Griffon @ Busch Gardens Europe | Roller Coaster Reviews

Busch Gardens Europe’s Griffon Soars Busch Gardens Europe has unveiled their first new roller coaster since 1999. The long-awaited addition, introduces America’s second dive coaster. With SheiKra, at sister park Busch Gardens Africa, being the first. I rode SheiKra not long after it opened in 2005 and I was a little underwhelmed. So, I was nervous when my favorite park announced it was...[Read More]

SheiKra Reopens With Floorless Trains

SheiKra 2.0 Opens With Floorless TrainsNow that Griffon has opened as the world’s first floorless dive roller coaster. SheiKra at Busch Gardens Africa (Tampa), is reopening with shiny, new floorless trains. In conjunction with the opening, BGA launched a cool new SheiKra site Dare2Compare. Check out my full review of SheiKra. Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Africa.Anyone looking forward to t...[Read More]

Nitro @ Six Flags Great Adventure | Coaster Reviews

Take a Spin on Six Flag’s Most Acclaimed Roller Coaster Nitro is a popular hyper coaster that completes Six Flags Great Adventure’s trinity of top-notch roller coasters. Kingda Ka, El Toro, and Nitro make Great Adventure a must visit destination for coaster enthusiasts. Nitro has received the most praise of just about any roller coaster Six Flags has in their arsenal. In 2006, Nitro wa...[Read More]

Led Zeppelin Roller Coaster Track Arrives

New Led Zeppelin Coaster UnderwayWhite steel track is starting to arrive at the new Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach. The track will be used to erect the Bolliger & Mabillard Led Zeppelin Coaster. The Zeppelin themed roller coaster will feature onboard speakers playing “Whole Lotta Love” and six loops. The coaster’s layout can be seen here. Hard Rock Park is scheduled to open i...[Read More]

Early Reviews of Griffon @ Busch Gardens Europe

Griffon Getting Some Early Props from Coaster EnthusiastsReviews are starting to surface as Griffon, Busch Gardens Europe’s new dive coaster, is now officially open. Over at ThemeParkCritic, it’s averaging an 8.4 with 7 reviews. As expected, the reviews are positive and range from 7’s to 10’s. Hopefully, I’ll get to experience Griffon for myself soon. The reviewers re...[Read More]

Great Bear @ Hersheypark | Roller Coaster Reviews

Great Bear at Hersheypark I rode the Great Bear for the first time about 4 years ago. I hadn’t been on a a lot of B&M inverted roller coasters and I’m sure I was comparing it to its big brother Alpengeist. I rode it at night and the wait was ridiculously long. For some reason, I didn’t really enjoy it. Anyway, on a return trip I was excited to give it another go and see if my...[Read More]

SheiKra’s Floorless Trains | Busch Garden Africa

SheiKra, America’s First Dive Machine Gets an Upgrade for ’07Soon, there will be no place to hide when you face SheiKra’s 20-story, 90-degree drop. Last week, Busch Gardens Africa unveilled SheiKra’s floorless trains at a press event. JohnnyUpsideDown has posted pictures from the event. On June 16, the Busch Gardens Africa will reintroduce SheiKra with the new floorless car...[Read More]

Top 3 Dueling Roller Coasters

The Best Dueling Roller CoastersDueling roller coasters were the next obvious evolution after the racing coasters of years past. Like racing coasters, duelers have two tracks. The major difference is that on dueling coasters the tracks interact with one another. Exciting near misses and fly-bys are common on these roller coasters.3 – Gwazi at Busch Gardens Africa (Tampa, FL)Located at Busch ...[Read More]

Griffon Testing Video | Busch Gardens Europe

Get a First Look at the Griffon in ActionBGEscape.com has posted the first live video of Griffon in action. Watch the test video below set to Foo Fighters. The ride dummies seem to be enjoying it: Griffon will be only the second dive coaster in the U.S. It will feature a 205 foot (twenty stories) drop at a 90 degree angle, two inversions (loops), and a water splash section. It will be the first di...[Read More]

What is a Floorless Coaster?

What is a Floorless Coaster? Floorless roller coasters first appeared on the scene with Medusa at Six Flags Great Adventure in 1999. The steel seated looping coaster’s seven loops had been seen before, but it’s completely open train design was a first. Floorless trains (pictured to the right on Hydra) further enhance the rider’s sense of freedom, or fear depending on how you view...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Europe | Theme Park Reviews

America’s Most Beautiful Park Offers Top Notch ThrillsBusch Gardens EuropeWilliamsburg, VAWindows Live Satellite MapTickets & PricingLast Visit: July 2007 Busch Gardens Europe (formerly Busch Gardens Williamsburg) is a Euro-themed park that’s a cut above your average seasonal park. Everything from the food to the buildings are themed after the ‘Old Country’. They breathe a li...[Read More]

SheiKra Goes Floorless For ’07

Busch Gardens Dive Coaster Receives Floorless TrainsFloorless trains (pictured to the right on Medusa) further enhance the riders sense of freedom or fear depending on how you view it. Bolliger & Mabillard have designed their train cars in such a way that you’re basically sitting in a chair (with restraints) with your feet dangling above the track. They seldom produce standard seated lo...[Read More]

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