Sand Serpent

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

Roller coaster
Minimum height to ride: 46 inches

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Formerly the Wild Maus of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and formerly known here as Cheetah Chase, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Sand Serpent is perfect for a child’s first coaster experience. The whole family can enjoy the curves, drops and corkscrews of this traditional “wild mouse” coaster. The 1,200 feet of track tops out at a speed of 22 mph and is perfect for a child’s first coaster experience.


Sand Serpent is pretty much like a carnival ride put into a theme park. The ride itself wasn't horrible, though. I enjoyed it, and it seems like a pretty good starter coaster for some kids. While riding, you'll probably feel as though you are going to tip over, so this may be a little uncomfortable for some people. What I found most odd about this ride, was the wait. Although probably only 20 minutes, it was still a little surprising and felt longer because there was no A/C, and for other attractions like Kumba and Montu, we practically just walked on. But if you have younger children that want to ride a coaster, I would definitely recommend this attraction.
Overall - 7/10 (in terms of kiddie coasters)
A basic, run-of-the-mill wild mouse coaster. Nonetheless it is still fun and usually doesn't have a long line. 6/10

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