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(10/17/19) Iron Gwazi Update
(9/20/19) Iron Gwazi Construction Update (MORE...)
(9/13/19) Busch Gardens Tampa To Add Iron Gwazi and Solar Vortex in 2020
(9/4/19) Gwazi 2020 Construction Update (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Phoenix - NOW CLOSED “Until further notice”
Skyride - NOW CLOSED through Nov. 15
Congo River Rapids - Nov. 4 through Nov 22
Wild Surge - Dec. 2 through Dec 13
General Park News - Nothing to report at this time...
Howl-O-Scream 2019 - (7/12/19) Busch Gardens Tampa has released some of the first details for this year’s Howl-O-Scream event, along with a logo that mentions “20 YEARS XX of FEAR” across the bottom, as it seems this year’s HOS could be a celebration of the past two decades of horror. In fact the park has begun releasing clues to the horror on their Twitter account by looking back and some of the icons and major characters they’ve used over the past several years.
For example, see the video clip they tweeted below that features Dr. Livingsdoom (2000), The Death Jockey (2007), Trickster (2012), VooDoo Queen (2013) and The Butcher (2017).
Remember that rumored plan to make HOS included for Passholders? While it isn’t free for everyone, they are making it included for free for Florida Platinum Pass Members over the first weekend (Sept 20, 21). For everyone else they are currently offering discounted advanced HOS ticket sales starting now for as low as $19.99 for passholders, and as low as $24.99 for regular guests. These sale prices are only good now through July 21st at HowlOScream.com.
The full details for this year’s event haven’t been released yet, though the official website does already list two haunts: Simon’s Slaughterhouse and The Black Spot. Howl-O-Scream 2019 will take place on 22 select nights from Sept. 20 through to Nov. 2.
2020 - Iron Gwazi - Under Construction - (10/17/19) Busch Gardens Tampa posted a fun look at the proguess taking place on Iron Gwazi. Check it out below.
(9/20/19) A quick construction update for Iron Gwazi can be seen at Touring Central Florida this week.
(9/13/19) Iron Gwazi will be the name of the new coaster coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2020, built off the remains of the old Gwazi coaster, though this one will feature a reptile theme for the mythical Gwazi creature instead of being a big-cat hybrid. Iron Gwazi will be promoted as being North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, as well as the fastest and steepest hybrid in the world.
Iron Gwazi will be 206 feet tall, hit 76 mph, and feature a 91º beyond-vertical first drop with an overall length of 4,075 feet, through three inversions and 12 “airtime features”. Iron Gwazi will also have two train operations and be available to all riders at least 48” tall.
(9/4/19) A new look at the construction taking place to the former Gwazi coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa can be seen at TouringCentralFlorida this week.
(8/21/19) Take a look at this video Busch Gardens Tampa posted for National Roller Coaster Day. While it starts off with POV footage of the park’s coasters, jump ahead to the 3:40 mark to see some preview animation of the new Hybrid coaster coming in 2020 from the ashes of Grazi. Again, this is just a teaser, but it still shows off enough to really get you excited about how this will turn out.
(7/24/19) A fun series of aerial photos following along with the construction progress of the RMC crew working on Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa can be found here on Facebook here. They've got photos going back to a year ago when the ride was still untouched, then showcasing the progress and changes that have taken place over the months so far in 2019 from February to July. From the air is becomes easy to tell which are the new sections of wood put up compared to the old sections left over from Gwazi, due to the wood in the new sections looking so much lighter in color compared to the darker sun-stained old sections.
(7/18/19) A new Gwazi 2020 construction update from Busch Gardens Tampa can be found at Touring Central Florida this week.
(5/27/19) Touring Central Florida has posted a new construction update showing off the progress on Gwazi which is undergoing an RMC hybrid-coaster conversion. Speaking of which, there are now purple ibox rails on site, so now we know what color the new track will be at least.
(3/28/19) Touring Central Florida takes a look at the construction taking place currently on the former Gwazi coaster site this week, as much of the old coaster’s structure is being removed and prepared for modification.
(3/14/19) Touring Central Florida has posted a new photo update from Busch Gardens Tampa this week showing off the construction progress taking place on the park’s former Gwazi wooden coaster.
(3/2/19) Busch Gardens Tampa confirmed some details for their plans to transform Gwazi into a new hybrid coaster. According to a short hype video they displayed for the crowds in attendance at the park’s anniversary event the former Gwazi coaster will be reopened as a new “hybrid” coaster creation that will be promosed as being “the world’s steepest” “world’s tallest” and “world’s fastest” hybrid coaster. Another teaser post elsewhere confirms that the work is being done by Rocky Mountain Construction and that the new height of the ride will be over 200 feet tall and offer a series of all new thrill elements as well as some “restored elements” from the former Gwazi layout.
(2/16/19) Busch Gardens Tampa will be hosting a special 60th Celebration Kickoff event at the park on March 1st featuring special food and fun, as well as a fireworks show. The event begins at 7pm with a live performance of “Women Rock” with the Florida Orchestra with the fireworks finale around 8:30pm. However… they also promise that they will make a special announcement about the “all-new attraction, coming in 2020” ahead of the entire show, so arrive early for this special sneak-peek. The field will open at 5:30pm.
Busch Gardens also announced that Pin Trading will begin at the park also on March 1st allowing guests to collect and trade their favorite pins with other guests as well as special ambassadors.
(2/1/19) Touring Central Florida posted new pictures from Busch Gardens Tampa showing workers on site at Gwazi with electric saws in hand, quite literally cutting away at parts of the ride, which would then be hauled away by a large crane.
(1/25/19) A nice collection of photos from Busch Gardens Tampa were posted to Instragram a few hours ago showing off a crane on site at Gwazi removing sections of the ride, along with a great progress shot of Tigris which appears to be about half-way built at this point.
There is also an interesting rumor going around the cyber-webs regarding some fantastic sounding changes RMC has planned for Gwazi. No way to know how true the rumor is yet, but the posts claim the info came from an issue of First Drop Magazine… which unfortunately I can’t locate my latest issue after a remodeling of my office, so I can’t verify that as the source. In any case… the gist is that the two sides may be merged into one big coaster, with a brand new central 200+ foot lift hill to be constructed, and the structures of the existing two lifts will be reprofiled to serve as two large hills instead. True or not, I’d expect Gwazi to hardly even look anything like its former self by the time RMC is done with it. It’s all a matter of just how extreme BGT is willing to let them get with it.
(1/12/19) According to the latest update posted to TouringCentralFlorida workers have begun cutting apart a section of Gwazi behind the Lion side lift hill this week. A crane is on site and is said to be lifting out the sections of the support structure that are being cut away. Given the twisted interwoven structure of Gwazi, I wouldn’t be surprised if they are cutting away sections to create an access path for a crane and other heavy machinery to get in closer to the center of the structure, allowing for easier access to begin the conversion of Gwazi into a new RMC hybrid coaster creation.
(12/23/18) The conversion of Gwazi by RMC into a new beast of a coaster was both teased by the park and leaked out from presentation graphics back in September, but now we have something official. According to several reports the official work permit filed with the city for the Gwazi project that included the demolition of “selected portions” of an existing structure and buildings has now been updated and clearly lists Rocky Mountain Construction as the company doing the work. So there you have it, confirmed at last… and you can make the jump here to see a screen capture of the permit itself.
As for Busch Gardens Tampa itself… I wouldn't count on them being willing to talk about it until after they get Tigris open in 2019.
(9/25/18) For awhile now we've heard that just before the big announcement about Tigris at Busch Gardens Tampa on September 12th, the chain's marketing peeps had a little meeting where they revealed that major rides were on the way to the parks in 2019 and 2020. Fortunately a source was kind enough to send these in to Screamscape.
This one reconfirms what we've all been hearing... that Gwazi is expected to become a new RMC Hybrid coaster for the 2020 season.
(9/12/18) Serious hints were dropped at the announcement for Tigris to confirm that the park is already working on plans to open a huge new attraction for 2020. In fact... the new attraction may look a bit familiar... yet somehow different... as the hints seem to indicate that they have hired Rocky Mountain Construction to transform the former Gwazi dueling wooden coaster into a new RMC Hybrid coaster creation using their iBox track technology. According to the rumor, SeaWorld Parks made a journey or two out west to Six Flags Magic Mountain and just loved what RMC did with that park's Twisted Colossus and wanted to see what they could do with the former Gwazi coasters.
2020 - Solar Vortex @ Adventure Island - (9/13/19) Adventure Island is adding Solar Vortex in Spring 2020, a new multi-passenger raft slide that will stand 55 feet tall and send riders splashing down at 20mph into two tailspin turns and three “AquaLucent” tunnel areas, from WhiteWater.
(7/26/19) A new set of leaked documents for Adventure Island’s Project 90 now give us a look at the new waterslide layout. According to this tweet, they also say it will be from Whitewater West. From the look of the layout this appears as if it may be a Whitewater “Constrictor” style slide that features a pair of extremely tight helix spins that the rafts take at high speed, banking high up on the wall.
(7/24/19) According to a new post at Touring Central Florida, plans for Adventure Island’s “Project 90” have been filed with the local government offices. As usual for Florida, these first plans involve the changes to the local “Water Management” around the site, rather than the attraction itself, but it does confirm that the site involved for Project 90 will take over the Key West Rapids site, just as rumored on Screamscape last week, including the demolition of the existing splashdown pool for Key West Rapids. The splashdown pool appears to be replaced more with a ground-level chute in about the same location, and elsewhere it also confirms the removal of the older slide, while keeping the existing stairs / tower to be repurposed the new attraction.
(7/16/19) According to one reader who visited Adventure Island, they claim to have spotted some survey markings around the retention pond that lies just behind Key West Rapids. No sign of any construction as of yet, though that will likely wait until the busy summer season is over.
(7/12/19) An interesting rumor came in this week regarding the installation of a new waterslide for Adventure Island in 2020. According to this source the park is planning to remove the uninspiring Key West Rapids slide to make room. If you visit the park soon, take a quick look around this site to see if there is any sign of survey markings in the area that would indicate new construction here, or the possible removal of this slide.