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Central Florida Getting State’s First Theme Park-Based Chick-fil-A

by SharonKurheg

It seems that there’s a Chick-fil-A on almost every corner in the country. And it’s no wonder – as of 2019, CFA was the third-largest restaurant chain in the U.S. by sales, according to Restaurant Business Online (and that’s with them being closed on Sundays!).

The chain has nearly 2,700 locations in the U.S. and a handful in Canada (it also had locations in South Africa and the U.K. but they all closed – it just never took off in South Africa, and residents protested the locations in the U.K. due to the company’s ongoing stance on LGBTQ+ issues). Although most locations are standalone stores or are parts of food courts in malls and airports, many fewer locations are found in theme parks. There’s a CFA in Cedar Point, and you can also find locations in King’s Island, King’s Dominion, Hersheypark, Carowinds, and a handful of other theme parks.

You can soon add Busch Gardens Tampa to the list.

The Orlando Weekly reports that an upcoming Chick-fil-A in Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will be Florida’s first CFA in a theme park in the state. The restaurant, which is slated to open this autumn, will be located in the “Jungala” area near the tigers and orangutans. It will be taking the place of Bengal Bistro, which currently sells burgers, sandwiches and wraps.

“We are proud to open this new location, the first Chick-fil-A in a Florida theme park, with a great community partner, giving us the opportunity to revitalize an existing restaurant and provide more dining space for our guests,” said Neal Thurman, park president for Tampa’s Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.

As is the case with other CFAs, this location will be closed on Sundays.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, which runs SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, Busch Gardens in Tampa and Williamsburg, Virginia, Aquatica in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, Discovery Cove in Orlando, Adventure Island in Tampa, Discovery Point in San Antonio, Water Country USA in Williamsburg, and Sesame Place in the outskirts of Philadelphia.

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Ace August 25, 2021 - 9:48 am

I believe there was a Chick-Fil-A at the Holy Land Experience, because of course there was.

derek August 25, 2021 - 11:09 am

It’s sad that this chain now has a political reputation. In the 1950’s, airlines had reputations. American was Republican and Continental was Democratic. That was partly because the Civil Aeronautics Board awarded routes based on who was President of the United States to some extent.

Disclaimer: there’s a small chance that I got it reversed as far as AA and CO. It’s not just my opinion but the political nature was also in an airline industry book that I read.

SharonKurheg August 25, 2021 - 12:22 pm

I don’t think it’s a political reputation as much as a social one – although yes, social and political reputations can run parallel for some topics. Either way, we purposely didn’t focus on the chain’s social reputation much in the post, since it didn’t have anything to do with the actual news.


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