Inversions Intensity Rattle

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Kumba features
Operating
United States
B&M
Steel
Sit Down
Chain lift hill
Shoulder harness
1993
Location
Reviews  62
  • Kw6sTheater
    Kw6sTheater 1 month ago

    Inversions Masterpiece Intensity

    Kumba was the coaster that got me into coasters. I love this ride to death for that, and many more reasons. I haven’t ridden it in nearly four years (but I will return to my former home park, Busch Gardens Tampa, this April) so my very fond memories might be a bit outdated. I remember a few months before I rode this coaster, how I’d just been getting into the enthusiast gig. I watched POVs of coasters online on a daily basis, which helped me get over my fear, and began to focus my attention on breaking that fear of inversions. Against my better judgement I decided to ride Kumba in February 2015. Walking up to it, my gut feeling began to kick in. Was I REALLY about to ride this huge B&M looper? I punched my stomach for being afraid and went into the nonexistent line. I fastened the shoulder harness, took some deep breaths in disbelief, and soon we were off. The slow and agonizing climb up the chain lift did nothing to ease my fear. Quicker than I would’ve liked it to be, the train disengaged from the chain dogs and we plummeted thirteen stories down. I didn’t scream; I never really have on coasters. Then the test of my will came; the 114-foot vertical loop. One of the most ridiculous things I thought about inversions was, with all the blood rushing to your head would that make you dumber? How did it exactly feel to go upside down? Would I end up upset after my ride, like I was at SooperDooperLooper back in 2014? That all came to a head as the train inverted. It was a glorious feeling, being upside down for so long. My questions had finally been answered. The train soared through a dive loop and into the “Hell Roll” — Kumba’s overly forceful zero-g roll, the term unbeknownst to me at the time — but my favorite part of the ride was right up ahead. This cobra roll has a lot of whip and G’s to it, I thought to myself, and before I could contemplate the ride up to this point we were already dropping out of the mid-course. The pair of corkscrews and the banked turn, as photogenic as they are, offer high G’s to boot; then we dove under the station, into the dark tunnel, and burst out into a surprisingly high-G helix. I was pinned to my seat! Yet all too soon we hit the brake run, and with that, my undying obsession with roller coasters had just been amplified. All in all, biased or not, Kumba is a literal masterpiece. I am more than ecstatic to ride this beast again this April, after nearly four looong years of waiting, along with my other old friends at Busch Gardens Tampa; Montu, SheiKra and (even though I don’t like to admit it) Cheetah Hunt. For many reasons it will forever be my favorite coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa, even if RMC Gwazi turns out to be as incredible as us coasterfans expect it to. While Voyage may be my #1 coaster overall, Kumba holds a special place in my heart for being the coaster that helped me over my fear. I love this ride!!!

  • Kommi
    Kommi 1 month ago

    Capacity Inversions Location Rattle

    This ride is a classic. Great capacity, (all three trains running when I went), rock solid inversions that are still fun to this day, and the secluded location in the back of the park, not to mention the interlocking corkscrews that are extremely photogenic. The only slight problem with this ride is that it has a rattle.

  • Dave Scott
    Dave Scott 2 months ago

    Inversions Location Rattle

    I was one of the lucky ones to ride Kumba in it's opening year, completely oblivious to it's significance at the time. Still a great ride this far down the line and Busch work very hard to look after it - allegedly it's one of the more complex B&M's to maintain. It doesn't share the same structural features as virtually all other B&M's, take a close look at the joints between track and structure. It can be a bit rattley at times but it's also not scared to apply forces, something newer rides often back away from.

  • COASTAZILLA STUDIOS
    COASTAZILLA STUDIOS 11 months ago

    Inversions Masterpiece Intensity Theming

    MAN THIS ride is powerful, these old school B&Ms really rock. This ride is relentless from start to finish it is a must ride.

  • Fidel Camuze
    Fidel Camuze 1 year ago

    Inversions Pace Intensity Rattle

    Kumba is my favorite looping coaster. Given the context of the time, the layout is incredibly original. Unfortunately Kumba's winning inversion sequence and formula has been copied around by B&M themselves, but none of them do it as well as the original. The pacing is absolutely perfect. Every element is incredibly smooth and astoundingly forceful. The zero-g roll is particularly incredible. The setting is amazing, like plunging and prowling through the Congo jungle. It even has a dark, loud tunnel, and a forceful final helix. Unfortunately it has developed a rattle, especially in the back, but it is smoother the closer you are to the front. Kumba leaves me breathless every time. It's my favorite coaster in my home state of Florida, and my favorite looping coaster I've yet ridden.

  • Lachlan S.
    Lachlan S. 1 year ago

    First Drop Inversions Headbanging

    A great ride with a decent duration as well. The zero-g roll is my favourite inversion. There was some headbanging towards the end however.

  • Matt Newman
    Matt Newman 5 days ago

    Intensity Dead spots

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    Chief Pancake 12 days ago
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    Rémy D. 15 days ago
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    James Cook 23 days ago
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    Jacob Clark 23 days ago
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    Jérémie Ngs 25 days ago
  • Alexandre CF
    Alexandre CF 1 month ago

    Inversions Masterpiece Intensity

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    chase s. 1 month ago
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    Coaster Cupcake 1 month ago
  • Jack Jack Johnson Jones

    Intensity Smoothness Layout

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    Maxime Alix 2 months ago
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    Alex Brewer 2 months ago
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    Laurent B. 5 months ago
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    Romuald Geiregat 5 months ago
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    Tilen B. 5 months ago
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    Kyle Broxton 6 months ago
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    Xabi L. 6 months ago
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    Martin T. 6 months ago
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    Luis H. 6 months ago
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    epstan 6 months ago
  • Dan Pianini
    Dan Pianini 6 months ago

    Inversions Intensity Discomfort

  • Romain Beauchamp
    Romain Beauchamp 7 months ago
  • Samantha P.
    Samantha P. 8 months ago

    Inversions Pace Intensity Rattle Headbanging Discomfort

  • Damien Richet
    Damien Richet 8 months ago
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    Marijke D. 8 months ago
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    Julien RocKub 8 months ago
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    Joseph Bricout 8 months ago
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    Scott Pecqueux 9 months ago
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    Anthony Diaz 9 months ago
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    Jérôme Vincent 11 months ago
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    JB T 11 months ago
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    Usa t. 11 months ago
  • Jeremy Cole
    Jeremy Cole 1 year ago
  • Alexandre Humbert

    Capacity Inversions Nice surprise!

  • Katun GagaLefou

    Inversions Rattle Harness

  • Jared Wolber
    Jared Wolber 1 year ago
  • Edward M.
    Edward M. 1 year ago

    Theming Masterpiece Intensity

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    Romain LABAT 1 year ago
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    Cyril Barbier 1 year ago
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    Michaël Rmn 1 year ago
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    Dan Hood 1 year ago
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    pinwheelguy 1 year ago
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    Toto662 1 year ago
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    Francois S. 1 year ago
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    Faykety Fayke 1 year ago
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    James G. 1 year ago
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    Jaiden Smith 1 year ago
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    Florian Blond 1 year ago
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    Benjamin R. 1 year ago