Python was Busch Gardens’ first roller coaster, built in the Stanleyville section (later part of Congo and present day Jungala) in 1976. It operated for 30 years until it was closed and demolished to make way for Jungala in 2006. It was designed and manufactured by Arrow Dynamics, and was one of the first steel coasters to take rides upside-down along its course.

Fast Facts:

Official Open Date: July 1, 1976
Close Date: October 31, 2006
Height: 72 feet
Length: 1,200 feet
Max Speed: 40 mph
Inversions: 2


Additional details and images on Python will be added in the future.


Python – Busch Gardens Tampa (accessed 8/11/2016)
Python Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (accessed 8/11/2016)
Brochure, copyright 1976 (Author’s Collection)
Busch Gardens’ 1970 Rollercoasters and Thrill Rides – accessed 1/17/2017