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Wooden coaster to close at Busch Gardens Tampa

An aerial of Gwazi, wooden double roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa that will close in early 2015.
An aerial of Gwazi, wooden double roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa that will close in early 2015. Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa says it will close its retro double wooden roller coaster.

The first dueling wooden coaster in Florida, and the largest of its kind in the Southeast, Gwazi was built in 1999, offering a top speed of 50 mph over 6,800 feet of track.

A spokesperson says there is no official date for the final ride but that it will close sometime at the beginning of the year.

Several factors were cited for the closing, including feedback from riders and the cost to operate the wooden structure.

No decision has been made as to what will replace the coaster.

The park spokesman says Busch Gardens Tampa park will announce a final date so fans can have their last chance to experience the coaster.

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