Busch Gardens Tampa Makes Way for its New 2016 Coaster
Busch Gardens Tampa announced this morning that it has closed its Serengeti Railway to reroute the track to make way for a new attraction at the park.
The new attraction is believed to be a Mack roller coaster, probably more of the family than the extreme-thrill variety. Busch Gardens earlier filed plans to expand the old King Tut building by 11,000 square feet and add additional paving in the area. The rerouting of the Serengeti Railway track in the Egypt section of the park is part of the project, to clear space for the development around the Tut building expansion. The railway will reopen once the new track is in place.
Though Busch Gardens is acknowledging the 2016 project, it has yet to formally announce the new attraction and reveal its name. Last month, the park closed its Gwazi wooden roller coaster, and its most recent new attraction, Falcon's Fury, opened to rave reviews... though after a several-month delay.
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BGT is a great Park - I have said it many times before and I will say\type it again..
What is the purpose of expanding the King Tut building? What will be going there?
They need to work on their marketing, though. Their photokey program sucks compared to Disney, which would be OK if they were honest when they were selling it to you. Last time I went, I bought it and the person working said there were people throughout the park to take your photo. Walked around the park for 8 hours before seeing a photographer. Their website was accurate and it's pretty much just on the rides, which I happened to not do that trip. all well and good only that's not what the person selling it was saying.
Nick: Early reports are that the Tut building will either house the queue for the new coaster, or be part of an inside experience for the coaster (similar to Manta at Sea World San Diego). I simply LOVE the way Busch Gardens creates terrain from a virtually flat parcel. This new coaster is supposed to have a number of underground/inside elements similar to Montu (and Kumba to a certain extent). I would expect a solid addition from the folks at BGT.
I went to BGT Sunday for a little F&W and the Boys Like Girls concert but didn't roam the park. I did see the Busch photographers were throughout the F&W area in front of 5 newly made topiaries, there may have been others. I think they are too few in number to keep roaming so they set up at obvious places.
I've said it once, I'll say it again. Busch Gardens is not that far from Orlando. In fact, it's roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Universal Orlando. That is easily doable during a trip to Florida. I know because I've done it yearly to visit the park for Howl O Scream while I am down there for HHN at Universal. I've even managed to travel to Legoland for a half day trip on the way to Busch Gardens as well.
I found Cheetah Hunt immensely entertaining but tame compared with Maverick. As much as I enjoy Maverick, it's so rough that it's one of the few coasters that I would not volunteer to ride in the back. Am puzzled about the comment re taming down rides to appeal to a wider audience, as I find that the lines for extreme thrill rides are almost invariably the longest in any park. At my home park the longest lines are always for Kingda Ka, unquestionably the most extreme ride on the premises - with the second longest being for El Toro. (No doubt Nitro would be right up there were it not for the fact that the rider capacity is greater than that for Toro.)
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