TAMPA — Busch Gardens announced details for its latest thrill ride Cobra’s Curse, a spinning coaster which will feature an air-conditioned queue line with an exhibit of several of the world’s snake species.
The Tampa theme park held a tour of the construction site Wednesday. Guests will be just inches away from the 400-cubic-foot multi-level snake exhibit that will include Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers.
“The snake exhibit at Cobra’s Curse will allow us to combine the best of what Busch Gardens has to offer – animals and thrill rides,” says Jeff Andrews, vice president of Zoological Operations at Busch Gardens.
Busch Gardens officials said the spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a 70-foot vertical lift and more than 2,100 feet of track. The maximum speed is 40 mph.
Located in the Egypt area of the park, explorers will come face-to-face with an 80-foot snake icon, trek over the park’s Serengeti Plain and discover the mysteries of an Egyptian archeological excavation.
Construction started in January 2015, and Cobra’s Curse will debut this summer.
Some additional facts on Cobra’s Curse:
♦ Maximum Ride Height: Approximately 100 feet
♦ Seats: Up to 8 trains at a time, with 8 riders per train
♦ Guest Capacity: Moving walkway for loading and unloading will allow just for over 1,000 riders per hour.
♦ Ride Duration: More than three and a half minutes
♦ Height Requirement: 48 inches to ride alone, 42 inches with parent/guardian
♦ Queue Line: Air-conditioned queue line features a snake exhibit with six exotic snakes, interactive elements and projection mapping technology to tell the story of the “Snake God”.
♦ Snakes: Angolan Python, Gaboon Viper, Jameson’s Mambas, Rhinoceros Vipers
“This exhibit will give our guests an unforgettable experience while continuing the conversation around conservation and education by highlighting the species and their important role in the wild, which is our top priority,” Andrews said.
Visit CobrasCurse.com for more information.