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Spin Coaster 'Cobra's Curse' to Debut at Busch Gardens Tampa in 2016

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | May 29, 2015

Spin Coaster 'Cobra's Curse' to Debut at Busch Gardens Tampa in 2016

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A one-of-a-kind family thrill ride is coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2016.

On Thursday, the theme park's parent company, SeaWorld Entertainment, announced plans for the world's first spin coaster, the "Cobra's Curse."

Combining a free-spinning element comparable to the Tilt-A-Whirl, with the traditional lifts and drops of a roller coaster, the unique ride will have guests feeling a variety of different sensations. 

"This isn't your ordinary spin coaster," said SeaWorld Entertainment senior director of development and design Brian Morrow in a statement. "Busch Gardens is putting a twist on this attraction and taking riders on an unforgettable and exciting journey."

Located in the park's Egypt section, Cobra's Curse will feature an archeological excavation theme. One of the highlights of the ride will be the 80-foot-tall cobra figure on display for park guests and riders as they pass by. 

According to Yvette Hammett of the Tampa Tribune, the ride will reach speeds of up to 40 mph and cover 2,100 feet of track. What's more, guests only have to be 42 inches tall to ride, making it ideal for families.

Without giving too much away, Busch Gardens Tampa posted a preview of the ride on YouTube.

According to Hammett, construction on Cobra's Curse began back in January. However, an official opening date has not yet been announced.

Upon completion, Cobra's Curse will overtake Falcon's Fury as the park's newest attraction.

Thursday's announcement comes in the wake of SeaWorld Entertainment revealing plans for another new roller coaster at nearby SeaWorld Orlando. The "Mako" is also expected to be completed next year. 

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