On Thursday I headed up to Tampa to check out the new family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse. I’m not a huge roller coaster fan but I had watched the POV video that Busch Gardens had put out of the water dummies riding it and I was pretty sure I could handle it. It has been 6 years since the last time I rode a roller coaster with a camera on me. Last time it was the Air Grover kiddie coaster in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area of Busch Gardens. Jordan was 15 in that video, he has changed so much! Anyway, I had a wonderful time at Busch Gardens yesterday and I even had some fun joking around with Park President, Jim Dean. He is a very down to earth guy and he watched my ride video as it happened. He said he loved that I screamed a little and laughed a lot. He also gave me a hard time, jokingly, when I came back to ride for a second time.
Inside the air conditioned Cobra’s Curse queue line there is a 400-cubic-foot snake exhibit which will include Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers. The design of the multi-level exhibit not only reflects the theme of the ride, but also features several animal husbandry and enrichment components designed with the snakes’ welfare in mind, including naturalistic design elements, controlled heat sources and humidity control. This snake habitat is really cool! I found all 5 snakes that are in the exhibit.
Cobra’s Curse Facts
Hear about Cobra’s Curse from Brian the VP of Theme Park Design at Busch Gardens.
- Construction Timeline: Construction started in January 2015, and Cobra’s Curse will debut in summer 2016
- Ride Length: More than 2,100 feet of track, 70 total track segments
- Maximum Speed: 40 mph
- Seats: Up to 8 trains at a time, with 8 riders per train
- Guest Capacity: Moving walkway for loading and unloading will allow just for over 1,000 riders per hour.
- Ride Duration: More than three and a half minutes
- Height Requirement: 48 inches to ride alone, 42 inches with parent/guardian
- Queue Line: Air-conditioned queue line features a snake exhibit with snakes, interactive elements and projection mapping technology to tell the story of the Snake King.
- Snakes: Angolan Python, Gaboon Viper, Jameson’s Mambas, Rhinoceros Vipers
- Location: Egypt area
- Snake Icon: 30,000 lb., 80 ft tall, 4 Ft long Fangs, 3 ft wide eyes, Constructed of nine stackable pieces with an internal steel spine and an outer shell composed of carved foam and fiberglass.
- Vertical Lift: 70-foot vertical lift. Functions similar to an outdoor elevator taking riders up in their coaster car and putting them face- to-fang with the snake icon’s mouth.
- The three-and-a-half-minute ride will also feature a second inclined lift that sets up for the free-spin finale of the ride.
The Mom Maven rides Cobra’s Curse
I truly loved this ride! I did have the opportunity to ride a second time later in the afternoon. I enjoyed that ride just as much. It is truly a ride that is fun for all ages. My favorite part is the spinning! Are you looking forward to riding Cobra’s Curse on your next visit to Busch Gardens Tampa? If you need help planning your Florida vacation, or any vacation please Email Me. I am a full service travel agent.