Well, over the past week I went to Busch Gardens for 3 days. I was very impressed with the park, it had amazing scenery and great rides. The food was extremely expensive, 4 people cost $62 one day. But there is McDonald's and KFC and Italian Restaraunts and Starbucks right down the highway, so I suggest a handstamp. Anyway, 3 days is definetely enough for this park.
Coasterwise the park was pretty good, Big Bad Wolf went extremly fast, faster than I expect and dipped over water and had twists and turns I enjoed, it was very thrilling. Apollo's Chariot was fun, but not too thrilling for me, after Nitro and SFGADV I wasn't enjoying it too much, it wasn't that high anyway. Loch Ness Monster was a very fun ride, it even had a helix in a tunnel, I loved this ride. The interlocking loops impressed me. I have to say though, Alpengiest takes the cake. It is by far the best Inverted coaster I've ever been on. Just...not on a fulls tomach if you know what I mean. It is a great ride, one of the best I've been on out of all of the ones I've riden.
But, I don't think everyone goes to BGW for coasters. I got a Curse of DarKastle, and it broke down for 1/2 hour-45minutes while I was in-line, and I heard someone say that it happens all the time. When I got on the last room of 3-D screens didn't work so we spun around in pitch black. I wasn't very impressed with this ride, and wouldn't suggest waiting very long for it. The theming at the entrance was the best part. The Corkscrew Hill ride was fun I can say, but again, this ride you CANNOT do on a full stomach, it makes you get on a 3-D horse and the wohle room bounce for about 10 minutes...whoa.... anyway, I think the best show/ride that isn't a coaster was R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. I liked it a lot and it had a lot of surprises.
Water rides were alright, Intamin has one there, Escape from Pompeii, if you're looking to cool off on a hot day, don't do this one, just stand in the splash zone because inside before you drop, you go through fire and it gets extremely hot around you...wow, what a scorcher. I didn't get to go on Roman Rapids, it had about an hour and a 1/2 wait.
Jack Hanna's wildlife reserve was also very cool. They had wolves, lorikeets (birds), parrots, owls, bald eagles, donkeys, horses, and all sorst of animals on display. They let you go in and walk around with the lorikeets which are very colorful and feed them. I had 3 on me arms and shoulders at one point, it was hilarious.
The park had great maintence other than DarKastle. No problems with anything. And also, it was extremely clean inside the park, and what I liked best was that the employees were very nice and very helpful. The park is very well decorated, and the food is worth the money, it tastes great...just costs great amounts....I liked the park, but, I wouldn't go back there any time soon after 3 days of being there, there isn't all that much to do, but for first-timers there, it is a lot of fun.
The BGW water park, Water Country USA, was nothing compared to good water parks. It was a good fun park with plenty of cool slides, but the wave pool I hated, it wasn't even waves, it was just little water bumps that were annoying, and the lazy river, called the Hubba Hubba Highway wasn't even going anyway, it went in a circle and had 1 exit & 1 entrance. Aren't lazy rivers supposed to go through the park? Anyway, the park is cool though, Aquaziod is the best slide, in front of Peppermint Twist. Worst is Jet Scream which is very slow.
On the drive home we made the mistake of stopping in Six Flags America. I have to say, this park is horrendous. I personally hated it. I went on Batwing, Joker's Jinx, and Mind Eraser and left. The park was extremely dirty, especially on Batwing, when you look at the car in front of you, it is all dirty. There is gum everywhere on the ground...let's see...anything else? The employees didn't know anything. I asked if there is any other ride besides Superman with a camera, and they answered, "Umm...Joker's Jinx?" and I said, "No, I went on that, it doesn't have one, any others?" and they employee says, "I don't know."
I hate when they say that. Intamin's Superman I couldn't get on because the employees would come over and help me with the seatbelt which I didn't know how to push together or where to plug it into, so they said to get off. On Batwing, the employee who checks the restraints walked around with a balloon telling jokes with the other employees...I felt real safe . The choreography wasn't great either I stopped to get Dippin' Dots and caught a Wild Western show, and it wasn't too great.
I would suggest BGW, and I have some pictures, but skip SFAM if you thought about it.