“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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
Until next time, happy park hopping Hipsters!