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Busch Gardens Tampa coaster render

Busch Gardens Tampa has released a video which shows off the on-ride experience of its planned new rollercoaster for 2011.

The video, embedded below, appears to confirm that the ride (rumored to be named Cheetaka) will be an Intamin launch coaster, and that it will hug the ground closely for much of its duration. This fits closely with earlier rumors that the ride will feature as many as three launch sections, and that it will be themed around cheetahs.

The park released the video through its BuschGardens2011.com teaser website. To access it, visitors are required to enter the code word "CHASE", although it has since appeared on YouTube in unprotected form. Further videos will be released every week leading up to the official announcement of the new coaster in mid-October.

Leaked plans for the rollercoaster have previously confirmed that the ride will 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 and the Cheetaka name, another recent leak included concept art for the ride's station. Busch Gardens Tampa has also been advertising a Zoological Supervisor role which requires experience of working with cheetahs, with a new live animal exhibit set to be installed alongside the rollercoaster.

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.

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