Iron Gwazi Opens at Busch Gardens Tampa

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March 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am - April 18, 2022 @ 10:00 pm EDT

Close up of people upside down on Iron Gwazi, a new coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa on a sunny day in Tampa, Florida, USA

Get ready roller coaster fans! Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is opening Iron Gwazi, the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster!


Iron Gwazi, will open on March 11, 2022

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About Busch Gardens Tampa

Ideal for any animal lover or intrepid adventurer, Busch Gardens® Tampa features over 300 acres of animal habitats, water rides, and scream-inducing roller coasters. In addition, there is safari-themed dining and shopping.

This world-class theme park is a must-visit destination for thrill-seekers and zoophilists, young and old. Smaller explorers will love discovering the Sesame Street® Safari of fun, while adrenaline junkies will flip over the exceedingly steep SheiKra® coaster.

Tallest Hybrid Coaster

Being North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, this ride takes thrills to new heights. During the heart-throbbing ride expect a 91-degree drop  from a 206-foot-tall peak while reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour.

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Iron Gwazi is Busch Gardens’ tenth coaster and an exhilarating addition to the park’s collection of thrill rides.

Riders will experience a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, while racing along more than 4,000 feet of steel track.

Height Requirements

With a 48” height requirement, this invigorating attraction is a ride the whole family can conquer together.

“The incredible anticipation for Iron Gwazi is shared by both our guests and Ambassadors, and we are beyond excited to open this amazing coaster,” said Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President.

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“Iron Gwazi diversifies our thrill ride portfolio and is an impressive addition to the Tampa skyline. Combining classic elements of a wooden coaster with a smooth, steel track will provide thrill-seekers with an unforgettable experience.”


Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, the newest addition at Busch Gardens is a wood and steel hybrid coaster design, combining the innovation of a steel coaster and the nostalgia of a wooden coaster. While elements of Gwazi, the classic wooden coaster, are integrated into the new ride, all-new thrill components and a reimagined track layout take Iron Gwazi to another level.

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In addition to the record-breaking Iron Gwazi coaster, two new slides will debut at Adventure Island in 2022. Rapids Racer and Wahoo Remix will open this spring at Adventure Island, one of USA Today’s 10 Best Water Parks.

Experience Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

To enjoy all of the activities be sure to get your Busch Gardens Tampa tickets today. Also, you can make a vacation out of it with a Busch Gardens Tampa package.


March 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am EDT
April 18, 2022 @ 10:00 pm EDT
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Busch Gardens Tampa
10165 McKinley Dr
Tampa, FL 33612 United States
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(813) 884-4386
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