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P. 372: Serengeti Flyer swing ride announced!

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And that tease was well worth the wait! That was a PTR of epic proportion! You circled the hunt like hyena's would their prey! So many wonderful angles!! This ride most certainly looks like it will be awesome fun!!

 

Thank you for taking the time on that crappy day to check it out for us!

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Well, as promised, here are some pics I took when I was at Busch Gardens this past Saturday...

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Stilt walker dude. He was pretty cool.

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New trains coming!

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Uhhhh... NOT these!

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ROO!

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G'Day! Feed me! Pet me! LOVE ME!

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We named this roo "Captain". Get it? Captain Kangaroo? ;-)

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Wonderpup thinks flamingos are psycho birds.

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Wonderpup met Big Bird...

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...While I was molested by Cookie Monster (well, not really but...)

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Because we're dirty credit whores... front row on Air Grover!

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Cool waterfall over at Jungala

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Didn't ride ShiekRa that day. There were some Brazilian tour groups & they were taking up half the queue, so decided to stay a few steps ahead and went to...

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...Kumba, which was a modest 10 minute wait for the front row at the time (thought he Brazilians were getting in line when I was coming back from my spin).

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Elephant head-butt!

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That's a white rhino. Don't piss him off or he'll eat your children... and kidnap the cat.

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And now... Cheetah Hunt construction photos! *fanfare*

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The water element is here. Should be pretty awesome.

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Giant tortoise break!

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So purty!

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Went up on the balcony of the Crown Colony restaurant to get these shots over the walls...

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Montu! This is my favorite inverted coaster EVER!

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Wheeeee!!

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I love the meerkats. They're so funny!

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Here kitty, kitty, kitty...

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Unamused hyena is.... unamused.

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Tiger side on Gwazi testing!

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Love the look of the new trains!

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We'll be back this coming Saturday to ride!

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ZOMG! WIDDLE HANDS! This wallaby was so little! He was maybe slightly bigger than my cats. I called him Wee Wally Wallaby.

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I SO wanted to take him home with me.

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Lasers set from stun... to KILL

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Just saying "U-Banga Banga" is fun!

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Still a fun ride.

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Wheee!!

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ZOOOOM!!

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Just the way this croc was laying made me laugh REALLY hard.

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For Robb, Elissa, or really anyone else who has a lot of global coaster experience:

 

How does Cheetah Hunt stack up as far as anticipation? I haven't been a member of the site for very long, but have been a coaster enthusiast for most of my 32 years, and this coaster looks awesome to me.

 

Does this-anticipation wise-equal a daunting project like I-305, or Millennium Force, or is it more akin to a really cool, yet smaller ride like Maverick or Fahrenheit?

 

Is there another coaster, anywhere, that seems similar to this one? I'm sure other Intamin's share traits with this ride, but at least to my eyes, this thing seems quite special.

 

No reason for asking, aside from curiosity.

 

Thanks!

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Maverick was awesome, but this looks even better. At first I wasn't too impressed with the ride until I saw the most recent photos posted, however, Cheetah Hunt will be my number one reason I'll want to visit Florida again. Can't wait to see some test runs in the coming months.

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Yes, for some people, the over-the-shoulder-restraints could be a problem. (*cough* me)

 

Having said that, I do think Cheetaka* looks amazing. I especially like the spiky "crown" supports that go out past the track.

 

/* I refuse to use Cheetaka's slave name.

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