Actor Neil Patrick Harris spotted riding the new Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens

Actor Neil Patrick Harris is known for his role as Barney on How I Met Your Mother, the nefarious Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events, in addition to his roles in Starship Troopers, Gone Girl, The Muppet Movie, Downsizing, and The Smurfs. Harris has also written segments for the Oscars, and has played host for the celebrated Tony Awards. The actor has been spotted across the Tampa Bay region this week. Some have seen him enjoying a stint at the St. Pete Pier, and dinner at Gulfport Brewery.

It doesn’t seem the star of stage and screen is here for any film or TV projects. Rather, Neil himself seems to be enjoying all the region has to offer, including the brand new Iron Gwazi roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.


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 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.

Alex Arnold posted a full video of the ride with Neil Patrick Harris that you can watch online here.


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