Busch Gardens Tampa is located in Tampa Bay, FL, which is about 1 hour to the west of Orlando, FL, one of the busiest tourist destinations for thrills. The park is home to many attractions from Cheetah Hunt, and Falcon’s Fury one of the world’s tallest drop rides. The park announced Cobra’s Curse on May 28, 2015, and it will debut as a family spinning coaster manufactured by Mack Rides.

Construction is well underway for the attraction, and it is scheduled to open in 2016. The park has not announced an official opening day, but projections look to be in the spring of 2016. Cobra’s Curse will reach heights of 70 feet with a maximum speed of 40 mph.

Mack Rides unveiled a model of the new coaster at the IAAPA expo this week showcasing some key features to the ride experience to make it one of a kind. In addition to this unveiling, the park has some other exciting things going on that they would like you to be informed of.

From Busch Gardens Tampa:

Busch Gardens® Tampa provided additional details about the latest thrill ride project coming in 2016, including a detailed model revealed at the International Amusement Parks and Attractions show in Orlando. Cobra’s Curse™ will be the only ride of its kind in the world: a family roller coaster with freely spinning ride vehicles and a 70-foot vertical lift.

As a special incentive for Florida residents, the new details were revealed as the park is promoting a special offer for advance purchases of the 2016 Fun Card. For the price of a single-day admission, guests who purchase their 2016 Fun Card now also will receive the rest of 2015 free.

“Busch Gardens Tampa is Florida’s thrill ride leader,” said Brian Morrow, Busch Gardens’ attraction creative designer. “And, with Cobra’s Curse, we’re expanding the family thrill ride offerings. The multi-directional spins on Cobra’s Curse will provide excitement and fun for guests of all ages.”

Additional facts on Cobra’s Curse:

  • A unique move on Cobra’s Curse is the “outward-banked turn” that puts riders perilously close to the jaws of the monstrous, 80-foot-tall statue of the snake king Venymyss. This turn can be seen here.
  • Instead of a gradual lift hill, more typical of a traditional coaster, each train is instead lifted vertically, to a height of 70 feet, and the top of the ancient temple.
  • During the three-and-a-half-minute ride, the coaster trains speed along at 40 mph, spinning backward, forward and then freely.
  • Guests will experience a new spin with each ride. Each train spins randomly, with frequency and direction determined by the rider weight distribution.
  • The ride’s setting is a modern day dig site in Egypt, where archeologists have uncovered the legendary temple of the snake king, Venymyss. The ride’s air-conditioned queue line provides a welcome break from the Egyptian heat.

Model Renderings:

Courtesy: Busch Gardens Tampa
Courtesy: Busch Gardens Tampa
Courtesy: Busch Gardens Tampa

About Busch Gardens Tampa:

The park is located in Tampa, FL, just minutes from I-75. There are many family attractions and roller coasters from Sheikra to Cheetah Hunt, in addition to many events throughout the year from Howl-O-Scream to Christmas Town. For more information and to plan your visit, you can visit the park’s website at: http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/

About Mack Rides:

Mack Rides has been an innovative leader in the theme park industry specializing in many state of the art roller coasters and amusement park attractions. The company is based in Germany, and is known for coasters from Blue Fire, The Dark Knight Coaster, and many other spinning wild mouse coasters. You can visit their website at: www.mack-rides.com

Logo and image credits:

Logo courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Feature image courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Article prepared by: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator / The Amusement Wire

Disclaimer: The Amusement Wire is not affiliated with the park or attraction mentioned in this article. All photos and video are courtesy of the individual parks or outlets and used for publicity reasons. The Amusement Wire does not own the rights to photos or video used unless otherwise noted.

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