A New Land Will Open at Busch Gardens Tampa in 2014

Busch Gardens Tampa: It's going to be called Pantopia, and it will replace Timbuktu.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted November 25, 2013 at 6:41 PM
Falcon's Fury will be the centerpiece of the new land. What do you think?

From Armando Thomas
Posted November 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Is it me or is the African theme disapearing? Pantopia? Really! PANDORA (Avatarland)!@!@
The mashup of Asian and Australian animals, and now this. How about rethemeing the entire park to rflect exotic regions of the world? South America, Asia, etc.. Bird Gardens could become Australia.

From Russell Meyer
Posted November 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM
The park already has Australian animals near the bird show theater, which have been there for well over 3 years. The park ceased by be exclusively African themed when it changed its name from Busch Gardens Africa nearly a decade ago (the park used to be known by the slightly offensive term, The Dark Continent even before that).

I think they're just trying to keep up with their direct competetor, DAK. The timing of the announcemen makes it pretty clear that it is in direct response to Avatar. Falcon's Fury was announced before Avatar was officially revealed, and since the park was already doing a major revamp of the Timbuktu area of the park to accomodate the new ride, it makes sense to rebrand the area to directly go against Disney. I'm not crazy about the name (names coming out of Sea World Entertainment lately have been pretty terrible), but going away from the exclusively African theme is not such a terrible thing.

Perhaps they will eventually get around to retheming the older part of the park to reflect different parts of the world (you could say they've been slowly doing that over the past 10 years), but in order to do things right, it's go to be one step at a time. Timbuktu was one of the oldest parts of the park, and still features some of the oldest rides.

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