Busch Gardens Tampa confirms opening date for its new coaster

April 4, 2019, 11:06 AM · We've got an opening date now for Florida's tallest launch coaster. Tigris will debut on Friday April 19 at Busch Gardens Tampa.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Theme Park Insider (@themeparkinsider) on

Tigris is a Premier Rides Sky Rocket II, the third installed by the SeaWorld Parks chain, following Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Electric Eel at SeaWorld San Diego. The triple-launch coaster hits a top speed of 62 miles per hour and tops out at 150 feet.

And it's up there that you will find the most impressive element on Tigris, with a slow-speed heartline roll inline twist at the ride's top point. Here is our full video from Tigris' twin, Electric Eel, when it opened last year.

If you're planning to "Take on Tigris," we have one-day print-at-home tickets available for as little as $86.79 online through our new ticket portal. Or you can call +1-800-680-1272 for assistance with theme park tickets, packages and hotel bookings.

Replies (7)

April 4, 2019 at 12:06 PM

Oh Robert .... I'm surprised .... It's a slow inline twist, and you even mention that in your review of the Electric Eel ... :)

Anywhooo ... pass members have 2 early access weekends at the beginning of May, so I'll be there on May 11th, which coincidently is the same day as our company outing to BGT. Perfect timing. Looking forward to trying it out.

April 4, 2019 at 1:44 PM

BGT called it a heartline in its press release and I typed that without thinking about it. (Hey, I'm sick this week. Thank you, ill child on my flight from Orlando last week!) But you're right. That's an inline twist. Fixed.

April 4, 2019 at 2:15 PM

I saw that in their write up on the web page. Sadly they most probably don't know the difference .... LOL !!

April 4, 2019 at 3:32 PM

Sorry the unvaccinated children have infected you Robert! Still think requiring proof of vaccinations will do more for guest safety, health and crowd control at the theme parks than the new rules coming into effect ever will. As for Tigris, better a few weeks late though that makes this a late birthday gift for Busch Gardens Tampa since was intended for March 30. Guess at that age after so much beer the theme park should experience occasional failure to launch, even for the State's biggest launch coaster;)

April 4, 2019 at 4:45 PM

No vaccine for the cold yet, but I would 100% get one if offered. And the Sky Rocket II is a fun coaster. Not worth a huge wait, but definitely one worth riding once the opening crowd disperses.

Though that's probably true for most new rides, anyway.

April 5, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Never trust theme parks to correctly identify roller coaster elements. Lake Compounce, which houses the Skyrocket II installation Phobia Phear, proclaims that the inversion at the top is a cobra roll, LMAO. Well, a cobra roll has such a distinctive appearance that I don't see how anyone could confuse that with an inline twist. I pointed out the inaccuracy to someone in a management capacity at Lake Compounce quite some time ago and they're still calling it a cobra roll. Guess they weren't willing to take my word for it; funny thing is that I don't even work in the amusement industry and know more about roller coasters than they do. Anyway, this is a fun ride and I prefer the version at Lake Compounce b/c the restraint is a lap bar only. Someone suggested that SeaWorld added comfort collars to their Skyrocket II installations to allay guests' fears but I find that difficult to believe insofar as lack of OTS restraints certainly hasn't deterred anyone from riding coasters such as Steel Vengeance and numerous others.

April 6, 2019 at 6:55 AM

The wait times are going to be epic during summers/weekends/holidays

This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Park tickets

Weekly newsletter

New attraction reviews

News archive