After hearing such great reviews come out of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay regarding their newest addition Cheetah Hunt, I knew I couldn't contain myself until Tuesday (I'll be going back tomorrow too) to try it out. So, in a last minute, by-the-fly call, I drove out to the park with a friend on Memorial Day weekend to go Cheetah Hunting myself.
The ride is really fun and not too intense. The launches all took me by surprise, perhaps because of the initial force behind each push. The ride has some insane moments of airtime that rival those strange ones found on some of Orlando's other coasters (like Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit). The Crossroads of Culture serves as a fantastic environ for the new attraction and manages to transition into all three surrounding realms quite smoothly, making for a more immersive experience.
While we didn't see any cheetahs run at Cheetah Run, we did get to see Kasi and Mtani, as well as two elder cheetahs as they were brought out into the area for basic training procedures.
Also of note, for the first time since Jungala (I believe), there is a large number of characters out and about in the area. I saw French Foreign Legion soldiers walking about, explorers roaming the Crossroads and a few Middle Eastern-warriors guarding the broken arches of the area. A beautiful touch that really does add more character and charm to the already wonderful new area of the park.
Oh my goodness... the Wild Cheetah's queue has to be the best queue I've seen thematically... ever. I love how they spaced the ride's factoids out all over the path, as well as the "Cheetah Rock" and how that thematically fits in the path.
Whenever I get the chance to ride this kitty, it should be an amazing experience! I just hope that I won't have to wait long, as I was spoiled in my only previous visit here.
Half of my posts on here are of me talking about roller coasters, but without me actually having rode them. I hate this.
Wow, just wow! Everything about this ride is simply gorgeous! Such a terrific job done with everything, from the queue detail to the factoids about footers in the gift shop (drool) to the zero car to the ride's interaction with the surrounding area. To top it off, it sounds like the ride experience itself is outstanding. Really, really looking forward to riding this someday!
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