Busch Gardens' newest roller coaster set to open on Friday

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. – Florida's tallest launch coaster at Tampa's Busch Gardens is scheduled to open to the public on Friday. 

It opened for passholders on Tuesday. 

The ride, named Tigris, is North America’s tallest hybrid, and the fastest, steepest hybrid coaster in the world, Busch Gardens reports. 

"An innovative experience, 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, all at 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." 

The coaster replaced the park's "Gwazi" ride.    

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