Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, opens at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has officially cut the ribbon on Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, and the fastest hybrid coaster in the world. “Taking it to “another level”, indeed! Get ready, Iron Gwazi’s grand opening is March 11! ⁣⁣” wrote park officials in an Instagram post. Neil Patrick Harris even scored an early preview of the ride earlier in the month.

This ride is for the most adamant thrill-seekers around. The new ride will take thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48” height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting attraction that thrill-seeking families can take on together.


Iron Gwazi may be the wildest roller coaster in North America

“Iron Gwazi has been highly anticipated by roller coaster enthusiasts around the world since we first announced this new legend.  Due to the unprecedented challenges over the last two years, Iron Gwazi was delayed, and we recognize the delay has disappointed our fans. We appreciate the patience our guests have shown.” said Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President. “We’re finally able to confirm that we will be delivering on the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens, when we open this incredible coaster this spring.”

Iron Gwazi will be the 10th roller coaster to join Busch Gardens’ lineup of highly-rated roller coasters and thrill rides, including Tigris, Florida’s tallest inversion, SheiKra, a 200-foot, 90-degree drop coaster, and Montu, recognized as one of the top 10 coasters in the country.

The most anticipated roller coaster of the year

This wild roller coaster attraction is the most anticipated ride of the year, according to USA Today.

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