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Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Parks Reveal New Coaster Cars

Thursday, November 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rus Ozana
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At the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, the SeaWorld theme parks chain revealed the train cars and more details for the new lineup of roller coasters it will debut at its SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks across the United States next year.

New coasters are coming to the three SeaWorld and two Busch Gardens parks, from five different manufacturers overall.

Rocky Mountain Construction presented the ride car for Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Florida). This steel-tracked conversion of the former Gwazi wooden roller coaster will be not only the tallest hybrid roller coaster in North America, but also the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world, with a height of 206 feet, a 91-degree drop and a top speed of 76 mph. Iron Gwazi will include three inversions and 12 airtime hills on 4,075 feet of track.


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Great Coasters International, Inc. revealed the ride car for Texas Stingray at SeaWorld San Antonio. This 100-foot-tall, 3,379-foot-long, 55-mph coaster will be the largest wooden coaster in Texas.


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Premier Rides unveiled the coaster car for Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando. Located near Wild Arctic, Ice Breaker will feature four launches (both backward and forward), culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida — a 93-foot-tall spike with a 100-degree angle.


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Intamin showed off its car for Pantheon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Virginia). Pantheon will be America's fastest multi launch coaster when it opens, featuring a top speed of 72 mph, four launches, a 95-degree drop, a maximum height of 180 feet, two inversions and a spike track leading into a backward section -- all in 3,328 feet of track and a two-minute ride. There will be two 20-person trains on the track, and the four launches will be at speeds of 36, 50, 61 (backward) and 67 mph, respectively.


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