How big is the new unidentified thrill ride at Busch Gardens Africa going to be? Big enough for the Tampa park to close the Skyride in two weeks to get out of the path of the new ride's construction. The main station for the 40-some-year-old cable car/gondola ride will be rebuilt to share entry space with the new ride. The Skyride, which offers aerial views of the park's grazing animals, will reopen by next summer. The confirmation came after rollercoasterpro.com, a theme park fan website, posted a new Busch park map that showed no Skyride. Busch Gardens remains mum about details of the new ride, but confirmed it will be a high-speed coaster. That came after another online fan site, themeparkreivew.com, posted an excavation work site map that had been spirited away from an engineering firm that designed some of the job. The new ride footprint looks like a coaster track that surrounds the Skyride station and extends north to the Rhino Rally waterfall feature that Busch closed last month.
Busch Gardens to close Skyride temporarily to make room for unidentified thrill ride
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