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Let’s Relive the Slithery Trek of Busch Garden’s Python Roller Coaster

Let’s Relive the Slithery Trek of Busch Garden’s Python Roller Coaster

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Python Entrance in Congo Section of Busch Gardens Photo: Theme Park Review

Python Entrance in Congo Section of Busch Gardens
Photo: Theme Park Review

“Are you ready to challenge the Python and live?”

Part of the infamous, somewhat truthful tagline for Busch Garden’s forgotten roller coaster, Python, brewed from the mysterious death of a 39 year old who died shortly after experiencing this reptilian attraction.

History of Busch Garden’s Python Roller Coaster

Python Roller Coaster Photo: TampaPix.com

Python Roller Coaster
Photo: TampaPix.com

Python was Busch Garden’s first roller coaster built by the Arrow Development Company. This ride opened on July 1st 1976, making it one of the earlier pioneers for thrill ride technology of its time.

Its claim to fame was being known as  the stomach-churning, double-corkscrew coaster made of steel with a chain lifting hill. Python was located in the old Congo section of the African-inspired amusement park in 1976. Python was fitting to the Dark Continent theme once famously known of Busch Gardens.

Busch Gardens Map: Florida Life and Leisure

Busch Gardens Map: Florida Life and Leisure

In 2003 the slithering roller coaster was repainted to bring life and to restore the once feared roller coaster to its former glory, but later closed on Halloween of 2006, giving it one last time to frighten its victims.

During November of 2006 the area in which Python roller coaster was located was soon destroyed to make room for the vibrant Jungala section residing there today.

Python Roller Coaster Quick Facts

  • 70 ft drop
  • Height Restriction 4’0”
  • Max Speed ~ 50 mph
  • 2 inversions
  • Max of 480 riders/hour
  • Duration of 1:10
  • Contained two trains with six cars per train
  • Color scheme was yellow and black

 

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Python will always be a very special thrill ride to me. After all, it was where I was initiated into the crazy world of roller coasters and where my passion to try the fastest, most terrifying rides began. It would launch my thirst for anything exhilarating and dangerous during my youthful theme park years.

Python was not only my first experience of a roller coaster, but also the first of many Florida theme park enthusiasts. I hope we all will remember this great ride which lived during the golden years of the Florida amusement park boom.

Python Arrow Corkscrew Roller Coaster POV Onride Busch Gardens Tampa Ron Toomer

Until next time, happy park hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

NikkyJ
NikkyJ

JOIN NIKKYJ ON THIS SOLO THEME PARK JOURNEY NikkyJ is the author of The Solo Theme Park Traveler's Guide who loves ALL things amusement park related. She was born and raised in Florida which attributed to her passion for theme parks. Instead of rushing over to the thrill rides, like she used to, you may find her in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot enjoying a nice glass of Pinot Noir and a delightful book! NikkyJ enjoys traveling solo to theme parks and wants to show you how you can overcome any of your fears and TAKE THE SOLO THEME PARK CHALLENGE!

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