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Postby LaughingBird » Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:15 pm

The announcement /media event for the Congo project is September 6th. I already saw a commercial, and it is more animal based, with some 2 family friendly rides.
The commercial didn't have much detail, but the animal displays are cutting edge.

So check the media on the 6th!

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Postby Johnny Upsidedown » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:33 pm

Here are the latest construction photos from thursday the 30th.
http://www.johnnyupsidedown.com/eventBGT17.html
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Postby alpengeist04 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 3:46 pm

I see quite a bit has been done, since the last pictures I saw. ...and I really like the tiger. Thanks for the pics.

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Postby Homer » Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:01 pm

^^Mmm, thanks for the pics Johnny, at least I'm finally seeing some real progress other than sifting dirt mounds for the past 8 months.

Can't wait for the announcement! :b
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Postby Johnny Upsidedown » Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:08 pm

A lot of work has happened lately. Figured I got enough angles of the work that it was worth adding to my collection, photos other then dirt any way. There is a lot of other ground work for what I am thinking is a water display with fountains cant be seen along the train line at least in the photos. It will be interesting to see how BGT is going to put the whole area together.

The announcement can be viewed on webcast here if you are so interested.

http://www.buschgardens.com/BGT/bgt_webcast.aspx
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Postby coastrfreak2000 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:08 pm

I think it's pretty obvious now that it's going to be new animal exhibits. I'm still hoping there's going to be a new flat, though.

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Postby Johnny Upsidedown » Sat Sep 01, 2007 4:18 pm

From this photo http://www.johnnyupsidedown.com/events07/bt1a.jpg
The closest whole in the ground is probably going to be a baby tiger exhibit area. The building is maybe a tiger exhibit area and maybe a look into mothers and babies in an inclosed exhibit. The other side of the closest building is the original tiger pit which has been redone. IN the back, the steel structure probably will have the glide line flyer ride and some sort of up and down ride. There also be the reamergence of the orangotang in the area. This structure http://www.johnnyupsidedown.com/events07/bt7a.jpg toward the back of the work area probably is going to be the new orangotange exhibit. Anyway just a guess on everything but it seems logical. All in all its going to be new and unique and cant wait to see what BGT is up to.

All thought I always want new coasters. It is interesting to see what ideas and rides parks come up with.
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Busch Gardens Africa announces Jungala!

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:05 am

9/6/2007
JUNGLES OF THE WORLD COME TOGETHER

September 6, 2007 (Tampa, FL) – With a nearly 50-year history of caring for animals and the environment, Busch Gardens is creating the park’s newest adventure – an exotic jungle where discovery and exploration invite guests to connect with the world around them.

In spring 2008, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Jungala – its newest and most ambitious park enhancement project to date. Set in the Congo area, the 4-acre attraction will invite guests to discover exotic creatures, explore a village hidden deep in the jungle and connect with the inhabitants of the lush landscape through up-close animal interactions, multi-story family play areas, rides and live entertainment.

Towering trees, cascading waterfalls, flowing waterways and elaborate stone structures shape the landscape to transport guests out of their modern-day lives into a mythical place where the inhabitants – both human and animal – live in complete harmony with nature.

From atop the tallest trees or beneath the jungle floor, guests will be completely immersed in the animals’ world. Multi-tiered habitats allow visitors to connect with two of the world’s most endangered species – Bengal tigers and orangutans. Treetop observation platforms are the perfect vantage point to watch orangutans within their family groups or resting in a specially designed treehouse. Subterranean caves and underwater windows offer a clear view of tigers swimming in their temperature-controlled plunge pool, while natural bridges and bamboo screens bring guests closer to these exotic predators than ever before. Acrobatic gibbons, flying foxes and mysterious tomistomas also make this exotic rainforest home.

In the jungle clearing, the village is anchored by a centerpiece 35-foot rock formation towering above its pathways. Stiltwalkers will parade throughout the village, highlighting the beauty and grace of the colorful jungle flora and fauna with elaborate costumes representing birds, frogs and even the trees themselves.

Two signature rides add to the excitement of Jungala: a zip line experience offers three different flight patterns above the tree tops for young adventurers and another ride launches guests up above a towering waterfall. A 3-story family climbing area allows visitors to ascend through the tree canopy on rope bridges to explore the different layers of jungle life, and a children’s water-play area allows even the youngest explorers to interact with the environment.

Jungala also will offer two new dining options for Busch Gardens guests. The Bengal Bistro, a newly remodeled version of the popular Vivi Restaurant, and the all-new Orang Café will offer seasonal entrées, salads and sandwiches, premium snacks and expanded childrens’ menus for hungry explorers of all ages.

More details will be announced as the new park area nears completion.

For more information on Busch Gardens Africa, call 1-888-800-5447 or visit www.buschgardens.com

Straight from Busch's press page, it sounds pretty exciting to me!
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The opportunity to have a close encounter with many different animals is at the core of the Jungala concept.
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The waterfall-themed drop ride
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The children's area of the land is looking like it will keep the young ones entertained!
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An overview of Jungala
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Postby BeemerBoy » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:45 am

This sounds absolutely incredible. I'm actually more thrilled about this than another coaster installation right now.
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Postby resonancej » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:56 am

Am I the only one not excited by this? I need to see how this pans out before I'm sold. I don't have the greatest faith in BGA to pull this off.

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