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PGAV Destinations was a creative contributor to Busch Gardens Tampa’s new Cheetah Hunt ride


PGAV Destinations, a global leader in the planning and design of entertainment and cultural destinations, was a member of the creative team that produced Cheetah Hunt, a recently opened new attraction at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. 

Said to be Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, the Cheetah Hunt uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver three adrenaline-fueled surges of speed inspired by the world’s fastest land animal. These surges propel riders up the iconic 102-foot Windcatcher Tower, down into four subterranean trenches, over Busch Gardens’ historic Skyride, around a rocky canyon rushing with whitewater currents, and through a heartline roll inversion.

“PGAV is pleased to create this world-class family attraction in collaboration with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment,” states Jim Moorkamp, Principal PGAV Destinations.

Cheetah Hunt’s 4,429 feet of steel track holds the record as Busch Gardens’ longest coaster, and its 13-acre footprint makes it the most expansive thrill-ride in the park’s history. The iconic coaster offers amazing views to both watch it and ride it, as it joins the park’s other legendary thrills provided by SheiKra and Montu.

Cheetah Run is home to 14 agile cats that inspired the project. This new habitat features more than 11,000 square feet of grassland, natural rock formations, shaded alcoves, a waterfall and a 220-foot path for the cheetahs to do what they do best – run. Glass-panel viewing windows allow guests to get closer than ever before to these highly endangered animals.

Video panels and interactive touch-screen stations educate visitors of the plight of cheetahs. Guests learn about Busch Gardens’ partnership with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in South Africa. Busch Gardens is a long-time supporter of cheetah conservation and research through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Cheetah Hunt and Cheetah Run further cement Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s reputation as Florida’s thrill-ride leader and one of North America’s premier zoological institutions. For more information visit www.CheetahHunt.com.

About PGAV Destinations
PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. The firm uniquely combines award-winning storytelling and creativity with business strategy to create some of the world’s most important cultural, heritage, and natural destinations. Now in its fifth decade, the firm has authored hundreds of highly successful projects in places such as SeaWorld, the Grand Canyon, Biltmore Estate, The Gettysburg Battlefield, the Georgia Aquarium, Kennedy Space Center, and the Hoover Dam. www.pgavdestinations.com

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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