Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's "Tigris" Recognized as 2019's Best New Coaster by USA Today

USA Today has named Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Tigris as 2019’s best new roller coaster in their popular 10Best New Amusement Park Attraction poll. On December 5, 2019, USA Today held their annual 10Best contest to determine the Best New Amusement Park Attractions. Readers were allowed to vote each day from December 5th-December 30th for their favorite new amusement park attraction.


Tigris opened at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ahead of schedule in April of 2019. With guests racing along more than 1,800 feet of steel track and a 150 foot skyward surge, Tigris is Florida’s tallest launch coaster. Featuring a triple launch, forward and backward motion, breathtaking vertical drops, and unmatched views from the thrilling heartline roll, Tigris gives riders an experience unique to any other in the world.

Tigris is unlike anything we had in our coaster collection and was the perfect addition to our unrivaled collection of adrenaline-pumping attractions" said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. "This new attraction is a testament to our continuing investment in the park and brings new and innovative experiences to our guests."

The Tigris queue includes educational content about the plight of tigers in the wild and what conservationists – including the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund – are doing to help save them. In addition, the purchase of any merchandise in the Tigris gift shop helps make a difference, with 5% of the sales price donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their habitat.


“Premier Rides was honored to work with the dedicated team at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to deliver Tigris, despite being located on one of the most challenging sites in the park,” commented Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides. “The team’s hard work resulted in the coaster opening early, giving Florida their tallest launch coaster weeks ahead of schedule.”

Seay continued, “We are very proud of the recognition by the USA Today poll, considering they have the widest circulation of any newspaper with millions of daily readers. I am personally thankful to all those who voted. We also encourage voters to experience Premier Rides’ new 2020 attractions, including the highly-anticipated Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando!”

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