TAMPA — Cheetah Hunt, Busch Gardens' next new thrill ride, has risen from the ground around the Tampa theme park's skyride building.
Busch is pouring more than $20-million into its first launch coaster and Cheetah exhibit, which opens May 27. Busch invited members of the media for the first look-see behind the barricades.
Powered by magnetic linear induction motors, the 102-foot-tall launch coaster features three uphill power surges, the first two of which accelerate riders zero to 60 miles per hour in four seconds.
So far, 90 percent of the track is installed and 12 of the 14 cheetahs have arrived. The seven-acre attraction stretches from the old Clydesdale barn to a one-time riverbed in Rhino Rally.