Busch Gardens Tampa has confirmed that its Sandstorm attraction has closed for good, with the space expected to be used for a new drop tower that is likely to open in 2014.
Sandstorm had been expected to be moved to a new location in the park, but will instead be removed from the park. The troika-style attraction had been in place since December 1979, and was one of few flat rides remaining in Busch Gardens Tampa's line-up. It operated for the last time on June 2, 2013.
The drop tower ride had originally been expected to open in 2013, but the lack of progress to date points to an opening date in 2014. Little is known about the attraction at present, although it is expected to stand at several hundred feet tall.
Busch Gardens Tampa's last major addition was the Cheetah Hunt multi-launch roller coaster in 2011.