Scorpion at Busch Gardens Gets a Paint Job

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This paint job on Scorpion (the park’s oldest coaster opened in 1980) looks amazing!  When it opened almost 40 years ago its original paint scheme featured orange track and black supports, but this changed to red track with blue supports in a 2004 repaint.  Continue reading

Military and Their Family Can Get into Busch Gardens Free!

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You may not be aware that Sea World (parent company of Busch Gardens) has a program where military and their family can get in for a day for free!  You can find all the details on their website, but the basics are below.  Great to see the park doing something to honor our troops and their families! Continue reading

Demolition of Rhino Rally is Underway @BuschGardens Making Way for Project Jethro

Riding the Skyride today was surprised to see the demo of Rhino Rally. Here’s a video I made of it. Pretty large crew onsite that spent the day taking apart the former queue that was left abandoned for years after the ride’s shutdown.

Online you can find info about permits filed for “Project Jethro” on the near 2 acre site. Seems like this may be the place for the 2021 follow-up to Iron Gwazi. Conjecture is a “giant swing” similar to Finnegan’s Flyer in Williamsburg. Seems like a good logical follow-up after 2 expensive coasters the 2 previous years.

21,638 feet @BuschGardens

Flipping through a travel magazine and saw this cool spread with fun facts about Busch Gardens. 21,638 is the combined length of all the coasters in the park (to be made longer by Iron Gwazi later this year). That’s about 4 miles of track you can ride! The park having 300 animal species as well as the animals eating about 2 tons of food a day was also pretty cool. No word on how many tons of food a day the humans eat…

I Did the Scavenger Hunt!

So in honor of their 60th anniversary Busch Gardens is running a scavenger hunt. There’s even a prize for everyone who completes it! You can grab a game card near the entrance and then look for anniversary boards throughout the park for the answers. The boards provide great history about past attractions and the park in general. Just slide the little disc around to see the answerThe one above is located near the entrance to Tigris and talks about the Tanganyika Tidal Wave ride that used to occupy that piece of land. I also included below a pic of the blank card here as to not take the fun away by giving the answers and my prize. Happy hunting!

How Kumba Roars at Busch Gardens

Kumba has a distinctive roar, but it appears that the sound is caused by something that is missing rather than something that is added.  B&M has a characteristic track design seen below of a box “spine” with fins that hold the rails.  This box can echo the natural vibrations of the ride and is often filled with sand to dampen it to the customer’s desired level. My guess is what makes Kumba unique is that these boxes are probably empty to maximize the “roar”, and not minimize it in any way.

2019 Pics of Closed Rhino Rally at #BuschGardens

On my trip last week I managed to get a great look at Rhino Rally from the Sky Ride. Rhino Rally opened in 2001 and closed for good in 2014. It was a safari truck ride made by Vekoma, the famous ride company, and was the one and only of its kind.

The story behind the ride involved the guests helping locate a missing driver named Scooter Roberts. Riders went past elephants and other animals as well as a water section where the truck drove through alligator infested waters. The water section used hidden tracks (Vekoma) to capture and help guide the cars through the water and then release them to drive away. The ride was altered in 2010 and lost the breakdown plagued water section due to construction of Cheetah Hunt before closing completely in 2014.

Here is a great video from Expedition Theme Park talking more about the history and showing some ride footage.

Sad that I never got to ride this, but hopefully like Tidal Wave became Tigris and Gwazi will become RMC 2020, this location will develop into something special in a few years.