The news was broken today by Screamscape, which reported in the morning that they had received word that Gwazi would be closing February 1st, and later in the day confirmed that news with Busch Gardens Tampa. The final date of operation may change, according to Screamscape, with an official announcement from the park forthcoming.
Gwazi, consisting of a Lion and Tiger side, opened in 1999 as one of Great Coasters International's largest projects to date. The pair of wood coasters dueled throughout the ride, including first drops that pass one another and other moments of interaction between the trains. The ride was never known for being smooth, and seemed to deteriorate over the seasons.
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Screamscape's story points out that it may be some time until the rides are demolished, and as you can see in the aerial above they cover a lot of real estate at the theme park. Hopefully when the storm clouds eventually leave SeaWorlds Parks something amazing can take the ride's place.