NEW ROLLER COASTERS “IRON QWAZI” AND “ICE BREAKER” AMPLIFY THRILLS AT SEAWORLD AND BUSCH GARDENS

Orlando, Fla. (September 12, 2019) – Today, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay revealed details regarding NEW attractions coming to the parks in 2020. This marks the first time in four years that both parks have launched new coasters in the same year, in addition to a new water slide in Tampa. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Pass Members will be among the first to experience the new attractions.

 

Iron Gwazi – Opening Spring 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

A NEW legend is surfacing in 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with the evolution of Iron GwaziTM, North America’s tallest, and the fastest, and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, Iron Gwazi will be 206 feet tall, feature a 91-degree drop, and reach top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include three inversions and 12 airtime hills as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48” height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting thrill attraction that families can take on together.

 

“Iron Gwazi is the evolution of a classic wooden coaster into a modern icon,” said Stewart Clark, Park President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “From the bones of the original Gwazi, a new legend rises, reaching taller heights and faster speeds, delivering the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens.”

 

While elements of the former wooden attraction will be integrated into the new ride, the steel track and reimagined layout of Iron Gwazi present an entirely unique experience that tells a different story. Iron Gwazi will highlight the best of both worlds — the classic nostalgia of a wooden coaster and the bold innovation of a steel coaster. Thriving and adapting over millions of years, this evolutionary crossroad is perfectly represented in the crocodile, the largest living reptile and the animal inspiration for Iron Gwazi.

Solar Vortex – Opening Spring 2020 at Adventure Island

Spin and splash at Adventure Island on Solar VortexTM — America’s first dual-tailspin water slide.  This thrilling family raft slide combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features. Manufactured by Whitewater, Solar Vortex will also include three dynamic AquaLucent™ elements — harnessing the power of the Florida sun into colorful patterns that shine through the slide as riders reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Solar Vortex will be an electrifying new ride for families next year when it opens with the 2020 Adventure Island season.

 

Ice Breaker – Opening Spring 2020 at SeaWorld Orlando

Making its debut in spring 2020, riders will shiver through family friendly adventures on SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster: Ice Breaker™. Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot tall spike with 100-degree angle.

 

Located near the Wild Arctic Attraction, the ride’s theme is reflective of this area with a nod to Ice Breaker’s conservation partner, Alaska SeaLife Center. Primarily dedicated to marine research, education and wildlife response, the Alaska SeaLife Center mission matches closely to SeaWorld Orlando’s, making them a perfect partner to help educate riders about the Artic and its inhabitants.

 

“The Alaska SeaLife Center is excited to grow our partnership with SeaWorld.  For many years, SeaWorld has been a stalwart supporter of the Center, and particularly our Wildlife Response program,” said Tara L. Riemer, President and CEO of Alaska SeaLife Center. “We are grateful for SeaWorld’s contributions of funding and staff over the years to further our mission. This new collaboration will continue efforts to highlight Arctic rescue and conservation stories.”

 

The opening of Ice Breaker is the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio. From the roller coaster thrills of Mako, Manta and Kraken, to the water rapids of Infinity Falls and the flume fun of Journey to Atlantis, Ice Breaker joins the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience in Orlando.

 

Best value for Floridians – Enjoy all NEW rides with an Annual Pass!

With three ALL-NEW attractions to enjoy, there has never been a better time to be a SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Annual Pass Member. Upon the launch of each attraction, Pass Members will enjoy EXCLUSIVE RIDE TIME on Iron Gwazi, Ice Breaker and Solar Vortex.

For 2020, the best value for Floridians is the FOUR PARK PASS, which includes admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando. In addition to exciting NEW rides coming next spring, guests who purchase an annual pass today can enjoy fan-favorite events included with their park admission in Orlando and Tampa. In the fall, there’s Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends and Halloween Spooktacular. Then, as the holidays draw near, visitors can experience the magic of Christmas Town and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. And for culinary connoisseurs, the spring brings the Food &Wine Festival and the Seven Seas Food Festival to the parks. For pass holders, there’s something for everyone all year at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

If you are planning a trip to Florida and plan on visiting either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens, please contact local discount theme park ticket vendor, The Official Ticket Center for the best rates on discount SeaWorld tickets or discount Busch Gardens tickets. They are locally owned and operated and have been in business of over 20 years and are even able to email your tickets to you.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Florida Set to Show it’s Wine and Food Side

If you have never been to Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida, now is the time to make that trip. Starting March 3rd and running through until April 24th, Busch Gardens is rolling out the red carpet to some of the most top rated musical entertainers this planet has ever heard! To add greatness to this entertainment, Busch Gardens is pairing up the music with elegant wines and delicious food! Reports are that they are going to have at least 11 food cabins, 65 plus wines to chose from and at least 50 plus craft beer companies serving up some deliciousness!

Throw all of this together in one of the country’s most beautiful theme parks and you have absolute awesomeness! If you are staying in Orlando, SeaWorld Parks offers free daily bus service to Busch Gardens. They have multiple pickup locations around the attractions area and one of them is sure to be somewhere close to where you’re staying. If a all nighters is in order for this day visit, I would recommend a hotel close to the park, somewhere on Fowler Ave. Uber is my default transportation cab company when I am wineing, dining and listening to sweet music at Busch Gardens. Let them do the driving at the end of that night!

I would take a close look at the day that you are going and plan accordingly. Look at the music acts for that day and get your old concert tees out for good show. During the day, there are many, “Experiences” waiting for you and the family. Take a in depth look at some of Busch Gardens beautiful “Horticultural Masterpieces” or catch a food demonstration from some of the best chefs in the industry at the Conservation Cabin. There will be plenty of activities throughout the park so grab a map and see what peaks your interest during your visit.

Tickets for this event start at $83 and can be purchased through discount theme park ticket agents like The Official Ticket Center. You can visit their website at www.officialticketcenter.com to purchase your Busch Gardens tickets in advance. If you are planning on trying something new and exciting, Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival might be something just for you. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ 2016 Lineup

ORLANDO (Feb. 12, 2016) – SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival takes place over four sizzling weekends– starting this Saturday with Smash Mouth and Gladys Knight on Sunday.

On Saturday, February 20 hot country music star, Scotty McCreery will take the stage.  ACM and CMT Award winner McCreery has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications. Then on Sunday, February 21, legendary and founding member of the rock group Styx, Dennis DeYoung will perform.

Scheduled performances now include:

  • Saturday, February 13: Smash Mouth
  • Sunday, February 14: Gladys Knight
  • Saturday, February 20: Scotty McCreery
  • Sunday, February 21: Dennis DeYoung
  • Saturday, February 27:  To be announced
  • Sunday, February 28: To be announced
  • Saturday, March 5: To be announced
  • Sunday, March 6:  To be announced

The event honors America’s Heroes and featuring live concerts from top classic rock and country bands and artists, tasty BBQ and thirst-quenching beer, and is included with regular park admission. Event festivities begin at 12 p.m. each weekend, with concerts at 4 p.m.*

In addition to the signature acts and festivities, the event also will feature a secondary stage to showcase local bands, and a DJ spinning music for guests to show off their line dancing and boot scootin’ skills.

Beyond the stage, guests can enjoy a Harley-Davidson Orlando display of motorcycles specifically for Bands, Brew and BBQ along with a collection of classic cars.

Returning this year, the patriotic-themed USO Family Garden will offer animal encounters, Explore Zones and a kid-friendly interactive host making this the perfect place to play for families with young guests. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy this family-friendly area while they learn to line dance, meet animals and have fun all afternoon.

For discount SeaWorld tickets or discount Busch Gardens tickets, please call our office toll free at 1-877-406-4836 to buy your tickets today!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ~ Hard Hat Tour of Cheetah Hunt Site

Virtual Hard Hat Tour of Cheetah Hunt Site

Virtual Hard Hat Tour of Cheetah Hunt Site

 

Picture perfect weather at Busch Gardens in Tampa, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day for our Hard Hat Tour of Cheetah Hunt, that we held for a select group of blogging media. Continue reading

Busch Gardens ~ Show your Love By Spending Time with your Child at Busch Babies

Busch Gardens

Spend Time With The Kids at Busch Gardens

 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ~ If you know a child between the ages of 2 and 5 who loves animals, here is a great way to spend 3 days in February: sign up for the “Busch Babies” series.

What is “Busch Babies”? It’s a special 3-week series designed for you to spend quality time with the 2-5 year old child in your life that combines crafts, story time, and of course up-close and personal visits from special animal friends. It’s something fun and educational that you can do together with your child. Continue reading

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ~ Gwazi Opens with New Trains

The new trains provide the smoothest way to ride a wooden coaster!

The new trains provide the smoothest way to ride a wooden coaster!

 

In 1999, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay unleashed Gwazi, the Southeast’s largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster featuring 1.25 million feet of twisting lumber. On Saturday, Jan. 22, Gwazi will reopen to fans outfitted with new Millennium Flyer trains designed by Great Coasters International, Inc., the coaster’s original manufacturer. Continue reading

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ~ Motown Hits added to 2011 Entertainment Lineup

Motown Entertainment at Busch Gardens Tampa

Motown Entertainment at Busch Gardens Tampa

 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay introduces a new show to its already amazing daily entertainment lineup. Sweet Music: The Sounds of the Motor City features more than a dozen singers and dancers paying tribute to popular songs of the Motown era. Continue reading

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Announces Big Thrills and Big Names for 2011 Events

Exciting Line-Up For The 2011 Season

Exciting Line-Up For The 2011 Season

 

Big names in country, Latin, contemporary Christian and classic rock, plus a NEW extreme sports series and Florida’s first triple launch coaster are coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2011. Continue reading