l Opened l 1993 l- l Manufacturer l Bolliger & Mabillard l- l Capacity l 1,700 Riders per hour l- l Height l 143 feet l- l Top speed l 60 mph l- l Length l 3,978 feet l- l Inversions l 7 l- l Maximum G-Force l 3.8G l-


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Kumba (Busch Gardens Tampa) - OnRide - (480p)

Kumba (Busch Gardens Tampa) - OnRide - (480p)



Busch Gardens Tampa

Kumba is a steel Roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Kumba, at the time of its opening, was said to have "set the industry standards". It had the record for the most inversions on a roller coaster until 1995, when Dragon Khan opened at PortAventura Park.



Vertical Loop
Dive Loop
Zero-G Roll
Cobra Roll
Interlocking Corkscrews


4 trains with 8 cars per train. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train or 1700 riders per hour.


Kumba means Roar in the African Congo Language. When the train traverses the track, it makes a really loud roaring sound. It is unknown if this has anything to do with the name. This is caused by the hollow square shaped track.


Golden Ticket Awards: Best Steel Coaster
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Ranking 7 13 22 22 22 21 21 27 27 24 (tie) 31

Drachen Fire

Kumba was to be part of a two-coaster project for Busch Entertainment. The company had contacted B&M to build two sit-down coasters at its Busch Gardens parks, one in Florida (which became Kumba), the other in Williamsburg, Virginia. B&M, a young company at the time, could deliver on the one for the Florida park but not the Williamsburg park. Busch understood and handed the contract for the Williamsburg coaster to Arrow Dynamics. In 1992, a year before Kumba opened at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg unveiled its Arrow creation, the ill-fated Drachen Fire, which closed in 1998 and was demolished in 2002.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Roller Coasters
Operating Air GroverCheetah HuntCobra's CurseGwaziKumbaMontuSand SerpentScorpionSheiKra
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