Photo Update: Busch Gardens ready for Howl-O-Scream


I took the hour drive from Orlando to Tampa Bay on Saturday to see the KaTonga show before it ended (more on that later). But I was surprised to see how much of their PG-13 Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, looked ready to go.

As you can see above, the main sign for Howl-O-Scream is already greeting visitors as they enter the park. Click Here to read all about the Halloween event.

On the way to the park I also spotted this billboard featuring Sylvie, the icon of Howl-O-Scream and the singer of the killer band, My X.

The Howl-O-Scream Shop of Horrors gift shop was already open for business with a PG-13 warning on the door. This mannequin version of My X was in the middle of the floor.

I guess Sylvie likes her men to be seen and not heard. This mannequin also had a gash in his arm with a severed finger sticking out of it.

Some real My X branded guitars were for sale in the shop. The small ones were about $65 and the large ones were about $85.

I saw many of the haunted house signs up but some of them were covered. I believe the covered ones were just too gory for regular park guests.

We had lunch on the third level of the Crown Colony House. The third level offers table service dining. The lunch was good and the view of the giraffes on the Serengeti Plain was beautiful.

The Crown Colony House porch is also a great place to see the construction progress for Busch’s new attraction. Not a lot is know about this attraction except that it’s big, fast and involves animal interactions. Click Here to read more.

I left my mom and wife to watch the Rock A Doo Wop show while my son and I rode a roller coaster. My wife described it as full of cheese, but in a good way with great singing.

Here’s the coaster we rode first. Gwazi is a big wooden coaster with two different tracks. I had been warned that this coaster would shake my marbles. It did a bit, but I thought it was a lot of fun. You feel like your car is going to fly off the tracks.

Next it was time for us to see KaTonga at the Marrakesh Theatre. KaTonga ended its run this past weekend after six years at Busch Gardens. Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy will open in the theater this winter. (More about Cirque Dreams Here.)

Here’s a short video I shot of KaTonga: Musical Tales from the Jungle. The whole show is for sale on DVD through Busch Gardens’ website. But I’m not sure for how much longer.

A look at the former Busch Gardens musical, KaTonga - Musical Tales from the Jungle

I’m not sure which scare zone these are a part of, but I’m guessing Light of Doom.

The Statue of Liberty is supposed to be scary?

I noticed quite a few of these misting fans around the park. Many guests seem to enjoy them.

The entrance to the Death Row Vengeance: No Escape haunted house.

This flower bed seems to be designed for Howl-O-Scream’s theme of My X.

My wife took this cute photo of a baby looking up at a tiger on the pop-up looking glass in Jungala.

The entrance to the Trapped in the Walls: Ghostchasers haunted house.

One last picture of a haunted house entrance. This is the one everyone is talking about – Alone. For an extra fee you can go through alone – and claim a T-Shirt if you make it all the way through without using a chicken exit. Minotaur Storage? Someone has so many minotaurs that they need storage?


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