Thrill seekers at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay can ride a new legend as the park gears up to premier Gwazi, "Florida's first" dueling wooden roller coaster in June 1999. Boasting 1.25 million feet of twisting lumber, Gwazi also will be the Southeast's largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster. Named after a fabled lion with a tiger's head, Gwazi will take riders through almost 7,000 feet of track and six "flybys" in which the trains will pass each other at crossing speeds of 100 mph.
According to African legend, the Gwazi Lion, with its superior strength is locked in an intense battle over territory with the Gwazi Tiger, known for its cunning and superior speed.
At the African-themed adventure park, the legend involving two of the animal kingdom's most powerful beasts, will come to life in the form of two wooden roller coasters. Each coaster will have distinct theming symbolizing the different personalities and environments of the ferocious cats. Gwazi lion's territory will include lava rocks in an African desert atmosphere, while the Gwazi tiger claims the lush landscape and cool streams of Asia.
Think you have what it takes to conquer Gwazi? We invite you to take the Gwazi Adventure Challenge!
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