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]

Apollo’s Chariot @ Busch Gardens | Coaster Reviews

Apollo Should Have Been the Roman God of Airtime After having not ridden one of my top coasters for over three years I was excited to see that it still shined. All of the pluses that had made it one of favorite roller coasters were still there. Apollo’s Chariot was designed by the legendary Bolliger & Mabillard, it offers one of the airtime-packed rides anywhere, and it’s located a...[Read More]

What is a Flying Coaster?

What is a Flying Coaster? Wilbur and Orville Wright had the right idea, but if you really want to experience flight first-hand look no further than one of the ten flying coasters in the U.S. Flying coasters are steel roller coasters where riders are secured in a face down flying position with the track overhead. There are several different designers and the loading is done in a variety of ways. Cu...[Read More]

What is a Dive Coaster?

What is a Dive Coaster?Ever been intimidated by how steep a drop looked on a roller coaster? Imagine staring literally straight down at a twenty-story drop. Dive coasters are steel roller coasters offering drops of 90-degrees or nearly 90-degrees. So far, Bolliger & Mabillard have cornered the market on these extreme drop coasters. In 1998, they opened the world’s first coaster with a n...[Read More]

What is an Inverted Coaster?

What is an Inverted Coaster? Throughout the 80’s and into the 90’s, steel coasters and loops (also known as inversions) were all the rage. Coaster designers were busy trying to find new ways turn riders upside-down. In 1992, genius Swiss designers Bolliger and Mabillard shocked the industry with the world’s first inverted coaster, Batman The Ride at Six Flags Great America. On in...[Read More]

Top 3 Inverted Coasters

The Best Inverted CoastersFor my final Top 3 Thursday of the ’06 season I’ll be counting down the best inverted coasters. Over the past decade these looping steel creations have found a permanent place in the theme park landscape. 3 – Volcano: The Blast Coaster at Kings DominionTo call Volcano a custom inverted coaster is an understatement. It features a ‘live’ volcan...[Read More]

Top 3 Hyper Coasters

The Best to Come Out of the Hyper Coaster Era The popularity of Magnum XL-200, which opened it 1989, kicked off a revolution in the theme park industry. What was known as the ‘Coaster Arms Race’ began as parks aimed to build the tallest coaster in the world in this similar style to Magnum’s. This Thursday I’m counting down my top three favorite hyper coasters. #3 Magnum XL-...[Read More]

Top 3 Coaster Movie Appearences

Roller Coasters in HollywoodThis Thursday I’m counting down my top three coaster movie appearances. Coincidently, all three happen to be in horror/thrillers. A few honorable mentions go to: Fatal Attraction, Big, and Titanic. Coaster @ Playland ParkFear (1996)Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William L. Petersen, Alyssa MilanoThis must have been a break out role for Wahlberg. He sh...[Read More]

Mantis @ Cedar Point | Coaster Reviews

Mantis Preys on Riders, Gives an Uncomfortable RideI never thought I’d see the day I would give a Bolliger & Mabillard designed coaster such a low rating. I like, if not love, all of their installations. Their coasters offer the smoothest rides while still delivering thrilling and innovative manuevers. Well, now I have to say that I love “almost all” of their coasters. The M...[Read More]

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