Cheetah Hunt Takes off at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens is a 335-acre theme park in Tampa, Florida, that averages 4 million guests per year. In 2010, the park announced its plan to build a steel launched roller coaster that would become the Southeast’s longest launch roller coaster. The two phase project would take nearly 2 years to complete, and needed to be constructed within the confines of the fully operational park.
Construction of the new roller coaster began almost immediately. Cheetah Hunt was completed in two phases: infrastructure, which took 6 months, and installation, including support structures for the 102-foot-tall figure-8 element, which took 18 months, all while Busch Gardens remained fully operational. The coaster launches riders at 60 mph through wide dips, turns and barrel rolls, and was named second Best New Ride by Amusement Today in 2011.