Below are noteworthy events from Busch Gardens Tampa’s history that occurred in the month of January.

Specific Dates:

  • 3rd – (2016) Last operating day for Sifting Sands, the play area, and Pyramid Joe’s concession stand, both located in the Egypt section.
  • 4th – (2016) The entire Egypt section of the park is temporarily closed as part of the Cobra’s Curse project. Sifting Sands and Pyramid Joe’s are removed. Montu goes through a refurbishment, which includes repainting much of the track.
  • 5th – (2014) Pele, one of the park’s female gorillas, delivers a stillborn baby.
  • 5th – (2015) Three ticket offers are released including; free Adventure Island Fun Card with purchase of Busch Gardens Fun Card (adults $95, children 3 to 9 $90); free Preschool Pass for children 5 and younger to Busch Gardens and SeaWorld; Any 2 Parks for $99 valid through May 22, 2015 at Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, SeaWorld, or Aquatica. (Press Release)
  • 8th – (2018) The Busch Gardens Discovery Guide app receives a major update and becomes a streamlined version of the current website, removing most of the features it previously had (including wait times and Quick Pay). (Twitter)
  • 12th – (2008) Jambo Junction officially opens to guests.
  • 14th – (2010) Hard Hat Tour for media & invited guests held to show progress on Sesame Street Safari of Fun.
  • 16th – (2011) A male Mexican beaded lizard named Gaspar is born.
  • 16th – (2017) Stewart Clark becomes President of Busch Gardens & Adventure Island, replacing Jim Dean who held the position since 2010. Clark was previously the Vice President of Discovery Cove. Dean moves to President of SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica in Orlando. (Press Release)
  • 17th – February 1st – (1982) Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales visit park with appearances from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. (Ledger 1/15/1982)
  • 21st – (1984) Park hosts Super Bowl fan party from 8 p.m. to midnight. The separate ticket event features games, special activities and four rock bands including the Bobby Friss Band and the Critics. Park attractions also open. Tickets available in advance at Camelot Music stores for $6.95, at the gate for $7.95. (Ledger 1/13/1984 & 1/20/1984)
  • 21st – (2011) Tony nominee and American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis visits the park along with cast members from Rock of Ages show performing at local venue. (Busch Gardens 1/21/2011)
  • 22nd – (1985) Eagle Canyon habitat opens.
  • 23rd – (2012) Animal Care Center officially opens to guests.
  • 25th – (1980) Timbuktu officially opens to guests, with new rides, the Festhaus, a dolphin show, and more.
  • 25th – (1986) SimSim, a male gorilla, is born at Yerkes Primate Center. He was moved to Busch Gardens’ Myombe Reserve in 1992.
  • 27th – 29th – (1978) The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales visit the park, on display throughout the weekend and also on parade daily.
  • 27th – (2012) Female giraffe born to Jafari & Cupid.

During the Month:

  • 1972 – Admission listed at $2 for adults, 50 cents for children under 12. Parking is free. Open daily, hours 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Ledger 1/28/1972)
  • 1980 – Admission listed as $9.35 per person, with children ages 3 and under free. (Lakeland Ledger 1/26/1980)
  • 1981 – Admission listed as $10.10 per person, with children under 3 free. Parking is $1. (Ledger 1/9/1981)
  • 1982 – Park launches new “Adventures with Animals” learning program aimed at area youth groups. Cost is $2 per child. (Ledger 1/15/1982)
  • 1982 – Late in the month, admission listed at $11.50 + tax per person, with children under 3 free. Parking is $1. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Ledger 1/29/1982)
  • 1984 – Advertisement for park as Busch Gardens, The Dark Continent with 17 rides including Congo River Rapids, The Python, and Monstrous Mamba. (Milwaukee Sentinel 1/23/1984)
  • 1984 – Near the end of the month, admission listed at $13.50 per person, with children 2 and under admitted free. Parking is $1. Regular park hours of 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (Ledger 1/27/1984)
  • 2001 – Fun Card returns for second season, available for Florida residents for the price of a single day admission – at $47.95 for adults, $38.95 for children age 3 to 9 (+ tax). Allows unlimited admission through December 26, 2001 with exception of April 13 – 15. Offer available through April 6. (Ultimate Rollercoaster 1/7/2001)
  • 2003 – Admission listed at $51.95 for adults, $42.95 for children ages 3 to 9, plus tax. (Lakeland Ledger 1/17/2003)