The long-delayed Iron Gwazi and Ice Breaker roller coasters will open early next year, their parks announced this morning.
Iron Gwazi will open in March 2022, Busch Gardens Tampa announced. The Rocky Mountain Construction rebuild of the former Gwazi wooden roller coasters will feature a 206-foot drop, two inversions and top speed of 76 mph on its 4,075 feet of track. I took a late-stage construction tour of Iron Gwazi in January 2020 and the park released an official POV video late last year.
"Iron Gwazi has been highly anticipated by roller coaster enthusiasts around the world since we first announced this new legend. Due to the unprecedented challenges over the last two years, Iron Gwazi was delayed, and we recognize the delay has disappointed our fans. We appreciate the patience our guests have shown," Park President Neal Thurman said. "We’re finally able to confirm that we will be delivering on the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens, when we open this incredible coaster this spring."
Over at SeaWorld Orlando, Ice Breaker will open one month earlier, in February 2022. This Premier Rides Sky Rocket climbs 93 feet and reaches 52 mph on its 1,900 feet of track. Here is our behind the scenes construction tour report from January 2020.
"We recognize there was a lot of anticipation and excitement for this new ride, and then due to the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the opening was delayed," Park President Kyle Miller said. "We apologize for this delay and thank our fans for their patience. We know that they are going to love this one-of-a-kind thrill ride which complements our existing exhilarating ride portfolio perfectly. We are excited to finally be able to confirm Ice Breaker opening in February 2022."
Here is SeaWorld's virtual POV for Ice Breaker:
We still are awaiting word on SeaWorld Entertainment's other delayed 2020 coasters, Pantheon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia and Emperor at SeaWorld San Diego. Busch Gardens is promising a Pantheon update "within the next few weeks."
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