Cobra’s Curse is the newest roller coaster at Busch Gardens, opening in June 2016. The family style steel coaster features three different on-ride experiences – a section facing forward, one facing backward, and then a free spin section.
Official Open Date: June 17, 2016
Height: 70 feet
Length: 2,165 feet
Max Speed: 40 mph
Cobra’s Curse was officially announced on May 28, 2015. From the original press release:
Busch Gardens Tampa puts a spin on family thrills in 2016 with a brand new family thrill ride – Cobra’s Curse. This spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations.
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 [sic] excavation.
“This isn’t your ordinary spin coaster. In true Busch Gardens style, we’re putting a twist on this attraction and taking riders on an unforgettable and exciting journey,” said Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean.
“The addition of a family spin coaster complements the selection of thrill rides Busch Gardens offers, and we know it’s an attraction that guests from across the globe will enjoy,” Dean added. “We continue to find new and exciting ways to offer thrills for the entire family, and we know Cobra’s Curse will even further solidify Busch Gardens as Florida’s Thrill Leader.”
A video was released that accompanied the announcement:
The park provided official construction updates via YouTube, including this one released November 2, 2015 which also revealed the official logo:
On Februrary 17, 2016, the park released details on the queue for Cobra’s Curse, including how guests would be able to get within inches of an themed enclosure featuring some of the world’s most notorious snake species. From the release:
“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, Zoological Operations at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “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.”
The release stated the 400-cubic-foot snake exhibit would include Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers. Along with thematic elements relating to the ride, the exhibit was also being designed with various enrichment components.
By late February 2016, the two highest points of the new attraction were topped off – the 70 foot vertical lift hill, and the 80 foot tall Snake King icon. The giant snake icon weighs 30,000 pounds, and is made up of nine stackable pieces hoisted into place by a crane. It features four foot long fangs, and three foot wide eyes.
The final track piece, weighing 4,475 pounds, was put into place on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
On June 10, the park announced Cobra’s Curse would officially open to guests on Friday, June 17, 2016.
Additional details and images on Cobra’s Curse will be added in the future.
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