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BGT really outdid themselves on this one, this coaster looks immaculate. The themeing looks amazing and in my opinion, better then even Makos. I hope this is really the future for the SeaWorld parks because if so, then I think it's in good hands because this coaster looks great. It's nice to see that they put in all this work for a family coaster.

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TPR got to go to the Cobra's Curse Media Event today at Busch Gardens in Tampa and it was a TON of fun! This coaster is the perfect addition to the park, almost everyone can ride with a 42 inch height requirement and it is unique and fun enough to keep you coming back for more! The queue is actually a very important part of the ride with lots of theming details, projection mapping and interactive elements. Reptiles are also nearby with a 400-cubic-foot snake exhibit which includes Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers! The coaster has a 70 foot vertical lift which is similar to an outdoor elevator. It is a 3:30 ride with a second lift and a freespining second half of the ride at a top speed of 40mph.


Busch Gardens® Tampa puts a spin on family thrills in 2016 with a brand new family thrill ride – Cobra’s Curse. This spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations.


Located in the Egypt area of the park, explorers will come face-to-face with an 80-foot snake icon, trek over the park’s Serengeti Plain® and discover the mysteries of an Egyptian archeological excavation.


“This isn’t your ordinary spin coaster. In true Busch Gardens style, we’re putting a twist on this attraction and taking riders on an unforgettable and exciting journey,” said Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean. “


“The addition of a family spin coaster complements the selection of thrill rides Busch Gardens offers, and we know it’s an attraction that guests from across the globe will enjoy,” Dean added. “We continue to find new and exciting ways to offer thrills for the entire family, and we know Cobra’s Curse will even further solidify Busch Gardens as Florida’s Thrill Leader.”


Now what you really want to see... onto the photos!



Time to check in! These stilt walker cobra dudes are AWESOME!


Our first glimpse at the iconic Cobra tower of the ride! This creates interest and excitement in the whole area!


Another cobra dude welcomes us into his lair... a fully air conditioned queue!


Super cool use of projection mapping in the queue,


Uh-Oh! The cobra is mad!


The station is really nice! It is big, with a moving walkway to help you board and some theming to continue the storyline.


The cars are even themed a bit and very comfortable.




This is going to be a prime spot for photos!


No ride is complete without a gift shop and this one has lots of interesting cobra items!


They even sell a custom blend wine in a Cobra's Curse commemorative bottle!


They also have a custom blend on the coke freestyle machine - the Cobra Twist! It tastes like a combo of Fanta Peach with raspberry. Sounds weird, but it is delicious!


They even updated the bathrooms by Montu - find the mirror with this hidden symbol...


And this appears! How cool is that!


Cool concept art of the queue and loading area.


And a model of the whole ride!


Cobra's Curse is NOW OPEN at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida!

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With the gift shop, are there cobra themed hats similar to the ones the performers wore, or just the standard fare in that department? This might be just the pictures you shared, but I found the ride op uniforms detract from the overall great themeing along with a rather open air station instead of in a pyramid-like structure. Again, maybe this is just the shared pictures, but I can't wait to ride it this August!

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From what few coasters I've been on, Cobra's Curse looks like a mix between Scooby Doo at Movie World (with the lift, which even appears to tilt) and Sonic Spinball (is it still called that?) at Alton Towers (with the spinning). Both, in my opinion, pretty good family coasters, and I've little doubt that this will do well for Busch Gardens.


If I could offer some criticism, it would be that it needs more theming - or at least seems to - along the ride itself. Would be good to see a long tunnel or something, but then I'm probably being unrealistic.

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^I didn't find any seat in the back row that intense. The front row is a different story though.


Maybe you blacked out and didn't remember it.


Yeah, Montu in the back row is insane. I'd love to know how many g's it pulls going into that batwing. Good lord I love that thing.

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^I didn't find any seat in the back row that intense. The front row is a different story though.


Maybe you blacked out and didn't remember it.


Yeah, Montu in the back row is insane. I'd love to know how many g's it pulls going into that batwing. Good lord I love that thing.

I remember all of my rides in the back seat and they weren't that intense. Back row on kumba is very intense but back row on Montu isn't very intense.

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^I didnt find the right or middle seats to be that intense in comparison. Still very intense though! Maybe you caught it on a slow day.. It was hauling this weekend!

BGT was my home park for a while so I've ridden it a lot and the back wasn't very intense while the front was.

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