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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:53 pm

thePolemarch wrote:Busch Gardens News and Updates:

Jambo Junction: Closed as of Dec. 6th, unlikely to ever reopen. SEA slashed the animal ambassador programs across all of the parks, with lots of layoffs in this department. Julie Scardina who is the corporate face of this program "retired" within this past month, and it can be assumed with the shear number of layoffs and closures to animal ambassador programs throughout SEAs that the company is attempting to end the animal ambassador program for good. As stated above the only way to save this program would be to write comments to the park, as a lot of the parks decisions are basd on the feedback that it recie

Hotel Project: The park now has a concrete plan for a hotel, I would expect an announcement on this fairly soon.

2017: Off year for the park, just the new wildlife docs live show in the stanleyville theater.

2018 and 2019: Expect a new attract for each of these years, with 2019 being a larger attraction. One of these attractions will go on the site of Tidal wave, and the park looks to revitalize the Stanleyville area of the park with this. Bird gardens is the the other location, probably where the larger attraction will go, Jim Dean has stated that this area of the park needs attention and intends on revitalizing it.

Gwazi: Gwazi will be coming down, I would expect this next year and will likely make way for part of the new birdgardens project. No RMC.

HOS 2017: Expect a new element for 2017 as the park tries to stay relevant with increased competition. The park has also seemed frustrated with how the theme was implemented this year, as it was not present at all in the actual event.

Where are you getting this information from? Do you have a source or is it all just guess?

It is a bummer about the animal ambassador program, if it is true that they are ending it. I haven't necessarily heard that the program is going away for good, but Jambo was a big part of it.

I get that Jambo is pretty hidden. I didn't visit BGT as a "normal" guest for a long time, so the first time I ever set foot into the park (besides back areas) was into Jambo as a camp counselor/employee. I was amazed what animal experiences even an average guest could have back there. Feeding the flamingos was the best! However, I bet the recent incident with the flamingo contributed to their motivation to close Jambo.

I wonder what is going to happen to the animals back in that area?

ALT2870 wrote:On the Gwazi note, I'm not quite yet sold on the tear down. Their initial excuse was lack of funds but look what they've done since then. I don't think you keep an eye sore like that in your park for that long without having plans. Then again I'm not Busch Gardens, I guess we'll continue to sit tight to see what happens.

Last year, from what they told us, they were throwing ideas around but hadn't decided yet. Even though I don't work there any more and probably never will, I'm not sure if I should say the specifics. However, I doubt what's going on now was foreseen, so maybe everything is off the table now that the company seems to be in a huge transition phase.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby thePolemarch » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:04 pm

This information is a combination of what I have heard from a friend of mine that works at the company, what I have heard at the different media day events that they have been having recently as well as a little guesswork to pull those snippets of information together.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby RollerManic » Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:30 pm

Hmm. I will believe you in that Jambo junction will be closing ... but as for the rest, didn't you just join today?

You have no reputation on TPR yet and we have no obligation to think you are credible.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:47 pm

RollerManic wrote:Hmm. I will believe you in that Jambo junction will be closing ... but as for the rest, didn't you just join today?

You have no reputation on TPR yet and we have no obligation to think you are credible.

Jambo already closed, FYI. But yes, I agree with you about the reputation thing.
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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby prozach626 » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:49 pm

thePolemarch wrote:This information is a combination of what I have heard from a friend of mine that works at the company, what I have heard at the different media day events that they have been having recently as well as a little guesswork to pull those snippets of information together.

All it takes is one 20 year old with three posts to send this thread straight into Rumorville, yet people snub screamscape.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby thePolemarch » Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:16 am

Haha fair enough. I would be surprised if there wasn't healthy skepticism towards what I've said, considering I have no credibility. However I do have a decent amount of information so I figured this board would be interested, and if you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them. Hopefully when announcements are made depending on what they are you'll be able to look back and decide if I am credible or not. Until then I'm glad to have joined the forum!

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby Cyrbuzz » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:24 am

My take is wait and see what happens. Rumors are a dime a dozen and until the powers to be make an announcement it's just another Dipping Dots worker rumor run amok. A little prayer now and then wouldn't hurt though.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby prozach626 » Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:12 pm

Cyrbuzz wrote:My take is wait and see what happens. Rumors are a dime a dozen and until the powers to be make an announcement it's just another Dipping Dots worker rumor run amok. A little prayer now and then wouldn't hurt though.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby xstech25 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:16 am

I went to BGT yesterday and as I was leaving at around 8pm the line to get through the metal detectors was crazy, it had to be 20-30 minutes. The whole entrance plaza was full with a crowd and then a line snaked back past the ticket booth, past the tram dropoff, back to the Nairobi gate and looked like it was growing. Full trams were still being dropped off at the front of the park and hordes of people were skipping the tram to make the walk towards the gate. Parking lot looked full as well like it was in it was "drive around until you find someone leaving or a token empty spot" mode. I know it was a Saturday night during Christmas Town but I found that amazing considering the park closed at 10, so by the time all these people got in they would only have 1 1/2 hours or so until the park closed.

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (BGT BGA Discussion Thread)

Postby nousername » Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:05 pm

Hello everyone.

Relative newcomer to Busch Gardens Tampa. Got passes in October and absolutely love the place.

I have family in town next week and have plans to go to the park on Monday the 19th and Friday the 23rd. For you experienced BGT-ers, what kind of crowds can we expect? I think I've been 9 times since mid-October and have yet to fight any sort of a crowd; however, with this coming week falling into the holiday season, I am anticipating more traffic in the park, particularly on Friday.

Would I be correct in assuming Friday will be pretty busy? What should I expect for Monday?

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