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Chick-fil-A is coming to Busch Gardens in Tampa

It’ll be the first location in a Florida theme park for the fast food chain .
Tampa's Busch Gardens is set to be Chick-fil-A's first Florida theme park location.
Tampa's Busch Gardens is set to be Chick-fil-A's first Florida theme park location. [ Courtesy of Busch Gardens ]
Published Aug. 19
Updated Aug. 20

Tampa is getting a new Chick-fil-A soon, but it will be in an unusual place for one of the country’s favorite fast food chains.

Chick-fil-A is opening its first location at a Florida theme park this fall, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced. The restaurant will be located in the “Jungala” area near the tigers and orangutans. It’s taking the place of Bengal Bistro.

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The Atlanta-based company has been the highest-rated fast food chain in America for more than five years, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. The restaurant will offer the company’s original chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, lemonade and other selections for dinner or lunch.

Busch Gardens park president Neal Thurman and Chick-fil-A operator Denis Spradlin stand in front of Bengal Bistro, where the new Chick-fil-A will open this fall.
Busch Gardens park president Neal Thurman and Chick-fil-A operator Denis Spradlin stand in front of Bengal Bistro, where the new Chick-fil-A will open this fall. [ Courtesy of Busch Gardens ]

“We are proud to open this new location, the first Chick-fil-A in a Florida theme park, with a great community partner, giving us the opportunity to revitalize an existing restaurant and provide more dining space for our guests,” Neal Thurman, park president for Tampa’s Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, said in a statement.

Visitors should remember Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays, even at Busch Gardens.

The park dropped its reservation system in July, which was used to limit crowds during the pandemic. The park’s parent company, SeaWorld Entertainment, reported strong attendance and revenue in July, beating market expectations. Executives said there was no sign the delta variant was impacting the visitors coming to the parks. Seasonal events like Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, are expected to bring in more guests later this year.