Park says June 17 will be the public opening
Cobra's Curse, a new roller coaster at Busch Gardens, will open on June 17, the Tampa theme park announced Friday. The attraction, termed a "family thrill coaster" by the park, previously was scheduled to open in May.
The ride features an unusual straight-up lift that's somewhat like an elevator, a face-to-fang encounter with a large snake structure and cars that have a spinning motion along with forward motion along its 2,100-foot track. Its top speed is 40 mph. Ride time is three and a half minutes, Busch Gardens says.
Cobra's Curse was constructed in the Egypt section of the theme park, near the Montu roller coaster. Riders must be 48 inches tall to board the new ride -- or 42 inches tall when accompanied by parent or guardian.