Busch Gardens Tampa just upped their thrill game. The park announced Tigris, the new triple-launch steel coaster and Florida’s tallest launch coaster, will be coming to the park spring 2019.
Inspired by the world’s largest and most powerful cat - the tiger, Tigris will launch riders through thrilling loop twists with forward and backward motion, drops, a 15—foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartland roll, all at more than 60 miles per hour. The ride will take place along more than 1,800 feet of steel track.
“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 in a statement. “This new attraction is a testament to our continuing investment in the park, and bringing new and innovative experiences to our guests.”
Taking its name from the world’s largest cat species, Panthera tigris, the new coaster will be located in Stanleyville adjacent to Jungle, which is the home of the park’s endangered Begnal tigers. Guests can also spot Malayan tigers, a subspecies that has fewer than 500 remaining in the wild. The park’s resident cats are a part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.
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.
But, Busch Gardens Tampa isn’t stopping there. The park also revealed a second new thrill ride will be coming to the Gwazi area of the park in 2020.
The two new thrill rides will join an impressive lineup of coasters including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Falcon’s Fury, Kumba, Cobra’s Curse and more.
Stay tuned for more details on both new thrill rides.