

They have areas that are not rides, like viewing animals, feeding the Lorakeet birds. You buy a small cup full nectar for $5 (maybe more). They have people there who will take your picture while you are feeding the birds. The birds will often climb on your hand to feed. My daughter once had 5 birds on her. You then can buy the pictures, which are expensive, so bring your own camera.

Wear sneakers. There is a lot of walking and some hills.

The temperature should be glorious! It can get chilly, 60's, but most likely it will be in the 70's, or rarely in the 80's Nevertheless, wear sunscreen.
I went there last Sunday and the only ride that had a line was Sheikra. It was absolutely great. You could walk up to Montu, Gwazi, or Kumba and get right on to the coaster. I couldn't have asked for a better situation.

The park is fairly small (comparitively speaking) but I actually like that about it. Should be a real good time in December.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I went there last Sunday and the only ride that had a line was Sheikra. It was absolutely great. You could walk up to Montu, Gwazi, or Kumba and get right on to the coaster. I couldn't have asked for a better situation.

The park is fairly small (comparitively speaking) but I actually like that about it. Should be a real good time in December.
Maybe because it was a Saturday night is the reason for the long wait. I'll try to go on a Sunday evening. Good suggestion!
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Warwick, RI
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We went there about 5 years ago with just our oldest, and we had a great time, so now we're going to do it again with all four kiddies. I'll take BG over Disney any day! I'm really looking forward to the trip. We're spending Christmas with some family we haven't seen in a while, and 2 full days at BG afterwards. It will make a nice break from the long, cold New England winter. Thanks again for all the comments!!!
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