Preview: Busch Gardens Opens Tigris – Florida’s Tallest Launch Roller Coaster
After months of anticipation, Busch Gardens Tampa will officially open Tigris, a triple-launch steel roller coaster, on Friday, April 19, 2019. The new attraction is Florida’s tallest launch coaster and the ninth coaster in the park’s collection, solidifying Busch Gardens Tampa as Florida’s thrill ride leader!
Tigris catapults riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartline roll, reaching a top speed of more than 60 miles per hour. Tigris races riders along more than 1,800 feet of steel track designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat –the tiger.
Today, we finally got to experience the new coaster first hand, take a ride with us!
Although it may seem short in the videos, don’t let that underestimate the thrill. Tigris packs a powerful punch and is very re-rideable! we really enjoyed it as well as it’s sister coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and SeaWorld San Diego.
“We are proud of the legacy we’ve built as we have welcomed millions of thrill-seekers from around the world to the Tampa Bay area,” said Stewart Clark, President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. “Tigris is the perfect addition to our unrivaled collection of adrenaline-pumping attractions.”
Stewart (park president) and Andrew, the Tigris project manager explain more about the ride and the future in the video below.
Tigris joins a top-rated list of favorites for coaster enthusiasts, including Cheetah Hunt, the park’s longest coaster, SheiKra, a 200-foot tall floorless dive coaster, Falcon’s Fury, a 335-foot freestanding drop tower, Montu, an inverted coaster, Kumba, and Cobra’s Curse, to name a few.
The Tigris queue area includes educational content about the plight of tigers in the wild and what conservationists – including the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund – are doing to help save them. In addition, the purchase of any merchandise in the Tigris gift shop will help make a difference, with 5% of the sales price donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their habitat.
Today, Busch Gardens had one of their animal ambassadors out for the Tigris celebration. Meet Emmit, a 15 year old Eastern Screech Owl!
The best way to experience Tigris and all of the attractions at Busch Gardens as well as more than a dozen seasonal events throughout the year is with an Annual Pass. Guests can choose from four unique passes for the benefits and value they want most. Pass Members will also enjoy exclusive ride time on Tigris for the first two weekends in May before the ride opens for the day to general guests.
During the event, we received some complimentary media day gifts. These items will be given away in various contests on our social media accounts – (specifically twitter @Coaster_Nation). So, follow along and these gifts could be yours!
To further solidify Busch Gardens’ reign as Florida’s thrill ride leader, another new thrill ride will be coming to the park in 2020. It will be constructed on the former site of Gwazi, a dual wooden coaster that was closed in early 2015. Below is the teaser revealed at a special event last month.
For tickets and more information, visit the official Busch Gardens website by clicking here.
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