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Griffon Opening Day Set for May 25, 2007

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Published: March 20, 2007 at 10:19 PM

Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Virginia has been working tirelessly since September 2006 on their newest roller coaster, Griffon. The 205-foot B&M dive machine now has its own dedicated website at:

griffoncoaster.com

The website indicates that the ride will open on May 25, 2007, which seems about right considering the amount of work that still needs to be done of the coaster. On Saturday, March 17, 2007, I attended passholder preview day, and while the track is completely finish, and the unique floorless, 10-seats-across trains were in the maintenance building, most of the landscaping and themeing were still to be completed, as well as the splashdown section of the coaster.

Guests can still marvel at this menacing new icon at Busch Gardens, but it appears the public will have to wait two more months to test out this beast.

Readers' Opinions

From Jason Jackson on March 21, 2007 at 4:57 AM
A friend of mind told me they were to start test runs this week. Not sure if that is true or not.
From Iris Hernandez on March 21, 2007 at 12:50 PM
I just did the virtual ride...freakin awesome!! Two inversions..I couldnt believe it. I've never been to BG Europe but now i'm gonna have to take that trip up there when Griffon opens. Two thumbs up for BG Europe!! :-)
From Aubrey Kuhn on March 21, 2007 at 3:17 PM
Busch did an amazing job with this coaster and meeting the "late spring" deadline that they had proposed. I was looking at bgescape.com and saw oodles of upclose pictures of the wings that will take guests on the magical flight we call Griffon. They are red and yellow with black seats. The ten seats across are mesmorizing. The plastic on the seats is brand new and looks magnificant. They are pretty much just waiting for plants to grow and villages to be finished. Darn those slow-growing plants! The coaster itself is ready to go. I hope that rumor about the test runs is true! If it is, I could most likely scrounge up some pictures of the test runs. I can not wait to see those trains in action! Going down the 90 degree drop! AHH! My heart is already pounding (I can imagine what it will do when I am actually on the ride). I am purchasing a Fun Pass this year just so I can ride Griffon whenever I want. This ride is my dream come true. VA doesn't have that many "amazing" rides other than Apollo, so Griffon is a HUGE deal here. I have been following the progress of this attraction every day, and you know that if I get anymore info, I will post it here ASAP! Hope I am not the only one this excited! ps..does anyone have pictures of the front entrance sign to Griffon?? I am dying to see what my first sight of Griffon before I ride it will be!
From Jason Jackson on March 21, 2007 at 7:48 PM
Yep test runs are going. You could see the cars going from the highway.
From Adrienne McDonald on March 22, 2007 at 9:09 AM
Yippeee!! Wow can be seen from the hwy. I thought the ride was further back but I guess it depends on the side you're on. Anyhoo doesn't mattah, it's sooooo xciting!!! I CANNOT wait til I can get there to ride too!! Ohhh I am soooo xcited I'm bouncin' off the walls (ok maybe not REALLY but you get my meaning lol). :0 :)
From Domenik Jost on March 24, 2007 at 10:18 AM
Bush Gardens Europe is basically introducing it's sister park's Sheikra in new more intense fashion. 2 loops compared to 1 loop at Tampa's Coaster; 205 ft compared to 200ft (not much difference, but still thrilling). I must say I can't wait to ride Griffon. It's cool that they are introducing it floorless which will add to the thrill. Sheikra isn't floorless just yet, but on a January 31, 2007 Press Release, Bush Gardens Tampa announced that Sheikra will undergo a floorless conversion for 2-3 weeks after Memorial Day and will re-open as the worlds second Floorless Dive Coaster.

Once again, can't wait to ride Griffon, the improved version of Sheikra.

From Jason Jackson on March 24, 2007 at 7:42 PM
I was at the park today! They were doing test runs starting late in the afternoon. What a great ride this is going to be!

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