ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has revealed more details about the two coasters coming to its Florida theme parks in 2020.
- SeaWorld Orlando's Ice Breaker will reach speeds of 52 mph
- Tampa's Iron Gwazi to be tallest hybrid coaster in North America
- Both coasters are set to open in the spring
SeaWorld Orlando's newest coaster will be called "Ice Breaker," while Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's upcoming coaster will be called "Iron Gwazi."
Ice Breaker will feature as many as four launches, sending riders forward and backward at speeds of up to 52 mph. The ride will also feature a 93-foot tall spike with a 100-degree angle. Ice Breaker's arctic theme will fit well next to SeaWorld's Wild Arctic exhibit. And with a 48-inch height requirement, the coaster will be able to provide thrills for the kids.
Ice Breaker is set to open in the spring.
Over at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Iron Gwazi will be the tallest hybrid coaster in North America. Towering at 206 feet, the coaster will also be the fastest and steepest hybrid in the world.
A revamped version of the park's wooden Gwazi coaster, Iron Gwazi will put riders through twists and turns as well as upside down, reaching speeds of 76 mph.
"Iron Gwazi is the evolution of a classic wooden coaster into a modern icon," Busch Gardens president Stewart Clark said. "From the bones of the original Gwazi, a new legend rises, reaching taller heights and faster speeds, delivering the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens."
Now to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for another big coaster announcement. Coming in 2020, Iron Gwazi will be over 200 feet tall with a 91 degree drop and reach speeds of 76 mph. Here’s a video teaser: @MyNews13 @BN9 pic.twitter.com/OV0GvG78mF— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) September 12, 2019
And, what is sure to be one of the ride's biggest thrills, Iron Gwazi will feature a 91-degree drop.
The new coasters are part of the company's strategy to open new attractions at its park every year.
In fact, SeaWorld is also opening a new attractions at its water park in Tampa. Adventure Island iwll welcom the Solar Vortex attraction in the spring. The first dual-tailspin water slide in U.S., Solar Vortex will take riders through multi-colored slides at up to 20 miles per hour.
In the past couple of years, SeaWorld has opened a Sesame Street themed land and the Infinity Falls raft ride in Orlando, and the Tigris launch coaster in Tampa.
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