By Don Gworek
Construction of Busch Gardens’ new roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt, is well under way for a Spring 2011 launch. The site meanders in the Edge of Africa area of the Serengeti, between the Crown Colony House and the Rhino Rally. A good amount of the track is now in place, and it is very impressive!
A fun thing to notice is that guests momentarily step through the theme park perimeter wall to get between two areas of the park. In this photo, the Moroccan Palace area is to the left and the Crown Colony House area is to the right.
Another view of the skyway station. The slightly shorter building to the left of the skyway station is the old monorail station. This will soon be the Cheetah Hunt station. The dust in the construction area is sawdust from a saw trimming concrete blocks to proper dimensions. Look close and you can see the operator pulling down on the very large circular saw.
This is a portion of a 1970 park map, as seen in the Busch Gardens history museum. This map shows the old monorail route. Cheetah Hunt will ramble between the monorail station and Lake Victoria in the map. The Lake Victoria area is where the Rhino Rally attraction is today.
The return to the Cheetah Hunt station seems to have a few terrain-hugging elements where the track will go below grade into trenches. This up and down action along the ground is intended to be like a Cheetah bounding after prey.
There are some interesting marketing posters on the construction fences. You might be able to reach the link through the QR Code pictured here. Use your smartphone on this photo, follow the instructions.
Here’s a very real looking computer rendering of what your view of the ride will be: