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Last day for Busch Gardens' Big Bad Wolf

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Published: September 7, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Good-bye, Big Bad Wolf. Busch Gardens Williamsburg's suspended coaster closes today, to be replaced with an as-yet unannounced new ride.

Recent photos, from Theme Park Insider readers:

Big Bad Wolf entrance

Big Bad Wolf train

Big Bad Wolf over the river

Big Bad Wolf in action

Readers' Opinions

From Nick Markham on September 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM
This is very sad, especially since this was one great coaster I never got to experience (the closest thing to it is Ninja at SFMM for me). Busch Gardens better come up with a really good idea like a flying coaster replacement fast before an angry mob comes! :D
From Jack Curley on September 7, 2009 at 11:37 AM
So sad. This was the first roller coaster I ever rode, 23 years ago.
Big Bad, you instilled a love in me that shall not soon be forgotten. Every roller coaster I ride from here on is a tribute to that first ride you gave me.
From 24.190.44.191 on September 7, 2009 at 12:05 PM
Definitely a sad day. Big Bad Wolf was the first coaster I ever rode way back in '94.
From Jay Posteraro on September 7, 2009 at 12:41 PM
When I played trumpet in a show in 1989, I rode BBW ALL the time after my day was done.....I always enjoyed it.....
From Charles Reichley on September 7, 2009 at 2:26 PM
We made it down last week to ride one last time.

Having never gotten to ride the Drachenfire, I'm glad at least I got to ride BBW once more before it was gone.

It will be interesting to see what they do in this area. It's wierd having a coaster go without anything coming in it's place....

Although KD did the same thing with XLC, removing it well before they had something to replace it. At least there they had already gotten another coaster.

From Anthony Murphy on September 7, 2009 at 4:05 PM
Still shocked, it looks like an awesome roller coaster!
From brian weinsheimer on September 7, 2009 at 7:29 PM
Rode it today, It was the 1st roller coaster I ever road and alway rode it everytime i went to the park. Its sad to see this go, Atleast I know my last ride was in the front row and in the rain, really sad to see this ride go. This was a 1st of its kind and is the reason we have alot of the roller coasters that we have today. This one will be missed.
From 204.34.247.9 on September 8, 2009 at 5:34 AM
My family happened to be at Busch Gardens on the day the BBW opened back in 1984 and my dad was one of the first 100 people to ride it. I was too young at the time but I do remember that they gave out BBW-themed painter's hats to the first bunch to ride.

We had already planned a weekend in Virginia Beach over labor day this year so when I heard that the BBW was closing we just had to visit the park that day. I'm guessing that my dad may be the only person to ride it on its first and last day. It was a great ride and will be missed.

From Viv Thompson on September 8, 2009 at 8:31 AM
We rode the BBW on it's final day yesterday. It was my first coaster ride at BG way back in 1986 and my 4 yr. old daughter's very first coaster ride ever in 2007! She teared up while we were in line for our last ride. We howled and screamed as we took off, loving every second. When our train pulled in everyone on it clapped and cheered. Apparently, that happened all day. As we walked away, my daughter looked back and said, "Big Sad Wolf." I gotta admit, that made me cry a little.
From 74.163.148.139 on September 8, 2009 at 3:19 PM
Sorry to see it go. It was my sons favorite coaster when we visited BGW in 2001 (he was 9 at the time) and it was the ride that started him on his quest to ride every coaster he can whenever we travel (probably well over 50 coasters to his credit thus far from coast to coast).
From 71.41.149.142 on September 9, 2009 at 1:35 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What IS this world coming to!! That just makes me so sick! & SAD!! At least I got to ride it. My hubby will be VERY upset! BGE will never be the same. If Nessie goes next, I don't know WHAT I'll do! Let's hope that never happens!! BBW Was THE BEST suspended coaster ever! Are all the suspended coasters being one by one eliminated? ARGH!
From 71.41.149.142 on September 9, 2009 at 1:36 AM
P.S. I so much wanted to ride it again in the back though. *SIGH* sadly, that'll never happen. Is she going to be purchased & moved somewhere else ya think??
From Tiffany Alfonso on September 9, 2009 at 2:38 PM
I didn't go on BBW when I went to BGW in July 1998 at the age of 9, fearing inversions (which actually were absent on that ride), but I feel bad for those who have ridden it.
From 75.248.239.160 on September 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM
I think I'm boycotting all InBev beverages, except Anheuser Busch beverages. I hope InBev is found in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. I'm amazed that a monopoly like InBev was allowed to buy Anheuser Busch. The "professionals" in the courtroom that allowed it must have been paid to turn a blind eye.
From 67.8.105.78 on September 11, 2009 at 3:54 PM
That is so sad.... I remember watching it being built and couldn't wait to ride it. I have a picture of my daughter and I on it the first time she rode. It was such a unique coaster in how it was so geographically in sinc with the land. I do remember it being down for maintainance many times during the day over the past 10 years, though. Maybe they felt they needed something more dependable?

What are the Busch parks coming to? No free beer, no Python at BGT, no BBW at BGW--- not fair. I am wondering, since BGW got Griffon 2 years after Sheikra opened in Tampa if the space from BBW may be slated for a sister to Manta at SeaWorld Orlando?

From 205.188.116.71 on September 11, 2009 at 6:36 PM
I thought it was funny that across the park Jack Hanna was telling us wolves are not evil or scary.
From Coaster Enthusiast on September 11, 2009 at 10:37 PM
Yes, it is very sad to see this attraction disappear.

I have ridden it every time I visited the park. I had even convinced some of my friends and relatives (who would never dream of riding a rollrcoaster!) to try it out. I explained to them it was no more frightening than the Scrambler or Tilt-a-Whirl - without all the "spinning." It was one of the best coasters on the planet!

I am far more saddened by this closing than I was with DrakkenFire!

As for the poster who mentioned boycotting InBev ... You do realize that InBev only controls the breweries ... The Busch Parks are still family owned and operated.

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