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Busch Gardens Tampa – Egypt: Introduction

 

Egypt was once one of Busch Gardens' smallest lands. Its primary purpose was to give the mega-coaster Montu a home. The King Tut attraction seemed a bit of an afterthought, and the only eatery here was a kiosk dispensing snacks.

Then Busch decided, somewhat incongruously, to make Edge of Africa part of Egypt even though the animals on display there flourish a good ways to the south. More recently the adjacent Crown Colony House was assigned to Egypt, which means that the area now has a major eatery, a very nice full-service sit-down restaurant with a spectacular view of the Serengeti Plain.

The design of Egypt proper evokes upper Egypt, that is the part well south of present day Cairo, as it might have looked about the time Howard Carter was unearthing King Tut's treasure. The scale is appropriately grandiose but the statuary and wall carvings fall well short of the originals. Still, it's pleasant enough. There's a clever "archaeological dig," called Sifting Sands, that is, in fact, a shaded sandbox in which little ones can uncover the past. A small selection of midway games is also offered.

For most people, however, Egypt will be glimpsed briefly en route to the massive temple gates at the end, beyond which lurks the terrifying Montu.

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