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Cheetah Hunt concept art

Busch Gardens Tampa has confirmed that the new Cheetah Hunt rollercoaster will open at the park on May 27, 2011, in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

The park has invested more than $20 million in building Cheetah Hunt and the accompanying Cheetah Run live animal exhibit. Construction is nearing completion, with ninety percent of the ride's track in place and twelve out of a total of fourteen cheetahs having arrived at the park.

Cheetah Hunt will cover a vast area, sprawling out from the Crown Colony Plaza area of Busch Gardens Tampa to cover large parts of the existing Edge of Africa and Nairobi areas. The ride will begin in the former Crown Colony Plaza monorail station, which is set to be extensively rethemed using sculpted concrete to resemble a ruined ancient building.

Cheetah Hunt train image

Live cheetahs will reside close to Busch Gardens Tampa's new coaster.
Image © Busch Gardens Tampa

The new coaster will be themed around the speed and agility of real-life cheetahs, and will feature trains that are decked out in cheetah-skin colors. The Intamin-designed ride will employ Linear Synchronous Motors to create three launch sections, which will propel riders to speeds of 30, 60 and 40 miles per hour respectively. In total, the ride's circuit will extend for 4,429 feet, and will include a 130-feet drop, banked turns, a heartline inversion and a parabola that will give riders a sensation of weightlessness ("airtime") for 3 seconds.

Alongside the new coaster, the Cheetah Run live animal exhibit will include special viewing areas that will enable guests to view the world's fastest land animals up-close. Guests wishing to learn more about the animals will be able to access information via touchscreen computer terminals.

You can find out more about Busch Gardens Tampa's new coaster in Theme Park Tourist's in-depth preview of Cheetah Hunt.

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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