Busch Gardens Tampa Closes Jungala
Just two weeks after Busch Garden Williamsburg announced the permanent closure of Curse of DarKastle, its sister park Busch Gardens Tampa has announced that the entire Jungala section of their park has closed as well.
The announcement was made in a quiet update to the park’s Ride & Attraction Schedules page:
“The Jungala area rides and Treetop Trails climbing area are currently closed. The Orangutan Outpost, Tiger Lodge and Tiger Trail habitats, as well as the Bengal Bistro restaurant and Tiger Treasures gift shop will remain open for guests to enjoy”.
Jungala was built in 2008, as a replacement for the famous Python coaster. The attractions consisted of a interactive climbing structure, Wild Surge (family drop tower), and Jungle Flyers (zip-line attraction). The Treetop Trails area was originally designed to be enjoyed by children who were too old for the Land of the Dragons section (now Sesame Street Safari) but still too young for some of the larger attractions like Kumba and Montu.
It is unknown at this time if this area is closed permanently or if it’s just for the slow season, but it has already been removed from the parks website giving the impression that it may be closed forever. Ambassadors who worked in that section have been reassigned to other areas in the park.
If it is a permanent closure, Jungala will add to the growing list of Standing But Not Operating (SBNO) attractions at the Tampa park, which includes Gwazi, Rhino Rally, Tidal Wave, and the Marrakesh Theater. When combining The Jungala section and the Tidal Wave area, it’s a big chunk of acreage that could be used for future expansions of a entirely new land if the park goes that route.
For tickets and more information, visit the official Busch Gardens website by clicking here.
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