Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT Discussion Thread)

Postby robbalvey » Mon Feb 14, 2005 7:20 pm

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!


February 14th, 2005 - Sheikra construction photos - SEE BELOW!
April 4th, 2005 - Sheikra is testing

January 11th, 2006 - Rumors that Python will be removed
January 11th, 2006 - Pirates 4D may be replacing Haunted Lighthouse
February 26th, 2006 - Old Sheikra construction photos
July 25th, 2006 - Man dies after riding Gwazi
September 19th, 2006 - Demolition permits arise that could mean the end of Python
October 29th, 2006 - Confirmation of Python's demise
November 21st, 2006 - Photos of Python removal

January 31st, 2007 - Sheikra to get floorless trains
June 16th, 2007 - "Floorless" Sheikra Media Day
September 6th, 2007 - Jungala announced
November 5th, 2007 - Jungala construction

May 26th, 2008 - Busch Gardens selling Quick Queue passes

June 16th, 2009 - Building permtis for roller coaster uncovered
July 19th, 2009 - Worker falls from Skyride
August 28th, 2009 - Land of Dragons to be rethemed to Sesame Street Safari of Fun (including the mystery coaster)

January 18th, 2010 - Sesame Street Fun Fair information
Feb. 12th, 2010 - "Bands, Brew & BBQ" information
March 5th, 2010 - Millenium Flyers spotted on Gwazi transfer track
March 8th, 2010 - Police charge cashier in theft of ticket money
March 17th, 2010 - American Idol's Jordin Sparks visits the park
April 1st, 2010 - CC Sabathia visits Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
April 13th, 2010 - Kinetix coming to Busch Gardens Summer Nights
April 14th, 2010 - 2011 coaster layout revealed?
April 18th, 2010 - Free Admission for Stranded Travelers
May 18th, 2010 - 2 endangered baby red-ruffed lemurs born at the park!
May 28th, 2010 - Walkabout Way Australian-themed area announced!
June 20th, 2010 - "Feel the spirit. Feel the speed." teaser sign now in the park!
June 26th, 2010 - Busch Gardens begins teaser campaign for 2011 ride
August 2nd, 2010 - Special construction tour video teases 2011 ride
August 3rd, 2010 - Baby flamingos hatched at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
August 16th, 2010 - Mark Rose talks about the park's 2011 attraction
August 19th, 2010 - Howl-O-Scream 2010 details released!
September 10th, 2010 - Busch Gardens posts a coaster track teaser pic!
September 16th, 2010 - 3rd phase of 2011 coaster teaser campaign begins!
September 20th, 2010 - 2nd teaser video for 2011 coaster
September 23th, 2010 - Howl-O-Scream media day & Scream Cam coverage!
September 27th - 3rd teaser video for 2011 coaster
October 3rd - Howl-O-Scream 2010 "Bleedup" coverage!
October 7th - 2011 attraction to be announced on October 13th, 2010!
October 13th - 2011 coaster announced, named Cheetah Hunt!
October 17th - Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleaders visit Howl-O-Scream!
November 6th - Cheetah Hunt title package graphic now online!
December 22nd - A look at 2011 for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

January 8th, 2011 - An official Cheetah Hunt photo update!
January 12th, 2011 - Millennium Flyers spotted on Gwazi
January 13th, 2011 - Busch Gardens announces Millennium Flyers for Gwazi!
January 15th, 2011 - Millennium Flyer testing
January 20th, 2011 - Millennium Flyer Media Event Coverage!
January 24th, 2011 - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay launches their new blog!
February 24th, 2011 - Meet the Cheetah Keeper at Cheetah Run
February 28th, 2011 - Cheetah Hunt trains have arrived!
March 16th, 2011 - Cheetah Hunt track is complete!
March 23rd, 2011 - Ride envelope testing photos!
April 15th, 2011 - Cheetah Hunt to begin testing this weekend!
May 24th, 2011 - Cheetah Hunt walls down, Sky Ride testing pictures!
June 13th, 2011 - Kinnetix! returns to Summer Nights
July 15th, 2011 - Howl-O-Scream 2011 website launched!
October 11th, 2011 - Free Serengeti Safari with FL resident admission!
October 28th, 2011 - Vampire Diaries star visits Howl-O-Scream!
November 1st, 2011 - BGT Special Event Lineup announced for 2012!
November 10th, 2011 - Grevy's Baby Zebra born at Busch Gardens!
December 30th, 2011 - Baby reticulated giraffe to join the Serengeti Plain

January 6th, 2012 - Busch Gardens/SeaWorld Preschool Pass Announced!
February 1st, 2012 - Iceploration media preview photo/video report
February 3rd, 2012 - Valentine’s Day Serengeti Night Safari announced!
February 26th, 2012 - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay launches Pinterest account
March 3rd, 2012 - BGT announces Christmastown extra ticket event
March 6th, 2012 - Drop Tower in the works for 2013
March 30th, 2012 - Summer Nights & Island Nights 2012 offerings revealed!
July 10th, 2012 - Christmas Town Media Preview Event Coverage!
July 18th, 2012 - Preparation begins for this year's Howl-O-Scream
August 4th, 2012 - Howl-O-Scream event lineup revealed!
September 17th, 2012 - Howl-O-Scream Scream Cam backstory video posted!
September 20th, 2012 - Howl-O-Scream Scream Cam Photos & Video!
November 30th, 2012 - Full Christmas Town event details released!
December 5th, 2012 - Christmas Town Media Preview photos & video report!

January 21st, 2013 - Bands, Brew & BBQ 2013 concert lineup revealed!
February 12th, 2013 - Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation show announced!
March 13th, 2013 - Tiger half of Gwazi in an odd state of closure
March 31st, 2013 - Sandstorm retiring to make way for new attraction
June 11th, 2013 - Falcon's Fury Announced! 300+ Foot Tall Dive Tower
June 17th, 2013 - Howl-O-Scream 13 tickets now available for purchase!
June 17th, 2013 - Summer Nights 2013 details announced!
November 10th, 2013 - Fisher Price presents Live from Little People Place show in November
November 22nd, 2013 - Timbuktu to transform into Pantopia realm

February 6th, 2014 - Pantopia & Falcon's Fury Hard Hat Construction Tour!
February 28th, 2014 - Falcon's Fury Grand Opening set for May 1st, 2014!
April 18th, 2014 - Falcon's Fury Grand Opening delayed
April 28th, 2014 - First Falcon's Fury POV posted!!!
May 28th, 2014 - update on Falcon's Fury delayed opening
August 19th, 2014 - Falcon's Fury opens
August 22nd, 2014 - Falcon's Fury Soft Opening Photo and Video Report!
October 15th, 2014 - Colossal Curl coming to Adventure Island in 2015
December 19th, 2014 - Gwazi closure confirmed for early 2015!

January 9th, 2015 - Gwazi closing on February 1st
February 9th, 2015 - Generation Nature: Live! & Serengeti Safari photos!
March 5th, 2015 - Colossal Curl Media Day Report
May 2nd, 2015 - 2016 Project Update and Food & Wine Festival Report
May 28th, 2015 - Cobra's Curse Announced
June 17th, 2015 - Howl-o-Scream tickets go on sale
June 28th, 2015 - Summer Nights 2015 media preview photo report!
November 9th, 2015 - Expansion plans and resort hotels being considered

February 17th, 2016 - Cobra's Curse construction tour
April 4th, 2016 - New Food & Wine Festival and Cobra's Curse photos!
June 17th, 2016 - Cobra's Curse Media Day

September 22nd, 2017 - Howl-O-Scream Preview Trip Report posted!

March 8th, 2018 - Vanish Point report posted!
April 8th, 2018 - Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival report posted!
June 23rd, 2018 - Summer Dining Series Media Preview Event Report!
September 12th, 2018 - Tigris (Sky Rocket II) announced for 2019 and park teases rework of Gwazi's location in 2020
November 30th, 2018 - Tigris track pieces have arrived!
November 30th, 2018 - Opening Night Critters show closing on December 16th to make way for a new show!
December 5th, 2018 - Tigris track installation has begun!
December 19th, 2018 - Real Music, Real Masters 2019 concert series details

January 3rd, 2019 - Free beer all 2019! 52 weeks of events announced!
January 16th, 2019 - Tigris construction update posted!
January 16th, 2019 - Tigris track installation now complete!
February 25th, 2019 - Critters Inn Charge show debuts at Pantopia Theater!
March 1st, 2019 - Record-breaking RMC hybrid coaster announced!
August 13th, 2019 - New Howl-O-Scream 2019 details announced!
September 12th, 2019 - Iron Gwazi video & info!
September 22nd, 2019 - Howl-O-Scream 2019 Opening Night report posted!

March 1st, 2020 - Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival VIP Preview Event report posted!

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Ok, ok, so we KNOW it's not called "Shakira" but that's all I can think about when I see the name in writing, and hence from here on out that will be my nick name for the ride.

Besides, I'll never be able to say "I got to ride Shakira last night" for real, so this kind of satisfies that fantasy! :o

Anyway, when we were at BGT in January, we snapped a few pics of the constuction, here's what we got:

OMG does this ride look amazing!!!

Can't wait to ride it in November!!!
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Postby CoasterCrazy » Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:59 am

Shakira looks awesome and it looks better than KK.

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Postby Canobie Fan » Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:41 am

CoasterCrazy wrote:Shakira looks awesome and it looks better than KK.

yeah it does.. to bad IAAPA isnt in FL this year...:( I wont get to ride it until 2008 or so...

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Postby coasters 4 me » Tue Feb 15, 2005 12:44 pm

I think SheiKra looks amazing, cant wait to ride it at the end of june, going for holidays there.

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Postby Homer » Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:21 pm

As I say, ShaKira is probably the overall best of 2005 IMO. Also, cant wait to see if that Immelman would be record breaking as the tallest inversion.

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Postby viking86 » Tue Feb 15, 2005 1:22 pm

I doubt it will beat the first inversion on Volcano; The Blast Coaster. But it will still be big, thats for sure.

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Postby asimowalk » Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:55 pm

Wow. I never knew it would be so bright...but then again, I don't know much :?

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Postby Homer » Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:39 pm

ShaKira's ImmelMAN now topped off!

As good as it sounds, it doesn't beat the current recordholder for tallest inversion (which is Volcano: The Blast Coaster at PKD, with its Immelman at 155 feet. According to construction workers, SheiKra tops off at 152 feet, kinda ticks me off, then again, Busch has a first.[/url]

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Postby Dr Freeze » Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:04 pm

^ I wouldn't mind topping off ShaKira's Immelman :P

I'm going in december. This is definitely my most anticipated coaster of the year!

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Postby Real » Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:54 pm

So funky...So funky.

Actually, well, it would be close for me. Im highly looking forward to the twistedness that is Hydra. However, Shakira is going to pack a serious punch with 2 vertical drops and the splash down. Immelman wont be that special but still, its going to be pretty intense I imagine.


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