Busch Gardens Tampa is reportedly planning to expand its Rhino Rally attraction, helping to boost its appeal after it was shortened last year.
Screamscape claims that Rhino Rally, which takes guests on a mock safari in Land Rover vehicles, could expand further into areas which currently house animals. It also rumored that the vehicles will be replaced by an updated fleet, as part of an effort to revitalise an attraction that lost its unique water feature in order to create room for Busch Gardens Tampa's new Cheetah Hunt rollercoaster. The plans have not been confirmed, and no timescale is known for the rumored upgrades.
Rhino Rally, which opened in 2001, sees guests boarding trucks before heading out on a journey which takes in some of the park's many exotic animals. The water section formed the climax to the ride, with the trucks stopping on a bridge which broke away and floated downriver with riders still on-board. Following its removal, trucks now simply turn in the opposite direction and head directly back to the ride's entrance.
The loss of the river section was met with dismay by some fans, with it being the only Vekoma Raging River Safari attraction ever built. It also offered a unique feature to distinguish Rhino Rally from the similar Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom, which opened 3 years earlier. However, the closure did enable Busch Gardens Tampa to reduce its maintenance costs, both from the frequent breakdowns of the water section and from the wear and tear it caused to Rhino Rally's fleet of safari trucks.
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