Big news came out of Busch Gardens Tampa. The theme park announced the iconic roller coaster, Gwazi will be getting a makeover to become Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest, and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. The coaster is set to open in spring 2020.
The coaster, currently under constructions is manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction and will be 206 feet tall with a 91-degree drop, reaching speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include three inversions and 12 airtime hills as it travels along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. The ride’s height requirement will be 48 inches, which means it will be family-friendly.
“Iron Gwazi is the evolution of a classic wooden coaster into a modern icon,” said Stewart Clark, park president of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in a statement. “From the bones of the original Gwazi, a new legend rises, reaching taller heights and faster speeds, delivering the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens.”
The new hybrid coaster will have elements of the former wooden coaster integrated into it, though the steel track and reimagined layout will offer an entirely new experience. Busch Gardens got its inspiration for the ride from the crocodile, who is known for adapting and thriving over millions of years.
Stay tuned for more details on Iron Gwazi.