Iron Gwazi

Iron Gwazi
Iron Gwazi (Busch Gardens Tampa) construction 01.jpg
Iron Gwazi under construction in November 2019
roller coaster
Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa Bay, Florida, USA
Status Under construction
Replaced Gwazi
Manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction
Designer / calculations Alan Schilke
Type Steel - Hyper - Hybrid
Model / product I-Box Track
Riders per train 24
Height206 feet
Drop206 feet
Top speed76 mph
Length4075 feet
Steepest drop91°
Airtime points: 12 - HELP
Iron Gwazi's Logo.jpg

Iron Gwazi is a steel roller coaster currently under construction at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA. It will be a Rocky Mountain Construction IBox conversion of the former Gwazi wooden roller coaster and is opening in 2020. With a drop at an angle of 91 degrees, it will be the first hybrid roller coaster with a beyond vertical drop.

History[edit | edit source]

The front car from one of the trains on display at IAAPA

On September 12, 2018, when Tigris was announced, Busch Gardens announced that a new thrill ride would take Gwazi's place.

In late 2018, a permit confirmed Rocky Mountain Construction's involvement.

In early 2019, track removal from the Gwazi structure began.

On March 1, 2019, Busch Gardens officially confirmed that the ride would be North America's tallest, and the world's fastest and steepest hybrid coaster and that it would be over 200 feet tall. They also confirmed Rocky Mountain Construction's involvement.[1] Later that month, an FAA permit was filed confirming that the ride would be 210 feet tall and in April track began arriving onsite.

The ride was officially announced on September 12, 2019. The front car from one of the trains was revealed at IAAPA 2019.[2] The lift hill was topped off in mid-December.

Design[edit | edit source]


Iron Gwazi will be a Rocky Mountain Construction IBox Track replacing Gwazi, a Great Coasters International dueling wooden coaster that operated from 1999 to 2015. Unlike its predecessor, it will not be a dueling coaster, but will be almost double the height of both sides at 206 feet tall. It will be a hybrid, like Zadra.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

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