Cheetah Hunt

Cheetah Hunt
Cheetah Hunt
Cheetah Hunt logo.png
Cheetah Hunt exiting figure 8.jpg
One of Cheetah Hunt's trains descending from the figure 8 element.
Location Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Park section Crown Colony Plaza
Coordinates 28°2′3″N 82°25′12″W / 28.03417°N 82.42°W / 28.03417; -82.42Coordinates: 28°2′3″N 82°25′12″W / 28.03417°N 82.42°W / 28.03417; -82.42
Status Operating
Type Steel - Launched
Manufacturer Intamin
Model Custom
Lift/launch system LSM
Height 102 ft (31 m)
Drop 130 ft (40 m)
Length 4,429 ft (1,350 m)
Max speed 60 mph (97 km/h)
Inversions 1
Duration 3:30
Capacity 1370 riders per hour
Max G force 4
Height restriction 4 ft 0 in (122 cm)
Trains 5 trains with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 16 riders per train.
Launches 1. 30 mph (48 km/h)
2. 60 mph (97 km/h)
3. 40 mph (64 km/h)
Website Official website
Cheetah Hunt at RCDB
Pictures of Cheetah Hunt at RCDB
Amusement Parks Portal

Cheetah Hunt is a steel launched roller coaster currently open and operating at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida. It opened to the public on May 27, 2011[1] alongside a new cheetah exhibit - Cheetah Run.[2][3][4]



Before the ride was officially announced, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ran a teaser campaign which slowly revealed details of the attraction across Summer 2010. Five teaser videos were released which featured cut scenes of the ride's point of view video.[5][6] The attraction was officially announced on October 13, 2010 by park president, Jim Dean.[3][4] Construction of the ride began almost immediately. By November 18, some supports for the ride were already in place.[7] By mid December, the supports for the 102-foot (31 m) tall figure 8 element were complete with some pieces of track also installed.[8]


Cheetah Hunt is an Intamin launched steel roller coaster.[2] The ride's station is located in the former monorail station which was decommissioned in the 1990s.[9] Guests board one of five, 16 passenger trains.[3] The ride begins with a 30-mile-per-hour (48 km/h) launch out of the station and around a wide left turn followed by a gradual dip before approaching the second launch. This launch accelerates riders to their top speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) before climbing an 102-foot (31 m) hill. A figure 8 element is located at the top of this hill where riders weave through a series of helixes before dropping 130 feet (40 m) into a trench. Riders then proceed over a directional changing airtime hill before completing the ride's only inversion, a barrel-roll. Upon exiting the barrel-roll and its subsequent brake run (the only one on the ride), the ride remains low to the ground and goes through a series of short banked turns through a rock fixture simulating several "near misses". This leads the ride into its third and final launch which accelerates riders to a speed of 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) to navigate its way back to the station. During the journey back there are airtime and directional changing hills (one of which passes over the park's Sky Ride), before entering the final brake run.[2][3][10]

Cheetah Run

This ride is inspired by cheetahs. To go alongside Cheetah Hunt, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay also opened an animal exhibit called Cheetah Run. The exhibit features glass-paneled viewing areas which allow visitors to watch the world's fastest land animal sprinting across plains. In late January 2011, five cheetahs arrived on site in preparation for the opening of the exhibit. Educational touch screen panels complete the exhibit.[3][4][11][12]

Busch Gardens Williamsburg counterpart

Busch Gardens Tampa's sister park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia also has a planned coaster that will likely be similar to Cheetah Hunt. Williamsburg's attraction has now begun construction. The ride will be named Verbolten. It is due to open in 2012. This is the Busch Gardens parks' sixth attempt on creating a similar roller coaster at both parks.[2][13]


  1. ^ Albright, Mark (February 18, 2011). "Busch Gardens' Cheetah Hunt coaster in sprint to May 27 completion". St. Petersburg Times. Tampa Bay. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Marden, Duane. "Cheetah Hunt  (Busch Gardens Tampa)". Database Entry. Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & Discovery Cove in Orlando announce 2011 additions". SeaWorld Parks Blog. October 13, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Garcia, Jason (October 13, 2010). "SeaWorld unveils new reef for Discovery Cove, new coaster for Busch Gardens". Orlando Sentinel.,0,3348255.story. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Busch Gardens 2011". Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Retrieved October 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ Albright, Mark (October 13, 2010). "Busch Gardens' Cheetah Hunt coaster to launch riders to 60 mph three times". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Insider Update: Cheetah Hunt Has Gone Vertical". SeaWorld Parks Blog. November 18, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cheetah Hunt: Construction Update". SeaWorld Parks Blog. December 13, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ Roseboom, Matt (January 28, 2011). "Photo Finds: Construction update for Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Busch Gardens". Attractions Magazine. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Upcoming Events Pictures & Videos: Cheetah Hunt Virtual Ride". Video. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ Roseboom, Matt (February 2, 2011). "Cheetahs arrive at Busch Gardens in anticipation of new attraction". Attractions Magazine. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Cheetahs arrive at Busch Gardens". Tampa Bay. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "unknown  (Busch Gardens Williamsburg)". Database Entry. Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Cheetah Hunt — Daten Standort Busch Gardens Tampa (Tampa, Florida, USA) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cheetah Hunt — 39° 20′ 26″ N 84° 16′ 04″ W / 39.34056, 84.26786 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cheetah reintroduction in India — Cheetah cubs with dog (India, 1897). Reintroduction of Cheetah in India involves the artificial reestablishment of a population of cheetahs into areas where they had previously existed but were hunted into extinction by the British colonial… …   Wikipedia

  • Cheetah (film) — Cheetah Theatrical release poster Directed by Jeff Blyth Produced by Roy E. D …   Wikipedia

  • cheetah — [chēt′ə] n. [Hindi chītā, leopard < Sans chitraka, spotted < chitra, spot: see CHINTZ] a swift, long legged cat (Acinonyx jubatus) of Africa and S Asia, with a small head, nonretractile claws, and a black spotted coat: it can be trained to… …   English World dictionary

  • Cheetah — This article is about the animal. For other uses, see Cheetah (disambiguation). Cheetah[1] Temporal range: Late Pliocene to Recent …   Wikipedia

  • cheetah — /chee teuh/, n. a cat, Acinonyx jubatus, of southwestern Asia and Africa, resembling a leopard but having certain doglike characteristics, often trained for hunting deer, antelope, etc.: an endangered species. [1695 1705; < Hindi cita < Skt… …   Universalium

  • hunt — 01. He has been [hunting] for an apartment for over 2 weeks, but hasn t found anything he likes. 02. Many people want to stop the [hunting] of grizzly bears because they are afraid the animals are becoming too rare. 03. The German submarine was… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • Asiatic Cheetah — Taxobox name = Asiatic CheetahMSW3 Wozencraft | pages = 533] status = CR trend = down status system = iucn3.1 status ref = IUCN2006|assessors=Cat Specialist Group|year=1996|id=220|title=Acinonyx jubatus ventaticus|downloaded=11 September 2006… …   Wikipedia

  • Chester Cheetah — on a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos Chester Cheetah is a fictional character and the official mascot for Cheetos brand snacks and Chester s Puffcorn. According to an article in The New York Times, DDB Needham Worldwide is responsible for the creation …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.