Jul 14

Cobra's Curse Construction Update #1

Busch Gardens is putting a spin on family thrills in 2016 with the brand new family thrill ride – Cobra’s Curse. Jeff Hornick, Regional Director of Design and Engineering, updates us on the progress of the one-of-kind coaster that will take riders on a whirlwind adventure:

A lot is going on at the Cobra’s Curse construction site! What was once Tut’s Tomb looks a lot different these days. Demolition on the interior parts of the former Tut’s Tomb building has made significant progress. Portions of this building will house the interior of the much-anticipated air-conditioned queue line.

We have also been removing some of the existing Egypt-themed columns to make way for new ride track, columns and new guest pathways. Some of the columns will even be “snakified” to match the new Cobra’s Curse theme. How do you make an Egyptian column look like a snake? We’ll show you in an upcoming blog!

On-site demolition is in full swing. The bottom terrace of Crown Colony has been removed to make way for the final brake run of the ride. Guests dining at Crown Colony will have one of the best views of the coaster.

Demo, demo EVERYWHERE! This construction site totals 2.5 acres.

Cobra’s Curse will snake its way through three trenches along the ride path and in order to move this much dirt, we have to use big equipment!

Our next steps include pouring the ride foundations, digging trenches and installing underground utilities. Plus, our media production team will be discussing some unique elements we are incorporating into our queue line experience. All that and more to come in future blog posts, so stay tuned to the Busch Gardens Tampa Blog for more information!

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