Staff Report

For more than five decades, Busch Gardens® Tampa has delivered some of the world’s most exciting thrills.  Rides like Cheetah Hunt®, SheiKra®, Montu® and Kumba® have set the stage, and Busch Gardens is ready to drop big news.

In Spring 2014, Busch Gardens Tampa is taking guests’ experiences to new heights with Falcon’s FuryTM, the first drop tower of its kind in the world.  Additionally, with no connecting structures, it will be the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America.

Falcon’s Fury will stand at 335 ft. and take riders soaring 60 mph straight down. Located in the Timbuktu™ area, Falcon’s Fury will be visible from any location in the park and even across the Tampa Bay area.

At the ride’s highest point, Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise. Like its bird-of-prey namesake, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later, they’ll plunge 60 mph at 3.5 Gs straight down with speed and power like they’ve likely never experienced before.

Construction in the Timbuktu area of the park has already begun, and Falcon’s Fury is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.

For more updates about Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa, go to

Celebrate Fourth of July at Busch Gardens Tampa.

Busch Gardens lights up the sky during Summer Nights, including July Fourth, with an incredible nightly fireworks display.  The best views are in Gwazi Park, right after the Kinetix show, but the fireworks are visible from all over the park.

In addition, any active duty military, activated or drilling reservists, or National Guardsman representing any of the five service branches is entitled to one complimentary admission to one of the participating parks under the program. For more information and to register for the program, visit

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.