In 1996 Busch Gardens in Tampa Florida opened up what some consider to be the best inverted coaster in the world. The ride would be placed in the Egyptian section of the park. There was once a parking lot where Montu now stands, Busch could have just planted some grass and put the coaster on top of it, but thankfully they didn’t do anything like that. The new section was filled with trenches for the ride to dive through, this is one of Busch Gardens’ best themed coasters.
The ride starts with a turn over a small pond that used to have live crocodiles in it (they are now at the parks animal habitat). Up the quiet lift to the top and the ride begins. The swooping drop down into the first trench provides some decent airtime and is a nice opener for the ride. The loop is fun but nothing to write home about. At this point we drop into the ride’s first tunnel and into the Immelmann Loop. This consists of a half loop that gets us very close to an Egyptian themed structure, and a half twist. The next element is a zero-G-roll, this provides another nice moment of airtime. The batwing is next and puts us into yet another trench, the trim brakes are next. These don’t slow you down much and there is a dive into another trench where a hidden loop is waiting for you. You then circle around next to the brake run and dive into the final trench and navigate the final inversion, a corkscrew. You take a quick turn up onto the final brake run and return into the Egyptian themed station.
I liked Montu a lot, it is my favorite Inverted coaster (although I haven’t been on Raptor or Alpengeist). I am giving it a 9 out of 10.
Have you been on Montu? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading. 🙂