Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:15 AM
BGT coaster has been annouced:

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

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:19 AM
Holy crap.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:21 AM
I don't think anyone foresaw this. Inversion, water feature, and a second 90º drop. Sounds amazing!
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:22 AM
Damn.

Move over Kingda Ka ...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:22 AM
.....And we never seen it comming!

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***

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:22 AM
So much for all the "one trick pony" whining we've heard in the past. Sounds like great ride. I'm stoked.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:24 AM
Holy crap. I'm looking forward to this more than Kingda Ka! A SECOND 90 drop? Holy crap! I'm going to be making a special trip to Busch when I go to Disney!

Any news on the opening date? *** Edited 10/27/2004 2:26:06 PM UTC by The Mole***

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:26 AM
Well, very few people knew about it obtain the layout before hand and it was pretty accurate. I actually remade it and released it yesterday day. You can see the image here:http://floridathrills.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=299

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***

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:31 AM
Trains appear to have a lead car to deal with the splash.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:39 AM
...and *I* was the one who said it was "highly unlikely" that it would have inversions due to the train design...

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! :)

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:40 AM
Where can i see the concept art at? Is it posted anywhere?
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:48 AM
You can find concept art here.

http://www.buschgardens.com/buschgardens/fla/sheikra.aspx

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:50 AM
I've had a seat saved for you for months, Gator ;)
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Wednesday, October 27, 2004 10:52 AM
http://www.coasterbuzz.com/2004-301-156064.htm
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