Is Busch Gardens Tampa planning a new roller coaster?

New building permits show something might be in the works at the Tampa Bay theme park.

click to enlarge Scorpion, one of Busch Gardens' old-school coasters. - Carl F. via Wikimedia Commons/CC 3.0
Carl F. via Wikimedia Commons/CC 3.0
Scorpion, one of Busch Gardens' old-school coasters.

As other SeaWorld Orlando properties continue to up the wow factor of their attractions and thrills, it looks like our own Busch Gardens might have something big in the works, as well.

According to a story at Spectrum News 9 (yeah, it just doesn't have the same ring), the park has filed for permits pertaining to more than 40,000 square feet of property between the Stanleyville Theater and the Jungala area, where Tanganyika Tidal Wave water ride was located; that attraction closed down a couple years ago.

The park is being cagey about exactly what's going in at the location, though permits show a 3,000-square-foot building and plans for the area immediately surrounding it. It's been a couple of years since the last roller coaster, the spinning-car Cobra's Curse, debuted at Busch Gardens, bringing the number of adult coasters at the park up to six: Scorpion, Kumba, Montu, Sheikra, Cheetah Hunt and Cobra's Curse.

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