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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:36 pm
by MakoMania
MakoMania wrote:
Staff have started to ride Tigris, opening date announcement can't be too far off now!

And now we have it, Tigris will open Friday 19th April!

It has also been announced that pass members receive 2 hours of exclusive ride time (8:00am-10:00am) on Tigris, SheiKra and Stanley Falls Flume during the first two weekends of May. I know a lot of UK enthusiasts have passes to the Florida parks so enjoy it if you are there!

Purple track for the new 210ft RMC hybrid coaster is now on site at the park as well!

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:32 pm
by Chris
Please link your sources - be good to see the track!

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:20 pm
by MakoMania
Chris wrote:
Please link your sources - be good to see the track!

I had a friend message it to me, but Midway Mayhem have pictures on their facebook page now as well! Purple is certainly something different for the park!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... 9969384281

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:20 am
by MakoMania
The park have announced that Tigris will be soft opening on Tuesday (today) and Wesnesday ahead of the official opening on Friday. Thursday will most likely be media day.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:32 am
by PhNx Survivor
Midway Mayhem have a video from the front and back.. not gonna lie, for a short ride it looks like it packs a punch!

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:40 pm
by MakoMania
Tigris is now officially open :)

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(Credit to Touring Central Florida)

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(Credit to Touring Central Florida)

The ride queue was posted at 120 mins on opening morning, but it seemed to take people no longer than 70 minutes before they were on the ride from the start of the queue line.

Like most of Busch Gardens Tampa, the ride does not feature extensive theming, but it is probably the best themed out of SeaWorld's 3 Sky Rocket II coasters. Whilst is it not as well themed as Cobra's Curse, Tigris has more theming than rides like Falcon's Fury, Kumba or SheiKra. It has some great rockwork and landscaping as well as original themed audio which is a nice touch.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 12:43 am
by MakoMania

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:57 pm
by MakoMania
Busch Gardens Tampa have announced the full lineup for this year's Howl-O-Scream. The event will run on select dates from September 20th until November 2nd (7:30pm-1:00am each night) and will feature 6 houses/mazes, 9 scare zones and a live show. Tigris, SheiKra, Kumba, Falcon's Fury, Cheetah Hunt, Montu & Cobra's Curse will also be open during event hours.

The scare maze lineup includes 5 returning mazes and 1 new maze. New for 2019 is The Residence, whilst Insomnia, Death Water Bayou, Simon's Slaughterhouse, The Black Spot and Motel Hell will all make a return.

All 6 of last year's scare zones will return (Hell on Wheels, Maniac Midway, Deadly Toys, Día de los Muertos, Meat Market & Camp DOA) and 3 additional zones will be offered, bringing the total up to 9. The new zones will be called Little Nightmares, Carpe Noctem and also First Fear which is a special zone featuring old characters from past years of Howl-O-Scream to celebrate the event's 20th anniversary this year.

Last but not least the ever popular Fiends show will return in Stanleyville Theater. This is definitely not a show suitable for kids!

Single night tickets are currently $39.99 (were $29.99 recently, will probably go up a bit more) which is great value for such a huge event, making it cheaper than if you wanted to do all the Scarefest attractions at Alton Towers ($50 not including theme park admission).

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:43 pm
by Owen
Iron Gwazi has been revealed to be coming to the park in 2020.

With a 206ft and 91 degree drop, it will be the tallest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world, along with the fastest at 76mph. The ride will feature 3 inversions and 12 moments of airtime, however with a track length of 4,075ft and a ride time of 110 seconds, it’ll be a short but sweet experience.

Most shocking seems to be the current height restriction seems to be being touted as 48”, about the equivalent of a 1.2M Ride in the UK!

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Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:37 pm
by Harry347
I'm so hyped for this! I'm visiting Orlando this time next year so can't wait to ride it! I was really hoping for a POV at the press announcement though

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:52 pm
by PhNx Survivor
As good as the facts about the ride are, and the name is pretty decent.. why on earth is it themed to a crocodile? Gwazi.. a Tiger/Lion Hybrid.. now a crocodile?? I'm confused with this choice, but looks good none the less :lol

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:03 pm
by Ladyofthelake
Here is the official announcement video for Iron Gwazi from Busch Gardens Tampa:




In some ways I do kind of like that the name still incorporates the word "Gwazi" as a nod to its predecessor. However what I don't get is the use of the Crocodile theme as Gwazi is meant to be a legendary creature which is a lion/tiger hybrid (as Mentions by phNx Survivor). Whilst it may be being marketing as North America's tallest and steepest hyper hybrid, the stats only beat Steel Vengeance by the smallest of margins - e.g. it is just 1ft taller!

Having said that, it does look like an incredible ride and it's only making my desire to get back to Florida even bigger. I seriously need to try and find a way to get back out there soon!

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:08 pm
by Ladyofthelake
The ride trains for Iron Gwazi were unveiled at IAAPA earlier today.

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Images from @Coaster101 on Twitter

I have to say that at first glance I'm not a huge fan. There's just something about the whole thing using a crocodile theme that isn't sitting right with me. Also, it's difficult to tell, but it looks like the restraints are similar to those used in Steel Vengeance which whilst most people will find them ok, some people aren't so keen on them.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:33 pm
by Chris
I like how vibrant they are, but still don't understand why a crocodile would be flipping in the air?

This is the new restraint design first featured on Steel Vengeance, and all models since such as Twisted Timbers and Zadra. Generally comfortable apart from on your shins if you are over six foot tall!

Ride is looking INSANELY good though.

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:50 pm
by Alex
Chris wrote:
 Generally comfortable apart from on your shins if you are over six foot tall!


Agreed, I massively struggled on Zadra!