Busch Gardens Tampa
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
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(6/24/17) Busch Gardens Tampa Files Permits To Enclose Sand Serpent and Another Expansion Project
(5/31/17) Busch Gardens Tampa Turns Up The Volume For Summer Nights (MORE...)
(5/30/17) Sand Serpent Is Reopen (MORE...)
(5/16/17) Sand Serpent Seen Testing (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Rosita’s Fly Away - Aug 7 through Aug 11
Kumba - Aug 7 through Sept 1
Desert Runners - Sept 11 through Sept 15
Carousel - Sept 18 through Sept 29
General Park News - (5/31/17) Busch Gardens Tampa will turn up the volume this summer with their new Summer Nights event. Look for party zones to appear after dark in the park, special summer cuisine, thrill rides in the dark, and the premier of an all new Ice Show at the Moroccan Palace to be called, “Turn It Up!”. (Open Now)
(5/30/17) Readers readers report that the Sand Serpent coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa had reopened sometime last week.
(5/16/17) According to a park guests, the reported seeing crews testing the park's Sand Serpent coaster last week, which means that it could reopen in the near future after sitting closed since the start of the year for an unknown issue.
(4/21/17) It seems that the Iceploration show at Busch Gardens Tampa will close for good after the final performance on Sunday, April 23rd. The park has also confirmed this on their Facebook page with a video from the lead performer. It is worth noting that a new show is expected to replace it sometime this summer.
A reader also pointed out that earlier this month the old Jambo Junction area also reopened... though the Jambo Junction sign was taken down, and it is no longer listed as anything on the map. According to reports, the new name that will be put on the area may be "Animal Connections", and the good news is that most of the old Animal Ambassadors are still there to meet you, like Harry the Sloth, Versace the Crowned Crane, Cyrano the Toucan, and Alfalfa the Rock Hyrax. Look to be there at 11am and 1pm most days as they often let guests feed the flamingos at these times as well.
2017 - Nothing is known yet at this time...
2018 - Walkabout Way Expansion - Rumor - (1/26/17) I'm hearing that the park may be planning an expansion to the Australian themed Walkabout Way animal area of the park for the 2018 season.
2018? - Enclose Sand Serpent - Planning - (6/24/17) Remember how Sand Serpent sat closed for months and we had no idea why? Well... we still don't know why, but the story just got a little more interesting, as it seems Busch Gardens Tampa has some interesting new plans in store for the park's resident Mack Wild Mouse coaster. According to a posting from TouringCentralFlorida, the park applied for a very interesting permit this month... a permit that would see the Sand Serpent coaster full enclosed inside a brand new 64 foot tall building structure that would house the coaster and the queue area in air conditioned glory.
We don't know any more details beyond this, but typically when an enclosed coaster is built they either try to include some unique themeing and elements to the ride, or they simply go for a dark 'space mountain' style out of control experience in the dark, or even a mixture of both. Given that the chain is trying to push out more themed experiences with their rides when possible, I can see this happening here... that or they go with the dark concept and give riders VR headgear to wear to create a very new ride experience all together. Of course, where VR goes, the wait times increase, and that's not really the best idea on a coaster that doesn't have the best throughput already... but that's hasn't stopped anyone yet.
Stay tuned... I'm guessing this will be the big roll out for the 2018 season.
2019/2020 - Resort Hotel - Rumor - (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.
???? - New Coaster - Rumor - (9/9/16) Is BGT planning on adding a new coaster in the near future? Early sources tell us that the park has been in talks with B&M about adding a new coaster as early as 2018 or 2019. With so many B&M coasters already in the park (Dive Machine, Looper, Inverted) and with a B&M Flyer and Floorless coaster also nearby at SeaWorld Orlando, about the only B&M design the company has not yet built in the region would be a Wing Coaster. Personally, I'd also love to see this come out as a Launched Wing Coaster design since the park has so many standard lift coasters.