Saturday, September 15, 2012

SheiKra

Where:
-Busch Gardens Tampa (Tampa, FL, USA)
Height:
-200 feet
Top Speed:
-70 mph
Manufacturer:
-Bolliger & Mabillard

When I came to Busch Gardens and took one look at SheiKra, I couldn't believe my eyes. A 200-foot dive coaster. Granted, it's practically identical to Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Griffon, but I first rode SheiKra before Griffon even saw the light of day. Now onto the ride. Riders are pulled up a 200-foot chain lift and around a bend, giving a gorgeous view of Tampa's surrounding wilderness. The train hangs over the drop for a second, before the lock releases and the ride dive bombs into an inversion (the fifth largest in the world). After that, the adrenaline factor is mostly gone, but until you've experienced a 90 degree drop, SheiKra is one of Florida's musts. SheiKra finishes by swooping down into a pool of water and spraying any bystander in the ride's vicinity. Roller coaster enthusiasts of all sorts will adore this one, especially those who enjoy steep drops.

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