Just in time for the holiday weekend, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will officially open Tigris, a triple-launch steel roller coaster, on Friday, April 19, 2019. The new attraction is Florida’s tallest launch coaster and the ninth coaster in the park’s collection, solidifying Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as Florida’s thrill ride leader.
Tigris will catapult riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartline roll, reaching a top speed of more than 60 miles per hour. Tigris will race riders along more than 1,800 feet of steel track designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat –the tiger.
Tigris joins a top-rated list of favorites for coaster enthusiasts, 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, Montu, an inverted coaster, Kumba, and Cobra’s Curse, to name a few.
The best way to experience Tigris and all of the attractions at Busch Gardens as well as more than a dozen seasonal events throughout the year is with an Annual Pass. Guests can choose from four unique passes for the benefits and value they want most. Pass Members will also enjoy exclusive ride time on Tigris for the first two weekends in May before the ride opens for the day to general guests.
On Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5 and 11-12, Annual Pass Members get exclusive ride time on Tigris from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Plus, members can pick up a free reusable shopping bag from the new Tigris Gifts (while supplies last) during the event. SheiKra and Stanley Falls Flume are also scheduled to be open for pass members to enjoy. The event is exclusive to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and existing 1 and 2 year Annual Pass Members only. Those with Fun Cards, Preschool Passes or Friends & Family Passes are excluded. For more details, visit the park’s site.
Touring Central Florida has been covering the construction of Tigris since the beginning. Be sure to check out our past updates, which include tons of construction site pics over the last year!
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