Busch Gardens Tampa has confirmed to Screamscape.com and other sources that Gwazi will permanently close sometime in early 2015, likely February.
The dueling wooden roller coaster opened in 1999 and included more than 7,000 feet of combined track. Gwazi could reach speeds of 51 mph and was known for its six fly-bys, an element that gives riders the impression they’ll collide with the other passing train.
One side of Gwazi closed in 2012 never to reopen. The coaster has a notorious reputation for an extremely rough ride, leading some to call for its closure over the years.
According to Screamscape.com, the theme park won’t likely demolish the mammoth wooden structure anytime soon due to budget constraints. Company officials are expected to announce an exact date for the closure after the first of the year.