Florida’s first triple-launch coaster: Cheetah Hunt
Dart up the iconic 102-foot Windcatcher Tower, drop 130 feet into an underground trench and tumble through a heartline roll inversion on Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt. Inspired by the world’s fastest land animal, the ride has several bursts of acceleration that surge up to 60 miles per hour and catapults thrill-seekers on three surprising adrenaline-fueled speed surges at multiple launch points. Designed with Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) technology, using the force of repelling magnets, the heart-pounding ride goes over Busch Gardens’ historic Skyride, around a rocky canyon rushing with whitewater currents and down into four subterranean trenches. Your body will reach 4G’s as you soar over 4,429 feet of steel track in more than 90 seconds on Busch Gardens’ longest coaster.
Given that the ride mimics cheetahs chasing prey across the Serengeti, the 13-acre area includes Cheetah Run, home to 15 agile cats. The 11,000 square foot grassland area includes natural rock formations, shaded alcoves and a waterfall. The cheetahs have a 220-foot path for running and several times each day, Busch Gardens’ animal care experts use a motorized lure system to stimulate the cats’ natural instinct to chase. Glass-panel viewing windows, video panels and interactive touch-screen stations introduce visitors to the cheetahs and educate them of their plight in the wild. Sadly, their population has declined to between 10,000 and 12,500 worldwide. Busch Gardens works with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in South Africa to protect this endangered animal. While you’re there, visit more than 2,500 exotic and endangered animals located in the theme park.
There’s a 48″ height requirement for the ride.