Busch Gardens Tampa plans to open a new attraction in its Egypt area in 2016, spokesman Travis Claytor confirmed on Thursday, but the park is keeping quiet about what that “attraction,” which includes the possibility of a new ride, will be.
Permits filed with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or Swiftmud, show the project involves a large addition to the building that served as King Tut’s Tomb, a walkthrough attraction that housed replicas of Egyptian artifacts.
That attraction, which for years provided an air conditioned escape from the heat near the Montu roller coaster is now closed, Claytor said.
The new project, referred to in the permits simply as “BGT 2016 Attraction,” calls for the “removal of approximately 28,349 square feet of existing concrete paving and the expansion of the existing museum building by approximately 11,605 square feet.” It also calls for construction of “40,751 square feet of new concrete walk and trench area.”
The total project area listed on the permit is 2.65 acres.
The park doesn’t plan to remove any rides to make way for the new attraction, Claytor said. Busch Gardens plans to release more details about the new attraction later this year.