Sean: In today’s new Busch Gardens Tampa update we’ll be taking a look at the RMC construction/demolition taking place on Gwazi, the progress made on Tigris, the post-refurb changes on SheiKra, and lots more!
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First thing, GWAZI! Since it’s now confirmed that Gwazi will be a brand new RMC product, it’s time to start tracking the construction and demolition on this giant wooden coaster. The front of the ride, particularly the main station building, look very rough. The good news is, we can soon expect some major changes.
We now seem to have some more info on the new coaster, if the source is actually correct. We learned from the European Coaster Club’s “First Drop” magazine:
“The new Gwazi will make some major modifications to the dueling coasters. The first of which is to remove its dueling element. A new steel structure lift hill will give the coaster a 65m (212ft) 91degree first drop. Making it the tallest and steepest RMC hybrid coaster as well as the tallest coaster in Florida. The original lift hills will remain and feature as “normal” hills on the new track”
The ride won’t be taller than SheiKra next door, but it sure will compliment it nicely. The following picture will give you a nice idea of how far into the construction process they are for the launch coaster.
Make sure to head to page 2 of the update, where we discuss SheiKra’s reopening without the scoops below the train, ride refurbishments, and a lot more!