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Gwazi (Busch Gardens Tampa)

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Gwazi
Track
Lion
Tiger
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Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Status Standing but not operating
Operated June 18, 1999 to February 1, 2015
Cost $10,000,000 USD
Statistics
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Type Wooden - Twin
Hourly capacity 2880[nb 1]
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 105.4 feet
Drop 91.8 feet
Top speed 51 mph
Length 3,508 feet
Duration 2:30
Inversions 0
G-Force 3.5 g
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Gwazi was a twin wooden roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. The name Gwazi originates from a fabled creature with the head of a tiger and the body of a lion. Accordingly, the two sides are named "Lion" and "Tiger". The roller coaster opened in 1999, a few months after Florida's other twin roller coaster, Dueling Dragons (now Dragon Challenge) opened. The ride is one of 3 twin GCIs, the other 2 being Lightning Racer at Hersheypark and Joris en de Draak at Efteling.

History[edit | edit source]

A media day was held on Wednesday June 16, 1999. The following day, season ticket holders had the opportunity to ride, with Gwazi opening to the public on Friday.[1]

Gwazi closed on February 1, 2015.

Gwazi's trains were reused on Busch Gardens Williamsburg's 2017 wooden coaster InvadR. However, GCI CEO Clair Hain stated in an interview that the frames were the only part of the trains that were reused.

In April 2018, beige markings were sighted on parts of the coaster's support structure, indicating that some sort of demolition work is due to take place soon.

Busch Gardens Tampa later confirmed at the announcement of Tigris on September 12, 2018 that a new thrill ride would take the place of Gwazi in 2020.

Awards[edit | edit source]

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: wood
Year 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Ref.
Lion {{{1994}}} {{{1995}}} {{{1996}}} {{{1997}}} {{{1998}}} 32 42 41 41 50 51 53 71 79 89 118 103 98 101 132 {{{2014}}} [2]
Tiger {{{1994-2}}} {{{1995-2}}} {{{1996-2}}} {{{1997-2}}} {{{1998-2}}} 30 33 37 40 44 50 51 64 77 88 116 105 87 96 121 {{{2014-2}}}

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. This is the former capacity with both tracks operating.

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