Busch Gardens Tampa announced this morning for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment for their 2019 roller coaster season for their first ever triple-launch steel coaster and Central Florida’s tallest launch coaster called, “Tigris”. This steel coaster will be launching in Spring 2019 that will launch riders 150 feet into the sky and then turning them upside down through swirl curves at 60 miles per hour and not to mention it will also move backwards.
Artist Rendering for “Tigris” coming Spring 2019 as Florida’s first ever triple-launch steel roller coaster. Source: (©Busch Gardens Tampa)
This next addition towards Busch Gardens’ roller coasters will be designed by Premier Rides as Skyrocket II Premier Model for the park.
“An innovative experience, 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.”
Artist Rendering of the coaster trains for “Tigris” and the inverted spiral turns that will give riders the feel and agility of a tiger. Source: (©Busch Gardens Tampa)
The ride will have a 54-inch height restriction and a lap bar restraint and this ride will probably make you lose you’re lunch. “Tigris” will be located in the Stanleyville area of the park and adjacent towards Jungala, where originally Tidal Wave was located that was an African-themed boat ride that got riders soaked on the chute drop and closed back in 2016.
The queue will be designed for the coaster to have educational content for guests to learn about tigers in the wild and what scientists and conservationists are doing to help protect them. Also Busch Gardens Tampa did announce that any merchandise purchased from the “Tigris” gift shop will have a 5 percent cut that will be donated towards the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to help protect tigers and their natural habits.
Busch also did tease a second addition for the Gwazi area of the park but, details are still TBA and it is subject to open up in 2020. Details will be given out at later time when they are officially announced.
Check out the announcement trailer down below too!
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Source: Attractions Magazine Tampa Bay Times Busch Gardens