TAMPA, Fla. — As SeaWorld Entertainment continues to add new attractions to its parks, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has revealed details about the next thrill ride it’s building.
The park’s upcoming attraction Serengeti Flyer, a 105-foot tall pendulum-style swing, is set to open in spring of 2023, park officials shared Tuesday.
What You Need To Know
- Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's upcoming attraction Serengeti Flyer, a 105-foot tall pendulum-style swing, is set to open in spring of 2023
- This ride will swing riders to a maximum height of 135 feet and reach speeds of up to 68 mph
- Serengeti Flyer will be the newest attraction to join Busch Gardens’ lineup following Iron Gwazi
“Delivering unforgettable experiences is a cornerstone of our culture here at Busch Gardens,” park president Neal Thurman said during the media announcement. “We are constantly looking for innovative ways to make our park bigger and better for guest enjoyment.”
Located in the Nairobi section of the park, Serengeti Flyer won’t be like the swings found on playgrounds. This ride will be more intense, swinging riders to a maximum height of 135 feet and reaching speeds of up to 68 mph.
At times, the swing will take riders — held in by lap bars — beyond horizontal.
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Serengeti Flyer will have a minimum height requirement of 48 inches, making it an attraction that even younger kids can enjoy.
Each of the dueling arms will have a ride vehicle that can hold up to 20 people each — with a total of 40 people going on at one time.
The ride will last about 1 minute, 20 seconds.
It will be similar to Finnegan’s Flyer at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Tidal Surge at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Serengeti Flyer will be the newest attraction to join Busch Gardens’ lineup, following Iron Gwazi, the wooden-steel hybrid coaster, which opened earlier this year.
SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens’ sibling park, will also be debuting a new attraction next year. The park was initially set to announce the coaster on Sept. 27, but postponed the announcement due to Hurricane Ian in Florida. The event has been rescheduled for Oct. 18.