POV Monday – Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa

For the site’s final POV Monday, I thought it’d be fitting to finish with Kumba. While many taller, faster, and more twisted roller coasters have come along since Kumba opened, it is still my all-time favorite looping roller coasters. Designers Bolliger & Mabillard really created a masterpiece from a pacing standpoint and Busch Gardens Tampa supplied a picturesque tropical backdro...[Read More]

Happy National Roller Coaster Day 2013

Happy National Roller Coaster Day Hopefully, you’ll find yourself at an amusement park today because it’s National Roller Coaster Day. On this day, August 16th, back in 1898 Edwin Prescott patented a looping roller coaster. Contrary to popular belief this wasn’t the first roller coaster or even the first looping roller coaster either. However this day was chosen to be Roller Coas...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Falcon's Fury

Today Busch Garden Tampa announced Falcon’s Fury, a new drop tower ride coming Spring 2014. Falcon’s Fury will stand at 335 feet and take riders soaring 60 mph straight down. Located in the Timbuktu™ area, Falcon’s Fury will be visible from any location in the park and even across the Tampa Bay area. At the ride’s highest point Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise. Like its bird of...[Read More]

Montu vs. Alpengeist | Roller Coaster Showdowns

For this roller coaster showdown I’m pitting two of the most popular inverted roller coasters against each other. In a kind of sibling rivalry battle, sister coasters Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will face off against Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa. I guess you can file this heavyweight match up under ‘so obvious that I didn’t think of it.’ Thanks to reader Guilhe...[Read More]

Cheetah Hunt Opens at Busch Gardens – Reviews, Videos & a Poll

Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa – Early Reviews & a Video My pick for the most anticipated roller coaster of 2011 opened this past weekend. The opening wasn’t as smooth as Busch would have wanted and I’m not referring to how it tracked. According to Tampa Bay Online, Cheetah Hunt was down from 9:30 AM until about 2 PM on opening day due to a sensor malfunction. Thankfully...[Read More]

Featured Photo #17 – A Picture Worth a Thousand Headaches

  When I took Busch’s Roller Coaster Tour, I got an up-close view of the cause of so many painful looping coaster rides over the years. In Nessie’s belly, I and the other members of the tour were able to check out blueprints on the wall, hold some wheels, and learn how this great coaster operates. There was also the frame of the defunct Python from Busch Gardens Tampa sitting on a...[Read More]

Built for Speed: Cheetah Hunt’s Trains Arrive

Fresh out of shipping containers from Intamin, Cheetah Hunt’s trains arrived at Busch Gardens Tampa last week. The multi-launched roller coaster looks amazing and I chose it as my top pick for what I think will be 2011’s best new ride. Read my Top New 2011 Coasters list to see why. Here’s a slideshow and description of their arrival from the park: [portfolio_slideshow] The five t...[Read More]

Top 10 New Roller Coasters of 2011 – Part 2

A Preview of the Most Anticipated New Roller Coasters of 2011 Here’s the conclusion of my annual Top 10 New Roller Coasters list including my top pick. Also see roller coasters 10 through 6, in Part 1. 5 – Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta, Georgia) Make/Model: Custom Gerstlauer EuroFighter Type: Steel Looping Roller Coaster Six Flags Over Georgia’s New Diving Lo...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Tampa’s Cheetah Hunt is Coming Together

Cheetah Hunt is Coming Together How about some construction photos to help you get through the coaster-less winter months? Busch Gardens Tampa’s Cheetah Hunt is taking shape. Once again Busch is adding another world-class custom built roller coaster. This time Cheetah Hunt looks to provide a thrilling multi-launch experience akin to the speedy beast that its named after. Cheetah Hunt’s...[Read More]

Cheetah Hunt Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2011

After months of teasing with hints and clues, today, Busch Gardens Tampa finally released details of their 2011 roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt.

Rumored Cheetah Hunt Coaster: Construction Updates at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa’s Rumored 2011 Launch Coaster There’s been a lot of construction going on at Busch Gardens Tampa as the park prepares for their rumored 2011 roller coaster. The ride first came to light way back in April when plans for the 2011 ride were uncovered on the Web. Since that development, ParkSecrets had posted conceptual drawings and blueprints, but has since removed the...[Read More]

11 Rumored Roller Coasters & Attractions for 2011

UPDATE – See my Top 10 Picks for the Best New 2011 Roller Coasters: Part 1 & Part 2 Also, for a recap of previous year’s new roller coasters, check out my New for 2009 | New Roller Coasters for 2010 page. It’s the time of the year when theme park fans turn into detectives. We scour the Web for documents from public hearings, take pictures of pavement and dirt and proudly uplo...[Read More]

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