Though its true that the SeaWorld family of parks haven't been doing so great in recent years, things have been more or less steady at Busch Gardens, with Busch Gardens Tampa continuing to perform well for the SeaWorld family of parks, despite some challenging circumstances. And now, after some good news during the most recent financial quarter, it looks like Busch Gardens Tampa is ready to really kick things up a notch by announcing not one, but two roller coasters in development for the park!
Meet Tigris... a new record-breaking roller coaster
Earlier this week Busch Gardens Tampa announced that it was building a brand triple-launch steel coaster named Tigris, which will be Florida’s tallest launch coaster when it is completed and is set to open in just under a year.
This thrilling and record-breaking new attraction will catapult riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartline roll, all at more than 60 miles per hour along more than 1,800 feet of steel track.
As you might have guessed from the name, this attraction is inspired by the Tiger (Tigris is part of this big cat's scientific name) and this new attraction will be built in the pre-existing Stanleyville area of the theme park, which is next to Jungala, where guests can see the park’s Bengal tiger exhibit.
In an effort to connect this ride to the animals that inspired it, the Tigris queue will include educational content about the plight of tigers in the wild and what conservationists – including the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund – are doing to help save them. In addition, 5% of the purchase of any merchandise in the Tigris post-ride gift shop will be donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their habitat.
Construction on this new attraction is expected to begin very soon, as it will be open in less than a year in spring 2019.