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|Overview of Sand Serpent|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Wild Mouse|
|Model / product||Wild Mouse (compact mobile)|
|Riders per train||4|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Area||144.3 feet × 62.3 feet|
Top speed28 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 Wilde Maus.
History[edit | edit source]
The roller coaster originally operated at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. In its opening year, 1996, 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.
Design[edit | edit source]
Trains[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
|Roller coasters at Busch Gardens Tampa|
|Present||Air Grover • Cheetah Hunt • Cobra's Curse • Iron Gwazi • Kumba • Montu • Sand Serpent • Scorpion • SheiKra • Tigris|
|Former||Gwazi • Python|
|Roller coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg|
|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 • Wilde Maus|