This New Florida Roller Coaster Sounds Absolutely Terrifying
Hold on to your lunch.
Adrenaline fans listen up – because there’s a new roller coaster coming to Busch Gardens theme park, and it’s set to be the tallest launch coaster in Florida. Gulp.
Called - in true dramatic roller coaster fashion - Tigris, the poopy pants thrill inducing ride will catapult riders through an ‘exhilarating array of looping twists’, including one described (in all too vivid detail) as an ‘150-foot skyward surge’.
All of this at more than 60 miles per hour, btw, which you’ll be more than aware is roughly the speed of a car on an actual motorway. Cool. No big deal.
Oh, and then the whole thing happens again up a second tower… but backwards.
Hardly surprising that Busch Gardens president Stewart Clark told the Tampa Bay Times that the new ride will be only for the park’s “bravest” customers, then.
Apparently the coaster is designed to mimic the ‘awe-inspiring agility of the worlds largest and powerful cat - the tiger’, and while that sounds like the result of a slightly too enthusiastic brainstorm, the ride will actually help wild tigers.
The Tigris queue is set to include educational content about the plight of tigers in the wild, and 5% of all sales from the Tigris gift shop (because there’s always a gift shop) will be donated to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens conservation fund, which helps protect the endangered animals.
So essentially, you now have to go on it terrified or not, because you need to buy the resulting photo of your wide-eyed, screaming face and save the tigers.
Tigris will open in the spring of 2019, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the park. What do you think - will you be giving this one a go?
By Lizzie Cox