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(4/20/15) 2016 Construction Update (MORE...)
(4/9/15) Busch Gardens Tampa - 2016 Construction Progress (MORE...)
(4/2/15) Busch Gardens Tampa to host Jack Hanna Weekend (MORE...)
(3/31/15) New 2016 Construction Report (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Gwazi - NOW CLOSED FOREVER
Busch Flyers - NOW CLOSED through Apr. 24
Desert Runners - Apr. 27 through May 1
Kumba - May 7 through May 15
Carousel - May 26 through June 12
Gwazi Gliders - June 15 through June 19
Falcon’s Fury - Aug. 24 through Sept. 4
SheiKra - Sept. 8 through Sept. 17
Hippos of the Nile - Sept. 14 through Sept. 18
Tidal Wave - Sept. 18 through Oct. 9
General Park News - (4/2/15) Jack Hanna will return to Busch Gardens Tampa on April 18 and 19th, where he will put on a live show in the Stanleyville Theater at 11am, 1pm and 3pm each day.
Busch Gardens Tampa has sent us some fun pictures today showing off several of the new Grand Topiaries they are installing for the Food & Wine Fest.
(3/23/15) Busch Gardens Tampa will be hosting a few special days for guests to experience the baby boom at the park. On March 24, 25, 26, 31 and April 1 and 2, the park will put on special Keeper Talks along with viewings of the new Cheetah Cubs and Baby Gorillas. They will take place at 11am and 12:30pm in the Myombe Habitat for the Baby Gorillas and at 1:45pm and 2:30pm in the Edge of Africa area for the Cheetah Cubs.
(3/2/15) Busch Gardens Tampa invited guests to come and celebrate the 5th birthday of Sesame Street: Safari of Fun on Friday, March 27th from 10:30am to 1pm, and again on March 28-29 from 10am to 1pm. The festivities inside the Safari of Fun area will include a sidewalk parade, a DJ and dancing, birthday cake cutting and more.
(2/5/15) A video showcasing the final ride on Gwazi was posted by the OrlandoTouristBlog. Unlike some other videos posted which was just that person's final ride... this was shot on a special final train of the night from the front row, after the last public train has left. This last train was reserved for employees and special guests of Mark Rose, as a final goodbye to Gwazi. They sit in the station for awhile, so jump ahead to about 4:35 to get the dispatch of the train.
(1/30/15) Lots of changes are in the works at Busch Gardens Tampa... and while we have mostly been focused of the closure of Gwazi and Rhino Rally lately, there are other areas of the park under construction for some unknown mystery projects. You can see photos of some of them post at Behind the Thrills today, where they also mention that Pantopia will open a new restaurant this year as The Desert Grill will be transformed into Dragonfire Grill with a new menu of Italian, American, Mexican and Asian cuisine.
(1/22/15) Screamscape has reached out to Busch Gardens Tampa regarding the status of Rhino Rally. According to Travis Clayor (Public Relations Manager), “Yes, I can confirm that Rhino Rally has been closed permanently. No decisions have been made on what will be done with that area of the park, but we’re always looking for ways to enhance the guest experience.”
2015 - Colossal Curl at Adventure Island - (3/5/15) Behind the Thrills dropped into Adventure Island to check out the opening of the waterpark's new Colossal Curls slide... a long LONG overdue new addition to the waterpark.
(2/16/15) Adventure Island reports that their new Colossal Curl will be ready to open for guests on March 7th.
(1/7/15) According to a reader report, construction on the new Colossal Curl is in full swing at Adventure Island. The stairwell and platform appear to be almost complete, as well as the slide supports are already in place. It shouldn't be long until the slide pieces start to be installed.
(10/17/14) Adventure Island has confirmed that the park will add Colossal Curl to the waterpark for 2015. The new slide shares the same name as the slide that opened at the sister park in Williamsburg in 2014, and the slide experience will be mostly the same, just with slight modifications to fit it into the Tampa site.
Guests will board a 4-passenger raft at the top of a nearly 70 foot tower before heading down the 560 foot long slides twists, turns and drop into a huge half-pipe style element. Look for Colossal Curl to go up nex tto Mango Joe’s Café and take the place of the Gulf Scream slide.
(10/15/14) It looks like a new slide attraction is on the way to Adventure Island in 2015, as the park has posted a teaser video showing off the existing attractions and ends with the question… “What’s Next?”
2016 - New Coaster - Under Construction - (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.