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Here’s what it’s like to ride Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Roller coaster enthusiasts, rejoice! Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is about to officially open to the public on March 11 and we got a sneak peek today!

Iron Gwazi is one of the most anticipated roller coasters in North America and it’s not just because we’ve had to wait two years due to pandemic delays. It’s the record-breaking numbers that has people on edge…literally!

Being the tallest hybrid coaster in North America isn’t Iron Gwazi’s only claim to fame. It is also the STEEPEST and FASTEST hybrid coaster in the world. Yikes, right??

If you’re a Busch Gardens passholder, you’re in luck because you’ll be able to ride first on select dates starting this weekend.

You ready to ride?? (Keep scrolling to see our POV ride from today!)

Iron Gwazi by the numbers:

  • 206-foot-tall plunge from the peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour!
  • ONE DOZEN airtime moments *THREE inversions
  • 4,075 feet of purple steel track
  • 48” height requirement to ride

Iron Gwazi was originally slated for a spring 2020 opening, but as you know…that was also the time the world changed for us all. These unprecedented times also presented Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with unpredictable challenges when it came to debuting this latest thrill ride.

“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.

Iron Gwazi will be the 10th thrill ride at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, joining Tigris, Florida’s tallest inversion coaster, SheiKra, a 200-foot, 90-degree drop coaster, and Montu, which is recognized as one of the top 10 coasters in the country.

Here’s a look at the new video of Iron Gwazi released by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay:

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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