on February 5, 2009
Montu is a fun upside-down roller coaster located in the Egypt section of Busch Gardens. Painted in deep blues and bright whites, the coaster fits perfectly in the Egyptian landscape of that section of the park, shining brightly amongst the golden artifacts scattered around the area. Montu is the name of an Egyptian War God, setting the stage for the theming of the ride. Montu was built in 1996 and was meant to be the biggest, fastest and most thrilling coaster in the world, and it was for several years. The roller coaster not only flips, twists and turns, but it also dips down into several trenches and goes through dark tunnels, leaving rider's feet dangling only inches from the ground.As exciting as Montu is, it's old. It's gone from being the most exciting coaster in the world over 12 years ago, to being just another run-of-the-mill ride. That's not to say that it's not still fun, and it's a great introduction to upside-down coasters for young riders. Since Montu is one of the older rides in the park, it stays relatively uncrowded throughout the day, especially in the morning. The line never really gets longer than 10-minutes, except on especially busy days. There was a 10-minute wait on the day of our visit, but unfortunately there were technical difficulties. The car in front of ours got stuck on the lift hill for fifteen-minutes, but we waited it out and the ride was up and running again in no time.Montu is a fun, if slightly old-fashioned, roller coaster. There is a 54-inch height requirement so make sure that all riders are tall enough to ride before getting on line. There's nothing worse than a child getting excited for their first big roller-coaster ride, only to be turned away at the platform. There are also specialty seats for larger guests, which provide double-seat belts and is something I've never seen offered on a roller coaster before. You can't bring loose items with you due to the thrilling nature of the coaster, but free lockers are provided on the platform for you to safely store your belongings for the duration of the ride.
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