TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2004) – This spring, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will reinforce its reputation as Florida’s premier thrill-packed adventure park by unveiling SheiKra, the nation’s first dive coaster.
Set among the jungle ruins of a once-mighty African civilization, SheiKra will carry riders up 200 feet at 45 degrees, then hurtle them 70 mph back toward the ground at a 90-degree angle. It will be the first coaster of its kind in the Americas and only the third in the world. Similar diving coasters in England and Taiwan can’t match the height, speed and intensity SheiKra will offer.
SheiKra is the first dive coaster to incorporate an Immelmann loop, a water feature, and a second 90-degree, 138-foot drop through an underground tunnel. The ride also includes a 360-degree climbing carousel. SheiKra’s 3,188 feet of steel track offers a total ride time of just over three minutes.
“With its adrenalin-pumping vertical drops, high speed, multiple coaster elements and overall experience, SheiKra is certain to fulfill thrill seekers’ expectations and solidify Busch Gardens Tampa’s standing as the state’s coaster king,” said Dan Brown, executive vice president and general manager, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
As the eighth member of the park’s family of renowned coasters, SheiKra will serve as the centerpiece of a new, lushly themed habitat within Busch Gardens’ Stanleyville area. The enhanced area will also include new shopping options and a 500-seat, indoor/outdoor full-service restaurant situated on the coaster’s perimeter, allowing guests to be a part of the action while dining
Move over Kingda Ka ...
Hummm everyone if their B&M coasters has a dive loop of some sort! Now fla has its hyper, dive, and fastest coaster all roll up in one. *** Edited 10/27/2004 2:26:33 PM UTC by coasterbruh***
Any news on the opening date? *** Edited 10/27/2004 2:26:06 PM UTC by The Mole***
The second drop was 8' off and I haven't heard anything about the in-line twist that was shown on the concept art i have from Busch yet. *** Edited 10/27/2004 2:27:56 PM UTC by Halo***
Moosh, is there room left in the *loser's lounge* for people who make bad predictions? ;)
I am VERY excited about this ride, and can't wait to see the progress this weekend.....found my Busch pass in the wreckage this past weekend! :)