Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld Orlando held an unusual simultaneous news conference on Thursday looking to the future of the parks, noting many new attractions, coasters and waterslides coming in 2020 as the company resurfaces from years of stormy seas.
Some of the attractions detailed at the conference had already been announced, but park representatives released more details.
A new thrill ride at Busch Gardens will be called Iron Gwazi. The hybrid shocker pairs the wooden aesthetic of the old Gwazi coaster, which closed in 2015, with a slick steel track. It will be North America’s tallest hybrid coaster at more than 200 feet, with the world’s sharpest hybrid coaster drop of 91 degrees. Reporters were allowed to tour the construction site of Iron Gwazi and the size is intimidating. Riders will have to be 48 inches tall.