Comedian and sportscaster Nick Bakay used to have a segment on ESPN called, “The Tale of the Tape”. In this segment he would humorously and in his words “scientifically” compare two things using “stats” like those compared for boxers prior to a fight. Sometimes the things were remotely related like “the Indy 500” versus “the Kentucky Derby” and other times they were totally unrelated like “Babe Ruth the player” vs. “Baby Ruth the candy bar”. Here’s an example comparing professional hockey and professional wrestling. So in the style of Nick Bakay we thought it would be fun to compare Busch Gardens to Disney. Here we go!
Busch Gardens vs. Disney — let’s see how they stack up at The Tale of the Tape…
|Busch Gardens vs. Disney|
Busch Gardens Tampa
Disney Magic Kingdom
|Getting in||Park, tram, walk, security, gate||Park, tram, security, walk, monorail/boat, walk, gate||Busch Gardens|
|Former Life of Property||A brewery||A swamp||Busch Gardens|
|Signature Souvenir||Complimentary park map||Mouse ears||Disney|
|Free||Beer! 2 free beers for each adult in 2019||Buttons to wear for special occasions||Busch Gardens|
|Fireworks||Summer weekends and holidays in a field by a defunct roller coaster||Every night above a castle with music and projections that made my wife cry||Disney|
|Annual pass (out of state)||~$130/year with a handful of blackout dates||~$900/year||Busch Gardens|
|Hotels||4-star resorts on property||4-story Hampton Inn across the street||Disney|
|Soda||$15.99 all you can drink in a day and $0.99 refills after that||$3.50 each||Busch Gardens|
|PhotoPass||$60/year January special||$70/day which I believe is ~1/365th of a year||Busch Gardens|
|Rides may cause||Nausea: 17 roller coaster inversions by my count||Earworms: It’s a small world after all…||Push|
|Characters to meet||Elmo and his Sesame Street pals (and the carnival game workers)||Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Tigger, Pooh, etc. and Princesses||Disney|
|Train||Burns propane like a giant gas grill to make steam while traversing Sarengeti||A giant photo prop for 1-2 years while its tracks are rerouted for Tron||Busch Gardens|
|Newest Ride/Attraction||Cobra’s Curse (until Tigris opens later this year)||President Trump added to the Hall of Presidents||Busch Gardens|
So, there you have it, it’s so simple when you break things down scientifically. In this “I-4 battle for Florida theme park supremacy”, the advantage goes to Busch Gardens. In retrospect, it was obviously over at “free beer”. Until next time, this is BGT Safari reminding you the numbers never lie.
Also, if you liked our “Tale of the Tape” you should check out Nick’s book on Amazon!