Tigris. Standing 150 feet above the park, the triple-launched Premier Rides model is now Florida's tallest launch coaster.Busch Gardens Tampa this morning showed off its new roller coaster to the media —
I wasn't at the park for this morning's event, but I invite you to check out our on-site reviews of SeaWorld's two previous installations of this Sky Rocket II model: the original installation of Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, by Russell Meyer, and my review of Electric Eel last year at SeaWorld San Diego.
We start with a forward launch out of the station, stalling on the track as gravity drops us back into the station, through which the ride accelerates us with a faster, backward launch. That one drives us up higher, but we stall again for gravity to pull us again into the station, where a third launch finally gets us up to that 62 mph top speed, propelling us all the way to the top of the 150-foot structure.
A relatively slow inline twist follows... before gravity pulls us down and into the ride's final element, a non-inverting loop. Then we drop back into the station, overshooting it by just a bit, before gravity gently rolls us backward to unload.
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