Busch Gardens has announced the opening date for its newest coaster Iron Gwazi.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced moments ago that Iron Gwazi will open as North America’s tallest hybrid coaster. Plus it’ll be the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world in March 2022. The ride features a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop. It will reach top speeds of 76 miles per hour. There are a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions. Iron Gwazi races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. This coaster has a 48” height requirement.

“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.” said Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President. “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.”

Written by Geno Knight

Hear more about Iron Gwazi coming to Busch Gardens (6:35) on the Experience Tampa Bay in 10 Minutes or Less podcast. You can also hear more about Florida’s Largest Home Show (1:03) and get a peek inside one of Downtown Tampa’s oldest landmarks, the Tampa Theater (3:50). 

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Photo: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Press Photos

Produced by Micaela Figueroa