Concept art for Cobra's Curse, the new family coaster coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2016.
While Universal Orlando’s announcement of their Volcano Bay water park may have drowned out Busch Garden’s ballyhoo a bit, the Tampa theme park also released information on a big addition this morning. A select group of media were invited to the construction site of Cobra’s Curse to hear details on Busch Gardens Tampa’s 2016 family roller coaster.
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Photo by Seth Kubersky
The new attraction is being built in the park’s Egypt area by MACK Rides of Europe, and will feature eight-passenger trains with spinning cars, and an unusual elevator lift delivering riders to the top of the 70-foot first drop. Cobra’s Curse will have more than 2,100 feet of track and a ride time of at least three and a half minutes, reaching a maximum speed of more than 40 mph.
Aiming for the kids too big for Air Grover but too small for Sheikra, Cobra’s Curse will have a height minimum of only 42 inches, and will repurpose the defunct Tut’s Tomb walkthrough attraction as the park’s first air-conditioned attraction queue. Be prepared to wait in there for a while, since the ride will a have a capacity of only about 1,000 guests per hour.
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An 80-foot tall sculpted snake will serve as the ride’s exterior icon. As for word on any indoor show scenes or special effects, or even an opening season, we’ll have to wait and watch CobrasCurse.com, the park’s new web page dedicated to teasing the attraction.
Here’s a brief interview about Cobra’s Curse that I conducted with Mike Denninger, director of rides and engineering for SeaWorld Parks: