Sheikra: One of the World's Most Unique Roller Coasters

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Troobabiee7 on February 8, 2009

Sheikra was a main draw to Busch Gardens for us. The park's newest coaster, it's also one of the most unique roller coasters in the world. Painted in deep reds and blues, Sheikra brings riders 200-feet off the ground before sending them plummeting back towards the earth at a complete 90-degree angle. As you fly down the drop, there's nothing to look at but the ground right in front of you. Sheikra is the name of a mythical red and blue bird, making it the perfect name for this "flying beast" of a roller coaster.

The most entertaining part of the ride is the fact that the car stops at the tip of the main drop, leaving riders staring straight down at the ground. Other guests can stand right beneath the tracks, looking up into the faces of riders as they dangle 200-feet above the ground at a 90-degree angle. The ride's not only fun for riders, but also for observers! Each car also flies through a large pool of water, leaving riders dry but any observers standing too close to the ride completely soaked!

Sheikra is one of the most fun, unique and thrilling rides in the world. There's nothing quite like being dangled over a 200-ft edge at a 90-degree angle, before flying around the track at 70-miles and hour and feeling the pool of water swell up around you at the end of the ride. It's a great time! Understandably, Sheikra is the most popular ride at the park. Lines tend to be relatively long, unless you ride early in the morning or late at night. If Sheikra's the top priority for your visit, then definitely head over there first. Located in the Stanleyville section of the park, it's centrally located and easy to get to.
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