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Cheetah Hunt

New Coaster for Busch Gardens Tampa Florida's Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is to introduce a multiple launch rollercoaster for 2011 called Cheetah Hunt.

Using a linear synchronous motor (LSM) ride system from Intaride (Intamin's US subsidiary), the coaster will launch riders from 0 to 60mph in a matter of seconds not once, but three times. The ride will start from the park's monorail station, which is being completely renovated as part of the new attraction. Cheetah Hunt covers a lot of ground, setting a new distance record for Busch Gardens' rollercoasters with 4,429ft of track in total. The first launch will propels the train across a portion of the park's “Serengeti Plain”. Moments later, a second burst of speed accelerates riders to 60mph and up into the ride's signature tower element that climbs more than 10 stories above the African-themed landscape before plunging 130ft into a subterranean trench. Elements such as over-banked turns, air-time parabolas and a heartline roll inversion apparently imitate an agile cheetah chasing its prey, leaping and pouncing into the Nairobi area, where the train twists through a rocky gorge that was formerly part of Rhino Rally. At the far end of this three-quarter-mile path, a third burst of speed rockets the train back across the plain toward the station.

Cheetah Hunt will be part of a new area at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay called Cheetah Run, Located in

Cheetah Hunt will be part of new area Cheetah Run

the area freed up by the removal of the park's Budweiser Clydesdale horses, this expansive new habitat will give visitors the opportunity to get closer to cheetahs than ever before with elevated, glass-panelled viewing areas. Take a virtual ride on Cheetah Run at the Busch Gardens website. Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Williamsburg, Virginia, has announced a two-year expansion plan including new rides and a re- envisioned village theme.

The changes begin later this month with the opening of Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration, where guests will be able to enjoy the experience the flair of an Italian Christmas in the park's Italy section.

Planned for next spring are two towering rides that will offer riders a spectacular view of the James River.

One of these, Mäch Tower, will be located in an overhauled version of the park's Oktoberfest village and become the park's tallest ride. The 246ft drop tower by Moser Rides will seat 30 riders and include added special effects including audio and seat vibrations.

It's now more than 30 years since Oktoberfest debuted at Busch Gardens, and as such the park is updating the look and atmosphere of this popular area. Guests will be able to enjoy freshly-baked pretzels in a new beer garden, complete with canopies of coloured maypoles and festive banners that depict the rich heritage of Bavaria. Over at Water Country USA waterpark, an epic new drop slide will open courtesy of ProSlide. Featuring two wave paths, Vanish Point will stand 75ft- tall and include a trapdoor start from a “skybox.” For more than a year, enthusiasts have been speculating what would fill the space that was once home to Busch Gardens' Big Bad Wolf suspended coaster. It has now been revealed that park will be adding a launch coaster, manufacturer to be confirmed. The ride is expected to feature many “firsts” when it debuts in the spring of 2012.

The new look Oktoberfest section 12 NOVEMBER 2010

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