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The Sandstorm reviews

Theme Park Insider takes a look back at The Sandstorm, a spinner at Busch Gardens Tampa that's no longer open.

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Posted: May 31, 2013

This attraction has rotating base with six arms attached to it, with three cars attached to the end of each arm. Each car can seat two people, making for a total of 36 passengers per ride. When the ride starts the base rises and stars to rotate. As the base rotates, each arm rotates its set of three cars at the same time. Also as the base is rising, the arms fan outwards so as the cars are spinning they are angled, so the riders are turning and going up and down, all at the same time. The ride itself lasts for about 2-3 minutes.

Sandstorm opened in December 1979 and closed on June 1, 2013, to make room for a new drop ride.

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