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
All the Jungala attractions have now reopened with the exception of Jungle Flyers which is down for annual maintenance.
SeaWorld have submitted trade mark applications for the names:
Rumours are circulating about what these names could mean, but most enthusiasts were pretty excited when seeing the first one. It kinda rings a bell, Twisted Colossus, Twisted Cyclone, Twisted Timbers...Twisted Tiger!?
However, the park have repeatedly said that Gwazi was due to be torn down, whether or not this includes the possibility of an RMC is unclear. Gwazi has been standing there for a good 3 years now, so to keep the structure I would imagine that you would need significant structural work, which I'm not sure SeaWorld are in a position to finance.
The other possibility is the Tidal Wave site, which is actually located fairly close to the park's Tiger habitats. A Premier Rides Sky Rocket II would fit well here, and whilst it would be a clone, it would provide a cheap way to install another thrilling coaster at BGT to add to their already great coaster selection.
The speculation continues, something is definitely happening though......