The Veldt Monorail provided guests a chance to see much of the Serengeti Plain and the various species that roam freely across it. At 7,000 feet in length, it was reported to be the second largest when it opened, with only the one at Disneyland being longer. The 1.3 million dollar addition featured 12 air conditioned cars with on board audio, and a suspended car design that hovered low to the ground in most areas to provide excellent views of the wildlife. At its highest point, the monorail reached 30 feet.
The monorail departed the station (which is now the station for Cheetah Hunt) and transported guests across the Serengeti Plain, including destinations like Gorilla Island, the “Congo River,” past the lion moat and onto Goat Mountain, “Lake Victoria,” and the rhino and elephant displays. Maps in 1974 listed the Monorail Safari as an Inner Veldt Tour bringing guests up close to lions, zebras, giraffes, and hundreds of other animals.
In 1988, the monorail trains were upgraded to a new, air conditioned model.
Open Date: May 1966
Location: Serengeti Plain
Additional details and images of the Veldt Monorail will be added in the future.
Busch Gardens’ 1970 Rollercoasters and Thrill Rides – accessed 1/15/2017
Sun Sentinel – May 14, 1989 – accessed 1/21/2017
Boca Raton News – June 18, 1967 – accessed 2/4/2017
BGTNation: Park History – accessed 2/4/2017
Park Map – 1974 (Author’s Collection)