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Cheetah Hunt concept art

Busch Gardens Tampa has released a video showing the final piece of track being installed on its Cheetah Hunt rollercoaster, ahead of the ride's opening on May 27, 2011.

The last section of track to be added to the ride's circuit is the portion that "jumps" over the park's Skyride attraction, which has been lowered slightly to enable the new addition. Busch Gardens Tampa will continue work on testing the rollercoaster and installing theming over the next two months.

Busch Gardens Tampa has invested more than $20 million in building Cheetah Hunt and the accompanying Cheetah Run live animal exhibit. The new coaster will be themed around the speed and agility of real-life cheetahs, and will feature three launch sections that 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 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.

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