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(1/22/16) Food & Wine Festival Concert Lineup (MORE...)
(1/21/16) Cobra's Curse Construction (MORE...)
(1/14/16) Cobra's Curse Update (MORE...)
(1/12/16) Cobra's Curse Construction Update (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Montu - NOW CLOSED through Feb. 20
Skyride - Feb. 29 through Mar. 4
Wild Surge - Feb. 22 through Mar. 4
Snuffy’s Romp - Mar. 14 through Mar. 18
Bush Flyers - Mar. 28 through Apr. 1
Phoenix - Apr. 4 through Apr. 22
Jungle Flyers (Partial) - Apr. 18 through May 6
Sheikra - May 2 through May 6
Tidal Wave - May 9 through May 13
Carousel - May 16 through May 27
Gwazi Gliders - June 6 through June 10
General Park News - (1/22/16) Busch Gardens Tampa has announced the concert lineup for this year’s Food & Wine Festival. The event itself will feature a selection of over 120 wines to try as well as craft beers and cocktails and a wild array of special foods, including duck tacos, lobster ravioli, truffle fries and almond coconut truffles. Here’s the current concert lineup:
Mar. 5 - Kenny Rogers
Mar. 6 - Huey Lewis & The News
Mar. 12 - TBA
Mar. 13 - O.A.R.
Mar. 19 - George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Mar. 20 - MercyMe
Mar. 26 - TBA
Mar. 27 - Third Eye Blind
Apr. 2 - The Commodores
Apr. 3 - Andy Grammer
Apr. 9 - TBA
Apr. 10 - The All-American Rejects
Apr. 16 - Meat Loaf
Apr. 17 - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Apr. 23 - Gente de Zona
Apr. 24 - Jordin Sparks
(1/7/16) Busch Gardens Tampa is offering the same new ticket prices that SeaWorld Orlando started this week, with a new pricing plan for the park that will offer deep discounts to those who purchase online ($79) that are good any day of the week. For those who wait until they arrive at the park to purchase tickets however, the current $99 ticket price remains in effect. Further discounts are offered to those buying multi-day and multi-park ticket options, as well as a "Length-Of-Stay" ticket good for 14-consecutive day access to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica and Adventure Island for just $139.
Florida Residents can also pick up a free Fun Card to Adventure Island with the purchase of a Fun Card to Busch Gardens Tampa.
(11/5/15) Busch Gardens Tampa is almost ready to start this year's Christmas Town event, which will take place from Nov. 27th to Dec. 31st. To give everyone time to see everything, the park will now stay open until 10pm on select nights, though it will close at 8pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. New this year will be the Holiday Hills Band (a big brass band in the Gwazi Plaza) and the Christmas Time TreeShow (taking place every 10 minutes as a 150 foot Christmas tree comes alive with spectacular dancing lights. The We Three Kings show will return to a newly-located Tree Kings Oasis area. Don't miss the return of Santa's House presented by Coca-Cola, Christmas on Ice and the Carol of the Bells light show. Admission to Christmas Town is included with any annual pass, Fun Card, or regular daily admission to the park.
(10/29/15) Busch Gardens Tampa needs help naming their new baby female southern white rhinoceros calf, which was just born on Oct. 16th. They’re narrowed the choices down to Nyota (means Star), Nadra (means Rare) and Alasiri (which means Afternoon). To vote just visit park’s official Facebook page and cast a vote now through Nov. 11th.
(10/27/15) I forgot to mention this the other day, but a reader sent over a picture that we reposted to Twitter and Instagram showing off the water scoops back in action on SheiKra once again.
(10/7/15) So why have the water scoops been removed from SheiKra at BGT? According to some, it could have a lot to do with some repainting going on of the nearby supports in an effort to keep them dry.
(10/5/15) Quick question for any BGT regulars... any idea what's going on with SkeiKra? According to a set of pictures (here and here) and video sent in by JohnnyUpsidedown, the SheiKra trains have removed the big water scoops from the side of the back cars, so that there is no big splash effect when it travels through the water anymore.
(9/9/15) Busch Gardens Christmas Town will return to Tampa this year on select dates between Nov 27 and Dec 31, running until 10pm each night and is included with park admission.
"Christmas Town creates beautiful family traditions for guests as Busch Gardens is transformed into a holiday wonderland with more than a million twinkling lights, Christmas entertainment, live music, festive treats and holiday shopping.
The park will be filled with cheery surprises including Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®, where guests can meet the big man himself as he takes a break from his busy holiday schedule to take photos with families in his private study."
2016 - Cobra’s Curse / New Coaster - (1/21/16) A new construction update for Cobra's Curse has been posted to WildGravityTravels this week. Check it out.
(1/14/16) Busch Gardens has posted a construction update for Cobra's Curse on their official blog this week, giving us some up close photos of some interesting elements we haven't seen before. The report ends with a description of what parts of the coaster are set to go up over the next month, which includes the vertical lift.
(1/12/16) The latest Cobra's Curse construction update has been posted by PixelsAtTheParks.
(12/30/15) A new construction update video for Cobra’s Curse was posted this week by Mako Madness. Check it out below as they look over not only the site, but at tons of track sections still sitting in the prep area.
(12/18/15) JohnnyUpsidedown has posted another great construction update for Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa. Follow the link to check it out.
(11/27/15) Another great collection of Cobra's Curse photos has been added to JohnnyUpsidedown this week. Check it out.
(11/19/15) An interview with Jeff Hornick of Busch Gardens Tampa talks all about the Cobra's Curse coaster project coming to the park next year. Check it out below.
A collection of four great new photos showing off the scale model of Busch Gardens Tampa’s new Cobra’s Curse spinning coaster were released this week along with a few new details about the ride experience. For starters, following the 70 foot tall vertical elevator-style lift, riders will come face to face with the huge statue jaws of the snake king Venymyss, while the track takes an “outward-banked turn” that will bring the riders up close and personal as they pass by. Cobra’s Curse will hit a top speed of 40mph along the three-and-a-half minute ride experience through an area themed as a modern day dig-site in Egypt where archeologists have uncovered Venymyss’ temple.
(11/16/15) A new Cobra's Curse construction update has been posted to PixelsAtTheParks.
(11/12/15) A great new construction update on the Cobra's Curse coaster comes from our friend Johnny Upsidedown, who has posted a page full of new pictures that really capture what's going on. Check it out!
(11/4/15) The latest Cobra's Curse construction update from Busch Gardens Tampa has been posted to PixelsAtTheParks.com.
(10/22/15) New pictures of Cobra's Curse construction were posted to CoasterOfTheDay this week. In other news, BGT is said to have raised their parking rate to $18.
(10/16/15) Cobra's Curse has gone vertical, according to the latest photo update from PixelsAtTheParks. I've got a couple of pictures also posted to Screamscape, as sent in by a reader.
(10/5/15) JohnnyUpsidedown has posted some great new pictures from the Cobra's Curse construction site, as well as getting a good look at a bunch of track and support pieces now on site.
(9/29/15) A new Cobra's Curse construction updates comes to us this week from Pixels At The Parks.
(9/7/15) A quick Cobra's Curse construction update has been posted to Behind the Thrills.
(8/25/15) A new construction update for Cobra's Curse can be found at PixelsAtTheParks this week.
(8/10/15) An interesting new photo update showing off many new details at the Cobra's Curse construction site has been posted to PixelsAtTheParks.
(7/30/15) BGTBuzz has posted a new look at the Cobra's Curse construction site this week.
(7/8/15) The latest construction update from Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa has been posted to PixelsAtTheParks.
(6/22/15) The latest construction update from the site of Cobra’s Curse can be found over at Pixels at the Parks this week. From what we see so far there has been a lot of focus on clearing out the site around the former Tut’s Tomb attraction building, which will be repurposed for the Cobra’s Curse indoor queue. Meanwhile much of the rest of the work site is still focused on ground clearing and prep for the basic infrastructure.
(5/29/15) According to Busch Gardens Tampa, their new Cobra’s Curse coaster will use the old King Tut’s Tomb walk-through attraction to serve as the start to the ride’s air conditioned queue… something you will appreciate on those hot Florida days. While a full POV of the coaster was not released, the park did release a teaser. (See below) They also mentioned that the section of track after the elevator lift hill at the start of the ride would have the cars locked into a forward facing position, and at a certain point following this the cars would rotate 180º backwards and go up a second lift hill. When released from this second lift hill, the cars would then go into the free-spinning mode for the rest of the ride.
As you can see in the concept art, the ride will use a series of short 2-car trains, each able to hold four riders (2 rows of 2 across), and while this ride is from Mack Rides, the cars don’t appear to look like anything like the typical Mack Spinning coasters we’ve seen used elsewhere in the world. I can only imagine that perhaps this new car design might be somewhat of a hybrid between the Mack’s individual Wild Mouse cars (like Sand Serpent) mounted to the base and wheel assembly of their Spinning Coaster cars. While the park is still holding many secrets about this ride close to the vest, I was intrigued by the mention of a specific place where the cars would rotate 180º backwards before going up a second lift of some kind. Since I haven’t been able to find any trace of a second lift in the artwork released so far, I do wonder if the park may try to create some kind of theatrical event with special effects at this moment in the ride… sort of the big reveal for whatever the “curse” actually is before spinning the riders out of control for the second half of the ride. Just something to think about… but only based on pure speculation on my part.
(5/28/15) Busch Gardens Tampa confirmed that their 2016 coaster going into the Egypt section of the park is indeed a new spinning family coaster to be named Cobra’s Curse. The ride will be unique however, in that it will feature an 80 foot tall Cobra themed structure and a vertical elevator style lift hill. More details to come...
(5/27/15) Our good friend JohnnyUpsidedown sent in some new construction pictures from Busch Gardens Tampa showing off the progress on the new coaster site, as well as a funny looking construction wall they have in place. You can see even more over at his official site if you click here.
(5/19/15) A new constrution update for the Cobra's Curse attraction site has been posted by PixelsAtTheParks this week where you can see the new railway for the Serengeti Express being run over the site where a new trench will be dug to run under the railroad tracks, as well as a number of new concrete footers now in place for the park's newest coaster.
(5/16/15) SeaWorld Parks has filed for a new trademark name that is perfect for the rumored 2016 Mack spinning coaster project in the Egypt area of the park. The new filing for the name "Cobra's Curse" was filed on May 8th.
(5/13/15) Busch Gardens Tampa has set May 28th (10am) as the date when they will feature more details on the park’s new 2016 attraction project which they claim will “put a new spin on family thrills”.
(5/4/15) PixelsAtTheParks is back with a large new photo update showing off the 2016 project site, along with some nice big crates on site with the MACK Rides logo, which confirms our rumor about the manufacturer.
(4/20/15) New pictures of the 2016 construction site work have been posted to BGTBuzz this week.
(4/9/15) The latest look around the Busch Gardens Tampa 2016 project site can be found at PixelsAtTheParks.
(3/31/15) PixelsAtTheParks dropped by BGT once again to check on the early progress for the park's 2016 attraction. Right now things are mainly focused on the moving and rebuilding of the train tracks that will pass through the area.
(3/20/15) A construction update for BGT's new 2016 project has been posted to PixelsAtThePark this week, as the first signs of progress are being seen.
(3/18/15) Busch Garden Tampa has confirmed that the park will be closing the Serengeti Railroad for a period of time in order to re-route the rails as they pass Egypt to make room for a new 2016 attraction.
(3/13/15) PixelsAtTheParks reports that the first survey marking for the 2016 coaster project at Busch Gardens Tampa has appeared and they believe that construction could begin very soon.
(2/12/15) I've been informed that my guess yesterday about what is coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2016 is only half right. It will be a coaster... and it will be a coaster from Mack Rides... however it will not be launched... and it will not be the same style ride as SWC's Manta.
So what kind of coaster will it be? I'm not sure... I just know it wont be a launched coaster, and since the park already has Sand Serpent, it wont be a Mack Mouse either. While this leaves a few choices, the other popular rumor going around was for a Spinning Coaster, which I can really appreciate.
(2/11/15) The biggest question on the minds of BGT fans lately has been to wonder just what the park has planned for 2016. Previously, we had only heard that the 2016 attraction would be in Egypt, and would take over the old Tut’s Tomb exhibit space. This hardly seemed to be exciting when taken at face value, given how small the Tomb building is, but the other shoe has finally fallen this week, with new evidence that seems to indicate that the ride may be a coaster of some kind.
OrlandoUnited gets the nod here for posting about a new drainage plan the park filed with the city last week that shows off many more changes in the works for the old Tut’s Tomb project. The changes include a large expansion of the building itself (adding 11,605 square feet), the addition of three trenches to be dug to run through the area, one of which will run under the nearby railroad tracks, which will also be moved out away from the area to provide the much needed room to expand the attraction area. All said and done, the entire scope of the new drainage plan filed is 2.65 acres.
So what will this new attraction be? I’ve got a really good hunch of my own. Based on a rumor I heard about last summer, the SeaWorld attraction design team apparently was seen spending a little extra time out in San Diego last year with that park’s Manta coaster, a launched family terrain coaster experience from Mack Rides. Unlike the other parks who also built their own launched coaster projects from different manufactures around the same time period (Intamin’s Cheetah Hunt at BGT and Zierer’s Verbolten at BGW) San Diego’s Manta project faces some tough design restrictions due to the park’s height limitations and depth limitations for any below grade elements. All said and done, the Manta design team came up with a compact terrain hugging layout that still provided ample thrills for this family sized ride. The return to Manta last year was said to be a research trip to come up with ideas for a bigger and better version of Manta for Mack to build at another park in the chain at a future date. I’m guessing that time has finally come and Tampa will become home to Mack’s latest creation. Stay tuned… this could turn into something very exciting!
(10/4/14) Busch Gardens Tampa has filed paperwork for a new attraction they have planned for 2016. According to the post on OrlandoUnited the project is labled as being for 2016 and taking over the Tut’s Tomb area of Egypt. This isn’t a very large site at the moment, but given that this is for 2016 and not 2015, the overall size and scope of the project could be far larger than Tut’s Tomb as the open spaces available for future development in this section of the park are quite large if they venture out into the area habitat region.
???? - The Future of Gwazi - Rumor - (10/26/15) Remember those comments about the future of Gwazi we saw posted to the CoasterOfTheDay website last week? I've been told from others who were there with Mark Rose (ACE / Florida) at the time that the previously reported tale is a misquote, as this all took place during some filming by the Travel Channel at the park on October 18th.
When Mark Rose was asked what was going on with Gwazi, he apparently stated that it was coming down. The brief explanation that followed just stated that they are deciding on how exactly they want to tear down a structure that large and they are still working on the plan.
Mark Rose also mentioned that the park does have new "plans" for the Gwazi area in the works, but did not go into any detail about what they may be. So there you have it... there will be no Gwazi resurrection.
(10/22/15) During a visit to the park by CoasterOfTheDay, they report finding BGT's Mark Rose (Dir. of Ride Design & Engineering) in the park and when asked about the fate of Gwazi, he stated that the structure would not be bulldozed down and that new work would begin on the site sometime in 2016. Sounds like BGT hasn't fully given up on the idea of having a wooden coaster (or hybrid maybe?) in the park after all.