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Gwazi was Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's mammoth double wooden coaster, but was shut down on February 1, 2015. It was also the Southeast's largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster, boasting more than 1.25 million board feet of lumber and more than 2 million bolted connections. Named after a fabled lion with a tiger's head, Gwazi raced riders through almost 7,000 feet of track and six "flyby" maneuvers in which trains passed within feet of each other at crossing speeds of 100 mph. Gwazi is in reality two distinct roller coasters intertwined: Gwazi Tiger has an element that gave riders a slalom sensation, more like a bobsled than a wooden coaster. Gwazi Lion was a seemingly continuous number of spirals.

Roller Coaster Details

Year Track Type Designer
1999 Wood Dueling Twister Great Coasters, Int.

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Drop: 90 feet
  • G-force: 3.5 G's
  • Height: 95 feet
  • Length: 3,400 feet
  • Trains: 4 - 24 passenger
  • Ride Time: 2 minutes, 30 seconds
  • Top Speed: 50 mph
  • Train Mfg: Great Coasters

Gwazi Facts

Elements: Dual-Track, Six Near Miss Dueling Passes

February 2, 2015 – Standing-but-not-operating since this date.

February 1, 2015 – Closing date

2012 – Gwazi Tiger (one side) was shut down after the summer season and remained closed ever since.

January 2011 – Four GCI Millennium Flyer trains replace the original 24-passenger, six-car PTC trains.

Opening date: June 18, 1999

Estimated cost: $10 million

Train has twelve cars with one row each, seating two abreast per row.

Ride capacity: 2,880 passengers per hour

Height requirement: Riders must be less than 49 inches tall

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