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What's New and Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2024

A new year beings lots of new fun to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and in 2024 there is lots of new additions in the works, including a new family roller coaster.

What's new at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2024

It's no secret that Florida has the best theme parks in the world, and there is always something new and exciting to experience, from the latest rides and attractions to new restaurants, entertainment, and hotels, and the great news is that 2024 is no exception, especially at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

The Tampa theme park is planning a fun new family coaster, Phoenix Rising, and lots of new interactive additions to Adventure Island water park!

Of course, timelines are subject to change, but as of right now, visitors, and locals alike, will have lots of new experiences to look forward to enjoying in 2024, so hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

Busch Gardens Tampa welcomed Serengeti Flyer in 2023

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Busch Gardens Tampa welcomed Serengeti Flyer in 2023, a new attraction billed as the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, with each swing, riders soar higher and higher above Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain while experiencing multiple negative-G moments before plunging back toward the Earth. Serengeti Flyer features twin dueling arms that soar progressively higher reaching speeds of 68 mph and a maximum height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak, and the fun dosen't stop there, in 2024, yet another new attraction is coming to the popular theme park.

New family coaster, Phoenix Rising coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2024

Phoenix Rising

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has revealed that Phoenix Rising, a brand new family roller coaster is coming to the theme park in 2024.

Once open, Phoenix Rising will take thrill seeking families on a hair raising journey swinging them side to side as it does so, reaching speeds of up to 44 mph throughout it's 1,831 ft of inverted steel track.

The new ride will be the first ride at the park to feature onboard audio and will sport a minimum height requirement of only 42 inches to ride.

New family coaster, Phoenix Rising coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2024

Phoenix Rising, a B&M inverted coaster will be coming to the Pantopia area of the park.

This exhilarating new attraction will have riders soaring over the Serengeti Plain, and will be the largest family-friendly addition to the Tampa Bay theme park.


The coaster is being built in the location of Sand Serpent, which was permanently closed and demolished earlier this year.

Adventure Island is Busch Garden's Tampa Bay's water park

Adventure Island

Adventure Island is Busch Garden's Tampa Bay's water park and recently the park has seen a huge expansion including a park-wide modernized theme, the recently opened Shaka-Laka Shores, water slides Rapids Racer and Wahoo Remix, the renovation of Captain Pete’s, the popular full-service Hang Ten Tiki Bar, and new lounging areas and cabanas.

Castaway Falls at Adventure Island Water Park Tampa

Castaway Falls

Adventure Island will debut Castaway Falls, in Spring 2024. The all-new multi-level, interactive water-play attraction will feature more than 100 play elements, including two giant tipping buckets that dump more than 1,300 gallons of water combined.


Castaway Falls will have four exciting water slides, soakers, flow pipes, hose jets, spray jets, water shooters, water curtains, tipping troughs, spinning and sliding buckets, and much more. The new attraction replaces the former splash area and is double the size of the former Splash Attack, making the new addition to Adventure Island bigger and splashier than ever before.

Harmonizing with the water park’s paradise-like ambiance, Castaway Falls resembles a splash haven and a fun-filled retreat for the young and young-at-heart. Castaway Falls will immerse guests in a watery world of excitement, perfect for all park guests, even the littlest splashers.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2024 Special Events

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2024 Special Events

From free live concerts to events fit for foodies to festive holiday celebrations, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has a packed 2024 calendar full of family fun all year long!

Mardi Gras

January - March 2024

Let the good times roll with limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music – Mardi Gras style!

Real Music Series

January - February 2024

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's longest running concert series returns with all-new music performances.

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends

January - February 2024 & March - May 2024

Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends.

St. Patrick's Day

March 2024

Bring your good luck charm and join us to celebrate the Irish culture with special food and drink.

Food & Wine Festival

March - May 2024

A world of taste awaits at the annual Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2024

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a party zone, festive dancing, food and beverages.

Guy Harvey Weekend

May 2024 & November 2024

Join Guy Harvey in-person at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for meet-and-greets, autographs & more.

Summer Nights

May - August 2024

Stay Longer. Play Later! Celebrate all summer long with extended park hours, dazzling entertainment and fireworks on select nights.

Red, White & Brews

May - July 2024

Check back soon for more information!

Bourbon & BBQ

July - September 2024

Check back soon for more information!


September - October 2024

Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever with new frights & scares.


September - October 2024

Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating & costume parades and more during this family-friendly event.

Christmas Town

November - January 2025

Celebrate the holidays with twinkling lights of every color, festive shows, and holiday-inspired culinary delights.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2024 Special Events

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