Montu
Website: Busch Gardens Tampa Homepage
Ride Type: Inverted Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.6412
TPC Overall Rank: #25 out of 2899 rides.
Reviews: 149
Last Review: 1/25/2013 12:12:00 AM
In User Top 10: 270 times.
User Tracker Count: 359 times.
 


Montu Inverted

Montu I

Montu II

Montu III

Montu IV

Montu V

Montu VI - Look at My Feet

Montu VII

Montu VIII

Montu IX

Montu X

Montu Going Up!

Montu First Drop

Montu Lift

Montu Sign

Start of Montu

Montu Theme

Montu Entrance
  
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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up XHP90 on 1/25/2013 12:12:00 AM - User's Top Ride #3
An extremely well-built roller coaster. This ride is glass-smooth, action-packed, and a very good length. Lots of intense manuveurs, well-placed inversions, and detailed theming add to the experience. It is not amazingly fast or tall, but the way this thing races through its course is nearly perfect. There are also several extremely well placed trenches and tunnels. This is also the least nauseating roller coaster I have ever been on. Do not miss this one. Try to catch it while the trim brakes are off!

The only negative thing I can think of pretaining to Montu is that following the sixth inversion (small vertical loop), the ride's frantic pace is slowed considerably. This holds true even when Montu's trim brakes are off. The seventh inversion (a very unexpected corkscrew buried half underground) is the only thing that redeems the last 500 feet of track.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CPDragster11 on 7/22/2012 8:45:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
Montu is an amazing ride that takes you through trenches and forceful elements. Month never has a long wait, in June it was a walk on. You quickly get seated then you climb the large hill. You reach the top and plummet right towards earth at great speed, and into the powerful first loop. Then through an underground tunnel and into an Immelmann. The ride still going strong you fly through a zero G roll and come close to the ground. You hit a small trim and fly int a perfectly excecuted batwing, that is halfway underground. You can barely make out hieroglyphics on the wall before you are torn up and out of the trench. You go into the MCBR that are a damper on this ride, but you are still going strong. Once you plow through them you fly through a smaller vertical loop with amazing force. Then a small dip, a helix and then into another trench, then pulled forcefully into a corkscrew with great force. Another turn and you pull into the final brake run, wanting to ride the magnificently themed inverted wonder again. Bush Gardens Tampa has a winner.

5 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up khmaverick on 4/6/2009 3:24:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
This is easily the best Bolliger and Mabillard invert I've ever been on. The first drop is amazing. It actually got a genuine scream out of me. The first one since I was on Millennium Force a few years prior. The ride is smooth throughout and has an intense layout. The line wasn't bad either of the times I rode it. In fact there was almost no line the second time I rode it. The only downside of that is that I never really got to enjoy the theming in the queue area. Although the front seat ride was good, I was more impressed the first time I rode it. In the fourth row. It was crazy. The ride changed directions and since I couldn't see anything coming, it was just that much more intense. This ride is just awesome.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up DDfan on 9/5/2008 4:54:00 PM
Montu is a purple B&M invert. Based on the egyptian god of war Menthu. The orginal plans for this ride was to go in and out of a prymid.

Montu starts out with a small dip as many B&Ms do. Then you head up the one hundred and fifty foot tall chain lift. The big drop then happens reaching speeds of over 60 MPH. There is massive loop with 3.85 Gs. There is a small tunnel and an immleman. The zero g roll then occurs delivering a little bit of airtime. The frist batwing ever on an inverted coaster happens. Then there are the mid course breaks. The second loop then occurs followed by a series of three helixs and a downward hill. Then there is the coekscrew and an banked upward hill. The final brakes then occur.
Montu is an excellent invert not my favorite though. This ride is not that popular, for example on a day in late July this ride had a twenty minute wait in the afternoon. This ride is worth about a thrity minute wait. They built a huge que for this ride that goes under the zero g roll but, this section is never used.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up snowbunny on 7/28/2008 2:23:00 AM - User's Top Ride #1
The montu was my first ever roller coaster when I was 9 (so 3 years after is opened). It was the roller coaster that made me fall in love with roller coasters. Since it was over half my life ago I can&#39.t really remember many of the specifics on the roller coaster itself. I do remember the live crododiles by your feet though. It added enormously to the thrill as well as the theme. Sadly, I heard that the crocodiles got too big and they had to move them. Also being just a kid, it was a pretty smooth exciting ride. I definatly will go back to experience it now that I&#39.m older.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Steve NY on 5/1/2008 9:29:00 PM
Montu was a pretty big disappointment for me. Whenever the question of what the best invert is gets asked, this always gets mentioned at or near the top. However, they must not have encountered the menacing trims I encountered during my rides. Let me say this though, the theming is breathtaking, especially the trenches in the second half that are filled with footchoppers. Well, the first drop was quite good, but Alpies is better and the first vertical loop was extremely forceful. Afterwards was a long tunnel where I really felt the rides speed and then came the absolutely insane Immelman. This might be the single most intense invert element Ive experienced and afterwards there was an excellent zero-G roll with amazing hang-time. Now you may be wondering, why am I praising a ride that I said was ruined by trims? Well, heres where Montu goes downhill. A sudden, and I mean sudden trim, absolutely kills the batwing making it forceless for me. Oh and guess what was next, a MCBR that killed the trains speed even more. Then came a very uneventful final half with forceless inversions and helixes, but like I said earlier, the trenches were pretty good. Thanks to the theming and the insane first few inversions, Montu was a pretty good coaster, but it wasnt outstanding thanks to the dang trims.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up randomper on 4/23/2008 4:49:00 PM - User's Top Ride #1
I was really surprised how smooth this invert was. I really like the color scheme and the theming. Definatly my favourite of all of my coasters.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 3/24/2008 8:32:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
I am a big fan of the B&M invert, and this one was amazing. Pretty much the entire ride was smooth and fast. The only downside to this ride, was that the MCBR killed the second half of the ride.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up fergusonat on 3/16/2008 11:33:00 PM
Montu is certainly a work of craftsmanship when it comes to B&M Inverts. However, it is also quite a schizophrenic ride. You never know which Montu youre going to be riding.

For example, our early-afternoon rides on Montu were at best 7 - 8s due to the trims kicking in with such brutality. It really dumbed down the otherwise intense batwing inversion and the post-MCBR portion just dragged.

On the other end of the spectrum, my girlfriend and I decided to tackle Montu for a few more cycles at the end of the day. Luckily, these last three rides were virtually trim-free, which I understand to be relatively rare these days. There was a slight squeeze of the brakes flying into the batwing, but they were quite minimal and the inversions pulled some serious gs. The MCBR decided to be generous as well on these last few cycles, and the second vertical loop was very intense, as was the final wingover element.

Overall, Montu is a fantastic invert and currently my favorite of the nine that Ive ridden. The key, however is to catch it on a good day, as several of the reviews have said already. I feel extremely fortunate to have snagged three rides on this Egyptian beast in its prime.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 1/26/2008 4:34:00 PM
Date Ridden: January of 2007 and 2008. Times Ridden: 12(including 10 this past January....8 of those consectutively at park opening). Other than Goliath at SFOG, Montu is the closest of the top 10 Golden Ticket coasters to my place of residence....only a mere 7 hours away!! When riding it twice last year, I remembered a fun ride that I thought on par with Raptor and the Batman rides Ive been on. After my 10 rides a week ago however, I think Montu beats those out as well as Alpengeist, Silver Bullet, and the like due to its variety of unique elements. The one thing I like for coasters I ride to do is to give me a unique experience. Top Thrill Dragster was one of my favorite rides for a while, then I rode Kingda Ka and Xcelerator and the "unique factor" dropped making it less fun for me. Montu offers a numer of unique experiences including the near miss with the temple ruins at the beginnning coming out of the first trench, the batwing dive below ground and the super fun zero g roll early in the ride. The problem with Montu is that it suffers from "Florida-itis" which is a disease caused by overuse of trim breaks leading to a boring 2nd half. Sometimes its not even the fact that trim breaks are applied.....its just that some of the designs are underwhelming (ie......Hulk). On Montu that is not the case however, and I can prove it. About mid-way through our 8 early rides, we jumped on somewhere around the middle of the train and the ops stopped everything to let 4 dignitaries (they were older people dressed in BG gear) on the 2nd row. They were all laughing with their guide, who looked to be a Busch executive in suit and tie, not one of those guides waving a flag for tour gropus to see them by. It was this ride that was our best of the day because as we crossed the mid-course breaks they did not kick in and the train zoomed into the 2nd half. It was at this point that I could see Montu prove its status as a Top 10 coaster. The 2nd half was much more forceful and the corkscrew out of the final trench was really intense but not the slightest bit uncomfortable. If they ran this thing all the time in that manner, it would get even better scores. That ride was a 10 for me as well as any ride on the very front. Im going with a 9 however because Montu reminds me so much of Apollos Chariot which I also put a 9 on due to its super silky smoothness. It is easily the most comfortable ivert Ive ever ridden despite 7 intense inversions. I think this is the best coaster at BG (not my favorite but the best paced) and the # 2 coaster in Florida behind only Kraken. If decimals were involved, Montu would be a 9.5. Montu has gret themeing, a super fast station crew, and a well paced layout. I loved every minute of it and look forward to subsequent rides in January each year.

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