Busch Gardens will close its Gwazi roller coaster early this year, a spokesman for theTampa theme park said Tuesday.
An official last day for the wooden coaster, which opened in 1999, has not been announced."We will send out an announcement and make sure that everybody knows so that those who want to come ride it one more time can do that," Busch Gardens' Travis Claytor said.A combination of factors lead to the closure, he said.
"When we looked at this, we took into consideration things like ride penetration -- the number of people wanting to actually go on the ride," Claytor said. "We looked at guest feedback and comments along with operational costs."No plans have been finalized for the future of the ride or for the space where it currently stands, he said.Initially, Gwazi had two separate, distinct tracks known as Tiger and Lion. The Tiger side has been used since 2012.
The closing of Gwazi will leave two wooden coasters operating in Florida, according to the Roller Coaster Database website. Last year, the Fun Spot park near International Drive opened White Lightning, and Legoland Florida has Coastersaurus, a smaller coaster that Cypress Gardens opened in 2004 under the name of Triple Hurricane.