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

Specific Dates:

  • 2nd – (2017) Female White Rhinoceros born at park, named Winnifred (or “Winnie” for short).
  • 5th – (2013) The Wildlife Docs, a television series filmed mainly at the park including many scenes from the Animal Care Center, debuts on most ABC stations around the country.
  • 6th – 12th – (1975) Salute to active & retired Armed Forces with discount admission of $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4 to 11 at the gate, or $4 for adults, $3 for children purchased at base locations. (Evening Independent 10/2/1975)
  • 11th – (2017) Park announces offer for one free admission for Florida first responders through November 24, 2017. Up to four additional tickets for friend & family available for 50% off gate price. (Press Release)
  • 12th – (1984) Auditions held for musicians, belly dancers, and performers for new revue show “All That Music” featuring songs from the 1940s and 50s. (Ledger 10/5/1984)
  • 13th – (2010) The official announcement is released for Cheetah Hunt, Cheetah Run, and the surrounding realm.
  • 14th – (2017) Malu, a male Bornean orangutan, is born to first time mother Luna.
  • 16th – (2015) A female southern white rhinoceros is born at the park.
  • 19th – (1998) Park begins doing background checks (going back 7 years) on all new hires, regardless of role. Previously, only certain positions required background checks. (Orlando Sentinel 10/21/1998)
  • 23rd – (2012) Female white rhino born to Tambo & Kisiri.
  • 24th – (2012) Team USA Olympians McKayla Maroney and Jonathan Horton visit the park. (Busch Gardens 10/26/2012)
  • 28th – (2013) Inaki, a female gorilla who had resided at Myombe Reserve since it opened, dies at the park.
  • 30th – (1985) Halloween concert featuring Stranger, Gypsy Queen, Nova Rex, and Lefty beginning at 8 p.m. in both Stanleyville Amphitheater and Festhaus. All rides open until midnight. Admission is $7.95 in advance through Camelot Music stores or $8.95 at the gate. (Ledger 10/18/1985)
  • 30th – (2017) 2018 Fun Card is available for admission through December 21, 2018. The price is $104.99 for ages 3 and up. A free Adventure Island Fun Card is included if purchased by March 25, 2018. (Press Release)
  • 31st – (2006) Python, the park’s first roller coaster, closes permanently as part of the project to create Jungala.

During the Month:

  • 1971 – Admission listed at $1.25 for adults, 50 cents for children under 12. Parking is free. Open daily, hours 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Ledger 10/1/1971)
  • 1975 – Admission listed at $5.25 for adults, $4.25 for children age 4 to 11, free for children under 4. Hours are listed as 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (Evening Independent 10/2/1975)
  • 1981 – Senior Days through December 13, with discount admission of $7 with coupon available at area senior centers and organizations. A $15 senior pass with unlimited visits through December 13 also available. (Ledger 10/2/1981)
  • 1996 – Vice President of Marketing is quoted as saying park is on track to break attendance records for the year, estimated to be around 4 million. (Orlando Sentinel 10/8/1996)
  • 2001 – Promotion through end of year offering unlimited free admission for America’s police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Guests of the personnel receive free admission on first visit and 25% discount on following visits. (Ultimate Rollercoaster 10/9/2001)
  • 2014 – Park launches PhotoKey, a digital photo sharing program. Using their PhotoKey card, guests can capture their favorite moments on most roller coasters, at the park entrance, on a Serengeti Safari, and elsewhere in the park with roaming photographers. PhotoKey is available for a daily fee or as an annual program. (Busch Gardens 10/20/2014)