We’re back with another Busch Gardens Tampa update. We have a few new things to share with you, including an update on the delayed Falcon’s Fury drop tower ride, some changes and additions, and information on a special passholder event.
Falcon’s Fury Delay
As you’re most likely aware of, the opening of Falcon’s Fury has been delayed as the park ran into an issue with the ride’s brake system as well as some other issues during testing. The park released the following statement on May 28:
Busch Gardens’ new thrill ride Falcon’s Fury includes first-of-its kind design elements, systems and parts. Due to a delay in the fabrication of key component parts, neither the manufacturer nor Busch Gardens are able to complete the lengthy testing processes needed to open the ride to the public. The safety of our guests and team members remains Busch Gardens’ top priority and none of these delays involve safety systems. The ride has been safely operated in the initial stages of the testing process, and all other elements of the park’s newest re-imagined land Pantopia are now open to guests. Busch Gardens will provide updates on the ride opening as events warrant. We are committed to delivering world-class thrills and the best possible ride experience, and we look forward to the launch of Falcon’s Fury, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, later this summer.
I’m glad the park is making safety its top priority and wants the ride to be 100% ready to go instead of just something “good enough” so they can get it open and then have something go wrong and guests and/or park employees getting injured. We’re keeping an eye on this one and once Busch Gardens announces a new opening date later this summer, we’ll share it with you right away.
In my last update, I reported about a new beverage location next to the Stanleyville train station (under the SheikRa roller coaster splashdown) called the Refresh Market, which sells a variety of Minute Maid lemonades and Peak iced teas. I forgot to get photos last time, so here they are now.
The Spice & Tea Exchange
Over at the new Painted Camel Bazaar in Pantopia, they recently added a section dedicated to loose-leaf teas, spices and more. They have an amazing variety to choose from! This section of the shop also smells incredible!
Rhino Rally is open again (it was closed and behind walls during my last visit to the park). I didn’t get a chance to ride, but this was probably just for routine maintenance with no major changes.
June Passholder Deal
Each month, Busch Gardens offers a special deal for passholders and the one for June is really good. The park is giving $10 in Busch Gardens Bucks, which can be used for dining, shopping or even the various tours the park offers! This offer is even offered for Fun Card holders. Some restrictions apply, and if you spend less than the $10, no change will be given. Passholders can claim their Busch Gardens Bucks by logging into the passholder area of the park’s website: http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/passmembers/?from=Top_Nav#tab85D81FA23A91411ABB3F3E9E3AAB3AE4
When you redeem your Busch Gardens Bucks at one of the self-serve ticket kiosks (either outside the main entrance by the tram stop or at locations throughout the park), you get two vouchers worth $5 each. This is a nice way to break it up so you can just spend $5 at a time instead of having to give up the whole $10 at once. The vouchers are good only the day they’re claimed though.
Passholder Appreciation Event
And if giving passholders $10 to spend in the park wasn’t enough, Busch Gardens is also holding special passholder appreciation nights called Sidwalk Safari Nights. The event will take place June 13-14 and June 20-21 from 7:30pm to 11:00pm each night. Again, this also includes Fun Card holders as well as regular 1 & 2 year and Platinum passholders. In addition to being able to check out some of the rides at night, passholders will be able to enjoy 20% off food and merchandise (double the normal 10% discount), meet various animal ambassadors and get special behind the scenes looks at two of the park’s shows (Iceploration and Burn the Floor: Untapped). To participate in Sidewalk Safari Nights, passholders just need to present their pass at the Nairobi Gate (near the Cheetah Hunt figure 8 tower) starting at 7:30pm on event nights. For more information, visit the Sidewalk Safari Nights page: http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/pages/sidewalksafarinights/
Around the Park
As always, let’s wrap things up with some photos from around this great park that’s just an hour away from Orlando.
That should do it for this update. Are you still excited about Falcon’s Fury despite the delay? Will you be checking out the passholder appreciation event? Let us know in the comments below!