Top Secrets at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’re coming to the end of my secret stories on the parks but before we go, we’ll take a look at Busch Gardens. Just like at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens cater for everyone! It’s probably the best park for thrill seekers and animal lovers! Although it’s about an hours drive from the other parks, it’s so worth it!

The thrill seekers have so many coasters at Busch Gardens including Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba, Scorpion an the new Cobra’s Curse! Could you want anymore coasters in one park?! You’ve also got Congo River Rapids and Stanley Falls to cool you down with a bit of a splash too.


For all you animal lovers, Busch Gardens give you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful animals in some once in a lifetime opportunities. Walkabout Way is just like being in Australia with all of the kookaburras, kangaroos and wallabies. Not only that but you can also hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies! Be sure to check out the feeding times in the morning when you enter the parks.


Serengeti Safari is a well known attraction at Busch Gardens but a lot of people still don’t know that there is an amazing feature on this safari where you can hand feed giraffes! That’s right..they will come over to you on your safari truck and eat right out of your hands!


Over at Jungala you can see some the most breathtaking endangered animals such as Bengal tigers and orangutans. You can even soar through the trees on Jungle Flyer. If you enter Jungala from the bridge and look closely at the water rocks you’ll see the word ‘Jungala’! 😉

Just to show you even more of the care that they take over their animals, their Animal Care Centre is right inside the action in the park. You can go into the centre at any time of day (inside park opening hours of course) and if you’re there at the right time, you might even be able to watch the treatment. This could be anything from an x-ray to surgery!


Busch Gardens really is an incredible park that you will never forget!

Sadly, we have come to the end of our secrets but be sure to let us know of anything else that you find on your holidays!

Smiles Included…


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Busch Gardens 3rd Annual Food and Wine Festival

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Food, wine, animals and rides – I personally can’t think of a better combination.. Well, as long as the animals aren’t drinking the wine and you don’t go on a ride straight after eating 😉

Busch Gardens annual Food and Wine festival will be on every Saturday and Sunday from the 4th March until the 30th April. The festival area will be open from midday until 9pm and the headline concerts will start at 7pm. The whole 9 week festival will be jam packed with chart topping artists and enough food and drink to keep even the hungriest of people satisfied.



‘From family-friendly animal encounters and crafts to festival games and live entertainment, the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival is filled with exciting experiences around the park that pair perfectly with your culinary adventures.’

Loads of huge names will be taking centre stage each weekend and the headliners will begin at 7pm over on Gwazi Field. Some of the many artists include:

  • Sat 4th March – Daughtry
  • Sun 5th March – Andy Grammer
  • Sat 11th March – Goo Goo Dolls
  • Sun 12th March – Kool & The Gang
  • Sat 18th March – Young the Giant
  • Sun 19th March – Jason Isbell & John Hiatt Trio
  • Sat 25th March – NBC’s The Voice finalists Craig Wayne Boyd & Adam Wakefield
  • Sun 26th March – El Gran Combo
  • Sat 1st April – DNCE
  • Sun 2nd April – Walk Off The Earth
  • Sun 9th April – Daya and Matt Nathanson
  • Sun 16th April – Newsboys
  • Sat 22nd April – Gilberto Santa Rosa
  • Sun 3rd April – Lynyrd Skynyrd


Here’s just a snippet of what food and beverage is going to be on offer..  duck tacos, lobster ravioli, bacon mac & cheese, brown sugar rubbed pork belly, banana foster panna cotta, gator bites, and cabernet-filled chocolates – as well as an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. YUM!!

Don’t forget that this great event is included with your admission ticket for Busch Gardens – food and beverages are not included and will be available at extra fee’s.

So if you’re heading on down to Busch Gardens between the 4th March – 30th April then make sure you don’t miss out on this four senses masterpiece – my mouth’s watering just at the thought!

Smiles Included,


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POV Video Of Busch Gardens Cobra’s Curse

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Busch Gardens Cobra’s Curse opened this month and is getting lots a really positive reviews. The family spinning coaster is a great addition to a park that already boasts some of Florida’s best thrill rides including SheiKra, Falcons Fury and Montu.

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Today we were given access to this awesome POV video of Cobra’s Curse, check it out and let us know what you think.

Are you ready to take a spin on Cobra’s Curse?

You can purchase Busch Gardens Tickets directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included


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Today Busch Gardens Tampa Unveils Cobra’s Curse

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today is the day you can take a spin on Busch Gardens new multi directional coaster Cobra’s Curse, the parks first spinning attraction is aimed at families and features an 80 foot tall Snake icon!


The ride was open to the media last week and first reviews have been extremely positive;



Cobra’s Curse Facts

Maximum Speed: 40 mph

Ride Length: More than 2,100 feet of track, 70 total track segments

Ride Duration: More than three and a half minutes

Seats: Up to 8 trains at a time, with 8 riders per train

Height Requirement: 48 inches to ride alone, 42 inches with parent or guardian

Ride Experience: The Cobra’s Curse ride experience unfolds in chapters: First, you will be facing forward for the first third of the ride and then be turned backwards for the second segment. Finally, for the final third of the ride, you’ll free spin into frenzy.

Queue Line: The air-conditioned queue line features an exhibit with live snakes, interactive elements and projection mapping technology to tell the story of the Snake King.

Snake Icon: 30,000 lb. in weight, 80-feet tall, Four-foot-long fangs, Three-foot-wide eyes.

This massive structure was constructed of nine stackable pieces. It has an internal steel spine and an outer shell composed of carved foam and fiberglass.

First Vertical Lift: The first experience on this ride is a lift that is one of a kind! This vertical lift functions in a similar way to an outdoor elevator and will take riders up in their coaster car to put them face- to-fang with the 80-foot Snake King.

Second Vertical Lift: The three-and-a-half-minute ride will also feature a second inclined lift that positions riders or the free-spin finale of the ride.

Location: Egypt area of Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay

You can purchase Busch Gardens Tampa Tickets directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets. If you’re heading to the park today please let us know what you thought.

Smiles included…


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Busch Gardens Tampa Confirms Cobra’s Curse Opening Date

Hey Thrill Seekers,

On the day SeaWorld’s new hyper coaster Mako makes its debut their sister park Busch Gardens has an announcement of its own.


Busch Gardens Tampa’s highly anticipated new multidirectional spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse, will open on Friday 17 June.

Cobra’s Curse Striking Facts:

  • One-of-a-kind spin coaster features a menacing 30,000-pound snake king icon and a 70-foot vertical lift that will take riders within inches of its 3 foot-wide eyes and 4-foot-long fangs.
  • During the three-and-a-half-minute ride, the coaster trains speed along at 40 mph down 2,100 feet of serpentine-like track, travelling backward, forward and then spinning freely.
  • Guests will experience a new spin with each ride. Each train spins randomly, with frequency and direction determined by the rider weight distribution.
  • The ride’s air-conditioned queue naturally fuels guests’ adrenaline with an immersive themed experience and a state-of-the-art snake exhibit featuring four exotic snake species. Guests will observe some of the world’s most feared and often misunderstood, vipers.
  • Riders must be 48 inches to ride, or 42 inches with a parent or guardian.

Check out this video announcing the date;

With the additional of Cobra’s Curse along with Falcons Fury, SheiKra, Cheetah Hunt, Montu and Kumba is there a better park for thrills in Florida?????? I think the answer is NO…

You can buy Busch Garden’s Tampa Tickets at Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…


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Day 5 – Busch Gardens Tampa

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Louise is continuing her visual diary while on holiday using the Orlando Attraction Tickets App, specifically the Snap feature which allows users to take a picture, filter it add an awesome caption and then share it among friends and families. You can use this new power for good or for evil (make your friends extremely jealous).

Day 5 for Louise saw her head down to Tampa to visit my favourite park, Busch Gardens. Louise was the second member of OAT to visit Busch Gardens since they added Falcon’s Fury the 335ft face first drop tower.

The first member of Orlando Attraction Tickets to visit last year, lost her battle against Falcons Fury and ended up crying like a baby. You can read about that here. I’m delighted to report that Louise is made of sterner stuff and not only conquered Falcon’s Fury she also managed to send us an awesome video as proof. (we’ll be posting this on our facebook page at a later date.)


After a hard day beating Falcon’s Fury Louise headed down to Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) for a meal at Planet Hollywood, she took advantage of one of our Smile Alerts and got preferential seating…

You can download the app by searching Orlando Attraction Tickets in the app store or by clicking here.

Smiles included…


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Christmas Town Returns to Busch Gardens Tampa!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Recently I became a hate figure in the industry for being one of the first to blog about Christmas, even though we are barely into September!  See post regarding Universal Orlando Resort Holiday Line up

Not that I like the abuse but I fear I am going to add to it now as Busch Gardens have just announced that Christmas Town will be returning this year too!


Here’s what their release said…

The Tampa Bay area’s biggest Christmas celebration returns to Busch Gardens Tampa this holiday season.

Christmas Town™ will take place 20 selects dates between Nov. 27 through Dec. 31.  New this year, the cheer keeps going until 10 p.m. every event night. The event is included with park admission.

Christmas Town creates beautiful family traditions for guests as Busch Gardens is transformed into a holiday wonderland with more than a million twinkling lights, Christmas entertainment, live music, festive treats and holiday shopping.

The park will be filled with cheery surprises including Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®, where guests can meet the big man himself as he takes a break from his busy holiday schedule to take photos with families in his private study.

Although it is early to post about Christmas I have to say that Busch Gardens Christmas Town is one of those events that give ‘s you as nice warm feeling inside!

If you are lucky enough to be in Orlando at that time then there is still plenty of time to grab a ticket for Christmas Town. Just head over to our sponsor for details.

Access to Christmas Town is included within the following tickets;


Smiles Included…



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Busch Gardens Tampa Set To Announce Cobra’s Curse Tomorrow?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are on a bit of a roll when it comes to announcements, earlier we reported on SeaWorld’s big announcement regarding their Mako Coaster and now we’re getting reports that Busch Gardens will be making an annoucement tomorrow regarding their own new attraction….

Our sources have told us it will be called Cobra’s Curse, and will be a family, spinning coaster with a vertical lift of 80 feet.



We should know more tomorrow but we’re looking at a 2016 opening date. I’ll keep you updated when Busch Gardens release more info.

Smiles included…




Something New Is Coming To Busch Gardens Next Year

Hey Thrill Seekers,

2015 has started pretty quietly when it come to theme park news but perhaps its about to pick up a little bit. Yesterday we reported on the announcement of the World’s tallest drop tower being built on International Drive today we’re hearing news that Busch Gardens has a new attraction in the pipelines.

When I first heard this news I assumed it was an attraction to replace Gwazi which officially closed at the beginning of this month however reports seem to suggest that the new attraction will be found in the parks Egyptian themed area and is scheduled for a 2016 start date.


A Busch Gardens Tampa spokesman confirmed that they were indeed planning a new attraction but stated that even they don’t know exactly what its going to be. What we do know at the moment is that Busch Gardens filed an environmental resource permit with the Tampa Bay regional water authority which has lead to speculation that is could be a water ride however I’m pretty sure most expansions or builds have to have the water authorities approval in that part of Florida.

The permit includes removal of more than 28,000 square feet of existing concrete paving and the expansion of the existing museum building by almost 12,000 square feet. It also appears that a section of the Serengeti Railway will be moved.

Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets when we hear news like this we like to have a little guess at what it could be, the overall opinion is that perhaps it will be some kind of 3D experience think, Spiderman at Universal. Busch Gardens is known for its amazing thrill rides so perhaps they’ll be looking to make something slightly more family (young children) orientated.

However your guess is as good as ours… we’ll keep you posted when we know more.

Smiles included…




Check Out The Winning Captions From Our Recent Facebook Competition

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yesterday saw the end of our Falcon’s Fury caption competition. We had tons of entries via our facebook page below are the 5 that were voted the best by the Orlando Attraction Tickets staff.







Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to those who weren’t picked. We plan to do some more competitions via our facebook page, so better luck next time 🙂

Smiles included…