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]

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 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]

Alpengeist @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Coaster Reviews

Alpengeist: The F-22 of Roller CoastersFrom the first time I saw the ominous white lift high above the surrounding trees while on Loch Ness, I knew it would be a ride to remember. In my opinion, this is the king of the inverted roller coasters not just because of its height and speed, but because it delivers thrills with every ride. On inverted coasters riders are situated below the track in ski-l...[Read More]

Loch Ness Monster @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg | Coaster Reviews

A Classic Steel Coaster That’s An Ageless Wonder For a steel coaster from the 70’s Loch Ness is amazing and still rocks in 2006! Busch Gardens Williamsburg does it again. Even the park’s ‘dinosaur’ so to speak has some pretty cool elements. A steep 11-story drop to the Rhine River and the world’s first set of interlocking loops. You really have to give Busch and...[Read More]

Busch Releases Griffon Coaster Details

Busch Gardens Europe (formerly Busch Gardens Williamsburg) located in Williamsburg, VA, has finally released details about its newest coaster. The coaster enthusiast community has been eagerly waiting for the details on the park’s first coaster in eight years. Busch Gardens Europe has a reputation of installing world-class coasters and some of the best-themed attractions for a seasonal park....[Read More]

Griffon to Soar Over Busch Gardens Europe

Details are starting to surface about Busch Gardens Europe’s (Williamsburg, VA) newest coaster in seven years. According to a trademark filed earlier this month, the new 200+ foot tall coaster could be named Griffon. According to Wikipedia, a Griffon is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. This fits with the park’s tradition in naming their c...[Read More]

SheiKra @ Busch Gardens Tampa | Coaster Reviews

An Underwhelming Ride on the U.S.’s only Diving Machine I rode the highly anticipated SheiKra the Monday after it opened in May of 2005. Coaster designers, B&M have finally graced the U.S. with one of their inventive Diving Machines. These coasters offer an unprecedented 90 degree drop. If that wasn’t enough, there are brakes at the crest of these drops that hold riders as they sta...[Read More]

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