Thrilling Coasters at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

By: Sammy Mack

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In Tampa, Busch Gardens offers thrilling coasters and awesome rides.

In Tampa, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has Gwazi, the ultimate in wooden roller coasters. Gwazi has two separate tracks on its massive wooden frame, making it the largest dueling coaster in the Southeast. The ominous click, click, click sound of the car passing over the wooden planks as it crawls 90 feet to the first drop will make you clutch my lap bar before you careen downward at over 50 mph. The lack of shoulder restraints (because there is a lap bar) make you feel that if you lose your balance and leaned forward, you would tumble out.

Busch Gardens also has the Montu, an inverted coaster that whips around a 60-foot-vertical loop and pulls nearly 4 Gs. Unlike in most coasters, the best seat is in the back. Because of the way the car takes turns, if you sit in the left corner of the last row this coaster seems to snap your spine into alignment.

On SheiKra, you'll feel like you're falling from the sky. This floorless dive coaster climbs 200 feet to the edge of a pure 90-degree drop, where you'll wait peering over the edge as the coaster stops, just before the fall. You won't have to wait long, though, to dive straight down at speeds of up to 70 mph, then go barreling through breathtaking features including an Immelmann loop, a second dive into an underground tunnel and a splashdown finale that drenches SheiKra fans waiting to catch their own piece of the fun.

A more recent addition is the groundbreaking Cheetah Hunt. It takes riders through breathtaking plunges and a trio of launches at speeds pushing 60 mph.

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