If you’ve always wanted the chance to kill zombies with a laser, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream this year will give you your opportunity.
A brand new interactive adventure awaits you at Howl-O-Scream this year with Zombie Containment Unit 15.
“Three years after the undead invasion, there has been a containment failure in Zombie Containment Unit 15. Zombies have escaped in search of flesh, and Howl-O-Scream guests are the next target. Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), it’s up to them to hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie laser-hunting experience.”
The Zombie Containment Unit 15 interactive experience is included with admission to Howl-O-Scream.
Dead Fall is the haunt season’s first haunted house at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens.
“Inside Dead Fall, the ghosts of long lost memories reach into the present and will NOT be forgotten! These spirits from the past lurk in the shadows of this Victorian garden and greenhouse, longing to drag unsuspecting guests into their world. Visitors will have to try to escape before becoming a permanent resident of Dead Fall.”
This year as part of Howl-O-Scream’s promotion, followers on their Facebook can vote on three key elements of the Dead Fall house including the name of the estate, a murder tool one of the residents fell victim to, and the name of one of Dead Fall’s residents.
As the summer heats up, so does the excitement at Busch Gardens. Throughout the summer, guests can benefit from extended park hours, a concert series, fireworks and the opportunity to explore the land of Pantopia at night.
NEW! Summer Nights Concerts
Gwazi Park heats up with Saturday-night concerts during Summer Nights. In addition to pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music artists, guests can indulge in summer-favorite grilled food items and a selection of craft beers.
NEW! Opening Night Critters
Starting this summer, this theatrical “tail” haphazardly finds a couple of stage hands in the spotlight as the human stars in an all-animal production that features both domestic and exotic animals in the newly-renovated Pantopia Theater.
Fireworks Light Up the Sky Every Night
Celebrate the perfect end to the evening with an amazing fireworks finale. Busch Gardens lights up the sky every night of the event with an incredible aerial display set to popular music.
Pantopia After Dark!
Set in the heart of Busch Gardens, Pantopia gets even hotter at night with exciting entertainment, and fan-favorite rides, including Scorpion, Phoenix and the Grand Caravan Carousel. Sensational new dining options satisfy sweet-and-salty cravings with a variety of fresh-rolled pretzels and craft beer selections at Twisted Tails Pretzels, and delicious snow cones and smoothies at Lynx Frozen Treats. For mouth-watering, savory selections stop by the all-new Dragon Fire, Pantopia’s open-fire grill showcasing ribs, sausages and kabobs.
The award-winning Kinetix show returns to Summer Nights with its rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics. The show’s energizing performances include live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world.
Busch Gardens let us know that the first concert of the season will feature Hot Chelle Rae at 8:30 on June 28. More details on this group can be found at their website.
The new Summer Nights takes place nightly from June 28 through August 17 and is included with park admission.
Adventure Island is kicking off the summer with Island Nights. Running June 12 through August 9, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Island Nights with live music, eclectic entertainment, sand sculptures and street performers.
The special event runs 5-9pm and is included with Adventure Island admission.
Island Nights Food Truck – Relaxing on the beach isn’t complete without a tropical beverage in hand! Cool off with tropical delights at the new Island Nights Food Truck, located near Fabian’s Fun Port. While you’re there, be sure to indulge in tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salad bowls and more!
Kid’s Zone at Mango Joe’s Beach – The Kid’s Zone DJ revs up the dance floor with popular hits every night at Mango Joe’s Beach. This brand new kid’s zone bursts with excitement as Island Nights Party Starters amp up the energy when the sun sets in preparation for a fun-filled night.
Glow-in-the-Dark Grand Finale – Join the entire Island Nights cast on the main beach at 8:30 p.m. for a grand finale celebration, featuring high-energy music and LED-lit entertainment, including stilt walkers and performance artists. This finale includes audience participation, so be prepared to join in on the fun!
Sand Sculptures Every Week – Sand sculpture artists return with 25 tons of sand as they create newly-themed masterpieces every week for Island Nights. Sculptors will begin a new theme each Thursday evening and unveil the sculpture by Saturday.
Want to know what it’s like to soar like a Falcon? You can find out on Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens.
Falcon’s Fury is Busch Gardens’ 335 foot tall drop tower at the center of their new land Pantopia. Falcon’s Fury will take guests to the top of the tower where they will be rotated in their seats so they are facing the ground and then launched downwards with the seats rotating back upright.
Busch Gardens has shared a preview video of what a drop from Falcon’s Fury will look like.
The opening date for Falcon’s Fury was just recently pushed back and we will update with a new date when one is available.
Falcon’s Fury, the newest thrill ride at Busch Gardens, is getting closer to completion. The 335 foot drop tower will be the first of its kind to take guests to the top of the tower and then drop them face first towards the ground at 60 miles per hour.
“It’ll be the closest thing to skydiving at Busch Gardens”, said Jeff Hornick, Busch Gardens’ Director of Design and Engineering, during the construction tour on Wednesday.
The ride starts out with the seats in an upright position and rotate 90 degrees before the plummet. Riders will experience up to 3.5Gs during their 5 to 6 second drop during the two minute experience.
Falcon’s Fury isn’t the only change coming to Busch Gardens. The surrounding area previously themed as Timbuktu is getting a new look as the fantasy world of Pantopia. Mark Rose, VP of Design & Engineering, said “Pantopia is kind of a generic name that says fantasy and excitement but doesn’t root you in a single place in the world.”
Based on traveler’s from around the world, Pantopia’s culture is centered around art and storytelling. Brian Morrow, Creative Director, described the theme behind the new area, “Pantopia is really the place where people can travel from around the world and come back with stories of amazing lands and amazing animals from all over the place and share them with each other.”
Falcon’s Fury and Pantopia open May 1st at Busch Gardens. Check out the video below for our behind the scenes look.
We had the chance to take a behind the scenes tour of Busch Garden’s newest ride, Falcon’s Fury. A 335 foot drop tower, Falcon’s Fury will be ready for guests in the Spring. The Timbuktu themed area surrounding the new ride is also being re-themed as Pantopia, a place where people from around the world come together to tell their stories.
“A Hard Hat Tour of @[68181225238:274:Busch Gardens Tampa]’s Pantopia and Falcon’s Fury.”
Christmas Town returns to Busch Gardens Tampa this year with even more to see and do.
Busch Gardens annual festivities bring the holiday spirit to Central Florida.
Christmas Town Activites
SnowWorld – play in the snow, ride on the slides, or just enjoy the cold.
Santa’s House – meet and greet with this famous gift giver.
Christmas Town Express – Take a ride on this decorated train for a seasonal sing-along.
Penguin Point – Guests from the poles are here to help you celebrate the holidays.
Mrs Claus’ Family Feast – Want to eat with Mrs. Claus and the elves? Here’s your chance!
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the decorations and the lights. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens provides both in abundance. With over 1 million twinkling lights, Christmas Town becomes a true winter wonderland.
Christmas Town nights have expanded this year allowing guests more opportunities to take in the event.
Christmas Town runs from 6-11pm November 29,30 and December 1,6,7,8,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23.
Feel like being a “test subject” at Howl-O-Scream? Busch Gardens is launching a new way to get scared this Halloween season called Experiment. You and up to three friends encounter “the most personally invasive haunted attraction in Howl-O-Scream history”.
In this all-new experience, researchers challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance. The test subjects endure psychological experiments and must face fear-inducing elements, from roaches and snakes to needles and darkness.
Up to four test subjects can challenge The Experiment at a time, and reservations are required. The Experiment admission is $50 for the first test subject and $10 for each additional test subject in the same reservation. Howl-O-Scream admission is required, but not included. The Experiment is available every night of the event and is located in the Egypt area of the park.
Opening weekend for Howl-O-Scream 2013 is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.