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Cheetah Hunt Coaster planned for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, just south of Orlando, has revealed the name of its newest coaster – Cheetah Hunt – along with details regarding the new roller coaster ride. Busch Gardens draws inspiration from animals and nature when it comes to designing to new rides for its African-theme amusement park. Cheetah Hunt is no exception, as it embraces the spirit and speed of the cheetah, in the same manner as Kumba, Gwazi and Sheikra, other popular Busch Gardens coasters.

The new attractions is a linear synchronous motor launch coaster that uses the force of repelling magnets to launch riders from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds. This will happen not once, but three times. The first launch will propel the train out of its station and into the grasslands that surround the new coaster area. Moments later, a second burst of speed accelerates riders to 60mph and into the ride’s signature tower element that climbs more than 10 stories before plunging 130 feet into a subterranean trench. At the far end of the coaster, a third burst of speed rockets the train back across the plain toward the station. Cheetah Hunt will be located at the Crown Colony Plaza section of the park.
Combining thrills with immersive animal encounters is key to the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay experience. Therefore, the new Cheetah Hunt ride will also feature Cheetah Run, an expansive new habitat that will give visitors the opportunity to get closer to cheetahs than ever before with elevated, glass-paneled viewing areas. Busch Gardens trainers will conduct daily sprints with cheetahs for a wonderful opportunity to see one of nature’s fastest creatures in full form. Cheetah Run will be located in the area that formerly housed the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Both of the new attractions are scheduled to open in spring 2011.

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