Python (Busch Gardens Tampa)

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roller coaster
Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Status Defunct
Operated July 1, 1976 to October 31, 2006
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel
Model / product Corkscrew
Riders per train 24
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height72 feet
Top speed40 mph
Length1200 feet

Python was a steel roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. It opened in 1976 and closed in 2006.

History[edit | edit source]

Python opened on July 1, 1976.[1] It was the park's first roller coaster, as well as Florida's first roller coaster to go upside down.

The ride was repainted in 2003, the trains were also painted with the park's current logo, switched from the classic Python logo.

Python closed on October 31, 2006.[2] The removal of Python was necessary to make way for the park's Jungala attraction, and was part of the largest renovation in Busch Gardens' history. Along with Python, the area's Tiger's Den gift shop, and Python Soft Serve have been torn down as a part of the Congo renovation.

Design[edit | edit source]


Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

Incidents[edit | edit source]

On July 10, 1976 a newspaper reporter died after riding the Python. It is believed he suffered a heart attack.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

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    Python on the Roller Coaster DataBase.