Sand Serpent

Roller coaster
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Sand Serpent
Cheetah Chase (Busch Gardens Tampa) 2007 01.jpg
Overview of Sand Serpent when it was Cheetah Chase.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Status Operating since February 2004
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Operated April 12, 1996 to 2003
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) is a steel 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. 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.



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.



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