Nick: It’s no secret that Busch Gardens Tampa is planning on revamping Gwazi into a new attraction for 2020, but up until now we’ve only had some not-so-subtle hints from September’s Tigris announcement that suggested the ride would receive an RMC makeover.
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In case you missed the hints from the Tigris announcement, the exact quotes were:
We wanted to make this a little bit of a hybrid attraction announcement…
Through Gwazi’s existence, it’s always been a little bit of a rocky ride, so we decided we’re going to go ahead and revamp Gwazi into a new attraction.
Since then, the Internet has been buzzing with excitement about the possibility of RMC Gwazi. Even though it wasn’t explicitly announced by Busch Gardens, this kind of coy teasing isn’t unprecedented. Kings Dominion teased “There’s Really More Coming” and Cedar Point held a funeral for Mean Streak with the last rites given by Richard. Michael. Crosby – both over a year before their RMC conversions were officially announced.
On October 23rd, a permit was filed with the City of Tampa for the “Demolition of selected portions of an existing site structure, selected buildings, and portions of buildings” – this was speculated to be the first permit for RMC Gwazi, but it wasn’t until December 21st that the permit was finally updated with the glorious details we’d all been waiting for – the licensed professional that would be completing the work: Rocky Mountain Construction!
So there you have it – if there was any doubt left in your mind at all, we now know for for certain that RMC will be converting Gwazi into one of their amazing hybrid coasters in 2020! Of course there’s still plenty left to speculate on – Will we get two distinct layouts? Will it still be a dueling coaster with two stations? Will it be a modified möbius loop layout like Twisted Colossus? Only time will tell, and we definitely can’t wait to see what RMC does with this massive ride!
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