Gwazi news coming March 1st as Busch Gardens Tampa celebrates 60th birthday


Busch Gardens Tampa is ramping up the party for their 60th birthday in a huge way. There will be fireworks, concerts…oh and a coaster announcement as well. It’s all part of the big year of celebrations at Busch Gardens Tampa.

At the 60th Anniversary Celebration Kickoff on March 1, guests can enjoy the “Women Rock” performance from the Florida Orchestra, a tribute to the women who changed rock ‘n’ roll forever, ending in a dazzling fireworks display. The field opens at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:00 p.m. concert and 8:30 p.m. fireworks presentation.

Also beginning on March 1, park guests will be able to engage in the all-new Pin Trading program at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Launching with over 150 collectible pins, the new Pin Trading program offers pocket-sized souvenirs inspired by fan-favorite animals, attractions, events and more at merchandise locations throughout the park. Guests can trade their purchased pins with park ambassadors to collect exclusive series not sold in stores. Limited and special edition pins will also be made available throughout the year.

Work on Gwazi has been going on for a few months now, and the coaster is undergoing a huge transformation into a massive new Rocky Mountain Construction Coaster. We have loads of rumors and demolition pictures, but that’s about it so far. That changes on March 1st, as Busch Gardens let it skip today during a construction tour that more news will be coming about the legendary coasters extreme makeover.

We have all kind of theories, rumors and hopes, but March 1st we’ll know more.

Speaking of coasters, this Spring guests will get to take on the newest coaster, when Tigris launches…literally, as the tallest launched coaster in Florida.

Video-Check our a time lapse construction of Tigris

But that’s not even all! Beginning March 16, the 5th Annual Food & Wine Festival not only features a world-class concert line-up but will also highlight the park’s history with an anniversary themed culinary cabin, featuring flavors inspired by treats and snacks once featured at Busch Gardens. See the full concert line up here, and see the full menu line up here!

2019 is still the #YearofBeer for all adult park guests. With a nostalgic nod to the park’s roots, guests age 21 and older can enjoy two complimentary beer samples each day of 2019 at Serengeti Outlook Pub and Restaurant and Garden Gate Café. Valid identification is required for age verification.


To fully enjoy all that the 60th Anniversary Celebration has to offer, guests can select from multiple annual admission products that provide value and benefits all year:

–   Pay for Day, play ALL YEAR at 2 parks- For a limited time, guests can buy a 2019 Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card free! Block out dates apply.

–   MORE VALUE, MORE OPTIONS WITH ANNUAL PASS – Pick your way to play in 2019 with a Busch Gardens Annual Pass, starting at $10.99 a month for Florida Residents. Guests can select from four pass levels for the benefits they want most – including FREE parking, discounts on merchandise and food, as well as animal encounters – to gear up for a calendar full of special events plus EXCLUSIVE pass member ride time for the opening of Tigris: an exciting new attraction coming in 2019. Add more parks – Get a 4-park pass to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, SeaWorld and Aquatica, starting at just $15.99 a month.

–   FREE Preschool Card- Kids 5 and younger can enjoy FREE admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island throughout all of 2019 with the Preschool Card. There’s never been a cooler time to be a kid! Florida residents only, other conditions apply, visit to register. 

This is just the tip of the party, as Busch Gardens has even more events planned in the coming year. There’s still Bier Fest, Summer Nights, Howl O Scream and Christmas Town to look forward to, plus the rebirth of Gwazi! It’s going to be a massive year!

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