Florida's Tallest Launch Roller Coaster Will Fling Riders 150 Feet in the Air, Then Do It Again — Backwards

Florida’s tallest launch coaster is coming to Busch Gardens, and we’re honestly not sure if we’ll be able to handle it.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Tigris is a tiger-themed, triple-launch roller coaster that flings riders into an upside-down swirl 150 feet in the air at 60 miles per hour. And then does it again…backwards.

Busch Gardens president Stewart Clark told the Tampa Bay Times that the new ride will be only for the park’s “bravest” customers. No kidding.

Tigris project manager Andrew Schaffer described the ride in full detail to the Tampa Bay Times, saying that riders are launched forward out of the station, “it’s going to stop, and then come backward through the station and launch you backward up the other tower.”

Riders only get partially up the tower before coming back down again and getting launched forward at over 60 miles per hour, one last time. Then, they are taken up again, 150 feet in the air, and “have a slow inversion called a heartline roll.”

“And that is when you are going to lose your lunch,” Schaffer said.

The height requirement for the ride is at least 54 inches. And yes, there are very nice lap belts that go over the shoulders. 

Overall, the ride covers 1,800 feet of steel track and is “designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat—the tiger,” according to the Busch Gardens website.

Tigris will open in the spring of 2019, just in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the park.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the new ride will coincide with another unnamed attraction headed to the park in 2020, as well as the park’s new plan to start highlighting thrill rides over attractions with animals. The park is currently owned by SeaWorld Entertainment.

More information on Tigris can be found on the Busch Gardens website.

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