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‘Tigris,’ new multi-launch coaster coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

by Brittani Tuttle

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced today that a new triple-launch steel coaster and Florida’s tallest launch coaster, Tigris, is coming to the park in spring 2019.

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This new multi-launch coaster will open in spring 2019.

Tigris will send riders through looping twists with forward and backward motion, drops, a 150-foot surge skyward, and an inverted heartland roll, all at over 60 miles per hour. Guests aboard Tigris will take riders along more than 1,800 feet of track designed to mimic the agility of the tiger.

“Tigris will be a strong addition to our family of world-class thrill rides. With three intensely exciting launch points, this ride is unlike anything we have in our coaster collection,” said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “This new attraction is a testament to our continuing investment in the park, and bringing new and innovative experiences to our guests.”

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A look at an artist’s rendering of the new coaster.

The new Tigris attraction will be constructed in the Stanleyville area of the park, adjacent to Jungala, which hosts the park’s endangered Bengal tigers. The queue for the coaster will include educational content about tigers in the wild and what conservationists are doing to save them.

Also, the purchase of any merchandise from the Tigris gift shop will have 5 percent of the price donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their habitat.

A second thrill ride was also announced for the Gwazi area of the park, to open in 2020. Stay tuned for more updates on this as they are announced.

To learn more about Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s other offerings, visit BuschGardens.com/Tampa.

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