Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Delayed coasters at SeaWorld Orlando & Busch Gardens Tampa Bay get opening dates

Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando announced its latest coaster, Ice Breaker is opening in February of 2022. Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into a steep beyond vertical drop — a 93-foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle. With its 48-inch height requirement, adventure seekers from a wide range of ages will enjoy the thrills and chills of Ice Breaker.

This latest announcement unveils the new opening date after formally be slated for Spring 2020 before its delay.

“We recognize there was a lot of anticipation and excitement for this new ride, and then due to the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the opening was delayed,” said park President Kyle Miller. “We apologize for this delay and thank our fans for their patience. We know that they are going to love this one-of-a-kind thrill ride which complements our existing exhilarating ride portfolio perfectly. We are excited to finally be able to confirm Ice Breaker opening in February 2022.”

Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced that Iron Gwazi will open as North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world in March 2022, in time for spring break.

The new ride will take thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48-inch height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting attraction that thrill-seeking families can take on together.

“Iron Gwazi has been highly anticipated by roller coaster enthusiasts around the world since we first announced this new legend. Due to the unprecedented challenges over the last two years, Iron Gwazi was delayed, and we recognize the delay has disappointed our fans. We appreciate the patience our guests have shown,” said Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President. “We’re finally able to confirm that we will be delivering on the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens, when we open this incredible coaster this spring.”

Back at IAAPA Expo 2019, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment showed off the ride vehicle for Iron Gwazi along with revealing more facts and details for both Iron Gwazi and Ice Breaker along with other upcoming attractions for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens properties.

Iron Gwazi will be the 10th roller coaster to join Busch Gardens’ lineup of highly rated roller coasters and thrill rides, including Tigris, SheiKra and Montu.

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