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Sand Serpent

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Sand Serpent
Sand Serpent1.jpg
Overview of Sand Serpent
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Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Status Operating since February 2004
Statistics
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Wild Mouse
Model / product Wild Mouse (compact mobile)
Riders per train 4
Hourly capacity 1,120
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 144.3 feet × 62.3 feet
Height45.9 feet
Top speed28 mph
Length1,213.9 feet
Inversions0
Duration1:50
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Sand Serpent (formerly called Cheetah Chase) is a wild mouse roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. The ride originally operated at sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia on opening year as Wild Izzy and from 1997 to 2003 as Wilde Maus.

History[edit]

Wild Izzy in 1996

The roller coaster originally operated at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. In its opening year, 1996, it was named "Wild Izzy" after the mascot of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games which were held in Atlanta Georgia. The following year, it was renamed "Wild Maus". After the 2003 season, Wild Maus was dismantled.[1]

In February 2004, the roller coaster reopened at Busch Gardens Tampa and was called "Cheetah Chase". For the 2011 season it was renamed "Sand Serpent", presumably to reduce confusion with new roller coaster Cheetah Hunt which opened the same year.

Design[edit]

Trains[edit]

One of the cars

Single car trains. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 4 riders per car. Riders are held in by lapbar restraints.

References[edit]

  1. The History Of Busch Gardens Williamsburg - BGWFans