Tag: Busch Gardens Tampa

  • 6 years ago

Busch Gardens Drop Tower to be 330 feet tall

Just over a year ago, we posted plans filed with the SWFWMD that detailed a new drop tower attraction for Busch Gardens Tampa. Today, after digging through the Federal Aviation Administration website, we discovered a document filed last January seeking approval to build that attraction. According to the document, the new drop tower will consist of a 304ft tall drop section and a 26ft tall machine cabinet, for a total of a 330ft tower, making it the tallest ride at Busch Gardens Tampa:

Project is an amusement park attraction: a monopole +/- 12′ dia. round steel tube approx. 304′ high. On top of the tube is a cylindrically-shaped steel machine room and open rail +/- 20′ dia. and approx 26′ high. A +/- 59’ dia. seat system moves up and down around the tube as a part of the ride.

 

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  • 6 years ago

Do You Dare Enter Trickster’s Garden as Howl-O-Scream 2012 Celebrates an Unlucky 13 Years?

Florida’s favorite Halloween event entices guests to “Unlock the Fear Inside”
as they explore what grows inside the Dark Side of the Gardens’ gate.

TAMPA, Fla. (August 15, 2012)  This fall, Howl-O-Scream 2012 lures unsuspecting victims to explore the terror that grows behind the Dark Side of the Gardens’ gate and “Unlock the Fear Inside.” As Florida’s top-rated Halloween event celebrates its unlucky 13th year, it just may be your own curiosity that seals your fate!
 
Busch Gardens’ 335 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister, adult-targeted fun, including new haunted houses, scare zones, thrilling live stage shows and the chance to ride adrenaline-fueled coasters in the dark, including Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. Even the streets themselves aren’t safe as insatiable hoards of devious creatures pour forth from the shadows, led by a terrifying Trickster who is scheming to show fans the most horrifying Howl-O-Scream ever. It will leave you begging for mercy… and screaming for more.
 
From 13 sinister superstitions to the claustrophobic halls of an insane asylum, Howl-O-Scream 2012’s new haunted houses are designed to touch every aspect of your deepest fears:
 
  • NEW!  Blood Asylum – As lightning rages and thunder crashes outside, “The Creature” escapes from his holding cell in a high-security asylum for the criminally insane. Now this sadistic deviant is running rampant, skinning his former cellmates and turning the mental hospital into his own torture chamber. This serial killer’s bloody playground will drive you out of your mind with fear.
 
  • NEW!  Circus of Superstition 3-DYou’ve tried to avoid black cats and sidewalk cracks, but Trickster will make sure that all those years of bad luck catch up with you! Under his command, crazed circus clowns challenge you to survive 13 superstitions in their 3-D Tent of Terror, but it will take more than luck to escape this whole new dimension of fear
 
Some of the most demented houses ever are back by popular demand with some horrible new twists:
 
  • Ultimate Gamble: CONDEMNED – Vampires have fallen out of vogue and the Ultimate Gamble casino has been shut down.  The power is off, and the neon signs that once lit up the sky have gone out.  Only the bravest guests dare visit the empty carcass of the once-vibrant casino, grabbing their flashlights to “enter at their own risk.”
  • Nightshade Toy Factory: MUTATION – The old Nightshade Toy Factory has long been patrolled by diabolical dolls, terrible teddy bears and possessed playthings, but recent containment issues at a nearby nuclear facility have started to affect these terrible toys. Now, the mutations will stop at nothing to devour the humans that have “enslaved” them for so long.
 
  • Nevermore – Beating hearts, swinging pendulums and a raven’s cries haunt the manor of Lenore, creating a demented and twisted nightmare. Step inside to experience the gothic terror that maddens the lord of the house. and feel delusion overcome reality. Find your way out of this horror story before paranoia authors your final chapter.
  • Zombie Mortuary – No one remembers how the epidemic started, but now, zombies live here. The undead that infest this small town funeral home feed on the fresh flesh and brains of mortuary mourners to satisfy their insatiable hunger. Avoid the walking dead or you may find yourself deeper than six feet under.
  • Alone… (A personal experience in horror) – The deranged Master Alexander Daedalus opened Minotaur Storage to house his vast collection of “cultural” remains. But now his sinister obsession with hoarding has expanded to stockpiling people. Escape this lunatic’s labyrinth or you will become part of his collection. Can you make it out ALONE?Note: Alone is a unique, all-alone experience through the haunted house for an additional fee. Reservations are required, and each reservation can accommodate you and up to 3 additional victims. Pass member discount does not apply.  Not included with any other VIP tour or upgrade product.  Howl-O-Scream admission is required, but not included. 
 
 
At Howl-O-Scream, even the sidewalks aren’t safe from the things that go bump in the night.

ALL NEW scare zones and bands of roaming hordes will keep guests watching their backs as they explore 335 acres of fright:
 
  • Faded Memories – Thirteen years of horror-filled memories come swarming back as the most sinister icons, diabolical characters and disturbing scenes from your favorite Howl-O-Scream haunted houses and scare zones from the past converge to create the ultimate “best of” scrapbook of scares.
 
 
After braving bone-chilling coasters in the dark such as Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Gwazi and Kumba, you can catch your breath at Howl-O-Scream’s signature show, Fiends.
 
NEW THIS YEAR, Fiends will be performing nightly at the Desert Grill in Timbuktu. Captivating creatures of the night will infect you with dance fever and keep your pulse pounding with their deranged dance party. But when Dr. Freakenstein’s naughty nurses start operating, the diagnosis is always “code pink.”
 
Looking for a sick party or the perfect souvenir to round out your evening of evil?
  • CLUB XIII – Escape the hordes and head to the transformed Marrakesh Theater to drive yourself mad partying at Howl-O-Scream’s exclusive dance club.  This adults-only nighttime playground keeps the energy pumping all night long with non-stop music, premium signature cocktails, drink specials and exclusive appearances by Howl-O-Scream’s most terrifying personalities.
  • Howl-O-Scream Shop of Horrors – Remember your evening of undead excitement with a Tricky trinket that’s not for the faint of heart.
 
The event runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27.  Freaky Preview lets devoted fans experience the event a week early on Sept. 21-22. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. during Freaky Preview and on Thursday nights. Friday and Saturday hours are 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
 
General admission is $79.99 plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates and special offers are available for Busch Gardens pass members at TheDarkSideOfTheGardens.com. A $35 savings on general admission tickets is available in advance at participating Publix Supermarkets and AAA locations or with promotional codes found at participating Taco Bell and Applebee’s locations in Central Florida.
 
Take advantage of the best way to see Howl-O-Scream with all-inclusive VIP Packages, which include event admission, a tour guide and your choice of three levels of terrifying special treatment: The Super experience is a three-hour group tour of haunted houses that includes front-of-the-line access. The five-hour Mega experience adds reserved show seating, front-of-the-line access to several roller coasters and preferred parking, and the Ultimate experience adds the Fright Feast dinner buffet, meet and greet with the Howl-O-Scream creative team and a $5 games card. All tours include commemorative photos, merchandise discounts and complimentary beverages. Packages start at $81, and pass member discounts are available.
 
For those who prefer to self-guide themselves through the event but want the front-of-the-line perks, there’s the Front Line Fear pass for $35, which grants no-wait access to seven houses, excluding Alone. The Front Line Fear Extreme pass ups the access and also lets guests skip the line at five freaky coasters for $50.
 
The Thrills & Chills Weekend Pass lets true Halloween fans face their fears over and over again with a long weekend (Thursday through Sunday) of unlimited access to Busch Gardens’ thrills by day and Howl-O-Scream’s chills by night – all for just $79.99! Or, if you need to keep your adrenaline pumping all month long, the Recurring Nightmare Pass offers unlimited Howl-O-Scream visits on Thursday and Friday nights for just $79.99 (available only at the ticket windows.)
For out-of-town guests, Wicked Weekend Vacation Packages include Howl-O-Scream admission for two, plus one-night accommodations at one of Busch Gardens’ preferred partner hotels. Prices start at $89 per adult, tax inclusive, based on double occupancy. Stay two nights as part of the Thrills and Chills Weekend Package, and get in to Busch Gardens day and night, and enjoy two nights of accommodations. Prices start at $175 per adult, tax inclusive.
 
And if there’s one thing worse than being terrified, it’s being terrified on an empty stomach. Fright Feast is the most deranged dinner show in town, featuring a buffet of monstrous main courses and devilish desserts, plus an exclusive performance of Fiends. Fright Feast guests are also the first to brave the dark with a half-hour of early access to the all-new haunted houses and front-of-line privileges until 8:30 p.m. Fright Feast is $26 per person, with group rates and discounts for pass and Fun Card members available.
 
Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For guest information, visit TheDarkSideOfTheGardens.com or call 1-888-800-5447.
 
Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This year’s event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood.
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  • 6 years ago

“Falcon’s Fury” Trademarked by SeaWorld

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, operators of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks, have filed a new trademark for the name “Falcon’s Fury” for use as an “amusement park ride”. Since trademarks are filed by parent companies, the specific park in which they will be used isn’t included. However, we know Busch Gardens Tampa is getting a new attraction and relocating an existing one for the 2013 season, so it’s very likely going to be used there.

Since we already know that their new drop tower will be called “Desert Dive“, “Falcon’s Fury” will probably be the new name for the relocated Sandstorm attraction. According to plans filed with the SWFWMD back in February, Sandstorm is being relocated to an area just between the Bird Gardens and Morocco section of the park. A bird themed name appears to be quite fitting, given the attractions new location and the prominence of Falcon’s in Morocco.

What do you think of the name Falcon’s Fury? Do you think it’s a fitting name for the relocated Sandstorm attraction? Or do you think the name is intended for a completely different attraction? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below, on our Forums, or our Facebook page!

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  • 7 years ago

Desert Dive: Busch Garden’s 2013 Drop Tower

*UPDATE* Filing with the FAA confirms plans to build a 330′ tall drop tower. Read the full story by clicking here:
https://parkrumors.com/busch-gardens-drop-tower-to-be-330ft-tall/

On May 2nd, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the owners/operators of Busch Gardens Tampa, filed a new trademark application for the name Desert Dive and registered the domain name DesertDive.com. Since the park’s new drop tower planned for 2013 will be going into the Timbuktu section of the park, it would only seem logical that these registrations are for the new attraction.

However, just because the park has trademarked the name doesn’t mean it’s the final name they’ve chosen for the attraction. We saw an excellent example of this back in 2010 when SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment registered the name “Cheetaka“. This was widely believed to be the final name for Busch Garden’s new Cheetah themed roller coaster, but it was changed at the last minute to “Cheetah Hunt“.

Below is a screenshot of the trademark application. What do you think of the name? Do you think it should change, or will this be the name of the 2013 drop tower? Let us know in the comments below, or on our forums!

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  • 7 years ago

Busch Gardens Heats Up with Viva la Música

 

BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY HEATS UP WITH LATIN ARTISTS AND TRADITIONAL CUISINE DURING VIVA LA MÚSICA

TAMPA, Fla. (April 10, 2012)– Join the fiesta at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay every Sunday, April 15 through May 6, during Viva la Música. Viva la Música features food, drink, music and fun for the entire family, bringing together live salsa and merengue performances from award-winning Latin artists, authentic arts and crafts, and regional Latin cuisine.

Florida’s oldest restaurant, The Columbia, will be serving two signature items from its award-winning Spanish/Cuban menu: The Original “1905” Salad and Paella de Pollo. Local favorite La Teresita, whose authentic cuisine and great prices attract fans nationwide, will offer a selection of its traditional Latin fare. You’ll also enjoy authentic dishes by Busch Gardens’ culinary team, including ropa vieja, papas and empanadas.

Viva la Música begins at 12 p.m. each Sunday, and the concerts start at 3 p.m. on Gwazi Field:

  • April 15                Victor Manuelle
  • April 22                Grupo Mania
  • April 29                Dyland & Lenny
  • May 6                    Jerry Rivera            

Guests can reserve the best seat in house for their favorite acts with the Viva la Música VIP Ticket. The VIP ticket is $25.99 and includes a meal (entrée and any one item from a selection of side salads, side dishes or desserts, plus a regular-sized non-alcoholic beverage) at any Viva La Música food sampling area or Busch Gardens restaurant*, plus reserved seating at center stage. Reserved seating can also be purchased separately for $19.99. VIP tickets and reserved seating are available for sale online at BuschGardens.com and in-park at the Adventure Outpost store, located near the front gate.
*Meal Certificate is valid at all restaurant locations except the full-service Crown Colony Restaurant.

Can’t decide which performance to attend? With a 2012 Fun Card, you can “pay for a day, play all year” and catch them all! The 2012 Busch Gardens Fun Card is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2012 and is available at the Busch Gardens’ front gate, online at BuschGardens.com or by calling (888) 800-5447.

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  • 7 years ago

Plans Confirm Drop Tower for Busch Gardens Tampa in 2013

* UPDATE 5/7/2012 – New Trademark filing and domain registration for a potential name of the new drop tower, Desert Dive. Full story here: https://parkrumors.com/desert-dive-busch-gardens-2013/ *

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Plans filed with the South West Florida Water Management District last week confirm the rumors that Busch Gardens Tampa will be adding a drop tower style attraction for the 2013 season. The plans filed are just for the preliminary ground work, so they don’t tell us much, but we can still pull a few bits of useful information out of them.

For starters, we can make a pretty educated guess about the ride’s manufacturer, which has been thought to be either Moser Rides, (BGW just worked with them on Mach Tower) or Intamin (BGT just worked with them on Cheetah Hunt). Looking at the tower’s footprint, we can see it has eight sets of four seats, for a total of 32 riders. Intamin appears to only offer drop towers that seat 24, 30, or 40 riders, while Moser Rides offers a Gravity Tower model that seats 32. This certainly doesn’t confirm Moser as the manufacturer, but it does make it seem much more likely.

Another interesting item to note is the new entry plaza into Timbuktu that Busch Gardens will be adding. Gone will be the canvas overhangs and outdoor market, creating a much more open, and likely incredible view of this new attraction.

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  • 7 years ago

Sandstorm’s New Home

We previously reported that the plans for the 2013 attraction at Busch Gardens Tampa called for the relocation of the Sandstorm ride, which is currently located in the Timbuktu section of the park. The ride’s new home has been a topic of debate over the past week, with guesses of its new location ranging from Nairobi to Egypt to the Bird Gardens. Thanks to permits filed with the Southwest Florida Water Management District last week, we now know Sandstorm will be moved into the Morocco section of the park, right across from Gwazi Gliders. We’ve included several images below detailing the new location of Sandstorm:

Also, don’t for get it’s Look Back week! Be sure to take a look at our Look Back section by clicking here!

 

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  • 7 years ago

Busch Gardens 2013 Attraction

UPDATE 2/27/2012: Permits reveal new location of Sandstorm attraction.

 

It’s been rumored for the past few months that Busch Gardens Tampa would be getting a new attraction for 2013, an attraction that would likely replace the Sandstorm attraction in the Timbuktu section of the park.We got confirmation of this today, thanks to new permits filed with the City of Tampa. The permit says:

RELOC EX “SANDSTORM”;CNSTR “2013 RIDE”

Which, in plain English, means they will be relocating the existing Sandstorm ride and starting construction on their “2013 ride“. Here’s  screenshot of the permit:

BGT 2013 Permit

 

While we still don’t know exactly what the new ride will be, rumors suggest that it could be some kind of  drop tower ride, something which the park doesn’t have. Considering Busch Gardens Williamsburg just got a new drop tower last year, Mach Tower, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched for Busch Gardens Tampa to get a similar attraction. Now we just wait until an official announcement is made.

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  • 7 years ago

ParkRumors.com Launches January 1st!

Welcome to ParkRumors.com, your new source for the latest theme park news and rumors! To start off, we’ll be covering the major Florida theme parks and events, but hope to expand to other areas later in the year. Each park we cover has its own sub-site, to make it easy to follow only the news and rumors you want. All news and rumor stories will be automatically posted to the main ParkRumors.com site as well, giving you one central location to view the latest happenings from all the parks and events we cover. You can jump to any sub-site easily by clicking its name in the top menu, and the full lineup of sites is also listed below:

Universal Orlando Resort – uor.parkrumors.com
Halloween Horror Nights – hhn.parkrumors.com
Sea World Orlando – swo.parkrumors.com
Busch Gardens Tampa – bgt.parkrumors.com
Howl-O-Scream – hos.parkrumors.com
Walt Disney World – wdw.parkrumors.com

In addition to posting the latest news and rumors, we’ll also be posting a weekly feature called “Look Back”, where we take some time to, well, look back at past attractions and events. We’ve got a lot of exciting and exclusive content planned for the next couple of months, so be sure to check back each week!

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