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Watch the SheiKra and Kumba roller coasters in action

As vice president of design & engineering at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., Mark Rose has a job many people only dream about. This Eagle Scout helps design the rides and attractions at the world-famous theme park and zoo and its neighboring water park, Adventure Island.

His right-hand man, mechanical engineer and Eagle Scout Jeff Hornick, says they “get to think about what would people really enjoy, what would they like, what would knock their socks off or what would be a great experience for them.”

In designing each ride or attraction, a lot of what Rose and Hornick do is solve problems, just one of the many job skills they say that they learned in Scouting.

Check out two of the Busch Gardens coasters in action in the videos below, then find out more about the job of roller-coaster engineer in the July 2012 issue of Boys’ Life magazine.

60 Comments on Watch the SheiKra and Kumba roller coasters in action

  1. I love roller coasters but I am to short for most of them

  2. I love rollercosters!


  4. roalercoster! // July 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    SPLASH!SheiKra best splashdown water break!

  5. kumba beats sheikra by a mile.

  6. when I got out of my chair I fell down!

  7. I went on Kumba and Sheikra and it was ace and surprisingly no one barfed!

  8. I would NEVER go on one of those!

  9. Rode both of those last week. SheiKra was great. Mom was scared of Kumba, but I loved it. Sister is into roller coasters now. Yay!

  10. i bet half of them barf after this. 😛

  11. Cheetafast13 // April 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm // Reply

    I Went to Busch gardens but was not tall enough to go on my these. My cousin went on SheiKra and loved it. Cheetah chase is awesome though.

  12. scout of troop 342 // April 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm // Reply

    I’m never going on shieKra

  13. Minecraft man // April 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm // Reply

    Kumba looks so awesomer than Sheikra!

  14. Kumba looks pretty beast.

  15. hey i can’t watch this video!

  16. Kumba is scarier than SheiKra.

  17. KUMBA IS A BOSS!!!! haha

  18. where is that?

  19. TheTrainkinzbranch // January 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm // Reply

    that would make me be sick

  20. It looks awesome when your watchin’ it
    and scary when your ridin’ it.

  21. wow that is scary

  22. I lost my lunch on that ride.

  23. wow…

  24. Both of those would make me sick

  25. These are nothing. If you want to see something go to Cedar Point.

  26. 4 words from me,butterflys in my stomach

  27. wow i think i would feel a little sick afterwords.

  28. SheiKra is teh best!!!!

  29. coooool

  30. 1 word cool

  31. Fantasy Writer // August 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm // Reply

    Looks awesome, I just wish I lived in Florida instead of California. The thing I like about California is Disneyland

  32. Nintendo man // August 10, 2012 at 8:48 am // Reply

    1 word, wow

  33. Harry Potter Fan #1 // August 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm // Reply

    I meant on my last comment now instead of know.

  34. Harry Potter Fan #1 // August 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm // Reply

    I know really want to go there.

  35. I cant see the video…; what is wrong?

  36. Kumba is too painful and SheiKra has an EPIC drop so SheiKra is my favorite 😀

  37. indyfreac // July 6, 2012 at 7:15 am // Reply

    it looked ok but the videos weren’t filmed inside the seats of the roller coaster so it didn’t give you the experience of the roller coaster kumba was better

  38. looks fun but scary


  40. So Awesome!!!!!!

  41. I like kumba but sheiKra is better

  42. king dedede // June 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm // Reply

    Because of the kind of lens used at the last part of the Sheikra vid, it reminds me of Super Mario Galaxy, in which all the planets are really tiny spheres, so the vid makes it look like the coaster spreads throughout the entire planet.

    • what about mario luigi and kirby(got it from your name).

      • king dedede // August 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm //

        Oh, I just use that name cuz I used to be really good with him on Brawl. But I haven’t played it in a while, so it’s kinda out-of-date. 🙁

  43. Snoopy Butterfly // June 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm // Reply

    So cool!!!!!

  44. Awesome! I really want to go to Busch Gardens now to try out these.

  45. this is the best roller coaster

  46. uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh okay

  47. rcoasterdude // June 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm // Reply

    I love roller coasters and I actually want to be a roller coaster engineer when I grow up. SheiKra and Kumba were some cool coasters. SheiKra reminded me a lot like griffon.

  48. i love kumba!!!

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