Friday, February 23, 2007

If This Looks Like Fun, You Must Be Crazy ??

Montu is an Inverted roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard of Switzerland, it is the park's second roller coaster designed by the company after the success of Kumba. The ride opened on May 16, 1996, and at its opening was the world's tallest and fastest inverted roller coaster. The ride stands at 150 feet tall and goes 60 miles per hour. Previously, that record was held by Raptor at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Montu's record was short lived, one year later, it was succeeded by sister coaster Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Europe. Montu still holds the record for the number of inversions on an inverted coaster (7).
Montu is named after the Egyptian god of war Menthu. The roller coaster is still the centerpiece of the park's Egypt section and the only major attraction in the section.

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