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|Overview of Sand Serpent when it was Cheetah Chase.|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Wild Mouse|
|Product||Wild Mouse (compact mobile)|
|Riders per train||4|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Area||144.3 feet × 62.3 feet|
|Top speed||28 mph|
Sand Serpent (formerly called Cheetah Chase) is a wild mouse roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. The ride originally operated at sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia on opening year as Wild Izzy and from 1997 to 2003 as Wild Maus.
The roller coaster originally opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on April 12, 1996. In 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.
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 the same year.
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 the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Busch Gardens TampaArticles on|
|Present||Air Grover • Cheetah Hunt • Cobra's Curse • Iron Gwazi • Kumba • Montu • Sand Serpent • Scorpion • SheiKra • Tigris|
|Former||Gwazi • Python|
|Busch Gardens WilliamsburgArticles on|
|Present||Alpengeist • Apollo's Chariot • Griffon • Grover's Alpine Express • InvadR • Loch Ness Monster • Pantheon • Tempesto • Verbolten|
|Former||Big Bad Wolf • Das Kätzchen • Die Wildkatze • Drachen Fire • Glissade • Wild Maus|