Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for SheiKra, a roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa. (The minimum height to ride is 54 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
A floorless Bolliger & Mabillard dive machine, SheiKra drops riders 90 degrees straight down a 200-foot fall, reaching a top speed of 70 miles per hour. The top of the initial lift hill grants a spectacular view of landmarks, including downtown Tampa, the adjacent Adventure Island water park and the University of South Florida campus, before rolling right over the edge and pausing. The train holds for five nerve-testing seconds before being released down the 200-foot vertical drop, zooming along the ground and backing up into an Immelman inversion.
Coasting over the brake hill, the train barely pauses for the second drop, a 138-foot drop at 81 degrees, which takes guests through part of the African jungle ruins, under the splashdown area and over the Zambia Smokehouse.
Awesome roller coaster! Sheikra is smooth, fast, and has two great drops; however, it feels rather short... 9/10 - Brendan Sutton
Excellent coaster ! Very smooth and make sure to ride in the front Wish it was longer though 10/10 - Owen Scott
Having been on more roller coasters than I can count, this ride, while short, contains the best drop I have ever experienced on a coaster (X2 is right behind). The straight-down drop combined with the pause at the top creates great suspense, and you're in the back row you really get hurled over the drop and pulled out of your seat. 9/10! - Nick McKaig
Great ride, an absolute must do if you visit busch gardens. - Robert Chandler
Quite simply Sheikra is the best coaster in the state of Florida. - William Clark
I went during the early entry for HalloScream. It was amazing. My one brother & I sat in the front row, my other brother (who hates heights) sat in the back row. When it finished we were allowed to stay seated & go again. What a rush! - Annette Hatch
The only bad things about the ride is that it feels really short, and its 'unique tiered system' insists that the front row isn't anything special, but the ride is FAR more intense in the front. Has one of the best loading capacities I've seen on a coaster due to how many seats it has, and when they run all the trains the line remains alarmingly short. Even on a busy day, we practically walked on all three times we rode (front, center and back rows). - Eric Malone
I love roller coasters, but I almost chickened out on this one... Glad I didn't! It's amazing! 9/10 - Bryce McGibeny
I'm usually not intimidated by roller coasters but this ride got to me. The anticipation of the ride got my adrenaline going really strong...the ride is all about the first drop but holy cow...it's awesome!!! - Mickey Black
Epic! The air-time you get is terrific! - Ben Goldby
I LOVE this ride. The drop is suspensful and great. I can never figure out if I like the dangling sensation in the front or the being whipped over the edge in the back seat better. Either way I alway end up riding this one over and over again. THUMBS UP BG!!! - brian newsome
What a drop ! In fact the only draw back is that once you have passed the drop there's not much left. But being seated at the side of the train in front row and being left there hanging with nothing below your feet is quite an experience ! - Stéphane Gamondes
If you ride this ride in the front it's awosome but if you don't ride the front then it's nothing great - Giovanny Cruz
On our recent visit to Florida this was the only coaster that I had any trepidation about riding. The butterflies in my stomach were doing barrel rolls while we were in the queue. Looking up the lift hill was huge. Once on the ride I was not disappointed; anticipation built up on the lift hill and was multiplied when hanging over the first drop. The drop was fantastic and the rest of the ride superb, the only downside was that it didn't go on longer. Don't miss it, it's awesome!!! - Peter Coulton
This is a great coaster. Take the extra time to get a seat in the front. Hanging over the first drop is absolutely terrifying. Physically and psychologically thrilling. I only wish they would have made it longer and added more elements. It almost seems wrong to waste that much kinetic energy at the end. - Tim Hillman
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