Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Gwazi, a roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa. (The minimum height to ride is 48 inches.)
Written by Justin Kermgard
Thrill seekers at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay can ride the legendary Gwazi, the Southeast’s largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster featuring 1.25 million feet of twisting lumber. Named after a fabled lion with a tiger's head, Gwazi takes riders through 7,000 feet of track and six “flybys” in which the trains pass each other.
According to African legend, the Gwazi Lion, with its superior strength, is locked in an intense battle over territory with the Gwazi Tiger, known for its cunning and superior speed. Each coaster has a distinct theme that symbolizes the different personalities and environments of the ferocious cats. Gwazi lion’s territory includes lava rocks in an African desert atmosphere, while the Gwazi tiger claims the lush landscape and cool streams of Asia.
Gwazi seems to get worse as time goes on (roughness), like many woodies do. Even though it's still fun and worth a ride, it's not world class and incredible like it was back in 1999. It seems like the ride operators agree, because they don't treat it like it is, either. Like mentioned before, they almost never dispatch them at the same time which, when it's designed to be a dueling coaster, makes a bigger difference than you'd think. - Bradley Keith
I love this coaster. It's fast and intense and never seems to let up. My only dislike is the long load times and the fact that they rarely dispatch the Lion and Tiger at simultaneously. - brian newsome
We sat in the front of the tiger side & I LOVED it. Very fast, and I was shocked at how padded the seats were. My brothers are 6 foot 4 and 6 foot 7, both of them fit in the cars with ease (which is odd). - Annette Hatch
This coastr was great! i dont know why but it reminded me of the boardwalk bullet. - Steven D
It's very rough and rattly, even by woody standards, but still good fun. We got a walk on and rode both sides one after the other, not something I'd recommend unless you don't mind risking a severe battering followed by a headache! - Peter Coulton
Ow! Ow! Ow! Where's the aspirin and the heating pad? Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but I've never been able to ride both tracks in the same day because I'm too worried about developing Parkinson's when I get older. Enjoy it and then move on to the steel coasters. - Tim Hillman
I thought it was great. Yeah it rattles you about but wooden coasters are meant to do that! If it was a steel smooth coaster it would seem a lot slower. Don't get on if you just ate and also both sides are exact same! 9/10 - D H
Rattled me around so much I ended up with a headache... most wooden coasters do though. Good if you enjoy wooden coasters. - Terri Pierce
Great ride with the new trains. - Tyler Bell
A good ride for older kids to adults younger kids won't like it because of how much it rattles you around. - josh morgera
I only got to ride Tiger as Lion was closed on my visit. I thought this was a good coaster but would definitely have appreciated having the other one running at the same time. It's wooden roller coaster rough...not at all the roughest I've been on. - Carl Stovall
A fun ride. Its a rough one, beats you up a little bit but you have to expect that from wooden coasters. The airtime was suprisingly good. Although rough, its still enjoyable. - Formula 40
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