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Cheetah (roller coaster)
Wild Adventures
Park section Main Park
Coordinates 30°43′11″N 83°19′32″W / 30.719592°N 83.325681°W / 30.719592; -83.325681
Status Closed
Opening date June 16, 2001
Closing date March 2020
Cost US$4,500,000
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Custom Coasters International
Model Steel frame
Track layout Out and back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 92 ft (28 m)
Drop 90 ft (27 m)
Length 2,680 ft (820 m)
Speed 52 mph (84 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:04
Capacity 1200 riders per hour
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Cheetah at RCDB
Pictures of Cheetah at RCDB

Cheetah was a wooden roller coaster by Custom Coasters International, located in the African Pridelands section of the Wild Adventures theme park, in Valdosta, Georgia. The coaster was named after the cheetah, the fastest land animal, because of its top speed reaching 65 mph when the coaster first opened, but after years of friction and track deformation the coaster was recorded in 2009 reaching a top speed of 52 miles per hour. It has a standard out and back layout with five bunny hops and a figure-eight ending. Built in 2001, Cheetah was the largest roller coaster at Wild Adventures. In Wild Adventures off season between 2009 and 2010, the Cheetah was given a $1.3 million renovation by Martin & Vleminckx replacing the track on the figure-eight and smoothing out the rest of the track. In March 2020, Cheetah closed along with the rest of the park due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June 2020, the park reopened, however without Cheetah operating. Wild Adventures cited being unable to achieve "adequate physical distancing." Access to the coaster has since been blocked by a wooden construction wall and the coaster's trains have been removed from the tracks. In January 2021, the park stated "The Cheetah roller coaster has been retired to make room for new and exciting changed in the coming years."


Cheetah began with a 95-foot (29 m)-tall drop to a small 20-foot (6.1 m) bunny hop, followed by a larger 55-foot (17 m) bunny hop. It continues with a 35-degree decline into a helix. Cheetah's return journey starts with a 62-foot (19 m) drop and two more 35-foot (11 m) bunny hops. These lead into right turn flat helix, ending with a figure eight.

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