In storytelling, retconning your own information is heavily frowned upon for a multitude of reasons, including being indecisive / inconsistent at best, and not knowing what you're doing at worst.So about this mythical creature. As far as I can tell it doesn't exist at any point prior to the Gwazi rollercoaster. I've tried searching for the "fabled" gwazi in a variety of ways and the only things that turn up are the Gwazi rollercoaster (primarily), and then some articles about mythical creatures, none of which make any mention of gwazi. I think gwazi must have been made up by BGT. If so, no reason they couldn't extend the fable to be a crocodile. They can do whatever they want with it. It's their fable. Maybe they'll have an extension of the story in which the gwazi turned into a crocodile.
Well, there's still time. 😉 A few times movies had "working titles" that went so deep, merchandise, etc. was made and distributed. ”Return of the Jedi” was originally "Revenge of the Jedi”. Some of those misnamed action figures are worth big bucks now.If it wasn't for them already printing out banners and heavily pointing out the new theme to the ride I would have 100% thought that Iron Gwazi was just a temporary name.
More ironically at the park that Dick Kinzel pined to own for decades and the purchase of which forced Cedar Fair into financial restructuring and eventually leading to his own ousting. The infamous name in which being used on the last major project he ever approved as CEO of Cedar Fair and one in which he then had no influence or input over since he left not long after Banshee was greenlit in 2012.(Ironically, Cedar Fair would reuse the Banshee name at Kings Island years later.)
I had assumed they got the name "Gwazi" from Gwassi, Kenya. There is a local fable about a monkey and a crocodile.So with minimal research if appears the the "mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a tiger" was actually created by BEC. There is no record of a the legend of the Gwazi before 1995; it was totally made up. That being said, can they really just change it like that?