Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to Debut 'Launch Coaster' in Spring 2019

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's newest attraction, the Tigris coaster, will roar into the theme park in spring 2019. The ride, which is billed as Florida's tallest launch coaster, will "catapult riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breathtaking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge and an inverted heartline roll" at more than 60 miles per hour. Tigris is being built in the Stanleyville area of the theme park, adjacent to Jungala, which houses the park's endangered Bengal tigers. 

"Tigris will be a strong addition to our family of world-class thrill rides. With three intensely exciting launch points, this ride is unlike anything we have in our coaster collection," said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. "This new attraction is a testament to our continuing investment in the park, and bringing new and innovative experiences to our guests."

Looking ahead, the park will launch another new thrill ride, still to be named, in the Gwazi area in 2020. The two new attractions join Busch Gardens' other coasters, including Cheetah Hunt, the park's longest coaster; SheiKra, a 200-foot tall floorless dive coaster; Falcon's Fury, a 335-foot freestanding drop tower; and Montu, an inverted coaster.