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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:51 pm

BaMiTsPaT wrote:screamin' swings as they are a bit tamer.

Obviously you've never been on Mach Tower? ;) Haha.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:14 pm

OMG! So I had the chance to go to an preview of Busch Gardens new show, "Iceploration"! It was fantastic! The way they told the story of the Boy Alex and his Grandfather. Also the way they transported us into each part was mind blowing! Also the lighting was really cool as well. The Great Barrier Reef scene was by far my favorite scene! I will give you a few spoilers the sea creatures hanging above you in the scene seems like you were actually underwater with everyone! I hope you all get to see this show cause this is one of Busch Gardens Tampa best show since Hollywood on Ice!

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:28 pm

Today TPR got to check out a preview of the new Busch Gardens Tampa ice skating show, "Iceploration!"

Here is the official press release about the show:


Busch Gardens’ Biggest Ice Show to Date Takes the Ice on 2-2-12

TAMPA (February 1, 2012) — For more than five decades, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has set the industry’s standard for delivering unforgettable entertainment experiences, with Broadway-style stage spectaculars like KaTonga: Musical Tales From the Jungle and innovative ice shows like World Rhythms on Ice. Iceploration builds on that tradition and introduces audiences to the next generation of ice shows.

Starting February 2, a cast of 20 brings to life an all-new adventure filled with world-class skaters, more than 75 original costumes, amazing aerial performances, master puppetry and live animal stars, with shows daily in the Moroccan Palace.

“The grand scale of this show sets a new standard of entertainment that further solidifies Busch Gardens as one of Florida’s premier theme parks,” said Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean. “Iceploration reintroduces the ice show to our most loyal fans while bringing together the things Busch Gardens stage productions do best: world-class entertainment with top-notch skaters, amazing costumes, original music, larger-than-life puppets and even animal stars.”

Iceploration inspires audiences to “explore the world” on a 30-minute journey to the four corners of the earth. This multi-sensory story, told through theatrical skating and an all-new original score, is the collaboration of an award-winning creative team with Broadway credentials, including Tony Award-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes (The Drowsy Chaperone, Best Costume Design Tony winner 2007; Legally Blonde the Musical, Best Costume Design Tony nominee 2007).

The 30-minute show opens with Austin, a digitally savvy preteen, who believes that technology has made his generation more connected to the world than ever before. But his grandfather – and old-world explorer – argues that the boy is more disconnected than he realizes, and takes him on an adventure around the globe. Through their travels they visit the African Serengeti, Great Barrier Reef, the Arctic and the Amazon rainforest.

The adventure unfolds as they arrive in the African Serengeti. Here, larger-than-life puppets and spectacular set design bring elephants and other awe-inspiring animals to life at a watering hole. Solo and chorus skating performances accompanied by acrobatics tell an anecdote of an agile cheetah stalking graceful gazelles and meerkats.

Austin and Grandpa then dive into the Great Barrier Reef to explore the harmony of life on the ocean floor. An amazing black light transition and never-before-seen helium-filled puppets immerse the audience in the wonders of the sea, filled with parrotfish and lionfish, sea urchins, turtles and a moray eel.

In the Arctic, majestic skaters become striking snow flurries as a winter storm threatens the travelers. Austin and Grandpa witness even more beauty as they encounter the Aurora Borealis phenomenon, represented with theatrical lighting and projections. Then, they share the stage with amazing live animal stars, including a Siberian lynx and a sled of Siberian huskies as they continue to traverse the tundra.

Austin and Grandpa wrap up their adventure around the globe immersed in the lush, tropical Amazon Rainforest. Squirrel monkeys, sun conures and colorful macaws fill the air as playful frogs and a graceful dragonfly skate into the grand finale: a new signature song called “Meet the World.”

Iceploration performances are included with any daily park admission or annual Pass. For more information, visit BuschGardens.com

Photos and some video....

TPR is at Busch Gardens Tampa for the media preview of Iceploration!

Here is what you see when you walk into the Iceploration theater at Busch Gardens Tampa.

Jim Dean, president of @BuschGardens Tampa introduces Iceploration.

The African Serengeti and ice skaters? Sure! It works!!!

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Iceploration Cheetah Gazelle in the Serengeti

Yes! That is an elephant on ice skates!

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Iceploration Elephant Stiltwalkers in the Serengeti

Now we visit Australia's Great Barrier Reef!

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Iceploration in the Great Barrier Reef

Now we are in the arctic! It's even snowing in the theater!

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Iceploration Austin and Grandpa with Huskies in the Arctic.

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Iceploration Acrobatic Monkeys in the Rainforest

Hooray! A trampoline section!

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Iceploration Dragonfly Solo Skater

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Iceploration Finale in the Rainforest

Three of the stars, and one of the animal trainers from Busch Gardens Iceploration.

Austin and Grandpa Jones from Busch Gardens Iceploration. First long-run BGT show with a kid actor!

Scott Swenson gives us a great backstage tour!

Backstage at Busch Gardens Iceploration! Theater geeks will love this!

That baby elephant is well hung!

Backstage at Busch Gardens Iceploration you see some of the props from the show.

Scott says... "Come out to Busch Gardens Tampa and see Iceploration... You'll love it!"

And here is a video clip from Iceploration!

Meet The World Finale.mp3 [ 1.97 MiB | Viewed 7236 times ]

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:48 pm

Damn- that looks more intense than Cheetah Hunt. Just hoping that it doesn't have OTSRs.


Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:07 pm

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press release regarding a special one-night-only offering they've planned for Valentine's Day.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ultimate “date night” – a romantic adventure under the stars, complete with unforgettable African animal encounters and delicious treats on Busch Gardens Serengeti Night Safari.

WHAT: Valentine’s Day Serengeti Night Safari
Venture through Edge of Africa to witness the active nighttime behaviors of hippos, lions and hyenas, lit only by moonlight and handheld lanterns. Then, on the Serengeti Plain, use night-vision monoculars and special filtered lighting to view free-roaming herds of giraffes, zebra, rhinos and other intriguing African animals. After your amazing animal adventure, cozy up around a roaring bonfire to hear colorful tales of African folklore.

DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:30-9 p.m.

FOOD/DRINKS: This nighttime experience begins and ends in the exclusive Safari Club. You will enjoy savory appetizers and adult beverages before the excursion, and a special nightcap completes the evening with champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

PRICE: The cost is $60 per person, plus tax. Park admission is not required or included.

RESERVATIONS: Call 1-888-800-5447 or visit BuschGardens.com. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to participate.

Busch Gardens has also sent us a press release announcing the birth of another reticulated giraffe at the park!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomed a new baby female reticulated giraffe on Monday, January 27, 2011. At 6 foot, 2 inches tall and weighing approximately 176 pounds, the newborn is the calf of father, Jafari and mother, Cupid. This is Jafari’s second calf, and cupid’s fifth.

This new addition brings the park’s reticulated giraffe population to 19. Exactly one month to the day before this most recent birth, another female in the herd, Tesa, gave birth to Jafari’s first calf, which was also female.

The new mother and baby are currently in an area out of guest view so they can be closely monitored by zoo staff to ensure the baby is nursing and growing properly. The duo will join the other animals on the Serengeti Plain in about three months.

A reticulated giraffe’s gestation period is approximately 15 months, and the new baby will nurse for about one year. This birth is part of a successful long-term breeding program at Busch Gardens. The term “reticulated” refers to the giraffe’s net-like pattern of spots.

Busch Gardens’ 65-acre Serengeti Plain is a naturalistic habitat featuring a diverse population of free-roaming African animals including giraffe, zebra, white rhinoceros, eland antelope and several other species of hoof stock and birds.

You can view these amazing animals from the Serengeti Express, the Skyride or on a Serengeti Safari, an open-truck tour during which you can hand-feed reticulated giraffes and get up-close with the other animals on the plain.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:00 pm

That Iceploration show looks as good as a Cirque de Soleil show.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:19 pm

I've been hearing Iceploration is a great show! One of the greatest shows Busch Gardens has had. They added Cheetah Hunt, new Animal Care center, attempted to fix Gwazi, and might even have a drop tower coming in the future. This park has really turned this place around :b

New Baby Giraffe

Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:01 pm

The giraffe is just perfect and what better picture than the love between the parent and the child.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:54 pm

Giraffes have blue tongues? :| :kiss: :)

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA) Discussion Thread

Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:08 pm

^^Please look at the thread before linking (or directing people) to an outside site. That same coverage supplied by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was posted one page earlier.

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