Busch Gardens - The Dark Continent

Tampa Bay, Florida


Named after a fabled lion with a tiger's head, this is the SouthEast's largest and fastest double roller coaster. Over 1.25 million board feet of lumber, more than two million bolts, and almost 7,000 feet of track, this mammoth coaster is yet another masterpiece from Great Coasters International, Inc. -- each of the two tracks features its own unique thrills, effectively two distinct coasters that are intertwined with each other (and perform six "fly-by" maneuvers at a difference of about 100 miles an hour).

Opening Date: June 1999
Length of Track: 6,800 feet (two circuits, each 3,400 feet)
Ride Time: 2 minutes, 20 seconds
Height: 90 foot lift
Max. Speed: 50 mph (w/a 100mph "fly by")
Gravity Forces: 3.5 Gs
Capacity: 1440 riders per hour
Manufacturer: Great Coasters International, Inc (Pennsylvania)
Description: The Southeast's largest dueling wooden rollercoaster.

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