Montu (roller Coaster)
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Montu Roller Coaster

Montu
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Montu (Busch Gardens Africa) 01.jpg
An overview of Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Park sectionEgypt
Coordinates28°02?05?N 82°25?03?W / 28.03472°N 82.41750°W / 28.03472; -82.41750Coordinates: 28°02?05?N 82°25?03?W / 28.03472°N 82.41750°W / 28.03472; -82.41750
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 16, 1996 (1996-05-16)
CostUS$20,000,000
General statistics
TypeSteel - Inverted
ManufacturerBolliger & Mabillard
DesignerWerner Stengel
ModelInverted Coaster – Custom
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height150 ft (46 m)
Drop128 ft (39 m)
Length3,983 ft (1,214 m)
Speed60 mph (97 km/h)
Inversions7
Duration3 minutes
Max vertical angle50°
Capacity1,710 riders per hour
G-force3.8
Height restriction54 in (137 cm)
Trains3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.
Quick Queue available
Montu at RCDB
Pictures of Montu at RCDB

Montu is an inverted roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida. Built by Swiss manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard, it is the park's second roller coaster designed by that company following the success of Kumba, which opened 3 years prior.[1][2] When the ride opened on May 16, 1996, it was the world's tallest and fastest inverted roller coaster, a title it has since conceded to Alpengeist at sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The ride stands 150 feet (46 m) tall and reaches speeds of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h).

History

The concept of an inverted roller coaster with inversions was developed by Jim Wintrode, the general manager of Six Flags Great America, in the early 1990s.[3][4] To develop the idea, Wintrode worked with Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard – from Swiss roller coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard – and engineer Robert Mampe to develop Batman: The Ride which opened in May 1992.[3][5]

In early 1995, planning began for Montu, fourteen months prior to the ride opening to the public.[1] The owners of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Busch Entertainment (since renamed SeaWorld Entertainment), entered into an agreement with Bolliger and Mabillard which would see them add Montu to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 1996, followed in 1997 by the additions of Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and The Great White at SeaWorld San Antonio.[6] On May 16, 1996, Montu officially opened to the public.[7] At the time of its opening to the public, the ride was the tallest and fastest inverted roller coaster in the world.[8][9]

Characteristics

One of Montu's trains exiting the Immelmann loop

The 3,983-foot-long (1,214 m) Montu stands 150 feet (46 m) tall. With a top speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), the ride features seven inversions including two vertical loops measuring 104 and 60 feet (32 and 18 m), respectively, an Immelmann loop, a zero-g roll, a batwing and a corkscrew. Riders experience up to 3.8 times the force of gravity on the 3 minute ride. Montu operates with three steel and fiberglass trains, each containing eight cars. Each car seats four riders in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.[7]

Montu was launched alongside Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Egypt section of the park, which reportedly cost approximately US$20 million.[1][10] With an overall theme around Egyptian mythology, the ride is named after the god of war Montu, a man depicted with the head of a hawk.[7] When the ride was first launched, a Nile crocodile exhibit was located underneath the first turn out of the station.[7] These animals were later relocated to the park's main animal habitat.[7]

Ride experience

The ride begins with the floor retracting which leads to the front gate opening. The trains leaves the station with a small dip and turnaround out of the station tracking towards the 150-foot-tall (46 m) chain lift hill. Once at the top, riders twist down 151 feet (46 m) to the left and into a 104-foot-tall (32 m) vertical loop, reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). Following the vertical loop, the track passes through a tunnel and zooms into an Immelmann loop, providing a footchopper element with the pylon. After completing the Immelmann, the train goes through a zero-g roll, where riders experience a feeling of weightlessness. Following the zero-g roll, the track hits a batwing, entering a trench at the valley between the two inversions. Leaving the batwing, the track rises up in to the mid-course brake run. Following the second brake run, the track makes a dive to the right into a trench where it hits a 60-foot-tall (18 m) vertical loop. The track then exits the trench, making a three-quarter clockwise turn. After passing under the zero-g roll, the track makes a left hand turn over the first vertical loop's exit and dives into another trench to hit a corkscrew, before making another right turn onto the final brake run.[7][11]

Reception

One of Montu's trains entering the zero-g roll

Montu has generally been well received. Tom Buckingham of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune commended the ride, giving kudos to the park "for designing its monster rides so that wait times put Disney to shame". He stated "you'll generally be on the ride and screaming" before riders get a chance to change their mind.[12] Sabrina Rojas Weiss of the Lakeland Ledger stated "the way this ride twisted my body upside-down and sideways seriously confused my senses".[13] The Los Angeles Times put the ride on their "high rollers" list of new roller coasters for 1996.[14] In 2012, Montu was featured on the Travel Channel TV series Insane Coaster Wars in the "Hang 'em High" category. Although the ride lost out to Aftershock at Silverwood Theme Park, Theme Park Review's Robb Alvey believed Montu would beat the competition which also included SeaWorld Orlando's Manta and Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Alpengeist.[15]

In Amusement Todays annual Golden Ticket Awards, Montu has consistently ranked highly. Montu is also one of only seven roller coasters to appear in the top 50 for all 15 years. It debuted at position 3 in 1998,[16] before rising to position 2 the following year.[17]

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Ranking 3[16] 2[17] 4[18] 5[19] 9[20] 12[21] 9[22] 10[23] 8[24] 10[25] 10[26] 11[27] 12[28] 14[29] 14[30] 18[31] 22[32] 24[33] 22[34] 27[35] 28[36] 30 (tie)[37]

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Preceded by
Raptor
World's tallest inverted roller coaster
May 1996–March 1997
Succeeded by
Alpengeist
Preceded by
Raptor
World's fastest inverted roller coaster
May 1996–March 1997
Succeeded by
Alpengeist
Preceded by
Raptor
World's longest inverted roller coaster
May 1996– 1997
Succeeded by
Pyrenees

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