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Cheetah Hunt & Cheetah Run

We got an exclusive hard hat tour of the new launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt, and habitat, Cheetah Run that will open at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on May 27, 2011!

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    Cheetah Hunt coaster is still under construction.
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    The coaster spans 7 acres.
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    VP of Design and Engineering at Busch Gardens, Mark Rose takes us on the tour.
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    Examples of what the exteriors of the buildings will look like.
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    Examples of what the exteriors of the buildings will look like.
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    Examples of what the exteriors of the buildings will look like.
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    Examples of what the exteriors of the buildings will look like.
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    Besides the 3 launches, you will also be dropped from a height of 110 feet!
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    This is the first launch coaster at the park.
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    You will be launched by a magnet system to speeds of 60mph.
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    Hard hat tour of Cheetah Hunt.
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    Hard hat tour of Cheetah Hunt.
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    This is where the 16 cheetahs will be housed. Guests will be able to get to see the cheetahs in Cheetah Run, and enclosed cheetah habitat.
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    Here are the cheetah "beds".
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    The Crown Colony Restaurant (background) will also get a new entrance.
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    Amazing sculptures will celebrate the cheetah.
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    An amazing hand sculpted cheetah.
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    This worker is in the middle of hand sculpting a cheetah statue.
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    Nice legs!
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    Ride begins in the old monorail building across from the Crown Colony.
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    This is where the coaster will launch riders from 0 to 38mph in just seconds!
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    At one point you will feel weightless for 3 seconds!
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    Ready for launch!
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    Hard hat tour of Cheetah Hunt
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    Going down...
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    Diving 30 feet into a subterranean trench.
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    Hard hat tour of Cheetah Hunt
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    This will be the focal point of Cheetah Hunt, called Cheetah Rock.
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    Crews are working day and night to get this completed.
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    The track.
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    This coaster stretches 7 acres and goes under the train track through the Serengeti Plain all the way to Rhino Rally and back for a 2 minute ride that will leave you speechless.
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    This is the magnet system that will launch riders.
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    No bicycle chains for this ride!
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    Hold on to your hats! This is where you get on the ride.
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    This is where you disembark the coaster after you have experienced this incredible ride.
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    More magnets for the first launch!
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    Hard hat tour of Cheetah Hunt.
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    Hard hat tour of Cheetah Hunt.
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    Can't wait to ride Cheetah Hunt and experience Cheetah Run when it opens at Busch Gardens on May 27, 2011.
 
 

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