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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.

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

  1. So Awesome!!!!!!

  2. I like kumba but sheiKra is better

  3. 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 But I haven’t played it in a while, so it’s kinda out-of-date. :(

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

    So cool!!!!!

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

  6. this is the best roller coaster

  7. uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh okay

  8. 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.

  9. i love kumba!!!

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