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

Specific Dates:

  • 1st – (1976) Python, the park’s first roller coaster, officially opens to guests in the Stanleyville section of the park (later Congo, present day Jungala).
  • 4th – (1997) Edge of Africa officially opens to guests.
  • 4th – (2018) Guest struck by stray bullet believed to originate from celebratory gunfire outside of the park. (ABC Action News 7/5/2018)
  • 7th – (2015) A male white-bearded wildebeest is born at the park.
  • 10th – (2015) Two ticket offers introduced: $15 Busch Bucks with purchase of 2015 Fun Card; Pass Members & Fun Card holders can bring two friends for $25 each through August 16, 2015. (Press Release)
  • 15th – (1998) A press event is held to announce the addition of Gwazi, which would open the following June.
  • 17th – (2011) A female eland calf is born.
  • 18th – (2015) A female Grant’s gazelle is born at the park.
  • 24th – (2006) A man dies from an apparent heart attack after riding Gwazi.
  • 26th – (1977) Congo area officially opens, including new Claw Island, African Queen Boat Ride, and Swinging Vines attractions, along with Python and Monstrous Mamba that opened in previous year.
  • 26th – August 1st – (2010) AAA Members received early admission to the park. (Twitter 7/22/2010)
  • 30th – August 3rd – (1983) Helga Steinboch Studios of Vienna, Austria, demonstrates 19th century craft of enameling daily at noon, 2, 4, and 6 pm. (Ledger 7/29/1983)
  • 30th – (2012) A male eland calf is born.

During the Month:

  • 1972 – Admission listed as $3.75 for adults, $2.50 for children age 6 to 11, and $1 for children under 6. Parking is free. Open daily, hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Ledger 7/2/1972)
  • 1973 – Admission listed at $4.25 for adults, $3 for children age 5 to 11, and free for children under 5. Parking is free. Summer hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Ledger 7/6/1973)
  • 1976 – Admission listed at $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for children age 4 to 11, free for children under 4. Summer hours are listed as 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with return to 6 p.m. closings after Labor Day. (Ledger 7/16/1976)
  • 1977 – Joe Fisher is general manager. Hours are listed as 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m through September 5. Admission listed at $7 for all ages with children under 3 admitted free. Prices for various food items include 35 to 50 cents for cold drinks, 35 cents for popcorn, 50 cents for french fries, 50 to 65 cents for ice cream, $1.25 for a slice of pizza, $1.35 for a hamburger and fries, $2.50 to $2.75 for sandwich platters with potato salad. (St. Petersburg Times 7/29/1977 & Ledger 7/15/1977)
  • 1978 – Admission listed at $7.25, free for children 3 and under. Parking is $1. Summer hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Ledger 7/14/1978)
  • 1980 – Admission listed as $9.35 per person, with children under 3 free. Parking is $1. Summer hours are 9:30 a.m. to dusk daily. (Ledger 7/4/1980)
  • 1981 – Park hours over summer are 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., part of new summer night lighting program, which runs through August 23. Annual pass cost $30. (Temple Terrace Beacon, 7/23/1981)
  • 1982 – Admission listed at $11.75 per person, children 2 and under free. Parking is $1. (Ledger 7/9/1982)
  • 1992 – Park hours were 9:30 to at least 6 p.m., with later hours for the summer. Daily admission is $26.95 plus tax, 22.95 plus tax for children age 3 to 9. Parking is $3. (The Morning Call, 7/19/1992)
  • 2014 – Busch Gardens Discovery Guide app updated to include Quick Pay, which allowed guests to connect a credit card and use the app to pay at most culinary and merchandise locations at the park. (Busch Gardens 7/21/2014)
  • 2015 – TripAdvisor recognizes Busch Gardens as one of the Top Amusement Parks in the World. (Press Release)