Busch Gardens lays first track for record-breaking coaster

August 20, 2019, 6:19 PM · Excited for 2020 yet? Sure, the summer of 2019 still has a few weeks of excitement to offer theme park fans, but it's not too early to look forward to all the new stuff that parks have in store for next year, too.

Busch Gardens Tampa just posted its first image of the new track that it has installed on its upcoming RMC steel-track makeover of the former Gwazi wooden coaster.

Track photo

The as-yet-unnamed coaster will be fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world when it opens next year, as well as the tallest hybrid roller coaster in North America at more than 200 feet tall. It's the highlight of parent company SeaWorld's all-in commitment to roller coasters for 2020 and beyond.

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Replies (4)

August 20, 2019 at 6:40 PM

Nice to see the successor to Gwazi begin, though wondering what SeaWorld Entertainment really intended to announce today for that media event they were going to hold that is now postponed to an unannounced future date....

August 20, 2019 at 7:36 PM

I’d already forgotten about that! Many of us thought that was going to be a name reveal for the Orlando coaster, but the cancellation definitely aroused some curiosity.

But not enough, apparently, for me to remember it a week later....

August 20, 2019 at 7:44 PM

SWE announced the media event last Wednesday, and postponed it last Thursday .... so in reality there wasn’t anything going to happen today anyway.

Just take Robert’s blog for what it is Dave ... we have the first piece of track on Gwazi, and for that we should all be a little more excited for what will be coming to BGT next year.

August 21, 2019 at 11:12 PM

I'm hoping for the best for Busch Gardens, but their track record of uptime on new rides hasn't been great recently. Seems like Cheetah Hunt, Cobra's Curse, and Falcon's Fury still face frequent downtimes. Haven't seen how Tigris is performing yet.

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