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Gwazi (Busch Gardens Tampa)

Gwazi (Busch Gardens Tampa)

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Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Status Defunct
Operated June 18, 1999 to February 1, 2015
Cost $10,000,000 USD
Replaced by unknown
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Type Wooden - Twin
Hourly capacity 2880[nb 1]
Propulsion Chain lift hill
105.4 feet
105.4 feet
91.8 feet
91.8 feet
Top speed
51 mph
51 mph
3,508 feet
3,508 feet
3.5 g
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 originated from a fabled creature with the head of a tiger and the body of a lion. Accordingly, the two sides were 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 was 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 was 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. A construction permit filed in late 2018 confirmed that Rocky Mountain Construction would be manufacturing the ride's replacement.

In early 2019, track removal finally began from the ride.

Notes[edit | edit source]

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

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