Tigris Launched Roller Coaster coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2019
Busch Gardens Tampa announced their 2019 addition today during a special media get together at its park. The park *also* teased its 2020 attraction.
First off, Busch Gardens Tampa will be adding Tigris in 2019. Tigris 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. Tigris will race riders along more than 1,800 feet of steel track designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat –the tiger.
“Tigris will be a strong addition to our family of world-class thrill rides. With three intensely exciting launch points, this ride is unlike anything we have in our coaster collection,” said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “This new attraction is a testament to our continuing investment in the park, and bringing new and innovative experiences to our guests.”
To further solidify Busch Gardens’ reign as Florida’s thrill ride leader, more news is on the horizon – a second new thrill ride will be coming to the Gwazi area of the park in 2020. What was most interesting about their 2020 tease, is that it will be located in the Gwazi section of the park and the Busch Gardens Tampa President mentioned the words HYBRID and ROCKY during the press conference, hinting at what coaster enthusiasts have wanted all along, a Rocky Mountain Construction re-do of Gwazi. Busch Gardens Tampa also mentioned more details will be available in the coming months.
Tigris attraction is being constructed in the Stanleyville area of the theme park adjacent to Jungala, which houses the park’s endangered Bengal tigers. Additionally, Busch Gardens is home to Malayan tigers – a subspecies that has fewer than 500 individuals remaining in the wild. The park’s resident cats are an integral part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.