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March 28, 2011

Kumba is a looping coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa. Kumba means “roar” in the African Congo language and it does live up to its name, you can hear it throughout the park.

The lift is pretty cool because you go through the loop that encircles it. The drop turns around to get you set for that loop, the loop huge and if you look up you can see the lift. The next inversion is a dive loop which is half corkscrew and half loop, this has some hang-time at the top. Kumba actually was the first to pioneer this element, it also was the first coaster with its next element which is a zero-g-roll. This does have zero-gs, and is fun. The cobra roll is next, which isn’t just a regular roll, it is around a pathway, so it provides a nice spot to watch the cars going around for those who don’t want to ride. There is a mid-course brake run that doesn’t really slow the trains down. A pair of interlocking corkscrews follows this, it was (yet again) the first to incorporate them. There is a tunnel underneath the station that passes by pretty quickly and there is a long helix that is the last element of the ride before the final brakes.

Kumba is fun but kind of rough, it did incorporate a lot of first of a kind elements so I am giving it an 8 out of 10.

Have you been on Kumba? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚


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  1. GuiFolgueira permalink

    Sorry, Kumba is not rough at all.

    • I must have been in a rough seat or something, I first rode it in 2005 and it wasn’t rough, then I went again in 2009 and it was pretty bumpy. Even with the roughness I can still say it has aged much better than most Arrow Dynamics and Vekoma coasters. Thanks for commenting. πŸ™‚

      • GuiFolgueira permalink

        Yeah, maybe it got better… I rode it in 2011, an once only… So I think I’ ve been in a good seat or car…

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