Busch Gardens Tampa’s Hard Hat Tour Of Falcons Fury

Hey Thrill Seekers,

One of the high! lights (see what I did there) of 2014 is set to be Falcons Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa. The face first drop ride is splitting families right down the middle… those who will and those who won’t ride this 335 ft beast!

For the past couple of weeks Busch Gardens has been running some media hard hat tours of Pantopia (formerly Timbuktu), the new land where Falcons Fury will be found. Today I’m able to show you a video sharing even more details about Pantopia and Falcons Fury.

So not only can we expect to ride (drop) Falcons Fury in Pantopia we can also expect a new live show called Night Critters featuring exotic pets and a few restaurants.

Some great facts to come out of the Hard Hat Tour were

  • Falcons Fury will drop you at 60 mph.
  • 32 riders in one drop.
  • 1000 horse power generated to run it.
  • 6000 bolts holding it together.
  • A million plus pounds of Steel used in construction.

But the thing that stuck with me most was this

When your at the top of this you’re actually looking down of SheiKra and SheiKra looks small!

SheiKra looks SMALL…SheiKra… *GULP*

Smiles included…



Interview With Nichola Parr – SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Good morning Thrill Seekers,

Today’s post continues our series of interviews with members of theBusch_Gardens_Tampa_logo theme park industry, to date we’ve posted interviews with Kelly Morris and Gavin Boswell both from Orlando Attraction Tickets and Nigel McShine-Jones of LEGOLAND Florida.

Nichola Parr, Sales Manager at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment came down to our offices last week and I managed to grab a bit of time with her to talk about 2013 and 2014. Nichola is one of our favourites in the theme park industry, bubbly, friendly and knowledgeable it was a real pleasure to sit down and speak with her, especially as her time is very scarce, straight after the interview she was off to Dublin for a trade show.

Name: Nichola Parr

Who do you work for?: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

What was 2013 like?: 2013 was a good year for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. We have seen strong performance for the Florida parks out of the UK and just recently the US reported record 4th quarter attendance across all of all parks. We opened Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin back in May and in June we released details of Falcons Fury at Busch Gardens and then just recently in November we confirmed the new ride set to open at Aquatica this spring – Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. So yeah there’s been a lot going on this year.

Your highlight of 2013?: Getting to see Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin when I escorted a trip for travel agents to Orlando in December. There were a lot of Orlando first timers on that trip too and it’s always great to see people react to our parks and the attractions for the first time. Makes you very proud!

Your Best Park 2013?: Busch Gardens has always been one of my favourite parks as I’m a big coaster and thrill ride fan. Also because it’s such a huge park, every time you go you tend to find something new to experience which has always been there, but you just haven’t seen or done it before.

Your Best Attraction 2013?: Being a coaster fan I’d have to say Manta at SeaWorld because there’s nothing else quite like it in Florida. And then SheiKra at Busch Gardens. Front row far left seat…..try it and you’ll know why.

In regards to Theme Parks, what are you most looking forward to in 2014?: There’s so much happening in Florida next year across all the theme parks but I think the most extreme will be the new drop tower at Busch Gardens – Falcon’s Fury, even the construction photos are terrifying!

Make a 2014 prediction…: 2014 will be the year of heights and lots of celebrations for the parks, with Busch Gardens and Aquatica set to open new big attractions and with SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary, so we are expecting to see another strong year. We have a great ticket offer available too, our 3-Park ticket is the same price as our 2-Park ticket throughout 2014 so it makes sense for anyone travelling out to Florida to go see all our parks. With the 50th Anniversary celebrations kicking off this Spring at SeaWorld there is going to be something new to see at all the parks included within that ticket.

I’d like to thank Nichola for taking the time to answer my questions. Reading back through I thought it was a great interview with some excellent and full answers.

I can wait to visit Busch Gardens Tampa and ride Falcon’s Fury, like Nic said “even the construction photos are terrifying!”

Smiles included…



Pantopia Is Busch Gardens New Land, Home Of Falcon’s Fury

Morning Thrill Seekers,

One of 2014 highlights is set to be Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa, a crazy drop ride where the “victim” is positioned horizontally 300ft in the air facing the ground then dropped at 60mph!!! I know I shouldn’t but I really can’t wait to sample this unique attraction.

Over the weekend Busch Gardens revealed that not only will Falcon’s Fury be opening up in 2014 but so will Pantopia! What’s Pantopia I hear you cry?

Well as Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean put it;

Pantopia will celebrate the spirit of animals, welcome adventurers from the four corners of the earth, explore ancient lore and display fantastic architecture. Guests will find multiple portals and doorways and learn about the legends that have drawn journeyers from around the world to Pantopia. Plus, family favorites like the Scorpion, Phoenix, Bush Flyers, Desert Runners and the Kiddie Train will return.

Pantopia is the new land that will house Falcon’s Fury and will replace the current land of Timbuktu. Along with their main attraction the new land will also boast elaborately-jeweled theming, new food and beverage options, entertainment, shopping, a renovated indoor theater and more.

Here’s Busch Gardens video explaining the change.

Along with video Busch Gardens also released these artists impression of how the land will look.


pantopia 1

pantopia 2

pantopia 3Can’t wait to check out the new land but mostly Falcon’s Fury!

Smiles included…




Busch Gardens Tampa Confirm Falcons Fury Drop Tower For 2014

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

Today Busch Gardens Tampa, as expected confirmed they will falcons furyindeed be adding a drop tower to their already impressive assortment of thrill rides.

The new ride, which is set to open in 2014 is to be called Falcon’s Fury and will drop the rider an impressive 350 feet at 60 mph, pretty exciting but nothing special…. the special bit… which has me super excited is the ride position!

Check out this video

Face first, 250 foot, 60 mph drop…. Now that’s a ride and a half.

What do you think?



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