Cheetah Hunt Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2011

New Multi-Launch Roller Coaster Cheetah Hunt Announced for 2011 | Busch Gardens Tampa
Cheetah Hunt Roller Coaster - Busch Gardens Tampa 2011After months of teasing with hints and clues, today, Busch Gardens Tampa finally released details of their 2011 roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt:

The centerpiece of the new attraction is Cheetah Hunt, a Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launch Coaster that uses the force of repelling magnets to launch riders from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds – not once, but three times.

The first launch propels the train out of its station and into the grasslands that surround the new area. Moments later, a second burst of speed accelerates riders to 60 mph and up into the ride’s signature tower element that climbs more than 10 stories above the African landscape before plunging 130 feet into a subterranean trench.  At the far end of this three-quarter-mile path, a third burst of speed rockets the train back across the plain toward the station in a thrill-ride experience unlike anything Busch Gardens’ guests have ever experienced.

Here are Cheetah Hunt’s stats:
Type — Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launch Coaster
Launches — Launch 1: 30 mph … Launch 2: 60 mph … Launch 3: 40 mph
Other elements — 130-foot drop into an underground trench, over-banked turns, air time” parabolas, heartline roll inversion.
Track length — 4,429 feet — more than three quarters of a mile!
Maximum speed — 60 mph
Maximum force — 4 G
Height — 102 feet
Ride duration — 3 1/2 minutes (including loading and unloading)
Seats/Train — 5 trains, 16 passengers per train
Guest capacity — 1,370 guests per hour
Height requirement — 48″

Busch Gardens Guns for the Best Roller Coaster in Florida Title
Busch Gardens has been releasing clips from the POV video over the last four weeks or so to build buzz and I’m totally blown away by how good this looks. With several launch sections, an immersive enviroment where your traveling close to the ground, below the ground, and in the air Cheetah Hunt looks to be a thrilling ride. I hope that they’ll be able to keep that heartline roll instead of having to remove it like Cedar Point had to on Maverick.

Here’s an animated on-ride POV videp of Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa:

There’s incredibly stiff competition for the “Best Roller Coaster in Florida” title as I pointed out in my Top 3 States for Roller Coasters post, Florida is packed with highly-themed, world-class roller coasters. Cheetah Hunt could rank right up there with the best of them and it might even take the crown.

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