Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cobra's Curse Getting Ready to Spin as 2016 Debut Nears

© Busch Gardens Tampa
While not the biggest or baddest of the new for 2016 class of roller coasters, Busch Gardens Tampa's Cobra's Curse still may come in under the radar as one of the year's best.  The new family spinning coaster features a vertical and traditional lift, plenty of elements to enhance the cars' spinning, below grade trenches, interaction with other park rides and some neat Egyptian theming on top of it all.

The coaster's physical construction is nearing completion, and that presented a good time to invite some media to the park to check things out.  Busch Gardens Tampa had one of the ride's cars on display, rotating to give an idea of its capabilities.

As shown in the original concept art, the trains will be made up of traditional Wild Mouse style cars that have been 'plussed' so that they can spin freely.  Cobra's Curse is a Mack design with a 70 foot tall lift, 2,100 feet of track and a top speed of 40 miles per hour.  The coaster will have a height requirement that will allow smaller passengers to be able to ride with an adult, which is a great move for the theme park.

The tour not only showed off the current construction and ride cars, but also plenty of new concept art for the queue and ride area, along with details such as the fact that the ride will use a moving walkway for loading to help increase capacity.  Plenty of these details and photos of the ride and concept art can be seen in this story from Pixels at the Parks.