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Gwazi officially closes Feb. 1 at Busch Gardens

Visitors to Busch Gardens will have less than one month to ride the theme park’s sprawling wooden roller-coaster.

After announcing it was closing Gwazi in 2015, officials today said the final ride will take place Feb. 1.

Gwazi, which opened in 1999 and was revamped in 2011, was billed as the state’s first “dueling” wooden coaster. It was built using 1.25 million feet of lumber at a cost of $10 million. It features two side-by-side coasters that cross paths seven times at speeds of about 50 mph.

Park officials said they currently have no specific plans to replace the coaster.

“No decisions have been made about what lies ahead for Gwazi or for the future plans of that area of Busch Gardens,” Busch Gardens President Jim Dean said in a news release. “But we are always looking for ways to enhance guests’ experiences, so stay tuned for more news.”

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