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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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Busch Gardens Tampa Project 2016 : Construction Update #3

Bring In The Construction Equipment!
 
We're back with installment number three of our "BGT Project 2016" Construction Update series. From our last visit to the construction site, work continues as land is leveled and steel pilings are being driven into the ground. For an updated look at the work site with over 10 pictures, be sure to check out our article in the area below.  
 
 
Since our last visit to the park, most of the piles of dirt and dug-up cement have since been removed from the project site, now displaying a level plot of land. Starting mid last week, steel pilings have started being driven into the ground to make way for the trenches that are scheduled to be constructed, as shown in the public blueprints uploaded to the Southwest Florida Water Management District's site.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In addition, a new public permit was filed with the City Of Tampa on April 15th mentioning "Construct new amusement building including electric, plumbing, and Mechanical". This strongly suggests that work could potentially expand further onto the Serengeti in order to construct this new attraction building. Unfortunately, there is no timeline as to when this phase of the project construction may begin.
 
 
Back at the construction site, comical additions advising guests what not to do have been added to the construction walls surrounding the project area. Also, the construction walls on the Crown Colony Café balcony have also been extended. 
 
 
 
A formal construction site entrance has been made on McKinley Drive, just outside Busch Gardens' main parking lot exit. This service entrance will most likely be used to transport machinery as well as supplies for the project. 
 

 



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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Busch Gardens Tampa Project 2016 : Construction Update #2

Work Continues On Busch Gardens Tampa's Rumored 2016 Attraction
 
We're back with the second installment of our "Project 2016 BGT" construction update series. From our last visit to the construction site, many changes have occurred! For a detailed construction update with over 10 pictures & up-to-date information, be sure to check out our blog post below.
 
 
First and foremost, new construction barriers have been erected near the Cheetah Hunt railroad crossing into Edge Of Africa. This is mainly to hide the dug-up railroad tracks and piles of dirt that lie beyond the construction barriers.
 
 
 
Moving into Edge Of Africa, more construction vehicles are now becoming visible. Several large trucks as well as a backhoe are now visible inside the green fenced in area. 
 
 
According to our sources, the green fenced in area pictured below was built in order to keep curious critters away from the active project site. Currently, this particular area is being used for equipment and material storage. Specification wise, the green fenced in area spans across 7 acres of Busch Gardens' Serengeti Plain, however only 1 acre of the pictured area will be taken up for the 2016 attraction.
 
 
Looking beyond the construction walls and moving closer to the active project site, piles of dirt now occupy the space of the former Edge Of Africa guest walkway leading towards the Egypt area of the park. The decommissioned Egypt Train station still remains standing, but not for long as demolition remains a very likely possibility at this point in time. 
 
 
 
Moving towards the Crown Colony Restaurant, some unique views of the 2016 attraction construction site are visible from this area of the park.
 
 
 
 
 
That's it for this 2016 Busch Gardens Tampa Project update! We hope you enjoyed tagging along with us as we explored the 2016 Attraction site. For the latest coverage of Busch Gardens Tampa and the 2016 Attraction construction progress, we invite you to follow us on the following social media platforms. 
 
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