Florida long has been the theme park capital of the world... save for one very important part of the theme park industry.
Face it, when most people think of Florida theme parks, they typically think of life-sized cartoon characters, dark rides, parades, and nighttime spectacles. Ask people to name great places for roller coasters, and Florida all but disappears from the conversation, as the discussion turns to parks such as Cedar Point and Six Flags.
Can a Florida theme park stake a claim as a leading roller coaster destination, too? In 2020, Busch Gardens Tampa is gonna do its best to try.
Next on the list of our most anticipated attractions for the new year is Busch Gardens' Iron Gwazi, a Rocky Mountain Construction revamp of the former Gwazi dual coasters that just might be the best hybrid coaster experience yet.
Busch Gardens has not released a concept POV for the ride, but the stats alone impress. At 206 feet, Iron Gwazi 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 91-degree drop and a top speed of 76 miles per hour. Not enough for you? Iron Gwazi will include three inversions and 12 airtime hills on 4,075 feet track.
At the recent IAAPA Expo in Orlando, RMC unveiled the trains for Iron Gwazi, and I spoke with founder Fred Grubb about this latest project.
The new year will bring another solid line-up of new coasters to fans across the country, including Candymonium at Hersheypark, Orion at Kings Island, and Pantheon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. But it's Iron Gwazi that has us most intrigued right now — not just for what might be the most amazing RMC experience yet, but for the audacious suggestion that a Florida theme park might just become home to the world's roller coaster king.
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