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Busch Gardens Tampa
Tampa, FL
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment



----    THE LATEST BUZZ    ----
    (11/1/17) Busch Gardens Tampa Now Selling Fun Card Good For The Next 14 Months (MORE...)
    (10/18/17) New Vanish Point Slide Details (MORE...)
    (10/11/17) Adventure Island (Tampa) Adding Vanish Point Slides in 2018 (MORE...)
    (10/4/17) Howl-O-Scream 2017 Videos (MORE...)

Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Wild Surge - NOW CLOSED through Dec. 15
The Count’s Rally - Jan. 8 through Jan. 12
Elmo’s Safari-Go-Round - Jan. 15 through Jan. 19
SheiKra - Jan. 22 through Feb. 2
Stanley Falls Flume - Feb. 5 through Mar. 9
Big Bird’s Whirly Birdie - Mar. 5 through Mar. 9
Snuffy’s Elephant Romp - Apr. 2 throuh Apr. 6
Bush Flyers - Apr. 9 through Apr. 13
Kumba - Apr. 30 through May 24


icon_STOPGeneral Park News - (11/1/17) Busch Gardens Tampa is now selling the Fun Card which offers you admission to the park for the remainder of this year as well as all next year for about the price of a single one-day admission to the park. Bonus... the Fun Card also includes admission into the Adventure Island waterpark as well as admission into Christmas Town this winter. The 2018 Fun Card offer is good from now through to March 25, 2018 and can be bought online or at the front gate.
    (9/15/17) Busch Gardens Tampa will welcome back Sesame Street Kids Weekends in October with an extended four week run of Halloween fun each Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3:30pm featuring popular Sesame Street characters (Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Rosita and more) in their special Halloween costumes. Children are welcome to attend in Halloween costumes, plus a Sesame Street Character Dining experience is also available.
   Each fun-filled weekend will feature trick-or-treating and fall festival activities including a hay bale maze, dance parties, games and character parades throughout the day as well as very special surprises for each theme including:
   Oct. 7-8: Monsters & Fairies - Crafts that transform kids into a magical fairy like Abby Cadabby or a loveable monster like Elmo.
   Oct. 14-15: Super Grover - Unique superhero-inspired crafts and character parades led by Super Grover himself.
   Oct. 21-22: Spooky Safari - A scavenger hunt with Bert and Ernie, animal ambassadors and safari-inspired Halloween crafts.
   Oct. 28-29: Rosita’s Halloween Fiesta - Fiesta-inspired Halloween crafts and character parades led by Rosita throughout the Safari of Fun area.


icon_STOPHowl-O-Scream 2017 - (10/4/17) A trio of fun videos showing off the craziness that is Howl-O-Scream 2017 at Busch Gardens Tampa have been added below, courtesy of J-Forces.

    (8/11/17) Just a reminder, the BGT Howl-O-Scream Summer Ticket Deal that lets you buy a ticket to Howl-O-Scream in adventure for just $29.99 will come to an end on August 15th. If you are a passholder, you can pick up a ticket for just $24.99. Follow the link for details.
    Also, BGT has announced the return of Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets for HOS17.

    (7/25/17) Busch Gardens Tampa has confirmed that the Voodoo Queen is back as part of the returning Death Water Bayou haunt for this year's Howl-O-Scream.

    (7/14/17) Howl-O-Scream has confirmed that Unearthed will return for HOS2017 along with Motel Hell. You can relive some of Unearthed in the video the park tweeted, but you can take a detailed trip through Motel Hell by flashing back to last fall when we sent Keith to participate in the park's ScreamCam preview.

    (7/7/17) Busch Gardens Tampa has posted the dates for this year’s Howl-O-Scream event as taking place over 19 nights between Sept. 22 through to Oct. 29th. While they have yet to announce the theme or any details for this year’s mazes, they have posted an offer than may be too good to refuse. If you are willing to buy a ticket to HOS 2017 in advance you can get in for just $29.99. The offer is only good online and you have to buy it before Aug. 16th, but your ticket also gets you into the park early at 5pm, instead of at 7:30pm along with the rest of the general public. For details visit the official website.


icon_STOP2018 - Vanish Point / New Waterslide @ Adventure Island - Confirmed - (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.
    (9/20/17) Adventure Island is now teasing a new slide for 2018 with a video on their Facebook page that mentions "take the plunge" and shows off people's faces as they begin to fall... as in what they look like when dropping through a trap door style slide. This matches up with the rumor we've been hearing through the summer about the park's 2018 plans.
    Meanwhile has also posted on the video and details about a new filing the park has made with the City of Tampa confirming the new attraction for 2018 as well, with a location somewhere between Colossal Curl and Caribbean Corkscrew. (Screamscape's earlier rumor suggested it would actually be connected to the Colossal Curl slide tower).

    (7/24/17) While we haven't heard any updates to confirm or deny the possible addition of new trap door slides to Adventure Island next season, I'm told that the reason the one bridge pathway was closed was due to the condition of the wood in sections that had been causing some splinters to the barefooted guests and needed to be addressed.
    (7/15/17) Rumor has it that Adventure Island may be planning on adding a new slide for the 2018 season. According to our source it would feature one of drop pods added onto the top of the Colossal Curls slide tower. Inside the park they also noted that the bridge that goes over the Calypso Coaster and Aruba Tube has been closed off and blocked with construction warning tape. The location is said to be near the pathway to the old Gulfstream entrance used to be, so we could see some of this removed to make way for the new slide(s) coming in 2018. Our source also noted that the park has also removed the small Hydra Tube slides from the Paradise Pool area.


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 - (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.


???? - 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.




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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