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Kumba (Busch Gardens Tampa)

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Kumba
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Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Status Operating since April 20, 1993
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel
Model / product Sitting Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1,700
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height143 feet
Drop135 feet
Top speed60 mph
Length3,978 feet
Inversions7
Duration2:54
G-force3.8G
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Kumba is a steel roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. Kumba, at the time of its opening, was said to have "set the industry standards". It had the record for the most inversions on a roller coaster until 1995, when Dragon Khan opened at PortAventura Park. It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard.

Design[edit]

Elements

Kumba features a pre-drop, a small drop designed by Bolliger & Mabillard to reduce strain on the chain lift.

Kumba contains the first dive loop and interlocking corkscrews on a Bolliger & Mabillard roller coaster.

The lift hill passes through the middle of the vertical loop.

Trains[edit]

4 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.

Name[edit]

Kumba means Roar in the African Congo Language. When the train traverses the track, it makes a roaring sound. This is caused by the hollow square shaped track.

Awards[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Best Steel Coaster
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Ranking 7 13 22 22 22 21 21 27 27 24 (tie) 31
Most inversions on a roller coaster (7)
tied with
Goudurix
Great American Scream Machine
ShockWave
Viper

April 1993 - May 1995
Preceded by
Vortex
Most inversions on a roller coaster (7)
tied with
Goudurix
Great American Scream Machine
ShockWave
Viper

April 1993 - May 1995
Succeeded by
Dragon Khan