Sand Serpent

Roller coaster in the United States
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Sand Serpent
Overview of Sand Serpent when it was Cheetah Chase
Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Status Defunct
Operated February 2004 to July 9, 2023
Rider height 46 inch minimum
Replaced by Phoenix Rising (Busch Gardens Tampa)
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Operated April 12, 1996 to 2003
Replaced Glissade
Replaced by Curse of DarKastle
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Product Wild Mouse (compact mobile)
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Wild Mouse
Riders per train 4
Hourly capacity 1,120
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 144.3 feet × 62.3 feet
Height 45.9 feet
Top speed 28 mph
Length 1213.9 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 1:50

Sand Serpent (formerly called Cheetah Chase) was a steel wild mouse roller coaster previously located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. The ride originally operated at sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. It first opened on April 12, 1996 as Wild Izzy and was renamed Wild Maus in 1997, operating until 2003.


Wild Izzy in 1996

The roller coaster originally opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on April 12, 1996.[1] During its opening year, 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.[2]

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 that same year.[3]

In June 2017, Busch Gardens Tampa filed a permit to build a building around the ride and its queue area, hinting that the ride could have become an enclosed roller coaster for 2018. However, this was later shelved for unknown reasons.

On June 15, 2023, Busch Gardens Tampa announced plans to permanently close the ride on July 9.[4] Following its closure, the ride was demolished.



One of the cars

Single cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car. Riders are held in by lap bar restraints.



  1. "Busch Gardens' focus on 1996 summer games".
  2. The History Of Busch Gardens Williamsburg - BGWFans
  3. "Cheetah Chase renamed Sand Serpent".
  4. "Busch Gardens Tampa will permanently close SandSerpent, the park's most painful rollercoaster".

External Links

Articles on Busch Gardens Tampa
Articles on Busch Gardens Williamsburg