Thursday, May 28, 2015

Special Edition : Cobra's Curse Media Event Recap!

Busch Gardens Confirms 2016 Attraction As "Cobra's Curse"
 
Big news out of Busch Gardens Tampa this morning! The unnamed 2016 attraction we've been covering for the past three months has finally been confirmed by park officials as "Cobra's Curse"! After much speculation within the theme park community, Busch Gardens Tampa finally confirmed the 2016 attraction at a media conference held at the park on May 28th. For a complete report from the media event with video, be sure to check out our coordinating article filled with tons of information regarding Cobra's Curse!
 
~Cobra's Curse Media Event Recap~
 
On May 28, 2015, members of the media were invited to Busch Gardens Tampa for a special announcement regarding their 2016 attraction. Within the days leading up to the announcement, several clues regarding the 2016 attraction surfaced. The clues hinted at a serpentine like theme and name for the ride. A publicly filed trademark request for the name "Cobra's Curse" surfaced, as well as the following concept art hinting a serpentine theme for the ride.
 
 
 
On the day of the event, we were greeted at the gates of Busch Gardens Tampa with a vile of dirt from the excavation dig site of the 2016 attraction. Once we moved inside the park, several members of Busch Gardens' Zoo Education team were stationed around the walkways holding various snakes.
 
 


 
After our walk to the attraction site, we were greeted by our excavation guide as well as Kelly Hornick, Marketing Manager & Consumer Activation Lead for Busch Gardens Tampa!
 
 
 
Once we entered the former Tut's Tomb attraction, several pieces of unique concept art were on display.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

After taking a look at the concept art, we made our way to the presentation area where we waited for the start of the announcement. For a complete video of the 2016 attraction announcement, be sure to check out our video below!
 
 
 
After the official announcement from Jim Dean and Mike Denninger, members of the media were invited to explore the parameters of the construction site as well as interview park executives. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Busch Gardens Tampa Project 2016 : Construction Update #6

New Railroad Tracks & More Ride Footings!
 
We're back with installment number six in our "BGT Project 2016" construction update series. Since our last visit to the park, work steadily continues at the construction site of Busch Gardens' 2016 attraction, with visible progress on the installation of the new Serengeti Railway tracks, and the appearance of more ride footings near the center of the construction site. For the latest details and 10 new pictures, be sure to check out our latest construction update in the area below. 
 
The installation process has finally begun on the brand new railroad tracks spanning between the Cheetah Hunt Plaza and the decommissioned Egypt train station. The layout of the railroad tracks has been slightly altered, now veering slightly towards the left from its former course. In addition, the railroad crossing pathways under construction in the previous weeks have since been paved over, now revealing a brand new product.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
More ride footings have appeared near the center of the work site, with workers preparing the surrounding area for the bridge that the Serengeti Express will pass over. Another concrete slab has been poured in the center of the work site, which will likely be the future site of a pedestrian railroad crossing.
 
 
 
In other news, Busch Gardens Tampa has recently filed a permit to copyright the name "Cobra's Curse". While this is likely the rumored name for the 2016 attraction, details have not been finalized and the park has not confirmed anything at this time. Remember, this name is tentative and subject to change at any given time. 
 
 
The park has however invited members of the media to attend a special presentation on May 28th, 2015, to reveal more details regarding the 2016 attraction. For complete event coverage from May 28th's media event, be sure to give us a follow on Twitter @TheBGTBuzz!
 
That's all for this construction update! With numerous logged visits to the "BGT Project 2016" work site, no other site has more #Project2016BGT coverage than The BGT Buzz!
 
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Busch Gardens Tampa Project 2016 : Construction Update #5

Mack Rides To Build Busch Gardens Tampa's 2016 Attraction?
 
We're back with installment number five in our "BGT Project 2016" construction update series. Since our last visit to the construction site this past weekend, more ride footers have appeared on the eastern side of the work site, and plumbing work has begun near the Edge Of Africa Construction wall. While the park hasn't confirmed what type of attraction will be coming to the park, The BGT Buzz strongly believes that Mack Rides will be building the attraction. Our claim is strongly supported by one of our photos taken at the construction site this past weekend. For the latest details and over 15 pictures from the construction site, be sure to check out our latest construction update in the area below.
 
 
Over at the construction site, crews have been hard at work preparing for the installation of a new pipeline & sewage irrigation system, as mentioned in the publicly filed blueprints with the SWFWMD. Throughout our visit to the project site, we were able to see crews excavating pipes from the existing irrigation system.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visible from the Crown Colony Café balcony, more ride footings have appeared on the eastern side of the construction site. Workers were spotted installing these new ride footings in addition to the existing ride footings on the western side of the construction site near the Montu rollercoaster. Be sure to check out our (previous update) to see those pictures.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Over by the Cheetah Hunt walkway leading into the Edge Of Africa, construction walls have nearly enveloped the walkway, providing guests with little room to maneuver around the obstruction. Behind the walls, the railway crossing that also serves as a guest walkway has been completely excavated. Crews are also working on irrigation systems in this area of the construction site as well. 
 
 
To address our previous claim: We strongly believe that German based ride manufacturer, Mack Rides, will be building Busch Gardens Tampa's 2016 attraction. Pending further review on an image taken by The BGT Buzz on 5/2/2015 at the construction site of BGT Project 2016, we came across a wooden box with a white shipping label attached to the side with the words "MACK" printed in black lettering. Therefore, this leads us to our claim. Remember, the park hasn't made an official announcement at this time, making this only a speculation until it is confirmed by the park.
 
To give our readers a better view, we've included our original photo, pictured first, followed by the zoomed in image, followed by the logo of Mack Rides.
 
 
 
 
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Passmember Appreciation Event Coming To Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa recently released information regarding a brand new Passmember appreciation event coming to the park on select dates during the month of June. This event will likely be similar to the Passmember appreciation event they hosted last year called "Sidewalk Safari Nights'. For more information on this new event, be sure to check out our article.

 
 
Pass Members: 
 
Mark your calendars for a 2-weekend special event where you get to explore Busch Gardens in a way that most guests never get to experience. Enjoy your favorite thrill rides at night and get a special look inside our most popular shows. 

Plus, enjoy a fireworks celebration in your honor! 

June 12-13 & 19-20

 

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Check In:
Nairobi gate opens for Pass Members at 5:00 p.m. If you arrive early, remember to check in at Adventure Outpost before the event to receive your event wristband. Pass Members must present their active Busch Gardens® Tampa 1-year, 2-year or Platinum Pass to receive their wristband for entry to the event.


Special Offers During the Event:
  • Buy one, get one free entrees at Dragon Fire Grill, Zagora Café, Crown Colony® Café, Garden Gate Café, Zambia Smokehouse and Bengal Bistro. Good for one time use per Pass Member per day.
  • Buy one, get one 50% off Pass Member exclusive pins
  • Buy one, get one 50% off 6x8 photo prints
  • Double your discount on wheelchair and stroller rentals

Show Schedule:

Nightly fireworks show
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Best viewing location: Gwazi™ Field, opening at 9:00 p.m.


Meet the Trainers at Opening Night Critters
See a training session with some of the biggest stars from Busch Gardens’ newest live stage show, Opening Night Critters, only in Pantopia™ Theater.  From marabou storks and crown cranes to dogs and cats, guests will see what goes in to working with these talented animals. Plus, hang around after the session for a Q&A with the trainers! 
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Location: Pantopia™ Theater


Behind-the-Scenes at Iceploration®
Learn how world-class skaters, larger-than-life puppets, costume designers and talented animal stars come together to bring our biggest ice show ever to life.
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Location: Moroccan Palace Theater


Also, enjoy special showings of:
  • Motor City Groove in Marrakesh Theater at 8:30 p.m.
  • Plus, DJs and music throughout the park

Meet the Stars:

Meet-and-greet and autograph session with The Wildlife Docs®
Meet the stars of our hit TV show, The Wildlife Docs®, and get up-close and personal with some of your favorite animal ambassadors, too.
Location: Animal Care Center

Learn more about the animals you love during:
  • Special animal ambassador appearances in Nairobi
  • Meet the care staff at the tiger and elephant habitats
 
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Busch Gardens Tampa Project 2016 : Construction Update #4

Rise Of The Ride Footers!
 
Were back with installment number four in our "BGT Project 2016" construction update series. Work progresses at the construction site of Busch Gardens Tampa's newest attraction, with visible progress being made on the "S" shaped trench and the start of construction on the ride footings. For an updated look at the project site with some exclusive pictures and information, be sure to check out our article in the area below.    
 
 
First and foremost, the construction walls leading into the Edge Of Africa from the Cheetah Hunt Plaza have been expanded, significantly narrowing the existing walkway. Behind the construction walls, work is being done on the railway lines that cross over onto the pedestrian walkway.
 
 

 
 
Moving towards the construction site itself, more steel pilings have been driven into the ground and are currently visible from the Edge Of Africa outlook. 
 
 

 
Over in the Egypt area of the park, the decommissioned train station still remains standing, now being used as a break area for construction workers.
 
 

Moving towards the Montu rollercoaster, two new structures have now appeared. The first structure, pictured furthest to the left, seems to be a new rockwork structure that also houses some sort of pipe or irrigation system. The structure to the right of that seems to be a newly cemented area, possibly for electrical housing.
 
 

  
Some interesting views of the project site can be seen from a higher vantage point. You can now clearly see the ride footings we mentioned earlier.
 
 

 
 
 
Visible from the Crown Colony Café balcony, an entire overview of the project site can be seen. You can now clearly see the steel pilings that were being driven into the ground throughout the past weeks.  
 
 
After some "digging", one of our sources brought some very interesting information to our attention. Our source noticed that the shape of the steel pilings driven into the ground very much resembles a certain element in the publicly filed blueprints with the SWFWMD. If you look closely, the "S" shape formed by the steel pilings is depicted in the blueprints within the yellow highlighted area. This now gives us a definite advantage & point-of-view as to where other elements of this project might be constructed! In addition, more foliage has been cleared from this area of the construction site, now revealing what seems to be more ride footings on the eastern side of the steel pilings. 
 
 
 
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