Sean: Weekdays are great days to visit Busch Gardens Tampa, and so we wound up there. No queues, all coasters were operating, and the weather was gorgeous. In this update we’ll feature our experiences along with a Tigris construction update. The new Premier Sky Rocket II coaster is coming along nicely!
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Our priority is Kumba, always. So upon arrival, that’s the first ride we headed to. Running only one train, it actually had a healthy 15 minute queue in the afternoon, worth waiting for of course. Morning rides equal empty trains, so we got a nice amount of re-rides in!
The gorgeous 1993 B&M coaster inspired the layout of many that came after, but none are as compact and lovely as Kumba, in my opinion. It’s a bit of a hike, but you can marathon this ride nicely if you get there when it opens.
SheiKra too was running like a dream, we’re back row people for airtime reasons. Besides we love the integration of this B&M Dive Machine with the surrounding midway, the station’s usage of bridges is neat too!
On our way over to Cheetah Hunt via the Sky Ride, we were reminded that Rhino Rally was ever a thing. I think a modern version, or any sort of Safari themed ride would make for a great future replacement. Not ’til Gwazi 2.0 of course.
Off-ride this coaster is as much of an attraction as it is on-ride. It’s always a pleasure riding this coaster, though its lack of intensity for the majority of the layout ranks the ride rather low amongst the park’s coasters for me.
Now let’s get to the juicy parts! Tigris construction! The #TakeOnTigris construction wall is thematically very appropriate and gives some great insights into the park’s newest attraction. Tigris is a multi-launch coaster that is a copy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Tempesto. Great thing about Tigris is its location and theme, which is perfect for the area that it will be located in.
The station and launch track have been placed already, this happened earlier this week. Rumor has it that the park is planning on opening the coaster early Spring, as early as March perhaps. We can certainly hope for that time frame to be reality.
The Tidal Wave queue is still perfectly in tact, it’s shaded, and in my opinion would make for a very nice Tigris queue. It’s hidden away, large enough to house a healthy queue, and is just a few feet from where the coaster is being built.
Thank you for checking out this Busch Gardens Tampa report! Stay tuned for SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, and Legoland Florida reports coming your way soon.
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