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
Length3978 feet
Inversions7
Duration2:54
G-force3.8 g
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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 and tallest vertical loop until 1995, when Dragon Khan opened at PortAventura Park. It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard.

Design[edit | edit source]

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.

Color scheme[edit | edit source]

Kumba has a light blue track and maroon supports.

Trains[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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.

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
Tallest vertical loop
April 20, 1993 - May 2, 1995
Preceded by
Unknown
Tallest vertical loop
April 20, 1993 - May 2, 1995
Succeeded by
Dragon Khan

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Kumba on the Roller Coaster DataBase.