Cheetah Hunt

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Cheetah Hunt
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An overview of part of Cheetah Hunt.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Status Operating since May 27, 2011
Cost $20,000,000[1]
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Type Steel - Launched
Product LSM Launch Coaster
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
HELP
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Cheetah Hunt is an Intamin multi-launched roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida, USA. It opened on May 27, 2011.

History

In 2010, before the ride was officially announced, Busch Gardens 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. It became the first roller coaster to have a windcatcher tower.[4]

Design

Elements

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.

Trains

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 donut hole, 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.

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