Scorpion Looping Roller Coaster

Scorpion is a looping roller coaster located in the Timbuktu section of Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.

It was originally built in the 1980s and is one of the only looping roller coasters designed by famed engineer Anton Schwarzkopf in existence today.

The ride features a traditional roller coaster train with enough seating for 20 people.

Though Scorpion offers its fair share of thrills, it does not have the long steep drops found in more modern roller coasters.

360 Degree Loop

Instead, Scorpion’s central feature is its 360 degree loop.

After a short initial climb, you’ll begin to bank to the right and the ride will soon enter its signature loop.

Afterwards, passengers are taken around a 900 degree helix before the ride slows to a stop.

Scorpion is approximately 2:15 long and has a minimum height requirement of 42”, which is short enough to allow smaller children who may not be able to ride faster, more strenuous roller coasters.

Scorpion reaches speeds of 50 miles per hours and riders will experience a maximum G-force of 3.5 and they’re pulled upside down.

The first initial drop into Scorpion's signature loop is a relatively modest 45 feet, with the ride hitting a maximum height of 60 feet.

The ride was refurbished in 2004 and is still one of the Timbuktu area’s most popular rides.

Scorpion is a true classic coaster and its impressive 360 degree loop is more than enough to warrant a visit.

By Marie Ospina

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