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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:06 pm

Touring Central FL has a great BGT park update:

http://touringcentralflorida.com/2017/0 ... mber-2017/

It appears that Kumba is recieving some new paint, although it is still unclear if the entire ride will be repainted. Meanwhile, a new Porcupine exhibit is being introduced in the Edge of Africa area and one of the two new for 2017 Howl-O-Scream mazes has been named as Demented Dimensions.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:00 pm

A couple of exciting BGT updates today:

The park have started to tease "a new thrill" coming to Adventure Island (Busch Gardens' Waterpark) in 2018. The teaser video hints strongly towards a drop capsule slide like Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica Orlando. It's great to see continued investment in Adventure Island with this new attraction and Colossal Curl in 2015 as before the park was pretty neglected in terms of investment.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jHOK1SuOX90

Also, another new for 2017 Howl-O-Scream maze has been announced: Undead Arena. We now know 6/7 of this year's mazes:

Undead Arena (new 2017)
Demented Dimensions (new 2017)
Zombie Containment Unit 15
Death Water Bayou
Unearthed
Motel Hell

It has also been revealed that this year's event will feature at least 5 scare zones!
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:00 pm

Got a really exciting rumour for BGT in 2018!

Kumba VR

Oh dear :(
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:07 pm

Maybe Merlin have secretly bought SeaWorld. ;)
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:00 pm

It's being reported this evening that Busch Gardens Tampa have indefinitely closed a number of attractions in the Jungala area of the theme park in an effort to cut costs.

As part of the closures, the entirety of the Treetop Trails section of Jungala, located towards the back of the park, has been closed which included the attractions Wild Surge, Jungle Flyers, and the climbing structures and water play areas. Staff who worked on these attractions are being reassigned to other areas of the park. The Tiger Trail and Orangutan Outpost animal habitats, Bengal Bistro and Tiger’s Den gift shop remain open.

It is perhaps a little concerning to see more attractions closed at Busch Gardens with seemingly no replacements, especially as this is a relatively newer area of the park having been opened in 2008. The loss of the Treetop Trails also means the park has lost an attraction which was aimed at guests who are too old for the Seaseme Street attractions, but not yet at the point where they can enjoy the likes of Kumba or Montu. It also means these latest closed attractions will join Gwazi, Tidal Wave, and Rhino Rally as SBNO.

I really hope this isn't a bad sign for Busch Gardens. Although I last visited in 2005, I still love this park and it's sad to see them having to make these kind of cost cutting measures :(
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Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:18 pm

It seems like the OPEX cuts for the entire company are pretty much all landing on BGT and to a lesser extent on BGW. Almost none anywhere else.
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