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Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, FL
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

 

 

----    THE LATEST BUZZ    ----
    (3/13/21) Busch Gardens Tampa Adding New Giraffe Bar (MORE...)
    (3/2/21) Busch Gardens Tampa Ready To Open Adventure Island Waterpark This Week (MORE...)
    (2/27/21) Full Food & Wine Festival Concert Series List Posted (MORE...)
    (2/10/21) Adventure Island Preparing To Demolish 5 Park Slides (MORE...)
    (2/7/21) Busch Gardens Tampa Brings Back Food & Wine Festival with Concerts (MORE...)

Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate as refurbishments are subject to change.
Snuffy’s Elephant Romp - NOW CLOSED through Apr. 30
Sand Serpent - Apr. 19 through Apr. 23
Big Bird’s Whirly Birdie - May 3 through May 7
Falcon’s Fury - May 10 through May 21
Some attractions are also listed as being closed until further notice:
Skyride
Wild Surge
Congo River Rapids

 

icon_STOPGeneral Park News - (3/13/21) Busch Gardens Tampa says they will soon open a new Giraffe Bar that will offer both indoor and outdoor viewing areas of the Serengheti Plain section of the park. The bar will offer specialty cocktails, craft beers as well as frozen drinks. The bar will also feature a number of TVs set up to display various sports games when you want to take a break from the rides to check on the latest scores. The new Giraffe Bar is expected to soft open on March 19.
 
    (3/2/21) Busch Gardens Tampa has confirmed that their Adventure Island waterpark will reopen to guests on March 6, 2021.

 
    (2/27/21) Busch Gardens Tampa has released a line-up of acts coming to perform at the park for the Food & Wine Festival. The free concerts will be held at the Festival Field Stage which will have two limited capacity performances per day (at 5pm and 7pm) to allow for safe viewing and less crowding.
    Saturday, March 6: Phillip Phillips
    Saturday, March 13: Parmalee
    Saturday, March 20: Dylan Scott
    Saturday, March 27: 38 Special
    Friday, April 2: Sugar Ray
    Saturday, April 3: Sister Hazel
    Saturday, April 10: LOCASH
    Saturday, April 17: Tito Nieves
    Saturday, April 24: Starship Feat. Mickey Thomas
Guests can also go online and purchase a VIP Seating Package that will not only include premium seating for the concert, but also a 5-item Sampler Lanyard for the Food & Wine Festival. Details for this and more can be found at the official website.
 
    (2/10/21) According to a post a Touring Central Florida, Adventure Island appears to have filed for permits to demolish the park’s Runaway Rapids slides. According to the permit the demolition will include the five slides and the fake mountain rockwork surrounding them all. As I recall these were some of the waterpark’s original slides from when it first opened. As possibly the oldest slides in the park currently, it makes sense that eventually they would have to either be retired or completely renovated, and looks like they have opted to just remove them and reclaim the site for future use.
    The article also mentions that the Runaway Rapids slides did not open in 2020 when the rest of the park opened, and the nearby but much newer Wahoo Run slide did not open either. Currently neither Runaway Rapids or Wahoo Run are currently listed on the park’s website either, so either Wahoo Run will remain closed to allow easy access for the demolition team, or perhaps its time in the park may be cut short as well. Anyone know more?
 
    (2/7/21) Busch Gardens Tampa has announced the return of their Food & Wine Festival event will take place on February 20, 2021. “Guests are invited to take their taste buds on an adventure as they sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 NEW dishes. Serving guests every weekend from February 20 to April 25 with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.“
    Visit the official website for all the details on foods, sampler lanyards, dates, pricing and to make your own reservations. Live music will also return to the event with new physically distant concerts on Festival Field. Look for the concert lineup to be announced in the near future.
 
    (1/5/21) Busch Gardens Tampa is offering a special for a limited time where you can purchase a 2-Park Fun Card for the price of a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens, $113.99 that is good for unlimited admission for all of 2021. The park has also announced special celebration events taking place over the next few months like:
    Mardi Gras - Weekends Jan. 16 through Feb. 16, 2021 - Busch Gardens is getting jazzed up with music, beads and more for open-air festivities with French-Quarter flair. Guests will have the opportunity to catch some beads from physically distant New Orleans street performers periodically strolling throughout the day. There will be plenty of room to dance through spacious walkways while enjoying festive tunes from live musicians while flavorful dishes and cocktails tempt the senses.
    Sesame Street Kid’s Weekends - Jan. 30 through Feb. 14, 2021 - For kids and kids-at-heart, there are more special moments with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and the rest of their Sesame Street friends coming up this season! Fans won’t want to miss new physically distant celebrations for Elmo’s birthday and Valentine’s Day this year. Look for Sesame Street Kid’s Weekends to return for a second wave from May 1 through May 23, 2021.
    Food & Wine Festival - Friday to Sundays - Feb. 20 through Apr. 25, 2021 - Taste buds will bloom this spring with a delicious menu of dishes and drinks as dynamic and unique as the park’s thrilling roller coaster collection. Guests will also enjoy a taste of local musical talent throughout the open-air festival to accompany their sweet and savory samples.

 

2021 - Iron Gwazi - (11/22/20) While you wait patiently for 2021 to arrive along with the long awaited opening of Iron Gwazi, The Coaster Kings dropped by the park and posted a beautiful collection of photos of Iron Gwazi as the sun was preparing to set.
 
    (11/16/20) For the entire coaster enthusiast world who has been waiting for this forever, Busch Gardens Tampa has released the official POV video of Iron Gwazi in all its glory. Check it out below!

 
    (9/13/19) Iron Gwazi will be the name of the new coaster coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2020, built off the remains of the old Gwazi coaster, though this one will feature a reptile theme for the mythical Gwazi creature instead of being a big-cat hybrid. Iron Gwazi will be promoted as being North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, as well as the fastest and steepest hybrid in the world.
    Iron Gwazi will be 206 feet tall, hit 76 mph, and feature a 91 beyond-vertical first drop with an overall length of 4,075 feet, through three inversions and 12 “airtime features”. Iron Gwazi will also have two train operations and be available to all riders at least 48” tall.

 

???? - New Ride - Rumor - (3/4/20) I’m told that construction work has started at Busch Gardens Tampa on the former Rhino Rally load/unload site. According to the report sent in, much of the site has been dug up and demolished, with trenches dug in the area presumably to install new underground utilities. From the look of things, they may be working on water lines here, as I’ve been told that the old water reservoir under the section of Cheetah Hunt here has been dry for over a year or more, so perhaps they are working to establish some kind of new water feature here to service the new rumored attraction (S&S Screamin’ Swing) in development as well as get the water flowing under Cheetah Hunt again. The same contractor doing work here was also spotted scouting out some sites to the north of the Rhino Rally area in the Serengeti, again possibly for underground utilities and water supply line work.
 
    (1/14/20) Early plans for what Busch Gardens Tampa is planning for 2021 are being rumored, along with the leaked location pulled from documents filed with the city. What what I’m seeing the park’s 2021 attraction will be installed in the general area where the former Rhino Rally loading station was located.
    All we know so far about the new ride is that it wont be a coaster and is expected to be some kind of new flat ride able to toss riders about in the air to make up for the closure of the Phoenix which has never reopened. Making an educated assumption, based on projects installed at other parks in the chain, Busch Gardens Williamsburg actually just installed a ride that perfectly fits the bill last year called Finnegan’s Flyer, an S&S Screamin’ Swing ride. These are typically quick to reload and have a decent capacity when installed with two swinging arms that run at the same time, and is generally a well liked ride by most. The Screamin’ Swing takes the concept of what it feels like to be a small child ahead, and getting pushed higher and higher on a swing set in a playground… except this swing set stands about 100 feet tall and you get pushed back and forth at up to 45mph in each direction. Click here to check out the S&S stat sheet on the Screamin’ Swing if you’ve never seen one in real life.
    Now, other than the location, this is just speculation and rumor… so take it with a grain of salt until we learn a little more, because 2021 is still many months away and the park will be busy finishing up Iron Gwazi for 2020 before they begin any serious work on this new project.

 

 

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Track Record

Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, Florida
SeaWorld Parks & Ent.

Abbreviation: BGT
Opened: March 31, 1959
www.buschgardens.com

Tickets: as of 1/7/16
Adults (10+): $99
Child (3-9): $94
Parking: $18
Open: Year Round

Fun Facts:
- The park was previously used the subtext of calling it “The Dark Continent”
- Python was removed in the fall of 2006.

Newest Developments:
2019 - Tigris

2018 - Vanish Point & Adventure Island

2016 - Cobra’s Curse and Rising Tide Conversation exhibit

2015 - Colossal Curl opens at Adventure Island

2014 - Falcon’s Fury

2013 - Madagascar Live

2012 - Iceploration

2011 - Cheetah Hunt, Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy, Millennium Flyer trains added to Gwazi

2010 - Sesame Street Safari Of Fun & Sesame Street 4D, Animal Connection & Walkabout Way

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