Scorpion (Busch Gardens Tampa)

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Scorpion (Busch Gardens Tampa) 2004 01.jpg
The vertical loop element.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Location Tampa, Florida, USA
Park section Pantopia
Status Operating since May 16, 1980
Height restriction 42 inches (107 cm)
Product Silverarrow
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH, Anton Schwarzkopf
Type Steel
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 1,800
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 93.5 feet × 213.8 feet
Height 60.7 feet
Drop 45 feet
Top speed 41 mph
Length 1817.6 feet
Inversions 1
Drop angle 39°
Duration 1:30
G-Force 3.5
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Scorpion is a steel roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA. It is one of three operating Schwarzkopf Silverarrow models, with the others being Big Blue and another Silverarrow called "Looping Star" which is currently travelling with Magic World Amusement Park in Africa.


Scorpion opened on May 16, 1980 as part of the newly added Timbuktu section that gave the park a complete circuit, linking the Congo section to the Nairobi section of the park. It remains one of the most popular attractions in the Timbuktu area.

In 2004, as a part of the park's Timbuktu renovation, Scorpion was repainted from its original paint scheme of orange track and black supports to its current color scheme of red track with dark blue supports.




The brake run and transfer track.

Scorpion has a compact and twisted layout, including the signature vertical loop inversion. After the 60.7 foot lift hill, riders twist down a 45 foot drop and pass through the single vertical loop element.[1] Following the loop, the train goes through a pretzel turnaround and threads (goes through the center of) the vertical loop. Riders circle around a 900° helix before entering the brake run.


Scorpion (Busch Gardens Tampa) 2007 01.jpg

2 trains with 5 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 20 riders per train.

The trains have headrests and lap-bar restraints.


External links

  • Scorpion on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

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