Cheetah Hunt

Roller coaster in the United States
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Cheetah Hunt
An overview of part of Cheetah Hunt
Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Coordinates 28°02′04″N 82°25′12″W / 28.0343467°N 82.4199838°W / 28.0343467; -82.4199838
Status Operating since May 27, 2011
Cost $20,000,000[1]
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Manufacturer Intamin
Product LSM Launch Coaster
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 16
Hourly capacity 1370
Propulsion 3 LSM launches
Height 102 feet
Drop 130 feet
Top speed 60 mph
Length 4429 feet
Inversions 1
G-Force 4

Cheetah Hunt is an Intamin multi-launched roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. It opened on May 27, 2011.


In 2010, before the ride was officially announced, Busch Gardens Tampa began to release teaser videos. Each video contained a small, computer generated part of the ride. Each one would have a different part of the ride. At this point, the new ride was known as Cheetaka.[2] After five videos, the ride was officially announced on October 13 by park president, Jim Dean.[3] The ride was completed in 2011, opening on May 27 of the same year. Upon opening, became the first roller coaster to have a windcatcher tower.[4]

Cheetah Hunt was repainted in early 2022 by Baynum Painting.[5]



Cheetah Hunt features three launches throughout the ride. Parts of the ride travel into trenches and over water, formerly occupied by the Rhino Rally tour ride.


5 trains with 4 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 16 riders per train.

Ride Experience

Immediately after departing the station the train hits the first LSM launch, which allows the train to crest the first turn and hit the second boost, which propels the ride to 60 mph, straight up into the windcatcher tower.

After circling the windcatcher tower, the ride dives into a shallow ditch, then enters a rapid series of S-curves, over-banked turns, and a heartline roll. The ride then hits the third LSM boost, launching the train through the final twisted segment of over-banked turns and drops before hitting the final brake run.



  1. "Newest Busch Gardens coaster debuts in May".
  2. "Details leak out about Cheetaka". Orlando Business Jounral.
  3. "Full details on Busch Gardens' new Cheetah roller coaster and habitat – video/photos". Attractions Magazine.
  4. Jost, Domenik (May 27, 2011). "Cheetah Hunt and Cheetah Run debut at Busch Gardens Tampa". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  5. Baldwin, Tim (March 2022). "Baynum Painting providing a fresh wave of color at Florida attractions" (PDF). Amusement Today. No. Vol 25 Issue 12. Retrieved 2022-03-29.

External links

Articles on Busch Gardens Tampa