Gwazi Lightning Strike Update – The ride is back in operation! 8th August 2013
Following the recent reports that the $10m Gwazi over at Busch Gardens had suffered a lightning strike last Friday, we can confirm that repairs are now complete and the ride is currently back in operation.
SeaWorld/Busch confirmed with us recently that an electronic component for the ride system had failed and a replacement is being sourced.
The announcement added that the reason for the failure is not known, and all guests, team members and animals were unharmed as a result of the failure.
“An electronic component of the control system that operates Gwazi failed, and it is being replaced. We are unsure of the reason for the failed component, but nobody was ever in any danger, and the safety of our guests, animals and team members remains our top priority.”
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The repair will be very welcome news to roller coaster fans, that had feared greater levels of more costly damage.
Some rumoured closures of the Busch Gardens wooden roller coaster spread earlier in the year with the closure of the ‘Tiger’ track of the two lane coaster.
Lion still remains in operation, but word on whether the entire attraction will be shipped to Williamsburg’s Busch park remain unconfirmed.
Gwazi first opened in Busch on June 18th 1999 and sends riders on a thrilling mile long ‘bone-shaking’ track.
With heights reaching over 105ft the cars speed up to 51mph in no time and can reach g-forces of 3.5!
Gwazi is without doubt one of the highlights of Busch Gardens and the psychological thrill of a wooden track makes this ride one of our all time favourites!