See a Verbolten ‘Test Drive’ Video

One of my favorite theme park fan site’s BGWFans posted a great video of numerous Verbolten test runs. In it, we get to see the ride’s different trains take that dive to the Rhine River that Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s coasters seem to love to do. Check out this test video of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Verbolten’s trains look great! And, it’s nice to se...[Read More]

Breaking Down Busch Gardens’ New Verbolten Videos

UPDATE – May, 16th – Verbolten is now open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Read reviews of Verbolten and rate it if you’ve ridden it: Reviews of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg New Videos Give Us a Better Look at Verbolten Busch Gardens Williamsburg has posted a few new videos of Verbolten. They give a somewhat revealing look at the inside of the event building. Also, park...[Read More]

Montu vs. Alpengeist | Roller Coaster Showdowns

For this roller coaster showdown I’m pitting two of the most popular inverted roller coasters against each other. In a kind of sibling rivalry battle, sister coasters Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will face off against Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa. I guess you can file this heavyweight match up under ‘so obvious that I didn’t think of it.’ Thanks to reader Guilhe...[Read More]

New Verbolten Teaser Video & A Construction Update

Busch Gardens Williamsburg recently released a new teaser video for their highly anticipated 2012 roller coaster, Verbolten. It’s basically an extension of the 30 second teaser that the park released last fall. Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new teaser video: The Verbolten Experience Gnomes, Bats, Lightning, and Wolves! As some hoped, it looks like there may be a reference to our dearly ...[Read More]

Verbolten’s Freefall Drop Track Revealed?

It’s Goin’ Down! – Verbolten Construction Photo Reveals Freefall Drop Track One of the elements inside Verbolten’s mysterious ‘event building’ may have been uncovered. BGWFans has a construction photo showing what may be the rumored drop section. It’s been thought that a horizontal section of track that drops (like the one seen on Alton Towers’ Thirt...[Read More]

Verbolten Announced for Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2012 Roller Coaster – Verbolten: Brave the Black Forest Today, Busch Gardens Williamsburg officially announced their highly anticipated 2012 roller coaster. Earlier this year, some of the ride’s details had already been uncovered. The Zierer-designed steel coaster will be called Verbolten. The name’s a play on the German word “verbotenR...[Read More]

Earthquake Shakes Kings Dominion & Busch Gardens

Just before 2 PM today a surprise earthquake shook the East coast. The quake’s epicenter was in Central Virginia near the town of Mineral.  That’s only about 30 miles from Kings Dominion and about 100 miles from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The 5.8 magnitude rumbler was felt at both parks and as a safety precaution rides have been temporarily closed. Mosts are praising the ride closings...[Read More]

Featured Photo #26 – Braking With Style

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s dive coaster, Griffon, begins by holding riders on the edge of a twenty-story drop. Onlookers point and shake their heads as they marvel at what to many looks like a torturous experience. Griffon’s finale could be just as interesting from a spectators standpoint . The wide trains charge into a shallow pool creating a trail of water some twenty feet high. An...[Read More]

Verbolten? – Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2012 Roller Coaster

UPDATE – July, 12th – Verbolten is open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Read my full review: Review of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg I’ve been a bit out of the loop lately with work and the research that I’ve been doing for some new projects. Last week, plans and a name for Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2012 project were uncoverd. The name Verbotlen was tradem...[Read More]

Featured Photo #17 – A Picture Worth a Thousand Headaches

  When I took Busch’s Roller Coaster Tour, I got an up-close view of the cause of so many painful looping coaster rides over the years. In Nessie’s belly, I and the other members of the tour were able to check out blueprints on the wall, hold some wheels, and learn how this great coaster operates. There was also the frame of the defunct Python from Busch Gardens Tampa sitting on a...[Read More]

Featured Photo #12 – Arrow’s Looping Masterpiece Is Still a Thing of Beauty

Over thirty years since it was built, the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens has to be one of the most beloved Arrow creations on the planet. Its signature interlocking loops next to the Rhine River have been a landmark of Busch Gardens Williamsburg for many years. As a kid I remember seeing commercials that featured the two trains lit up with lights, running at night, and looping simultaneously. ...[Read More]

Featured Photo #8 – Time to Get Geeky

Deep within the bowels of the Loch Ness Monter’s lair I was able to snap this photo of one of the blueprints that lined the wall.  The few times I’ve been lucky enough to get behind-the-scenes roller coaster tours I’ve geeked out when I encountered blueprints. Of course I couldn’t tell you anything about what’s actually in this blueprint, it’s just cool to see. ...[Read More]

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