No longer part of Anheuser-Busch, Busch Gardens Tampa faces new challenges as part of an independent entertainment company.
- January 14 – Hard Hat Tour for media & invited guests held to show progress on Sesame Street Safari of Fun.
- February 13 – Two female gorillas, mother & daughter pair Mary & Pele, arrive at the park from Gladys Porter Zoo.
- March 27 – Sesame Street Safari of Fun, which includes the new Air Grover coaster, opens to the public.
- March 27 – Sesame Street Film Festival 4-D debuts in Timbuktu Theater.
- May 6 – Two male gorillas on Myombe Reserve, father & son pair Koundu & Cenzoo, are transferred to Birmingham Zoo.
- June 14 – Walkabout Way, which includes Kangaloom, The Kookaburra’s Nest, and Aussie Station, officially opens.
- October 13 – The official announcement is released for Cheetah Hunt, Cheetah Run, and the surrounding realm.
- May 27 – Cheetah Hunt officially opens to guests.
- February 2 – Iceploration opens to guests at the Moroccan Palace Theater.
- October 28 – Inaki, a female gorilla who had resided at Myombe Reserve since it opened, dies at the park.
- January 5 – Pele, one of the park’s female gorillas, delivers a stillborn baby.
- February 5 – Hard Hat Tour for media showing progress on Falcon’s Fury and Pantopia.
- March 20 – Painted Camel Bazaar in Pantopia opens to guests for the first time.
- April 25 – Twisted Tails opens to guests for the first time.
- May 2 – Heavy rains cause flooding and force the park to remain closed for the day. Several attractions including Cheetah Hunt are affected.
- August 16 – Falcon’s Fury “soft opens” to guests for the very first time, following several days of successful employee previews.
- September 2 – Falcon’s Fury officially opens after a successful soft opening on August 16.
- December 16 – Enzi, a male gorilla, is born at the park.
- February 6 – Kamari, a female gorilla, is born at the park.
- June 1 – Dragon Fire Grill officially opens after two days of public soft opens.
- September 9 – Kamari, a female gorilla born earlier in the year, dies at the park. Kamari was suffering from a neurological disorder, and died while under anesthesia for an MRI.
- January 3 – Last operating day for Sifting Sands play area, and Pyramid Joe’s concession stand, both located in the Egypt section.
- January 4 – 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.
- April 3 – Mandazi, a male hyena cub, born at the park.
- April 10 – Tanganyika Tidal Wave splashes down for the last time before permanently closing.
- May 27 – Serengeti Overlook Restaurant (formerly Crown Colony Restaurant) officially opens with daily service, following a soft open the previous day.
- June 17 – Cobra’s Curse officially opens to guests.
- August 2 – Guest Joseph Corrao, 45, picks up and violently throws to the ground Pinky, a flamingo and popular Animal Ambassador in her habitat in Jambo Junction. Pinky was later euthanized by animal care staff due to the extent of her injuries. Corrao was arrested on a charge of felony animal cruelty. Tampa Bay Times 8/3/2016
- August 7 – Summer Nights event ends. However, the park actually closes at 7 pm (instead of 9 pm) because of inclement weather earlier in the day, forcing the final Kinetix performance and fireworks to be cancelled.
- August 18 – Oliver, a male gorilla, is born at the park.
- September 1 – Park closed for the day due to threat from Tropical Storm Hermine (becomes hurricane later in day). Twitter
- September 2 – Park closed for the second day in a row due to threat from Hurricane Hermine. Twitter
- November 5 – Pass Member Appreciation Night is held at the park from 6 to 11 pm.
- December 7 – Jambo Junction closes, a day after layoffs across SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties.
- February 19 – Kareebu Jungala ends regular performances.
- March – Early in the month, Jambo Junction area reopens to guests, but without main signage. Much of the interpretive signage on the main building and for the snake tanks is missing. Several of the exhibits are empty. Twitter / Twitter
- April – Early in the month, the former Jambo Junction area was renamed Animal Connections.
- April 23 – Iceploration has its final performances.
- September 9 – Park closes for Hurricane Irma preparations. Park remains closed for four days, reopening on the 13th.
- October 2 – Female White Rhinoceros born at park, named Winifred (or “Winnie” for short).