SandSerpent (sometimes listed as Sand Serpent) is a steel wild mouse style roller coaster located in the Pantopia section of the park.

Fast Facts:

Open Date: February 2004
Location: Pantopia
Height: 46 ft
Length: 1,214 ft
Max Speed: 28 mph
Duration: 1:50
Inversions: 0


The roller coaster opened in the Timbuktu section of Busch Gardens Tampa in February 2004; it had previously operated at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as Wild Izzy in 1996 and Wild (or Wilde) Maus from 1997 to 2003. When it was relocated to Busch Gardens Tampa, it was named Cheetah Chase from the time it opened at the park until 2011 when it was renamed to avoid confusion with the new Cheetah Hunt roller coaster.

SandSerpent closed unannounced on January 2, 2017, and was later added to the park’s list of attraction refurbishments with a completion date of To Be Determined. Testing of the ride began in early May, and the coaster reopened on May 12.


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


Coasters by the Numbers” Fact Sheet, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 8/16/2016
rcdb | Sand Serpent – accessed 9/4/2016
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay | Aug 15 2016 – accessed 8/3/2018