Busch Gardens Opens the Tallest — and Scariest — Launch Coaster in Florida

Tigris Busch Gardens
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Tigris, the new tallest launch coaster in Florida, opened to riders on Friday with screams and shrieks aplenty.

The new coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay is meant to mimic a ride on a tiger’s back — if a tiger were a 150-foot-tall creature.

The orange track loops, swirls and plunges through a staggering array of drops, climbs, inverted heartline rolls and several other thrilling surprises at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. It even goes backward at one point.

The ride stretches over 1,800 feet of track but it only takes about 45 seconds to zoom through the whole thing.

Those who have already boarded and tested the attraction say that thrill-seekers should sit towards the front of the coaster for the most exhilarating ride. You’ll also get insane views of the park from this position.

Riders are strapped into the launch coaster by their legs and a security strap around their shoulders. The minimum height requirement is 54 inches.

“We are proud of the legacy we’ve built as we have welcomed millions of thrill-seekers from around the world to the Tampa Bay area,” Stewart Clark, president of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, said in a statement. “Tigris is the perfect addition to our unrivaled collection of adrenaline-pumping attractions.”

The tallest roller coaster in the world is the Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. The steel coaster opened in 2005 and features a vertiginous 418-foot drop guaranteed to send stomachs soaring.

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