In an effort to make sure our posts are kept up-to-date, you’ll be happy to know that Falcon’s Fury successfully opened later in the summer of 2014. It is a very thrilling ride and will continue to draw large crowds wanting to experience this face-down mind-dropping experience.
Theme park goers are experiencing a lot of anticipation lately. When will Falcon’s Fury, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, be ready for guests? I say, let Busch Gardens take their time and get it right! You will, after all, be diving face down from a 335-foot tall structure at a speed of 60 m.p.h. with a 3.5 G force! Thrills are only fun if you know you are safe.
The announcement was made yesterday by the folks at Busch Gardens that we’ll have to wait until later this summer before it opens. Here is their full post:
Busch Gardens’ new thrill ride Falcon’s Fury includes first-of-its kind design elements, systems and parts. Due to a delay in the fabrication of key component parts, neither the manufacturer nor Busch Gardens are able to complete the lengthy testing processes needed to open the ride to the public. The safety of our guests and team members remains Busch Gardens’ top priority and none of these delays involve safety systems. The ride has been safely operated in the initial stages of the testing process, and all other elements of the park’s newest re-imagined land Pantopia are now open to guests. Busch Gardens will provide updates on the ride opening as events warrant. We are committed to delivering world-class thrills and the best possible ride experience, and we look forward to the launch of Falcon’s Fury, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, later this summer.
New Land at Busch Gardens Opens – Pantopia
Meanwhile the new land in which Falcon’s Fury is the centerpiece, Pantopia, is open. So far guests seem to be giving it good reviews. Without the main attraction, park guests are focused on the other fun things to do here – eat and shop!
Here is a run down on some of the new places to eat at this theme park. There is a little something for everyone. Mixed reviews are coming in concerning the food, however, I’m sure as time goes by, each culunary delight will be perfected (or dropped from the menu with fury).
Twisted Tails Pretzels
Like pretzels? Then you’ll love the Twisted Tails Pretzels shop. Think of your favorite food, and you’ll probably be able to find it at this restaurant twisted up into a pretzel (like two entwined lemurs tails). Sweet pretzels, salty pretzel dogs, bacon pretzel sandwiches and more. This theme park restaurant also serves an assortment of craft beers.
I love the smell of Kettle corn and now the land of Pantopia is filled with this delicious aroma all day. At the Kettle Corn food stop kettle corn and other flavored popcorn is served along with other foods. Try a turkey leg, chicken strips or a potato twister. If the meal doesn’t mesmerize you, the decor just might. The structure is decorated with mosaic plates, bowls and topped with an assortment of sticks and shiny mirrors, silverware and coins.
Lynx Frozen Treats
The legend at this restaurant in Pantopia comes from an explorer named Frosty Krystallos. Seems he crashed his plane into an old shed and decided to rebuild the shed as Lynx Frozen Treats. Now he makes delicious snow cones, smoothies and other sweet and salty treats for guests that come his way. This will be a popular stop during the hot summer months!
This is one of the larger theme park restaurants in the new attraction. Here guests can sample Mama Marac’s most popular recipes, including baby back ribs, chicken fettuccini Alfredo, specialty salads, hot and hearty sandwiches, delectable desserts and a complete kid’s menu.
Just outside Pantopia Grill, is another dining option called Dragon Fire. Dishes here are said to have been inspired by the legends of the Komodo dragon. If you have an appetite like that, then you’ll enjoy dining on ribs, sausages and kabobs.
Painted Camel Bazaar
If Florida shopping is your thing, you’ll find a lot of cool things at the Painted Camel Bazaar. It has the souveniers you’d expect, and a lot more. Watch this webisode and get a peek at what you might be coming home with after your visit. Love the shop’s signature monkey and the recycling!