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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces Iron Gwazi opening date.

The coaster will be north America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world will open just in time for Spring Break.

According to a press release from 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.

The height requirement for the ride is only 48”. This is a ride 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 open in March 2022. Will you be brave enough to ride?


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