By Don Gworek
New views of Busch Gardens new roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt, are now available. The ride opens on Memorial Day, May 27, 2011.
Above is a view of the most powerful of the three launches on the ride. This launch sends the coaster train up into the elevated figure eight and down the first drop. (All photos were taken on May 1, 2011.)
Construction walls are now down at the pedestrian bridge over the mid-section of Cheetah Hunt. In this view, track is passing both above the bridge and through a tunnel under the bridge. You can also see the track as it hops over the Skyway cables. In the far distance, behind the “A” support, is the elevated figure eight and first drop.
What’s interesting is the track makes a side-to-side motion as it passes through the tunnel. This is very unconventional. Usually coasters pass straight through tunnels. Cheetah literally does the twist!
It seems like this will be an outdoor cafe of some sort. Maybe with tables with large umbrellas. (As seen from the Crown Colony second level.) A construction wall has also been removed here, revealing the view.
Check the Orlando Attractions Magazine website on May 26, for a preview of Cheetah Hunt.