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Tigris will be Florida’s tallest launch coaster when it opens later this year

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S L E E H HOT W TIGRIS Busch Gardens Tampa Premier Rides Busch Gardens will debut the tallest launch coaster in Florida later this year, with Tigris – a ride designed to mimic the agility of a tiger – set to open in the Spring. Covering 1,800ft (548m), the triplelaunch steel coaster is based on Premier Rides’ Sky Rocket II model. Reaching speeds of up to 60mph (97kmph), the ride will start with a 150ft (45.7m) skyward surge and an inverted heartline roll, before running through a series of looping twists, with the ride featuring forward and backward motions. Tigris is being constructed in the Stanleyville area of the theme park adjacent to Jungala, which is home to its endangered Bengal tigers. 50 attractionsmanagement.com

The ride – similar to parent company SeaWorld OPENING Entertainment’s Mako Q2 2019 coaster, which opened in 2016 – will have a conservation element, with its queue containing educational material about the plight of wild tigers and the action conservationists are taking against it. Additionally, 5 per cent of the sales price of merchandise bought in the Tigris gift shop will be donated to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund’s actions to protect tigers and their natural habitat. “This ride is unlike anything we have in our rollercoaster collection,” said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “Tigris is a testament to our continuing investment in the park, and to bringing new and innovative experiences to our guests.” AM 1 2019 ©CYBERTREK 2019

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Attractions Management Issue 1 2019  

Attractions Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global attractions industry

Attractions Management Issue 1 2019  

Attractions Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global attractions industry