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Griffon begins 'soft openings'

May 14, 2007, 4:27 PM · Busch Gardens Europe's Griffon which has apparently been testing with park employees, finally opened "softly" to the public on Mother's Day! Unadvertised, many surprised guests got a chance to experience the world's tallest and at least for a short time only floorless in the world! I had a chance to ride and it truly was a great ride! And is expected, the ride area is up to Busch's usual high standards! Great job BGE!

Replies (7)

May 15, 2007 at 8:29 AM · The media unveiling is the 16th and Busch is doing a webcast of the event.
May 15, 2007 at 1:22 PM · Copy cats...pure and simple. And in four weeks, SheiKra will be floorless, too. Coaster envy is an ugly thing...
May 15, 2007 at 4:25 PM · Cop cats? Both parks are owned by the same company.
May 16, 2007 at 6:21 AM · IOACentral Radio is going to be there this morning, in about an hour. So if you see two fat guys from Florida shivering because of the cold 65 degree weather, that would be us.
May 16, 2007 at 8:25 AM · On the webcast, they announced that Griffon will open on May 18th.
May 16, 2007 at 3:03 PM · Looks like I'm not going to make it back to BGW this season, have to wait 'til next year :(
May 16, 2007 at 3:41 PM · It's official. Griffon now opens this weekend. :)

Here is an email I got from BGE when I asked if the sneak peek weekend was for passmembers only:

Dear Mr. Petzold:

Thank you for your interest in Busch Gardens Europe. Griffon debuts on May

Thanks again for visiting our website. Should you require additional
information, please contact our Customer Information and Service Center at


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