The latest teaser video for Busch Gardens Tampa's planned new rollercoaster confirms several details of the mega-attraction, which will open in 2011.
The video is hosted by Mike Boos, the park's VP of Zoology, who discusses Busch Garden Tampa's plans to incorporate an animal exhibit alongside the new ride. Although Boos does not reveal which animal the ride will be themed around, it is widely believed that it will be based on cheetahs and will feature a strong focus on speed.
The Park Secrets blog has also published leaked plans for the coaster, which confirm and expand upon several details uncovered through a previous leak. Most notably, the plans show the name "Cheetaka" adorning the coaster's station, which is also set to feature cheetah theming. With at least six months remaining until the coaster debuts, however, it is still possible that the park could choose to rename the coaster prior to its opening day.
Both sets of leaked plans show a low-elevation coaster which could feature as many as 3 launched sections. The coaster is expected to cover a sprawling area, occupying most of the existing Edge of Africa land. Sections of the Serengeti Express train have already been rerouted to create room for the new addition, while the water section of Rhino Rally has also been closed to accommodate it.
Further reinforcing the likelihood of a cheetah theme, Screamscape points to a recent job posting from Busch Gardens Tampa which advertises a Zoological Supervisor role. One of the key requirements for the role is that the applicant has previous experience with large carnivores, with "cheetah experience preferred".
For full details of the leaked plans for Cheetaka, see TPT's round-up of rumors following the recent leak of construction plans relating to the ride.
You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.