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Busch Gardens Tampa


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Busch Gardens Tampa (formerly known as Busch


Gardens Africa) is a 335-acre (136 ha) 19th century
African-themed animal theme park located in the city of
Tampa, Florida. It opened on March 31, 1959, as an
admission-free hospitality facility for Tampa AnheuserBusch; in addition to various beer tastings, they had a bird
garden and the Stairway to the Stars, which was an
escalator that took guests to the roof of the brewery.[1]
Busch Gardens continued to grow, and in 1965, opened
the 29-acre (12 ha) Serengeti Plains, which allowed the
African wildlife to roam freely.[1] It continued to focus on
its tropical landscape, exotic animals, and amusements to
draw visitors. Busch Gardens began charging admission as
the entertainment became more complex, with extra fees
for the thrill rides, such as the roller coasters for which
Busch Gardens is now known. Alongside sister waterpark
Adventure Island (30-acre (12 ha)), Busch Gardens is the
anchor of Tampa's 365-acre (148 ha) amusement
multiplex. Currently Busch Gardens competes with other
such parks in Florida and charges comparable fees. The
park is operated by SeaWorld Entertainment, majority
owned by the private equity firm The Blackstone Group.
Busch Gardens is currently accredited by the Association
of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).[2] In 2011, the park hosted
4.3 million people, placing in the top 20 of the
most-visited theme parks in the United States and in the
top 25 worldwide.[3]

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay logo


Slogan

Born for Busch Gardens

Location

Tampa, Florida, USA

Coordinates 28.0379N 82.4216W


Theme

Africa

Owner

SeaWorld Entertainment

Operated by SeaWorld Entertainment


Opened
Previous
names

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay:


1990s2006, 2008present Busch
Gardens: The Dark Continent:
19761990s
Busch Gardens Africa: 20062008

Operating
season

Year-round

Visitors per 4,128,000 (2014)


annum
Area

Contents
1 Themed areas
1.1 Morocco
1.2 Bird Gardens
1.3 Sesame Street Safari of Fun
1.4 Stanleyville
1.5 Congo
1.6 Jungala
1.7 Pantopia
1.8 Nairobi
1.9 Crown Colony Plaza
1.10 Egypt
2 Animal habitats
2.1 Animal Care Center
2.2 Bird Gardens
2.3 Cheetah Run

March 31, 1959

335 acres (136 ha)


(365 acres (148 ha)) total including
Adventure Island (30 acres (12 ha))
Rides

Total

23 (as of 2015)

Roller
coasters

Water rides 3
Website

seaworldparks.com/en
/buschgardens-tampa/
(http://seaworldparks.com
/en/buschgardens-tampa/)

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2.4 Edge of Africa


2.5 Jambo Junction
2.6 Jungala
2.7 Lory Landing
2.8 Myombe Reserve
2.9 The Serengeti Plain
2.10 Walkabout Way
2.11 Curiosity Caverns
2.12 Elephant Interaction Wall
Golden Ticket Awards
Annual events
4.1 Real Music Series
4.2 Bands, Brew & BBQ
4.3 Viva La Musica!
4.4 Summer Nights
4.5 Howl-O-Scream
4.6 Christmas Town
4.7 New Year's Eve
Attendance
See also
References
External links

Themed areas
The 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge[4] Serengeti Railway (a
replica steam train) runs along the back end of the park and
makes stops at the Nairobi, Congo and Stanleyville themed
areas. The train track was recently renovated, and its tracks
have been changed.[5]
The Skyride transports guests between Crown Colony and
Stanleyville.[6]

Morocco

Train cars from the Serengeti Railway


in the foreground with the Skyride in
the background

The park's main entrance. Treats can be purchased at the Sultan's


Sweets and the Zagora Cafe. The Moroccan Palace is located here, as well as the outdoor Marrakesh Theater.
Gwazi was the major ride in this area.
Gwazi was a 105-foot (32 m), 51 mph (82 km/h) dueling wooden roller coaster named after a
mythological creature with the head of a tiger and the body of a lion that opened in 1999. The dueling
sides consisted of a lion side and a tiger side, which crossed paths seven times. In 2011 Busch Gardens
replaced the original trains, which were boxy and sat four per coach. The "new" trains sat two per
coach and provided a smoother ride. Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters designed the original trains.
Great Coasters International, who built the coaster, designed the "new" Gwazi trains.[7] At the end of
summer 2012, Gwazi's Tiger side was closed off, with wooden boards partially closing the Tiger
portion. Gwazi is now closed as of February 1, 2015, though the structure is standing but not
operating.
Gwazi Gliders, a small hang glider flat ride relocated from the Congo section's defunct Pygmy Village

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kids area.[8]

Bird Gardens
The original section of the park that opened back in 1959. The area for the most part remains mostly gardens
and animal exhibits. A staple attraction that once stood in this section was the brewery. However, the
brewery closed in 1995 and Gwazi now sits where the brewery was located. In 2014, the Bird Gardens
theater was demolished when a new theater was built in the re-themed Timbuktu area: Pantopia.[9]
"Walkabout Way". Themed as an Australian outpost, Walkabout Way opened in June 2010. This area
gives guests the chance to see and hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies. The area is also home to a
kookaburra, magpie geese and Australian black swans. This experience is open to all guests 5 years of
age or older.[10][11]

Sesame Street Safari of Fun


Former "Land of the Dragons" children's section of the park. Land of the Dragons, which itself replaced the
Dwarf Village in 1995, was replaced by Sesame Street Safari of Fun on March 27, 2010. It contains all the
attractions from Land of the Dragons which are now re-themed. It also contains four new attractions.
Telly's Jungle Jam, an interactive play area.[12]
Rosita's Djembe Fly-Away, a swing ride.[13]
Bert & Ernie's Watering hole, a water play area.[14]
Air Grover, a children's roller coaster. The area also houses a Komodo dragon exhibit.[15]

Stanleyville
This section of the park is home to the park's water rides and SheiKra, which was the first and only Dive
Coaster in the United States until the addition of Griffon at the sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The
section opened up in 1973 with the addition of the Stanley Falls Flume. The African Queen Boat Ride
opened in 1977 as Busch's version of Disney's Jungle Cruise. The African Queen featured live animals,
including alligators, crocodiles, rhinoceroses and spider monkeys. A colorful South American macaw rode
on each boat as a first mate. There was also a cast member, dressed in African warrior regalia, who surprised
each boat as it passed through a riverside village. The warrior was featured in television ads for the park in
the early 1980s. In 1989, the African Queen Boat Ride was transformed into Tanganyika Tidal Wave with the
addition of a 55-foot (17 m) drop that generates a giant splash. The section remained unchanged from then
until 2005, when SheiKra opened, and the surrounding area was renovated.
SheiKra, a 200-foot (61 m) Bolliger & Mabillard floorless dive roller coaster with a 90-degree vertical
drop. This is Florida's first floorless vertical dive coaster. The ride was repainted in 2013.[16]
Stanley Falls Flume, a log flume with a 43-foot (13 m) drop.[17]
Tanganyika Tidal Wave, a 20-passenger Shoot the Chute water ride with a 55-foot (17 m) drop.[18]

Congo
This section, themed to the jungles of Congo, contains two of the park's most popular rides, Kumba and
Congo River Rapids. In November 2006, Congo underwent major renovation, including the removal of the
park's classic Python roller coaster.
Kumba, meaning roar in Swahili, is a 143-foot (44 m) steel sit-down roller coaster with seven
inversions. Built in 1993 by Bolliger & Mabillard, it remains a popular ride today. The ride was

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repainted in 2010.[19]
Congo River Rapids, a water ride that simulates raging
whitewater rapids. The ride opened in 1982.[20]
Ubanga Banga Bumper Cars, a bumper cars ride.[21]

Jungala
Opened on April 5, 2008, Jungala is a 4-acre (16,000 m2) family
attraction featuring up-close animal encounters, rope bridges to
Python, the park's first roller coaster.
explore three stories of jungle life, and a water-play area for children.
It was also Florida's first inverting
Also located in this area are two family attractions: Jungle Flyers, a
roller coaster. It was removed in
zip line that offers three different flight patterns above the treetops of
2006.
the new area, and Wild Surge, a shot tower that launches guests above
a waterfall. Another attraction is Tiger Trail, which is a walkthrough
with tigers where there is also a glass turret where you can look out right in the middle of the tiger enclosure.
During the Kareebu Jungala atmosphere show, stiltwalkers perform with puppets and interact with guests in
the heart of Jungala.[22]
Jungle Fliers, a zip line ride.[23]
The Wild Surge, a Moser family launch tower ride.[24]

Pantopia
A section originally themed after the malls and bazaars of Africa that opened up in May 1980 as Timbuktu.
The Phoenix was built in 1984 and remains a popular ride to this day. The section was renovated in 2003.
Important elements added during this facelift included the Timbuktu Theater, which replaced the park's
Dolphin Theater with an indoor 4-D movie theater. In 2004, Das Festhaus was transformed into the Desert
Grill, and the park's family-friendly Sand Serpent wild mouse roller coaster opened, replacing the Crazy
Camel flat ride. In September 2014, Falcon's Fury, a 335-foot drop tower, opened. This section of the park
was re-themed to Pantopia[25] alongside the opening of Falcon's Fury.
Scorpion, a steel, Schwarzkopf-designed sit-down roller coaster with one vertical loop.[26]
Sand Serpent, a steel wild mouse roller coaster.[27]
Phoenix, an Intamin Looping Starship themed as an Egyptian cargo vessel.[28]
Pantopia Theater, an indoor theater that now houses Opening Night Critters with the opening of
Pantopia in 2014.[29]
Caravan Carousel, a carousel with horses, camels, and chariots.[30]
Falcon's Fury, a drop tower that has a speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) and tilts 90 degrees
towards the ground. It is the tallest free-standing drop tower in North America at 335 feet (102 m).[31]

Nairobi
Alligators and crocodiles can be observed here up close. In Curiosity Cavern, guests can view mammal and
reptile exhibits. Visitors to Nairobi can meet the Animal Ambassadors who travel the country and make
educational appearances at Jambo Junction.[32] The area also contains Myombe Reserve, a tropical rainforest
that is home to Western lowland gorillas and common chimpanzees.[33] In 2012 the Animal Care Center
opened, allowing guests to observe actual veterinary procedures, as well as meet the start of Wildlife Docs,
Busch Gardens' Saturday morning television show.[34] The main train station at Busch Gardens is located at
Nairobi. Another popular attraction here is the Asian elephant exhibit.

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Animal Care Center, a nearly 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) attraction, allows visitors the chance to
view the Busch Gardens' veterinarians at work in a new state-of-the-art veterinary hospital.[35] The
major visitor aspects of the facility include a nutrition demonstration kitchen, treatment rooms, a
clinical lab and an interactive diagnostic activity. Behind the scenes the veterinary hospital also
includes the animal nutrition center, animal recovery and holding rooms and vet offices. The park's
former animal care center was located behind the scenes.[36][37]

Crown Colony Plaza


Crown Colony is the smallest section of the park. It features a restaurant,
the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster, and the Skyride station.
Cheetah Hunt, a multi-launch steel roller coaster that opened in
2011.[38]
Cheetah Run, an animal exhibit located next to Cheetah Hunt. It
replaced the Clydesdale Hamlet.[39]

Egypt

Crown Colony House

Bedouin tents, authentic handicrafts and art create an Egyptian


marketplace feel. Guests can visit a replica of King Tutankhamen's tomb with the excavation in progress.
(The Tutankhamen Tomb closed in winter 2013, and will be replaced with the queue for the park's 2016
coaster, Cobra's Curse, and the Golden Scarab Gift Shop was converted into an arcade area.) The primary
attraction of the Egypt-themed area is Montu, an inverted steel coaster.
Cobra's Curse is a Mack steel spinning coaster that will replace the Tutankhamen Tomb in 2016.[40]
Montu, named after the Egyptian falcon-god of war, is a 150-foot (46 m) steel inverted Bolliger &
Mabillard roller coaster with seven inversions.[41]

Animal habitats
Animal Care Center
The state-of-the-art facility that allows the Busch Garden visitors to view animal care being conducted from
treatments to x-rays.[42]
The Wildlife Docs
Emmy nominnated television series that followers animal care takers caring for more than 12,000 different
animals living in Busch Gardens Tampa.[43]

Bird Gardens
A free flight aviary that shows over 500 tropical bird species from around the globe including parrots,
flamingo's, and much more.[44]

Cheetah Run
In May 2011, Cheetah Run opened. Cheetah Run is home to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay collection of
cheetahs. There are running demonstrations and Meet a Keeper sessions throughout the day. In addition, the

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exhibit has interactive screens with cheetah facts.[45]


One of Cheetah Run's most notable residents is Kasi, a male cheetah, who was paired with Mtani, a female
Labrador Retriever, from 2011 to 2013 when they were young. Mtani now lives with a zookeeper and Kasi
has been paired with a female Cheetah.[46] As of 2013, Busch Gardens has 14 cheetahs.

Edge of Africa
Opened in 1997, Edge of Africa is a walk-through attraction where
guests can observe African animals. Among the exhibits are a Nile
crocodile, meerkats, two prides of lions, a pack of spotted hyenas,
two hippos, vultures, and a troop of lemurs.[47]
The three newest members to the lion pride include a male lion
named Kembe and two female sisters named Shaba and Shtuko. They
arrived at the park as cubs in 2013 from a zoo in Africa.

Jambo Junction
See many types of animals, including Caribbean flamingos, lemurs,
cuscuses, sloths, opossums, snakes and more.[32]

Giraffes at the "Edge of Africa"


attraction

Jungala
Orangutan Outpost
Tree-top observation platforms to watch and interact with orangutans.
Tiger Lodge and Tiger Trail
Observation areas, trails and a bridge to watch and interact with tigers. Busch Gardens has at least 10 tigers.
On March 31, 2013, Bzui, a female Malayan tiger, gave birth to three cubs sired by Mata. She had two males
and one female. The males were named Bundar and Rukayah. The female was named Cinta.
Kulu Canopy
A multi-species habitat for white-cheeked gibbons, flying foxes (fruit bats) and false gharial - a reclusive and
very rare crocodilian native to Indonesia and Malaysia.[48]

Lory Landing
An open aviary habitat that invites guest walk around and be visited by the gliding and flying lorikeets.
Purchasing nectar is an optional part of the habitat, however provides a wonderful experience of
hand-feeding the birds.[49]

Myombe Reserve
A 3-acre (12,000 m2) home for six lowland gorillas and nine chimpanzees located in Nairobi, opened in
1992.[33]

The Serengeti Plain

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In 1965, the park opened its Serengeti Plain animal habitat, the first of its kind to offer animals in a
free-roaming environment. Over the years, the habitat has expanded from 29 acres (12 ha) to its current size
of 65 acres (26 ha).[50] It is home to the Grvy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, addax, white rhinoceros, eland,
impala, ostrich, and marabou stork.[51]

Walkabout Way
Area to hand-feed kangaroos and free-roaming wallabies and to see other animals such as kookaburras,
magpies, black swans and tawny frogmouths. A male kangaroo named Horatio arrived at the park in early
2014.[11]

Curiosity Caverns
This cavern attraction, formerly known as Nocturnal Mountain,[52] contains animals such as aardvarks, bats,
snakes, lizards, tamarins, and sugar gliders in the low-light environment. This attraction offers the true facts
about the creatures inside and cracks the myths about them wide open.

Elephant Interaction Wall


The Nairobi section of the park has five female and one male (arrived from the Calgary Zoo in 2013) Asian
elephants. There are daily interactions at the Elephant Interaction and Husbandry Wall or during the Elephant
Keeper Experience.[53]

Golden Ticket Awards


The following is a list of roller coasters at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay that have placed on Amusement
Today's award or nomination list, along with their highest ranking and year awarded or nominated. Busch
Gardens Tampa has also been nominated for best landscaping in 1998 and 2007.
Golden Ticket Awards (1998present)
Roller Coaster Top Steel Coaster Top Wooden Coaster Best New Ride
Montu

3 (1998)

Kumba

4 (1998)

SheiKra

13 (2006)[54]

40 (2007)[55]

Gwazi (SBNO)

Cheetah Hunt

37 (2015)[56]

2 (2011)

Cobra's Curse

TBD

TBD

Annual events
Real Music Series
From January to March, Busch Gardens hosts a weekly concert series which invites popular bands either in
big band music or pop to perform classic or contemporary songs.[57]

Bands, Brew & BBQ

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(Previously called Bud & BBQ) For the month of February, Busch Gardens hosts a series of concerts in
Gwazi Field, mostly from classic rock and country music acts. Sometimes the event includes alternative
rock, pop, hip hop and R&B acts as well as comedians; there are special culinary offerings along the
walkway from the Gwazi Roller Coaster to the gate in Gwazi Field.
The documentary film Blackfish and a subsequent online petition led to several popular musical groups
cancelling performances at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens "Bands, Brew & BBQ" event in 2014.[58][59][60]

Viva La Musica!
In March, several Latin music acts are hosted on the stage in Gwazi Field. There is a similar culinary setup
with special offerings for the concert days as there is for Bands, Brew & BBQ.[61]

Summer Nights
In the summer months, the park stays open later and includes concerts by performers like David Cassidy and
Starship with Mickey Thomas. The park's Independence Day festivities add fireworks to the entertainment
lineup.[62]
In 2010, Busch Gardens added a new night time show called Kinetix, the first special effect-heavy show put
on in Gwazi Field. Also, they added many new special effects (i.e. Strobe, Lighting, Fog) to their existing
rides just for the Summer Nights season.[63]

Howl-O-Scream
Every September and October since 2000, Busch Gardens is transformed into Howl-O-Scream. This event
contains haunted houses, scare zones, and shows.[64] Howl-O-Scream is one of the top rated Halloween
events in the United States. Howl-O-Scream has featured some attractions of the park turned into "horrified"
attractions at night. This includes Serengeti Safari Tours, which was turned into Evening Serengeti Safari
Tours, and Curiosity Caverns, which was turned into Dark Cavern, both in 2000. In 2012, Howl-O-Scream
celebrated 13 unlucky years.[65]

Christmas Town
From November to December, theaters throughout the park are transformed into Christmas-themed shows in
celebration of the holiday season for an event called Christmas Town. The whole park is decorated with
Christmas lights and theming. Among the more popular attractions is Snow World, in which guests can play
in real snow and ride down ice slides.[66]

New Year's Eve


During New Year's Eve, Busch Gardens celebrates the new year by hosting live music throughout the park,
thrill rides opened through the night, and fireworks located at the Gwazi Field. Including a park wide
countdown to the new year.[67]

Attendance

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2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

4,410,000

4,100,000

4,200,000

4,284,000

4,348,000

4,087,000

[68]

[69]

[70]

[70]

[71]

[71]

2014

Worldwide
Rank

4,128,000[72]

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See also
Adventure Island (water park)
Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Howl-O-Scream (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)
Incidents at SeaWorld parks
List of attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
SeaWorld Orlando

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