Dive coaster 'Griffon' to land at Busch Gardens Europe in Spring 2007
Busch Gardens Europe
has announced Griffon
, a 205-ft. B&M dive machine with two vertical drops, a water splash and not one, but two, Immelmans. To make the ride even better, the trains are floorless so that your legs dangle helplessly during the two vertical drops. This ride will be open to the public in Spring of 2007.
Image courtesy Busch Gardens
Editor's note: Here are excerpts from the press release:
Teased since early July with park billboards touting "Like Nothing Else in the World," Busch Gardens Europe took the plunge and unveiled its latest steel marvel, Griffon, the world's tallest and only floorless dive coaster. Currently under construction, this diving, driving force in roller coaster engineering will debut at Busch Gardens late spring 2007.
Griffon will send riders through an extraordinary journey 205 feet up and 90 degrees straight down at more than 70 mph – and that’s just the beginning. The name Griffon evokes the power and speed of a mythical beast that is part eagle and part lion. The ride twists, turns and plunges – giving riders a breathtaking adventure unlike any coaster experience in the world.
Griffon will incorporate two Immelman loops (a simultaneous loop and roll, the name of which was derived from the World War I German flying ace who invented the tactical maneuver). The world’s first floorless dive coaster also incorporates a second 130-foot dive and one water feature with spectacular viewing platforms where ride watchers can share in the thrills. Each floorless coaster car will consist of three, 10-person wide rows.
The roller coaster is being constructed by Bolliger & Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland on the former LeMans Raceway site in the French section of the Williamsburg theme park. Griffon is the fifth member of the park’s family of renowned coasters.
Construction began July 6, 2006. The most recent roller coaster to debut at Busch Gardens was Apollo’s Chariot in 1999.
So is this what you saw on the highway?
It's the first floorless dive coaster, I gather.
not impressed, looks like the train doesnt match the track color at all either
I think those are concept pics. If you like Sheikra, then it seems destined that you'll love this one. This is going to be the "only" floorless dive machine. That kind of squashes the rumor that Sheikra will get floorless cars anytime soon. I hope its really fun, two immelmanns....better than one.
Looks like fun, but I don't plan on a special trip to ride it, Sheikra will suffice until I make it back to Virginia.
I assumed Mr. Saunders would not be impressed with the announcement, but from what I could tell from those gathered at the press announcement today, most were extremely excited about this new coaster. It's hard to believe that BGE has not added a coaster since 1999, and in that time, 2 roller coasters have departed (Drachen Fire and Wild Maus). The park's collection of coasters is still among the top 10 parks in the world, and the addition of Griffon will only increase its standing.
Sheikra is no where near any top ten list so what makes you think that an exact copy will be on a top ten list? what a joke!
Actually Ryan, according to the most accurate and scientific poll conducted each year, SheiKra was ranked the #10 steel coaster in its first year, the highest debut of any steel coaster built in 2005 (better than both Kingda Ka and Dragster). To be ranked so high in the first year is actually quite an accomplishment on this particular poll.
I think this coaster will be great. Much better than SheiKra. I think the 10 person-per-row system is good. High capacity so the line won't be too long. Floorless dive coaster... Great idea too. Imagine you see nothing below you except the track.
lol, where are you getting this info from, too funny, MF is #1, TTD is #2 and Maggie is #4, do your research before posting that thing lol, and check CP's website!
Ryan, you must be reading that poll with your CP Rose Colored Glasses, because TTD was not at the top.
Regardless of whether or not Sheikra has won a lot of awards as of yet, it still pulls in the visitors. It still operates on a regular schedule without a lot of complications. Can the same be said about TTD or Kingda Ka? A resounding no comes to my mind. Therefore, Sheikra serves its purpose, brings people into the park and keeps them screaming for more. Griffon will do the same.
Looking forward to Griffon ... love the theme. Never rode the "dreaded" Drachen Fire, so all my BGE coaster experiences have been top notch.
go to coasterbuzz.com and you will see that there is not too much convo about BGE's new ride but people are totally excited about what CP's new ride will be. BGE is left in the dark cuz its a dull park but CP gets so much attention cuz it's more than a park with the best coasters in the world, its a world class resort getaway. CP, here i come in '07, watch out.....
Fine, we get it, you like CP. But there are other people other than CP fans, and there are other websites than those devoted almost entirely to CP. In that world outside of yours, we are all very excited about Griffon, as we were all excited about Sheikra. The fact that you are not excited about it does not dampen our spirits any. So have fun....thats one less person in a line that will be huge.
I, for one, am VERY excited about "GRIFFON!"
"go to coasterbuzz.com and you will see that there is not too much convo about BGE's new ride but people are totally excited about what CP's new ride will be. BGE is left in the dark cuz its a dull park but CP gets so much attention cuz it's more than a park with the best coasters in the world, its a world class resort getaway. CP, here i come in '07, watch out....."- ryan saunders
LOL ... Apparently, someone has "issues."
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