Happy 15th Birthday to the Sand Serpent at BuschGardens!

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Sand Serpent” by Jeremy Thompson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Today marks the 15th birthday of the Sand Serpent ride at Busch Gardens Tampa!  The ride originally debuted on February 28, 2004 and is a wild-mouse coaster.  The ride has quite a history including several name changes and a change of zip code. Continue reading

More Boat! The Stanley Falls Flume Ride

img_4190Stanley Falls Flume opened in 1973 as the park’s first “thrill” ride and was built by the famous roller coaster company Arrow Dynamics.  Arrow was the creator of our modern incarnation of this ride type and built a ton of them in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Stanley Falls is fit nicely into some hills and contours in the Stanleyville area, so you never feel all that high in the air, but the last drop at 43 feet is no joke.  There’s also a camera on the drop, so it’s a great chance to catch some fun family pictures. Continue reading