Friday, November 22, 2019

Busch Gardens Tampa is using Rocky Mountain Construction to make the old new again with Iron Gwazi!

Here are a few construction photos from the Christmas Town opening night on 11/16/2019.


Below is the unedited version of the press release from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 

Iron Gwazi – Opening Spring 2020
A new legend is surfacing in 2020 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with the evolution of Iron Gwazi™, North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, Iron Gwazi will be 206 feet tall, feature a 91-degree drop, and reach top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include 3 inversions and 12 airtime moments as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48” height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting thrill attraction that families can take on together.

While elements of the former wooden attraction will be integrated into the new ride, the steel track and re-imagined layout of Iron Gwazi present an entirely unique experience that tells a different story. Iron Gwazi will highlight the best of both worlds — the classic nostalgia of a wooden coaster and the bold innovation of a steel coaster. Thriving and adapting over millions of years, this evolutionary crossroad is perfectly represented in the crocodile, the largest living reptile and the animal inspiration for Iron Gwai

Iron Gwazi Fast Facts

Opening Date: Spring 2020
Maximum Height: 206 feet
Maximum Speed: 76 mph
Drop Angle: 91 degrees
Track Length Traveled: 4,075 feet
Number of Trains: two
Number of Riders per Train: 24
Minimum Rider Height: 48 inches
Ride Elements: 12 airtime features, including three inversions
Manufacturer: Rocky Mountain Construction

And here are a couple photos of  the awesome front car of the Iron Gwazi Train