Busch Gardens Tampa: General Discussion

MakoMania

TS Member
Everyone I talk to these days seems to have a scoop on BGT 2024.

Intamin LSM Launch coaster of some form seems almost nailed on at this point (obviously everyone could be entirely wrong, but I have no reason to be massively doubtful as sources have been reliable in the past), but I am also hearing 90-100+mph, 300+ft.

Who knows, could be total rubbish, but it's just what I'm hearing.
 

Brad97

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Montu
Wasn't the rumour for 2024 a GCI in Jungala? Feel like that would suit the park better right now, but I wouldn't say no to an Intamin of that size.
 

MakoMania

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Wasn't the rumour for 2024 a GCI in Jungala? Feel like that would suit the park better right now, but I wouldn't say no to an Intamin of that size.
That was a real project but I think it has been delayed or cancelled. I think the feeling was that BGT had enough family friendly coasters with Cheetah Hunt, Cobra's Curse, Scorpion, & Sand Serpent already and they really wanted a statement ride instead.

Zachary who runs BGWFans hinted at Iron Gwazi being only the beginning of a much bigger plan for BGT. My hunch is that SEAS want BGT and BGW to emulate the success of Cedar Point but on a more year-round basis.
 

Maelstrom

TS Member
Everyone I talk to these days seems to have a scoop on BGT 2024.

Intamin LSM Launch coaster of some form seems almost nailed on at this point (obviously everyone could be entirely wrong, but I have no reason to be massively doubtful as sources have been reliable in the past), but I am also hearing 90-100+mph, 300+ft.

Who knows, could be total rubbish, but it's just what I'm hearing.
I Imagine if true something like a taller version of Pantheon.
 

Austin Towers

TS Member
Busch is one of my favourite parks but most non enthusiast UK folk I talk to that have been to Orlando didn't visit Busch. It also showed last year when we there in early December and everything was walk on yet Disney, Universal and SeaWorld were rammed.

Does it need to market itself better to drag people away from Orlando or is it just poor transport links / too far to drive for most.

The proposed Brightline Orlando to Tampa high speed train might help though I'm not sure how close any station would be to Busch.
 

Burbs

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Iron Gwazi
Busch is one of my favourite parks but most non enthusiast UK folk I talk to that have been to Orlando didn't visit Busch. It also showed last year when we there in early December and everything was walk on yet Disney, Universal and SeaWorld were rammed.

Does it need to market itself better to drag people away from Orlando or is it just poor transport links / too far to drive for most.

The proposed Brightline Orlando to Tampa high speed train might help though I'm not sure how close any station would be to Busch.
I think the issue is there’s already that much to do in Orlando, it’s difficult to squeeze everything in to a 2 week trip anyway. (I say 2 week as this seems to be about the average time folks spend out there.) The amount of non-enthusiasts who will go to Orlando solely to visit Disney OR Universal and don’t consider anything else seems to be quite high. Why would you travel so far out your way for what is - on paper - just a few more coasters on top of what you’re already getting in Orlando?

From a financial point of view, if you’re paying for a 2 week Disney/Universal/both ticket, I can appreciate people wanting to get every penny’s worth out of it, and not bothering with another theme park that’s miles out the way and will come with a surcharge.
 

Austin Towers

TS Member
Falcons Fury has been closed now for a long period due to mechanical issues. Rumour is the future of Mach Tower at Busch Williamsburg is in question as it's not popular with guests.

Is the appetite for drop towers gone since the awful death of Tyre Sampson at ICON park?

I'm wondering will Falcons Fury ever reopen.
 
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