Back in a Flash? Longtime Great America coaster could reopen with new superhero theme
When Six Flags Great America introduced Vertical Velocity to thrill seekers in 2001, the U-shaped roller coaster that launches riders from zero to 70 mph in four seconds bore a green and yellow paint job.
The coaster closed for part of last year and observant guests noticed the green supports were being painted red and a sign at the entrance said the ride "will be back in a Flash in 2022."
That sparked speculation among online coaster enthusiasts that the ride will be reintroduced this spring branded after the DC Comics superhero The Flash, who in addition to possessing super speed also wears a red and yellow costume.
Nearly 80 years after the discovery of Tumbili by Professor Whey, another temple was uncovered by archeology professor, Rovin Jay, in Jungle X.
While leading a project for the Whey Foundation, Professor Rovin Jay and his team uncovered a temple dedicated to the powerful reptile, a crocodile. The builders of this temple were awed and terrified by the creature's deceivingly stealthy yet quick movement. According to the scripts within the site, the temple is named Reptilian.
Here's a closer look into his findings:
ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED COASTERS IN THE WORLD AWAKENS AT BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY
THE WORLD’S FASTEST AND STEEPEST HYBRID COASTER, IRON GWAZI, WILL OPEN ON MARCH 11—PASS MEMBERS WILL HAVE EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO RIDE ON SELECT DATES STARTING FEBRUARY 11
TAMPA, Fla. (January 20, 2022) – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Iron Gwazi, the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster, exclusively for Pass Members on select dates starting February 11 before the ride opens to all park visitors on March 11. After presenting their Annual Pass, eligible riders will be among the first to conquer the record-breaking thrills of Iron Gwazi. Guests can go online to get more information on exclusive Pass Member previews.
Being North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, this ride takes thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak down a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. Iron Gwazi is Busch Gardens’ tenth coaster and an exhilarating addition to the park’s collection of thrill rides. Riders will experience a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, while racing along more than 4,000 feet of steel track. With a 48” height requirement, this invigorating attraction is a ride the whole family can conquer together.
“The incredible anticipation for Iron Gwazi is shared by both our guests and Ambassadors, and we are beyond excited to open this amazing coaster,” said Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President. “Iron Gwazi diversifies our thrill ride portfolio and is an impressive addition to the Tampa skyline. Combining classic elements of a wooden coaster with a smooth, steel track will provide thrill seekers with an unforgettable experience.”
Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, the newest addition at Busch Gardens is a wood and steel hybrid coaster design, combining the innovation of a steel coaster and the nostalgia of a wooden coaster. While elements of Gwazi, the classic wooden coaster, are integrated into the new ride, all-new thrill components and a reimagined track layout take Iron Gwazi to another level.
In addition to the record-breaking Iron Gwazi coaster, two new slides will debut at Adventure Island in 2022. Rapids Racer and Wahoo Remix will open this spring at Adventure Island, one of USA Today’s 10Best Water Parks.
THE BEST WAY TO PLAY – Buy a Busch Gardens Annual Pass and be among the first to ride the most anticipated hybrid coaster in the world! For even more fun, guests can add Adventure Island to enjoy three new attractions across the two Tampa parks. Along with priority access to Iron Gwazi and Adventure Island’s new attractions, Annual Pass Members also receive 12 months of visits with special benefits including exclusive ride opportunities, FREE parking, up to six free guest tickets, savings on merchandise, and more!
In addition to the unbeatable benefits of a Busch Gardens’ Annual Pass, guests can also take advantage of these all-new thrills with a 2022 Fun Card. Right now, guests can visit both parks again and again for just $120.99. Plus, thrill seekers can receive a complimentary one-time Quick Queue for Iron Gwazi when they purchase a Fun Card by January 30 and visit by February 20.
To be the first to know about event details and special offers, visit BuschGardensTampa.com and follow Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Facebook, Twitter ,Instagram, and TikTok.
About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, an AZA accredited zoo with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and exciting seasonal events all year providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.
Six Flags Magic Mountain now offers a pay-your-way-to-the-front of the line option on individual roller coasters in a bid to keep up with industry leader Disneyland’s latest move to charge separate fees per ride for those willing to pay the price.
Magic Mountain has launched a single-use, pay-per-ride Flash Pass on four of the Valencia amusement park’s most popular roller coasters.
BUENA PARK, CA
Knott’s Berry Farm has launched a major renovation of a 1978 roller coaster that has been designated a historic landmark as the last operating ride of its kind in the United States and the longest standing in its original location.
Montezooma’s Revenge closed on Monday, Jan. 10 to undergo a yearlong renovation that will stretch into 2023.
SAN ANTIONIO, TX
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Thrill Capital of South Texas, is celebrating 30 years of excitement, thrills and history in the biggest way possible! The 30th Anniversary Celebration is a year-long party featuring special events, entertainment, food festivals, a collectible button program, historical displays throughout the park, throwback merchandise and more!
“Six Flags Fiesta Texas has been a part of the community for 30 years,” said Park President Jeffrey Siebert. “The 30th Anniversary Celebration is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the millions of guests we’ve entertained over three decades. This year we will offer our guests a nostalgic experience highlighting our rich history, while also showcasing the thrilling future of the park,” added Siebert.
Fun Spot America Theme Parks, Atlanta’s only Family-Owned theme park have a New Year’s Resolution to bring HUGE excitement to its Fayetteville, Georgia location with the addition of an action-packed custom Rocky Mountain Construction steel roller coaster, ArieForce One. With ground-breaking taking place on Thursday, January 6th, John Arie Jr. believes this is one resolution that he is sure to keep, and coaster enthusiast are sure to love. Riders will soar over 3,400 feet of track, towering 15 stories and flying at speeds up to 64 miles-per-hour. The new coaster will be located near the main gate to the park where guests will have spectacular views of the entire park.
CONNEAUT LAKE, PA
Another icon at Conneaut Lake Park is no more.
The Blue Streak, the amusement park’s fabled wooden-framed roller coaster, was damaged by a fire Tuesday afternoon.
“The Blue Streak is gone,” said Chief Dan O’Meara of Summit Township Volunteer Fire Department.