Iron Gwazi Wins the Coveted Best New Roller Coaster Award

Iron Gwazi Wins the Coveted Best New Roller Coaster Award


Record-Breaking Ride at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Honored at the prestigious Golden Ticket Awards


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 2022) – Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest and the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster has been awarded the Golden Ticket Award for the Best New Roller Coaster in 2022. The sought-after awards were announced this past Sept. 10 at Amusement Today’s prestigious award ceremony, designed to recognize excellence in the theme park industry. Results for the Golden Ticket Awards originate from a tabulation of hundreds of experienced industry individuals that, along with industry journalists and ride suppliers, voted for Iron Gwazi as the Best New Roller Coaster.


In addition to the highly desired accolade, the record-breaking coaster made an astonishing debut on the Best Steel Coaster chart, determined from more than 500 ballots produced for the most experienced park enthusiasts to cast their vote. With less than half a year of operation, Iron Gwazi ranks in the top 5 steel roller coasters in the world.


“On behalf of all our ambassadors and enthusiasts around the world, it’s an honor to be present at this year’s Golden Ticket Awards Ceremony and accept the award for Best New Roller Coaster,” said Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Park President Neal Thurman. “Iron Gwazi is the thrill of a lifetime.  If you have not yet experienced the rush of Iron Gwazi, I hope you can join us at the park during Howl-O-Scream this fall or our family favorite event, Christmas Town.” 

North America’s tallest hybrid coaster takes thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak down a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. Iron Gwazi is Busch Gardens’ tenth coaster and joins the already exhilarating collection of thrill rides. Riders can experience a dozen airtime moments, three inversions and race along more than 4,000 feet of steel track.

Guests can visit to purchase tickets and know more about the current special offer for the 2023 Fun Card, where paying for one day will allow unlimited visits through 2023 and the rest of 2022 free. Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.comor follow Busch Gardens on Instagram, TikTok,Facebook and Twitter.


About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, an AZA accredited zoo with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and exciting seasonal events all year providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. 

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