Cheetah Hunt Reviewed

Hi all,

The first thing I noticed about Cheetah Hunt was the fact I didn’t really notice it at all….

Let me explain, I was recently invited to Busch Gardens by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment to familiarise myself with the park and therefore help me to sell the product more efficiently.

I had been to Busch Gardens previously, approximately 4 years ago so I had a good understanding of the park and where the unique selling points for me were, however on the 27th May 2011 Busch Gardens introduced their new ride “Cheetah Hunt” so I was extremely keen to ride this… to be honest it was going to be my personal highlight….

So you can image my dismay when I got off the coach to be met with a large sign stating “These rides are not in operation today”…………….”cheetah hunt”!!!!

My heart dropped and inwardly I threw my toys right out of the pram! The thing with new rides is that they do run in to teething problems, and these days and particularly with new rides, everyone is hyper vigilant, some would say almost over vigilant, so the slightest error picked up via the maze of infra-red lazers used all over the coaster means the ride shuts.

A little  disheartened, I happily continued on my once in a life time tour around Busch Gardens taking in many of the parks great coasters including SheiKra, Kumba and Gwazi.  I also had the added benefit of enjoying the splendid Serengeti Safari, I got to see some Rhino’s close up where we were warned “be aware if they look like they are going to charge we’re out of here!”; I got to feed and stroke a couple of Giraffes one of which was named “Tyson” yes, he was big! :-)

It was roughly in the middle of the Safari when it was pointed out to me that Cheetah Hunt was running!…. It was only running a few test laps, but I had noticed!! and the reason for this….

Its so quiet…. like a cheetah… Cheetah Hunt is so smooth around the massive track which covers a large portion of the “top” of the park that, like me, you could easily miss its riding!

Then I got the news I’d hoped for “well next, I think we’ll ride Cheetah Hunt”!!! Hooray!!!

First of the bat, the ride looks great, all new rides should but the bright colours of yellow and green really draw you to this ride.

As with many new rides the wait time jumped from 20mins to 2 hours in less than half an hour but luckily for me  and to the annoyance of those queuing I got fast tracked to the front!!!

Cheetah Hunt has 3 launches within the ride, that similar to the Hulk at Universal, give you a speed boost (up to 60 mph I’m told) that adds the thrill to this thrill ride.

The ride is designed to represent the hunting prowess of the Cheetah and I must admit I got the vision, the quick sharp turns of the chicane style part of the coaster really bring to life the sense of hunting your prey.

The launches, especially before a steep incline give you the weightless feeling that will have you giggling and full of adrenaline that any good coaster should have.

Busch, I personally think, have been clever with this ride to not make it too extreme… if you’re expecting a SheiKra style coaster you’ll be surprised. Its not about big drops.

Cheetah Hunt is about speed and thrill. Personally I loved the ride, and at a height restriction of only 4ft most of the family can too….

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Have you ridden Cheetah Hunt, what did you think?



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