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(10/7/15) Thoughts About Splashless SheiKra (MORE...)
(10/5/15) Howl-o-Scream 2015 Review, Cobra's Curse Construction and Strange SheiKra Issue
(9/29/15) Cobra's Curse Update (MORE...)
(9/17/15) Busch Gardens Tampa Offering Evil Upgrades for Howl-O-Scream (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Tidal Wave - NOW CLOSED through Oct. 9
Skyride - Oct. 10 through Nov. 1
Stanley Falls - Nov. 2 through Nov. 25
Scorpion - Dec. 7 through Dec. 18
General Park News - (10/7/15) So why have the water scoops been removed from SkeiKra at BGT? According to some, it could have a lot to do with some repainting going on of the nearby supports in an effort to keep them dry.
(10/5/15) Quick question for any BGT regulars... any idea what's going on with SkeiKra? According to a set of pictures (here and here) and video sent in by JohnnyUpsidedown, the SheiKra trains have removed the big water scoops from the side of the back cars, so that there is no big splash effect when it travels through the water anymore.
(9/9/15) Busch Gardens Christmas Town will return to Tampa this year on select dates between Nov 27 and Dec 31, running until 10pm each night and is included with park admission.
"Christmas Town creates beautiful family traditions for guests as Busch Gardens is transformed into a holiday wonderland with more than a million twinkling lights, Christmas entertainment, live music, festive treats and holiday shopping.
The park will be filled with cheery surprises including Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®, where guests can meet the big man himself as he takes a break from his busy holiday schedule to take photos with families in his private study."
Howl-O-Scream 2015 - (10/5/15) I've been send a brief review of Howl-O-Scream 2015 as seen by Hailey on opening night. While attempting to rank the haunts this year, she came up with a tie for the top spot between Circus of Superstition 3D and Death Water Bayou, claiming that they both were able to "mess with your sense as far as not knowing what was real and what wasn't." The number 2 spot would go to Zombie Mortuary, where you started off walking under a casket and progressing through a funeral church scene, full of pews of seated people who no way to know who isn't real and who is trying to kill you. You'll never know until it's too late. In the third spot they put the new Unearthed haunt, which you can get a good idea of what it is like from watching the ScreamCam video.
They also had praise for The Basement being very gory and full of effective and gross smells. Zombie Containment just wasn't her cup to tea though, too much video game action instead of anything scary they felt. Dead Fall was simply described as being "ok" and only "half scary", though she did enjoy the very creepy last half of it.
(9/17/15) Busch Gardens is offering a series of "Evil Upgrades" to enhance your Howl-O-Scream experience. They include various Front Line Fear upgrades as well as VIP Packages that can add in comp photos, beverages, a tour, preferred parking any more. Follow the link for the official details.
(9/7/15) Behind The Thrills has posted a look at the Shop of Horrors, a temporary Howl-o-Scream shop set up at the park offering special themed merchandise.
(8/21/15) As part of the build-up to Howl-O-Scream Unearthed, Busch Gardens Tampa is now running a fun online poll on their Facebook page where you can vote for your favorite former HoS icons between three choices: The Raven Twins (2008), Death Jockey (2007) or Trickster (2012). Who knows... the winning former Icon just might make a return appearance somewhere this year. (NOTE: For those looking to see the return of Ms Vayne (2009) or MyX and Sylvie (2010), they are not part of the vote.)
(8/13/15) The latest video for Howl-O-Scream Unearthed (a themed used at Busch Gardens Tampa, Williamsburg and SeaWorld San Antonio) shows our camera-wearing explorer going down underground to kick-in the door to the buried house to see what was hidden inside. (see video below) Right off the bat things look grim and gruesome, and then things get worse. Some things are just better off left buried and forgotten.
This year Busch Gardens Tampa is working with award-winning horror filmmaker Robin Cowie, Producer of the Blair Witch Project, who is helping bring Unearthed: Scarlett's Revenge to life. " Cowie and his team of storytellers crafted a dark new tale of Scarlett, a village healer who turned to dark magic to avenge her husband’s killers. As her powers grew, she was hunted, trapped and buried alive deep beneath the park…but has now been Unearthed to summon terror on unsuspecting guests. "
Other haunts are also returning this year, but with new twists:
Dead Fall: Thirst for Blood - Humans and plants entwine with an insatiable thirst for human blood, as guests attempt to escape the nightmare that has taken over this Victorian garden and greenhouse.
Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets - Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), guests must hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie hunting experience.
Death Water Bayou - Deep in the bayou the Voodoo Queen transforms wanderers into her evil servants. Those who enter must escape her dark magic before falling victim to her spell.
The BASEMENT - Momma’s Meats’ award-winning recipe has always been a family affair that’s only created in The BASEMENT. ..guests must escape before becoming the secret ingredient.
Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh - A lifetime of avoiding black cats and sidewalk cracks won’t save guests from this house, as the bad luck of childhood superstitions catches up with them in new demented ways.
Zombie Mortuary - Led by their queen, zombies infest this small town funeral home and satisfy their hunger with fresh flesh and brains.
I got to say that I'm loving the more serious horror direction HOS is going this year, especially with the launch of an all new icon character in Scarlett.
(8/5/15) The "Unearthed" storyline continues as a post from AURA as they prepare to send a person down the shaft to the front door of the buried house and enter to see what lies inside. Then watch Field Report 3 as they enter the house and see the first footage from the inside.
Meanwhile, BGT has posted a preview video for a haunt named Dead Fall: Thirst for Blood.
(7/30/15) For a limited time Busch Gardens Tampa is offering tickets to the Howl-O-Scream Freaky Preview nights (Sept. 25 and 26) for just $35, and tickets to any single-night admission in October for $45. Visit the official website for details while they last.
(7/24/15) Busch Gardens Tampa has released a pair of "Field Reports" regarding the tale of just what was "unearthed" at the park, as they prepare for the upcoming Howl-O-Scream haunt event. Diggers at the construction site hit a very large object buried below the ground, and sonic scans indicated that it was in the shape of a large house that was somehow buried.
The second video talks about another freaky legend about a "woods woman" named scarlet who's may have been involved in witchcraft or something worse, who was trapped inside her house by the local townspeople who somehow burred her and her house alive.
Check them out below.
(6/18/15) The Howl-O-Scream website for Busch Gardens Tampa was updated to show off this year's theme... Unearthed. They are using the same storyline as the Williamsburg park it seems, claiming that park workers were digging in a back area and stopped when they unearthed a mysterious object. More to come...
Howl-O-Scream 2015 will start with preview nights on Sept. 25 and 26, and then run on most Thursday through Saturday nights (and some Sundays) in October.
2016 - Cobra’s Curse / New Coaster - Under Construction - (10/5/15) JohnnyUpsidedown has posted some great new pictures from the Cobra's Curse construction site, as well as getting a good look at a bunch of track and support pieces now on site.
According to Busch Gardens Tampa, their new Cobra’s Curse coaster will use the old King Tut’s Tomb walk-through attraction to serve as the start to the ride’s air conditioned queue… something you will appreciate on those hot Florida days. While a full POV of the coaster was not released, the park did release a teaser. (See below) They also mentioned that the section of track after the elevator lift hill at the start of the ride would have the cars locked into a forward facing position, and at a certain point following this the cars would rotate 180º backwards and go up a second lift hill. When released from this second lift hill, the cars would then go into the free-spinning mode for the rest of the ride.
(9/29/15) A new Cobra's Curse construction updates comes to us this week from Pixels At The Parks.
(9/7/15) A quick Cobra's Curse construction update has been posted to Behind the Thrills.
(8/25/15) A new construction update for Cobra's Curse can be found at PixelsAtTheParks this week.
(8/10/15) An interesting new photo update showing off many new details at the Cobra's Curse construction site has been posted to PixelsAtTheParks.
(7/30/15) BGTBuzz has posted a new look at the Cobra's Curse construction site this week.
(7/8/15) The latest construction update from Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa has been posted to PixelsAtTheParks.
(6/22/15) The latest construction update from the site of Cobra’s Curse can be found over at Pixels at the Parks this week. From what we see so far there has been a lot of focus on clearing out the site around the former Tut’s Tomb attraction building, which will be repurposed for the Cobra’s Curse indoor queue. Meanwhile much of the rest of the work site is still focused on ground clearing and prep for the basic infrastructure.
As you can see in the concept art, the ride will use a series of short 2-car trains, each able to hold four riders (2 rows of 2 across), and while this ride is from Mack Rides, the cars don’t appear to look like anything like the typical Mack Spinning coasters we’ve seen used elsewhere in the world. I can only imagine that perhaps this new car design might be somewhat of a hybrid between the Mack’s individual Wild Mouse cars (like Sand Serpent) mounted to the base and wheel assembly of their Spinning Coaster cars. While the park is still holding many secrets about this ride close to the vest, I was intrigued by the mention of a specific place where the cars would rotate 180º backwards before going up a second lift of some kind. Since I haven’t been able to find any trace of a second lift in the artwork released so far, I do wonder if the park may try to create some kind of theatrical event with special effects at this moment in the ride… sort of the big reveal for whatever the “curse” actually is before spinning the riders out of control for the second half of the ride. Just something to think about… but only based on pure speculation on my part.
(5/28/15) Busch Gardens Tampa confirmed that their 2016 coaster going into the Egypt section of the park is indeed a new spinning family coaster to be named Cobra’s Curse. The ride will be unique however, in that it will feature an 80 foot tall Cobra themed structure and a vertical elevator style lift hill. More details to come...
(5/27/15) Our good friend JohnnyUpsidedown sent in some new construction pictures from Busch Gardens Tampa showing off the progress on the new coaster site, as well as a funny looking construction wall they have in place. You can see even more over at his official site if you click here.
(5/19/15) A new constrution update for the Cobra's Curse attraction site has been posted by PixelsAtTheParks this week where you can see the new railway for the Serengeti Express being run over the site where a new trench will be dug to run under the railroad tracks, as well as a number of new concrete footers now in place for the park's newest coaster.
(5/16/15) SeaWorld Parks has filed for a new trademark name that is perfect for the rumored 2016 Mack spinning coaster project in the Egypt area of the park. The new filing for the name "Cobra's Curse" was filed on May 8th.
(5/13/15) Busch Gardens Tampa has set May 28th (10am) as the date when they will feature more details on the park’s new 2016 attraction project which they claim will “put a new spin on family thrills”.
(5/4/15) PixelsAtTheParks is back with a large new photo update showing off the 2016 project site, along with some nice big crates on site with the MACK Rides logo, which confirms our rumor about the manufacturer.
(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.