Busch Gardens, SeaWorld reveal names for their new coasters

September 12, 2019, 9:04 AM · Sister parks Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando this morning revealed the names of their previously announced new coasters for 2020.

Iron Gwazi and Ice Breaker will welcome riders at the two parks next year, respectively. Neither name is exactly a surprise, as the RMC-rebuilt coaster at Busch Gardens replaces that park’s old Gwazi wooden coaster and SeaWorld had been promoting its new coaster with the hashtag #Breaktheice

The Rocky Mountain Construction conversion of the former Gwazi roller coaster not will only be the tallest hybrid roller coaster in North America, it will be the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world, with a height of 206 feet, a 91-degree drop and a top speed of 76 miles per hour. Iron Gwazi will include three inversions and 12 airtime hills on 4,075 feet track.

Ice Breaker
Image courtesy SeaWorld

Over in Orlando, Ice Breaker will be located near Wild Arctic and feature four launches, finishing with a backward launch into the steepest drop in Florida — a 93-foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle.

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Replies (13)

September 12, 2019 at 9:35 AM

I'm sorry, but "Iron Gwazi" just doesn't roll off the tongue very well. I think Gwazi Unleashed or Gwazi's Revenge would have been a better choice. Sea World still needs to settle on a name for their Dive Machine in San Diego since it seems like Mako is out.

I'm hoping that Sea World is doing more with Ice Breaker than simply installing a smaller version of Pantheon. While the Florida park has made its comeback on cutting costs and increasing per cap spending, a lot of the guests that have been coming back and spending money at Sea World are doing so because it offers a complete experience. Simply putting a thrill ride in an otherwise "dead" corner of the park is not going to maintain their momentum. The new coaster must fit in with the other thrill rides in the park that combine animal exhibits and stepped up theming along with exciting rides. Plopping in a multi-launch coaster needs to be accompanied by a renovated Wild Arctic pavilion (following the removal of the outdated simulator) with improved animal habitats and species. When Wild Arctic opened it was on the cutting edge of animal experiences, but has since started showing its age along with the removal of its iconic polar bears. Sea World cannot forget that the marine animal experiences are what differentiate it from other area theme parks, and installing a new roller coaster will not move the needle.

September 12, 2019 at 10:09 AM

Why does Iron Rattler sound so much better than Iron Gwazi? Almost anything would sound better. If they'd named it Iron Liger or simply Liger, that would not only sound better but be in keeping with its being a hybrid. (With Tigris in the park, it would have been a bad idea to call it Tigon or Tiglon.)

September 12, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Iron Liger FTW.

With the ride's signature Iron Liger Lager served at the needed beer stand at the exit.

September 12, 2019 at 11:50 AM

I don't care what its named, Iron Gwazi looks awesome and I am so glad its coming to Florida. And I love the logo it perfectly fits BGT.

September 12, 2019 at 1:07 PM

Russell, I'm not sure that's correct anymore. I think SeaWorld have returned from the grave, or at least reversed course away from the grave, thanks to keeping prices reasonable and transitioning away from being a heavily themed animal experience to being a traditional amusement park. It's filling a niche in the market for an affordable park for locals. I'd be very curious to see what percentage of their attendance is driven by locals compared to Disney and Universal. In that vein, Ice Breaker, like Mako and Infinity Falls before it, seems to follow this new direction. I think it's a viable strategy. Would I like to see a renovated polar exhibit? Of course. But that's not where SWE is finding success at the moment.

As for Iron Gwazi, yes, the name is hilariously terrible (though no worse than something like "Cosmic Rewind" or Hagrid's Mouthful), but I am unbelievably excited for an upper-tier RMC to come to Florida. I was comping it to Steel Vengeance based on the hype around it, but based on the stats and concept art, I think Zadra at Energylandia in Poland offers the best glimpse of what we can expect. Can't wait to see more!

September 12, 2019 at 1:23 PM

Who's the person who installs the Iron Liger Lager? Because they would be the Iron Liger Lager Loader.

September 12, 2019 at 1:47 PM

And if you've had one (or more) too many, you're the Loaded Iron Liger Lager Loader.

We can go all day, people!

September 12, 2019 at 3:27 PM

Threads like this are why I love this site!

September 12, 2019 at 3:54 PM

I know it's just a teaser, but from what I see Iron Gwazi just doesn't look overly impressive to me. Yes, it's an RMC and is still going to be a great ride, but I'm getting Joker vibes from it...nice layout and pacing, but less intensity than a lot of their other rides. Ice Breaker looks intriguing, and very much seems to be a family friendly version of Pantheon. Should be a great fit for the park.

September 12, 2019 at 4:27 PM

AJ, if you want to get hyped for Iron Gwazi, go check out the POV for Zadra on YouTube. Nearly identical stats and the same inversions. Zadra looks to be an incredible ride, and I expect the same from this installation.

September 12, 2019 at 10:56 PM

Evanweston, the problem there is I don't personally think Zadra looks particularly spectacular in comparison to RMC's other coasters. But like I've said before, even if Iron Gwazi the worst RMC it will still be an amazing ride, I just have no idea when I'll make it back to Florida to ride it. Nothing I've seen so far says the ride will offer anything I can't find on another RMC IBox, so my next Florida trip will be dictated by other new attractions in the region. When I do get back there, Iron Gwazi is absolutely a must ride, but at the moment I'm more hyped for Pantheon in the SeaWorld chain and Jersey Devil for RMCs since I'll be riding those in 2020.

September 13, 2019 at 5:42 AM

Disney: Here's our new ride

Universal/SeaWorld/Busch Gardens: Florida's only ____!! World's first ____ !! Fastest, tallest, longest!!!

September 13, 2019 at 6:58 AM

I'm more excited for Iron Gwazi being in my backyard, than how it will rank along side the other 3 RMC's I have ridden. Of course, how good it is will be a big factor in the re-rideability, but as I've said many time before, I'd have preferred a Fury325 type of coaster rather than a RMC of Gwazi. And I don't mean an Orion, I mean a record busting giga .... maybe that will still be built at BGW in 2021 ???

........ us SeaWorld pass holders had an awesome day yesterday. As well as the announcements for the coasters, they also reinstated our annual eat everyday meal plan. Yes, it only includes the entree this time, but at $120 thru 2020, for those of us who go in once, maybe twice a week, it's great to have the plan back in place.

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