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Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, FL
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment



----    THE LATEST BUZZ    ----
    (7/6/18) Guest Struck By Stray Bullet From Sky at Busch Gardens Tampa Fireworks Show (MORE...)
    (6/28/18) 4th of July Fireworks Update (MORE...)
    (6/26/18) Tidal Wave Demolition (MORE...)
    (6/13/18) 2019 Coaster May Be Project Teel  (MORE...)
    (5/25/18) Busch Gardens Tampa Mentions First Howl-O-Scream 2018 Details (MORE...)

Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Jungala area rides & Treetop Trails NOW CLOSED Until Further Notice
Phoenix - NOW CLOSED Until Further Notice
Rosita’s Fly Away - Aug. 6 through Aug. 10
Desert Runners - Aug. 13 through Aug. 17
Carousel - Sept. 4 through Sept. 14
Gwazi Gliders - Sept. 10 through Sept. 14
SkyRide - Oct. 1 through Oct. 26
Congo River Rapids - Oct. 29 through Nov. 21


icon_STOPGeneral Park News - (7/6/18) An example of the unfortunate side effect of ongoing ignorance in our country comes to light today in a news story claiming a guest at Busch Gardens Tampa on the evening of July 4th was wounded when they were struck by a stray bullet falling from the sky during the park's fireworks celebration.
    Fortunately the injury was not fatal, but this was not the only report of a bullet dropping from the sky in the area either, as nearby two more reports came from nearby residents, one who came home to find a hole in her ceiling and a bullet on the floor, and the other from a victim who had a bullet slam through the windshield of their car parked in the driveway less than a mile from the park .
    If this all sounds hauntingly familiar, it should, as another BGT park guest was struck in the leg by a bullet in 2015 during the New Year's Eve celebration.
    Remember folks, what goes up, must come down... so firing a gun blindly into the sky is not the proper way to celebrate a holiday, especially in Tampa where it is legal to buy some really good fireworks if you are so inclined.
    (6/28/18) Busch Gardens Tampa will celebrate July 4th with an extended fireworks show, extra live entertainment and more. Look for the fireworks to launch at 9:45pm in Gwazi Park.
    (5/25/18) Busch Gardens Tampa has confirmed the dates for this year's Howl-O-Scream event, which will take place over 19 nights between Sept. 21st and October 28th. They promise new details about this year's maze and scare-zone lineups will be coming soon.
    (5/18/18) As the sun goes down, the night comes alive at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Summer Nights. New this year, the event starts earlier than ever on May 25 with extended hours, endless energy and world-class coasters that light up the night.
    (5/4/18) Good news for Busch Gardens Tampa beer fans… as the park has announced that for a limited time this summer the park will be bringing back the tradition of free beer samples. From May 1st through August 5, make your way to the former Hospitality House (now called the Garden Cafe) and you can pick up two 7oz beer samples each day you visit. Even better than before, every two weeks the park will feature all new beer brands, and will kick things off with samples from Corona just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
    In addition the park is launching a new Busch Gardens Brew Club that you can join for $79 for the year that will get you you’re very own private beer stein that will be stored in a “personal chamber” for you at the park until your membership ends, then you can take it home. While having your own personal stein in the park itself is kinda cool, you also get discounted beer refills all year long. Check out the Brew Club website if you are interested.  (Now lets talk about starting a Margarita Club next, shall we?)
    (4/26/18) According to a Screamscape reader who just visited Busch Gardens Tampa, the Falcon's Fury drop tower ride is currently closed for at least the next two weeks or more while they wait to receive replacement parts.
    In other news, College Students can take advantage of a new special offer to buy tickets to Adventure Island for just $25, now through May 25th. For details visit the official website.
    (4/17/18) So what's going on with Gwazi?  According to a post made to the Coaster Nation Facebook page, some new yellow paint markings have appeared on some of Gwazi's supports over the past few days. Are they finally getting ready to demolish it, or is something else looming in the future?

    (3/12/18) SeaWorld Parks seems to be trying some new tricks this year, testing them out at their Busch Gardens parks. While Busch Gardens Williamsburg has momentarily confused their passholders by replacing the classic "Season Pass" system with a new "Membership" system, the Tampa park is also offering a new pass upgrade concept.
    For an extra $299 (on top of having to buy separate park admission) you can now buy a "Year-Round Quick Queue" pass, giving you unlimited priority access to the park's Quick Queue attractions for an entire year. Normally a one-day Unlimited Quick Queue pass would cost you at least $20 or more, so you would have to visit the park AND buy a one-day pass at least 15 times in a year just to come out even with this new $299 offer.
    That's a lot of visits to BGT, but that just if you are lucky enough to get $20 Quick Queue passes on the days you visit... on more busy days and program's price can rise up much higher on peak days. So depending on the kind of days you visit, $299 may be crazy, or it may just be the thing you need to avoid the crowds.
    As of right now the Quick Queue program for this pass gets you on, Falcon's Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba, Cobra's Curse, Scorpion, Stanley Falls, SandSerpent and Congo River Rapids.
    (2/7/18) The latest update to the Busch Gardens website claims that the park’s Jungala area rides and Treetop Trails climbing area are ‘currently closed”. No reason was given, and it looks like the attractions have already been removed from the parks website as well, giving the impression that the area and Wild Surge ride may be closed for good. Or at least for the slow season…
    Anyone know more about this and if the closures are simply seasonal or are they being shut down for good?


2018 - Vanish Point / New Waterslide @ Adventure Island - Confirmed - (3/6/18) Adventure Island has posted a fun little video showing off the three different POV views you'll get from the three new slides being added to the Vanish Point tower. Check it out below.

    (10/18/17) According to a source the freshly announced Vanish Point slides coming to Adventure Island maybe very similar to the "Brain Drain" slides added to Rapids Waterpark just north of West Palm Beach, FL. If so the pair of drop-pods will launch riders into a pair of high-speed helix spirals before hitting the splashdown below.
    (10/11/17) Busch Gardens has confirmed that a pair of new drop-pod slides will open at Adventure Island in March 2018 called Vanish Point. "Inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, the crest of this 70-foot tower challenges you with two 425 ft. wave paths. Step into one of two skyboxes, and face your fears as the floor disappears beneath you. Or, get horizontal on a 455-foot long slide ending with a high speed finale." They also confirm that the new slides will be installed next to the Colossal Curl attraction.




icon_STOP2019 - New Coaster / Project Teel - Rumor - (6/26/18) A reader sent in a couple of new photos from Busch Gardens Tampa showing off the demolition of the former Tidal Wave ride.
    (6/13/18) Some plans for Busch Gardens Tampa's next project (codenamed: Project Teel)  have been posted to Coaster-Nation and show off how the compact project will reuse part of the old Tidal Wave attraction site. Again, this looks very much like it could be for that rumored Premier Rides Skyrocket II coaster system, as you can see what seems to be a small coaster station building along with what looks like a queue pathway that meanders along the site on the east side.
    (4/25/18) According to a post from TouringCentralFlorida, Busch Gardens Tampa has filed official demolition permits with the City of Tampa to remove the remains of the closed Tanganyika Tidal Wave ride. Looks like we may have our location locked in for the park's 2019 location... rumored to be a new coaster.
    (4/6/18) has done a bit of digging to try and figure out just what could be in the works for Busch Gardens Tampa in 2019. As they reported, the last major new attraction to open was Cobra's Curse way back in 2016, so they are due for something spectacular. Worth noting is the fact that SeaWorld Parks just filed trademark paperwork for three new attraction name ideas, all with a Tiger theme:  Twisted Tiger, Uproar and Tigris.
    While I know many fans out there are still waiting for Busch Gardens Tampa to finally build a Hypercoaster / Giga Coaster style ride after all these years... after all the Williamsburg park built Apollo's Chariot and SeaWorld Texas built Steel Eel way back in 1999 but for some reason it took until 2016 to build Mako at SeaWorld Orlando... meanwhile Tampa's guests have been waiting patiently for almost 20 years now. Unfortunately, if the rumors are true... the next coaster that could come to Tampa may just be another Premier Rides' clone of Tempesto... which is what SeaWorld San Diego is adding this year as Electric Eel.
    The likely locations would be on the former Tidal Wave or Gwazi sites... both where long closed former thrill ride husks are still standing... offering a constant reminder to guests of their demise without being replaced. Plus the odd fact that the chain has cut the budget to the point where they no longer seem to want to even spend the funds needed to remove them... or at least not until they are good and ready with a replacement. (Quick check... the Jungala area rides are still closed right? Yep... still closed...)


???? - Resort Hotel - In Limbo - (7/24/17) While Busch Gardens Tampa is apparently looking into building their own hotel, I'm hearing that any decision on the project may be pushed back until later in the year, probably around the time the company is set to post their Q3 financial results and have a more solid idea of where they stand near the end of the 2017 season.
    (6/26/17) Screamscape sources tell us that the new permits for BGT are indeed for a proposal for a future resort hotel project. Nothing has been approved yet, but it should be interesting if they opt to move forward with it.
    (6/24/17) TouringCentralFlorida sent Screamscape information about another interesting permit they found filed for Busch Gardens Tampa. This one is to have work done by a "Tree Consultation" involving future expansion plans at the park. The mentioned tree work apparently is necessary when they are wanting to work in an area that includes large "grand trees" which feature a trunk diameter of 34+ inches as well as possible "protected trees". The area in question is along the Northern edge of the Serengeti section of the park's, east of Kumba and the Skyride mid-point turn station. The area in question would almost seem perfect for those rumored on-site resort hotel plans that were being talked about again, don’t you think?
    (1/26/17) Screamscape sources tell us that Busch Gardens Tampa is once again making plans to build their very own resort hotel on the property. I'm told they are hoping to open it by 2019 if the planning goes smoothly, though they have a few sites they are considering. The obvious one is to take up a large site along McKinley Drive right smack in the middle of the savannah where the railroad already curves away from McKinley which would give the resort the most room here, as well as providing some stunning views to the guests. Another site being heavily considered instead however is the corner property of the park where McKinley and Bougainvillea intersect, which is currently used as a backstage area for the park. If they go for this site, obviously whatever is back there would have to be moved to new facility elsewhere in the park, or moved off-site (if possible). In addition to those two primary sites, they have also earmarked a couple of other sites directly to the west and north of Adventure Island as possibilities as well.




Track Record

Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, Florida
SeaWorld Parks & Ent.

Abbreviation: BGT
Opened: March 31, 1959

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:
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

2008 - Jungala and
Jambo Junction

2007 - SheiKra goes Floorless




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