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Happy early Turkey Day everyone! Today's update is for part one of my home park's brochure collection, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. I've always loved Busch Gardens, it has something for everyone: Thrilling rides, great shows and is one of the top zoos in the country. In this update we look back to the years 1979-1985. I think you will see a lot has changed at the park. Back in '80, the big new coaster was the thrilling Scorpion single looper. The Scorpion will always hold a special place in my heart as being my first upside down coaster when I was 8. You'll notice lots of past attractions that are no longer with us: The African Queen Boat ride (where the Tidal Wave now stands), The Python corkscrew coaster, The Swinging Vines and Monstrous Mama in Congo, The Crazy Camel in Timbuktu and the Monorail over the Serengeti. So come with me and take step back to what was once known as "The Dark Continent Busch Gardens Tampa Bay". Enjoy!

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Later in the year Busch Gardens Tampa Bay released this second brochure in 1985. Part 2 of my Busch Gardens Tampa Bay brochure collection coming soon!

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Later in the year Busch Gardens Tampa Bay released this second brochure in 1985.

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Later in the year Busch Gardens Tampa Bay released this second brochure in 1985.

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Later in the year Busch Gardens Tampa Bay released this second brochure in 1985.

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Later in the year Busch Gardens Tampa Bay released this second brochure in 1985.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay realeased 2 brochures in 1985: this early one featuring the brand new Phoenix looping boat ride.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay realeased 2 brochures in 1985: this early one featuring the brand new Phoenix looping boat ride.

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BuBusch Gardens Tampa Bay realeased 2 brochures in 1985: this early one featuring the brand new Phoenix looping boat ride.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay realeased 2 brochures in 1985: this early one featuring the brand new Phoenix looping boat ride.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay realeased 2 brochures in 1985: this early one featuring the brand new Phoenix looping boat ride.

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For 1983's brochure, other than the cover (pictured), the brochure was exactly the same as in '82.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1982 Park Brochure featuring the brand new Congo River Rapids.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1982 Park Brochure featuring the brand new Congo River Rapids.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1982 Park Brochure featuring the brand new Congo River Rapids.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1982 Park Brochure featuring the brand new Congo River Rapids.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1982 Park Brochure featuring the brand new Congo River Rapids.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Late 1980 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Late 1980 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Late 1980 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Late 1980 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Late 1980 Park Brochure.

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Released late in 1979, this brochure promoted the 1980 season and the new land expansion: Timbuktu and the park's second coater, the thrilling Scorpion! The brochure also advertised the brand new water park down the street, Adventure Island opening in the summer of 1980.

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Released late in 1979, this brochure promoted the 1980 season and the new land expansion: Timbuktu and the park's second coater, the thrilling Scorpion!

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Released late in 1979, this brochure promoted the 1980 season and the new land expansion: Timbuktu and the park's second coater, the thrilling Scorpion!

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Released late in 1979, this brochure promoted the 1980 season and the new land expansion: Timbuktu and the park's second coater, the thrilling Scorpion!

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Released late in 1979, this brochure promoted the 1980 season and the new land expansion: Timbuktu and the park's second coater, the thrilling Scorpion!

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Released late in 1979, this brochure promoted the 1980 season and the new land expansion: Timbuktu and the park's second coater, the thrilling Scorpion!

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Awesome.. I lived a few miles away from where Boardwalk and Baseball once stood a few years ago and didn't even know it! It was just an empty plot of land now. Kinda sad! It doesnt look all that bad!

Now the plot of land has been developed and a Super Target, Best Buy, etc. are now located on it.

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Part 2 of my Busch Gardens Tampa Bay brochure collection: 1986-1990. For this update we see the park continue to grow. New additions include the Moroccan Palace Theater in 1986. In 1987, Busch Gardens became home to the rare Chinese Pandas Ling Ling and Yong Yong on loan from the Beijing Zoo. To celebrate the park's 30th anniversary, The Tanganyika Tidal Wave & The reopening of the Swiss House restaurant renamed the Crown Colony House in 1989. The park is starting to shape into the park that we know today. Enjoy!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1990. More Busch Gardens brochures coming soon!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1990.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1990.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1990.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1990.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1989. Featuring the brand new Tanganyika Tidal Wave and Crown Colony House Restaurant.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1989.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1989. .

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1989.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1989. Featuring the brand new Tanganyika Tidal Wave and Crown Colony House Restaurant.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1988. Celebrating the park's 30th anniversary in 1989.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1988. Celebrating the park's 30th anniversary in 1989.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1988. Celebrating the park's 30th anniversary in 1989.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1988. Celebrating the park's 30th anniversary in 1989.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1988. Celebrating the park's 30th anniversary in 1989.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1988. Celebrating the park's 30th anniversary in 1989.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1988. Celebrating the park's 30th anniversary in 1989.

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Talking about the pandas.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1987. When the Pandas from China were on exhibit, the '87 brochure's cover and first page was updated to include the panda exhibit. At the time this was a major event for the Tampa Bay area.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1987.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1987.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1987.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1987.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1987.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1987.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1986.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1986.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1986.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1986.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 1986 brochure featuring the new Moroccan Palace Theater home to the new Kaleidoscope musica

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Part 3 - Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This update includes years 1993-1999. The park droped the "Dark Continent" title and opened some of the park's best coasters. Onto the brochures!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1999. More to come soon!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1999.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1999.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1999.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1999. Featuring the new dueling wooden coasters: Gwazi.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1996.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1996.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1996.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1996.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1996. New for this year, the new land: Egypt and the inverted coaster, Montu.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1993. Featuring '93' newest coaster, Kumba!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1993.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1993.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1993.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1993.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1993.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1993. Featuring the newest attraction, The Myombe Reserve.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1992.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1992.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1992.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1992.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 1992.

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I remember going to Tampa around 1991 for a baseball tournament with my team and visiting Busch Gardens.This was before any of the big coasters showed up and before my addiction to theme parks began.I remember the Questor simulator and riding Congo River Rapids about 6 times in a row without getting off as there were no lines as it was a 55 degree overcast day,getting off totally soaked and nearly catching pneumonia a few days later,good times!!I think I have one of those early 90's Busch Gardens brochures somewhere from that visit.

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Great job on these posts Eric. I am so glad you are sharing your collection with us. Many of these brochures I have not seen before, so thanks again for taking the time to scan them in and share!!!

 

Thanks Shane, I appreciate the compliment. I've always enjoyed your thread which is always full of great memories too!

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I remember going to Tampa around 1991 for a baseball tournament with my team and visiting Busch Gardens.This was before any of the big coasters showed up and before my addiction to theme parks began.I remember the Questor simulator and riding Congo River Rapids about 6 times in a row without getting off as there were no lines as it was a 55 degree overcast day,getting off totally soaked and nearly catching pneumonia a few days later,good times!!I think I have one of those early 90's Busch Gardens brochures somewhere from that visit.

 

I miss Questor - it rocked!

A similar thing happened to my friends and I, for my 16th birthday in March 1991, we were at the park during a cold front (high 40's). We might I been in the park same time period as you. We were all stupid kids and rode the Tidal Wave and Congo River Rapids. Surprise surprise, we were all super sick the next week!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today's update continues with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. It is only for one year, 2001. In 2001, Busch Gardens began to produce large brochures with multi-pages like Disney and Universal. New for 2001 was Rhino Rally off-road-river attraction. This was also the year that Busch stopped making Adventure Island brochures and started to include the water park as a larger presence in the BGT brochure. Onto 2001's brochure!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001. This was the first year that Busch eliminated Adventure Island's stand alone brochure and started including it with Busch Gardens brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001. Featuring the new attraction, Rhino Rally.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2001.

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We are continuing with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Today's update features Busch Garden's 2003 brochure. In 2003 the park transformed it's once outdoor dolphin show theater into a climate controlled indoor 4D theater. The opening 3-D film was R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D which later changed to the present film Pirates 4-D.

 

Once again the format of the brochure continued to be a multi-page brochure ending with a section for Adventure Island. Onto 2003's brochure - enjoy!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure featuring the new attraction, R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4-D.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2003 Park Brochure.

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Awesome thread...I love looking at old park brochures! Used to collect them myself, but most of what I have has already been posted.

 

Awesome.. I lived a few miles away from where Boardwalk and Baseball once stood a few years ago and didn't even know it! It was just an empty plot of land now. Kinda sad! It doesnt look all that bad!

 

I REALLY liked B&B when I went in the 80's. I had always thought it would be cool to have a retro park like that just featuring a couple classic wood coasters (maybe a steel or two), and about every imaginable flat invented from the 30's through the 80's. Have about 150 flat and dark rides and a couple of coasters...wouldn't that be cool?

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^Thanks, I think that idea for a park would be pretty cool! As long as the park included my favorite ride as a kid, The Bubble Bounce!

 

Another update: Below is Busch's 2006 brochure. The major addition for '06 was Sheikra, the country's first dive coaster. Sheikra changed the park's skyline in a good way! Also this was the year that Busch Gardens Tampa Bay was re-branded Busch Gardens Africa for a couple of seasons. Onto '06's brochure. Enjoy!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2006 brochure featuring the new addition: Sheikra the country's first dive coaster.

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Final Busch Gardens Tampa Bay brochure from 2009. Enjoy!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - 2009 Brochure.

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Today last but not least, we compare how Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has changed over the years via the park map. First up 1983 then 2008. Enjoy!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park Map and Guide - 1983.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park Map and Guide - 1983. A closer look at the front area of the park, including Morocco & Nairobi. Before the Myombe Reserve, Nairobi was home to many smaller animal exhibits.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park Map and Guide - 1983. A closer look at The Bird Gardens featuring the now long gone Brewery Tour. Also different is the Geodestic Dome, which is now home to part of the Land of the Dragons, soon to be Sesame Street Safari of Fun.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park Map and Guide - 1983. A closer look at the Serengeti Plain. Here you can see the old Monorail.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park Map and Guide - 1983. Take a closer look at Congo and you will see some retired attractions like The Python corkscrew coaster, Swinging Vines wave swinger and The Monstrous Mamba octopus flats. Over in Stanleyville where the Tidal Wave now stands was once home to The African Queen Boat Ride. And over in Timbuktu you will see the Crazy Camel trabant flat ride where Cheetah Chase now stands.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park Map and Guide - 1983.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park Map and Guide - 1983.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park Map and Guide - 1983.

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Here is a closer look at 2008's park guide and map. Enjoy!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide. And that concludes Busch Gardens Tampa Bay! Stay tuned for Circus World!

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2008 Park Map and Guide.

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^Thanks Shane!

 

Hello again! Today's update is for Circus World, a theme park that operated from the mid 70's until 1985 here in Central Florida, (this was the park that later became Boardwalk and Baseball). Circus World began with mainly circus type shows, exhibits and had a couple of amusement rides including the large Florida Hurricane wooden coaster. An Enterprise, Calypso, Round Up, Bumper Cars, giant ferris wheel and a Shuttle Loop Coaster rounded out the ride collection. During the last year of operation (1985), the park greatly expanded it's collection of rides. Additions included a Parachute Drop, Octopus, A Swiss Bobb, Himalaya, Flying Bobs, Wave Swinger, 1001 Nights/Falling Rainbow type ride, a swinging pirate ship, a looping boat ride, and another shuttle loop coaster. I visited Circus World a couple of times as a child. My main memories of Circus World was getting my face painted as a clown, the miniature circus exhibit and riding the Flying Daredevil shuttle loop coaster and not feeling like my OTSH was very secure. I guess just like Boardwalk and Baseball, Circus World just couldn't compete with the world class Disney theme parks down the street. So lets take a look back at a few Circus World memories. Enjoy!

 

P.S. If you want to see some even more great Circus World treasures, be sure to check out Shane's Amusement Attic thread!

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Circus World - 1985 2nd Version and final brochure. Next up: A look back at Cypress Gardens, stay tuned!

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Circus World - 1985 2nd Version and final brochure.

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Circus World - 1985 2nd Version and final brochure.

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Circus World - 1985 2nd Version and final brochure.

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Circus World - 1985 2nd Version and final brochure.

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Circus World - 1985 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1985 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1985 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1985 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1985 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1983.

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Circus World - 1983.

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Circus World - 1983.

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Circus World - 1983.

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Circus World - 1983.

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Circus World - 1983.

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Circus World - 1982 2nd Version.

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Circus World - 1982 2nd Version.

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Circus World - 1982 2nd Version.

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Circus World - 1982 2nd Version.

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Circus World - 1982 2nd Version.

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Circus World - 1982 2nd Version.

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Circus World - 1982 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1982 1st Version. A closer look.

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Circus World - 1982 1st Version. A closer look.

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Circus World - 1982 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1982 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1982 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1982 1st Version.

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Circus World - 1975.

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Circus World - 1975.

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Circus World - 1975.

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Circus World - 1975.

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Found one more Circus World brochure-Park Guide/Map from 1984.

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Circus World Park Guide Map - 1984.

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Circus World Park Guide Map - 1984.

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Circus World Park Guide Map - 1984.

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Circus World Park Guide Map - 1984.

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Circus World Park Guide Map - 1984.

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Circus World Park Guide Map - 1984.

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Eric, most awesome that you shared this stuff! Thank you!! I honestly do not remember all that stuff in Circus World! Sadly, my only memory is that button with my pic on it while my face was painted. I only hope that one day someone finds pics and posts them. These brochures were great!!

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Cypress Gardens circa 1976.

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Cypress Gardens circa 1976.

With the recent news of Cypress Gardens becoming Legoland Florida, tonight I thought it would be appropriate to return this thread with over 25 years worth of Cypress Gardens brochures! So lets take a step back and travel through many years of different owners and see some history of this Florida park pre-legos!

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Cypress Gardens - 2006.

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Cypress Gardens - 2006.

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Cypress Gardens - 2006.

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Cypress Gardens - 2006.

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Cypress Gardens - 2006.

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Cypress Gardens - 2006.

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Cypress Gardens - 2006.

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Cypress Gardens - 2006.

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Cypress Gardens - 1999.

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Cypress Gardens - 1999.

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Cypress Gardens - 1999.

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Cypress Gardens - 1999.

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Cypress Gardens - 1999.

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Cypress Gardens - 1998.

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Cypress Gardens - 1998.

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Cypress Gardens - 1998.

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Cypress Gardens - 1998.

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Cypress Gardens - 1993.

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Cypress Gardens - 1993.

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Cypress Gardens - 1993.

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Cypress Gardens - 1993.

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Cypress Gardens - 1993.

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Cypress Gardens - 1992.

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Cypress Gardens - 1992.

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Cypress Gardens - 1992.

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Cypress Gardens - 1992.

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Cypress Gardens - 1992.

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Cypress Gardens - 1992.

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Cypress Gardens - 1990.

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Cypress Gardens - 1990.

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Cypress Gardens - 1990.

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Cypress Gardens - 1990.

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Cypress Gardens - 1990.

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Cypress Gardens - 1990.

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Cypress Gardens - 1989.

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Cypress Gardens - 1989.

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Cypress Gardens - 1989.

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Cypress Gardens - 1989.

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Cypress Gardens - 1989.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 2nd Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 2nd Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 2nd Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 2nd Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 2nd Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 1st Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 1st Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 1st Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 1st Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1988 - 1st Version.

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Cypress Gardens - 1987.

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Cypress Gardens - 1987.

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Cypress Gardens - 1987.

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Cypress Gardens - 1987.

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Cypress Gardens - 1987.

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Cypress Gardens - 1985.

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Cypress Gardens - 1985.

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Cypress Gardens - 1985.

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Cypress Gardens - 1985.

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Cypress Gardens - 1985.

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Cypress Gardens - 1984.

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Cypress Gardens - 1984.

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Cypress Gardens - 1984.

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Cypress Gardens - 1984.

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Cypress Gardens - 1984.

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Cypress Gardens - 1983.

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Cypress Gardens - 1983.

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Cypress Gardens - 1983.

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Cypress Gardens - 1983.

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Cypress Gardens - 1983.

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Cypress Gardens - 1982.

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Cypress Gardens - 1982.

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Cypress Gardens - 1982.

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Cypress Gardens - 1982.

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Cypress Gardens - 1982.

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Cypress Gardens - 1982.

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