Busch Gardens Tampa
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(1/5/21) 2021 Fun Card Offer and New Festival Schedule (MORE...)
(12/16/20) Busch Gardens Tampa Offering New Years Eve Fun In The Day and Night (MORE...)
(11/22/20) Iron Gwazi Awaits (MORE....)
(11/16/20) Busch Gardens Tampa Finally Shows Off Iron Gwazi POV (MORE...)
(11/1/20) Busch Gardens Tampa Confirms ChristmasTown Plans For 2020 (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
SheiKra - NOW CLOSED through Jan. 15, 2021
Scorpion - Jan. 25 through Jan. 29
Dessert Runners - Feb. 22 through Feb. 26
Kumba - March 1 through March 12
Currently several park attractions are listed as being temporarily closed including:
Congo River Rapids
General Park News - (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 91º 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.