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.
Another mysterious ride is coming in 2020
Though the big news this week was the announcement that the new Tigris roller coaster would be opening next year, Busch Gardens Tampa managed to sneak another piece of news into their announcement: Gwazi is finally being replaced. Ever since this attraction closed in 2015, guests have wondered what would happen to the area where this giant wooden roller coaster once thrilled guests. And though details are sparse, we now know that Busch Gardens is planning to build another record-breaking roller coaster in this area, but this one won't be ready until 2020.
Right now Busch Gardens isn't saying anything about this new ride, but given the extended construction time, we'd guess that this will be another record-breaking ride. And though we're very excited for Tigris, once this attraction opens hopefully we'll learn more about the big plans Busch Gardens Tampa has for this other attraction.
Two new attractions in the nick of time
Busch Gardens' addition of two major new attractions in just two years is pretty ambitious for a park with a parent company in such dire straits. But with nearby Walt Disney World getting ready for record visitors thanks to the 2019 opening of Star Wars Land, SeaWorld Parks and Resorts is probably hoping to grab the attention of these visitors for a day or two with these exciting new attractions. Only time will tell if a rising tide will lift all boats in this case (The opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley didn't exactly do any favors for SeaWorld or Busch Gardens), but it looks like parent company SeaWorld is ready to invest the money in these exciting new attractions, and hopefully thrill seekers will flock to the park to check out these new rides over the next two years!
Are you excited for the future of Busch Gardens Tampa? Do you think these two new roller coasters will be enough to bring a large influx of guests to this park and pull SeaWorld Parks and Resorts out of their current attendance slide?