Serengeti Flyer, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest thrill ride, is now open! The 105-foot tall pendulum-style dual swing will swing riders to a maximum height of 135 feet and reach speeds of up to 68 mph. The ride will last 1 minute and 20 seconds.
Serengeti Flyer is the newest attraction to join Busch Gardens’ lineup following Iron Gwazi. Located in the Nairobi section of the park not far from the former Rhino Rally area, Serengeti Flyer won’t be like the swings found on playgrounds. In addition to the thrills, Serengeti Flyer offers views of the park’s 65-acre Serengeti Plain.
“Delivering unforgettable experiences is a cornerstone of our culture here at Busch Gardens,” park president Neal Thurman said during the media announcement last fall. “We are constantly looking for innovative ways to make our park bigger and better for guest enjoyment.”
While on the ride, riders will experience multiple negative-G moments, and, perhaps, feel as though they are levitating out of their seat. Busch Gardens says the intensity level can be adjusted to give riders a “milder or wilder” ride experience. The ride has a minimum height requirement of 48 inches.
“Thrills are in full swing at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with yet another exciting record-setting ride for our guests to enjoy,” park president Neal Thurman said in a statement.
The attraction was opened to Pass Members during a special preview on February 24th and now it’s open to the general public with a purchase of park admission.. It is similar to Finnegan’s Flyer at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Tidal Surge at SeaWorld San Antonio.
SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens’ sibling park, will also be debuting a new roller coaster, Pipeline Coaster this summer.