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Busch Gardens Tampa – Stanleyville: Tanganyika Tidal Wave


Rating: * * * *
Type: Water ride
Time: About 2 minutes
Short Take: A first-class soaking

If the nearby Stanley Falls Log Flume lulled you into a false sense of security about staying dry, this one will dispel any such notions. Like the log flume ride, this is all about the final drop. In fact, until then, this ride is far tamer. It snakes lazily through a narrow waterway past stilt houses, whose porches are piled high with Central African trade goods, before taking a slow climb to the top.

Then, all bets are off as the 25-passenger car on which you’re riding plunges wildly down a sharp incline into a shallow pool of water, sending a drenching wave over not just the passengers but the spectators who have eagerly gathered on a bridge overhead.

No two ways about it. This one really soaks you. Even with a poncho you’ll still be pretty darned damp. Since you’re probably soaked to the skin anyway, why not top the ride off by standing on the bridge and waiting for the next car to come by?

For those who don’t want to take the ride or get soaked on the bridge, there is a glassed in viewing section that offers the thrill of a wall of water rushing at you, without the soaking effects.

See Good Things to Know About …Getting Wet, earlier in this chapter, for some tips on negotiating Busch Gardens’ water rides.

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