Busch Gardens Williamsburg | 2011 Drop Tower & 2012 Roller Coaster

I meant to write this post last weekend, but I’ve had an insane last couple of days. So, this is by no means breaking news anymore. Last Saturday, Busch Gardens Williamsburg released details of their 2011 and 2012 plans at a season pass holder event. As rumors suggested, the Euro-themed park will be getting a drop tower in 2011, but also a new roller coaster in 2012. In typical Busch Gardens...[Read More]

Rumored Cheetah Hunt Coaster: Construction Updates at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa’s Rumored 2011 Launch Coaster There’s been a lot of construction going on at Busch Gardens Tampa as the park prepares for their rumored 2011 roller coaster. The ride first came to light way back in April when plans for the 2011 ride were uncovered on the Web. Since that development, ParkSecrets had posted conceptual drawings and blueprints, but has since removed the...[Read More]

11 Rumored Roller Coasters & Attractions for 2011

UPDATE – See my Top 10 Picks for the Best New 2011 Roller Coasters: Part 1 & Part 2 Also, for a recap of previous year’s new roller coasters, check out my New for 2009 | New Roller Coasters for 2010 page. It’s the time of the year when theme park fans turn into detectives. We scour the Web for documents from public hearings, take pictures of pavement and dirt and proudly uplo...[Read More]

MSNBC’s 10 Gut-Churning Attractions

MSNBC.com’s 10 Gut-Churning Attractions – Amusement Park Rides For the Emetically Immune Recently, I was interviewed by MSNBC.com for an article about extreme thrill rides and roller coasters. I came up with a list, but the writer only chose a few of them. He also chose a few rides from Robb Alvey of Theme Park Review and Robert Niles of Theme Park Insider That’s some great compa...[Read More]

TPS Report: How The Busch Gardens Drop Tower & Xcelerator Accident Are Connected

Straight from the headlines of Theme Park Syndicate, here are some of the biggest news stories. Busch Gardens to Add a Drop Tower Much like during the creation of Griffon, Busch Garden’s future plans are revealed by a height waiver submitted to the local government. This time the waiver mentions a “thrill attraction of a single tower not to exceed 260 feet above ground level.” Many have alre...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour Part 3: Alpengeist & More

The Conclusion of the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Roller Coaster Tour: Alpengeist, Big Bad Wolf, & Apollo’s Chariot The rest of the Roller Coaster Tour felt a bit more brief. I’m not sure if it was because my tour group had fewer questions or because of the nature of the first two stops. The Loch Ness Monster portion was like a crash course in Coasterology 101 where we got insight i...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour Part 2: Griffon

Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour Part 2: Griffon After an in-depth look at Loch Ness Monster and two quick rides, the tour group headed over to Busch Gardens Europe’s newest roller coaster, Griffon.  There, the behind-the-scenes access was taken to a whole new level. The group split up into two smaller groups. One group went to Griffon’s maintenance area while the other took the twent...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour Part 1

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Roller Coaster Tour Part 1: Loch Ness Monster & How Coasters Work 101 If you’re a roller coaster geek like myself, or just curious about how roller coasters work, Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour is for you. It gives unparalleled access to the these modern thrill machines as well as a ton of interesting tidbits of knowledge about Busch’s own coll...[Read More]

Drachen Fire @ Busch Gardens | Defunct Roller Coasters

A Look Back at the Legendary Drachen Fire at Busch Gardens Drachen Fire was an infamous roller coaster that lived in the Rhineland, Germany section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 1992 to 1998. While it had a short run, it’s easily one of the most well-known defunct coasters in past years. I will relay the background story I’ve seen several times on the coaster enthusiast circuit. I...[Read More]

Griffon vs SheiKra | Roller Coaster Showdown

SheiKra vs. Griffon: Dive Coaster Showdown Comparisons between America’s two dive coasters, Busch Gardens Africa’s SheiKra and Busch Gardens Europe’s Griffon are inevitable. From the time Busch announced Griffon’s details enthusiasts the debate began. Theming Busch did an excellent job integrating Griffon into New France. The station, landscaping, and shops of were all comp...[Read More]

Nitro vs. Apollo’s Chariot | Roller Coaster Showdown

Two B&M Hyper Coasters Go Head-to-Head in the First Edition of Roller Coaster Showdown Bolliger & Mabillard’s critically acclaimed hyper coasters are tall, airtime-packed, modern thrill rides. This week, I’ll be pitting Busch Gardens Europe’s Apollo’s Chariot against Six Flags Great Adventure’s Nitro. Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure-Nitro boasts a taller f...[Read More]

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]

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