Fans petition Busch Gardens to return the tunnel effects to the Loch Ness Monster coaster
Before I took Natalie on Loch Ness Monster
at Busch Gardens Williamsburg last summer, I described for her my first time on the ride (30-some years ago!). I told her about woods surrounding the track, the interlocking loops over the river, and an encounter with "Nessie" inside the high-speed tunnel.
When we finished the ride, she'd loved it - and everything had been exactly as I described it... except for that tunnel. I could have sworn that there were lights in it. Had I remembered that wrongly?
Nope. I was right, as Theme Park Insider reader Caleb Phillips reminded me when he wrote me a few days ago. Caleb, it turns out, is trying to organize an online effort to convince Busch Gardens to bring back the in-tunnel effects on the Loch Ness Monster. He's set up an online petition, which you can sign:
Several years ago Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Loch Ness Monster had special effects in the tunnel portion of the ride. These Special effects included flashes of light, mist, and also a large illuminated sea serpent (the Loch Ness Monster). Upon signing this petition you are stating your belief that the removal of these features have resulted in degradation of the overall ride expierience and would like to see such features be reinstated in the ride program.
Again, here is the link to sign the petition. Please, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, can your fans have this favor? Let's turn on the lights again in the Loch Ness Monster tunnel!
Thanks for the link. If I remember correctly the removal of effects was due to some over thinking by execs, the idea being that you are Nessie so wouldn't see a serpent in the tunnel. The effects are sorely missed just as I realy missed the water splash that used to come at the bottom of the hill on Big Bad wolf. But for obvious reasons Im pretty sure that effect is gone forever.
Okay, so we're Nessie. And that's Mrs. Nessie, back in our lair, wondering why the heck we're spending all our time carrying tourists around instead of bringing home some clams or squid to feed the little Nessies, who are going nuts playing with the phosphorescent algae.
I totally agree, I never rode it with the lights on but everyone keeps talking about back in the day there use to be lights in the tunnel. Lets bring the lights back.
I can remember way back when the interlocking loops were synced up to have the coaster cars go through both loops at the same time.....I haven't been there lately, but from the online videos I have seen, it doesn't look synced anymore.....any chance we could get that back?
Glad to help Caleb, my daughter and I both signed.
Oops, that first comment was mine.
How long ago did they remove the tunnel effects? I rode it a long while ago (at least for me), and can't remember if I was before or after the tunnel effects. All I remember about Nessie is that I was about 8 or 9, and it scared me off of coasters for about 5 years. :P
Okay, this time the line in the crytozoological sand has been crossed! Put Nessie back in the coaster! Fix the disco Yeti! And get me a picture of Bigfoot that isn't blurry!
Not only have they removed the effects from the lair, but the stats board in the station has been devoid of stats the past year and a half. This coaster has gotten two major paint jobs and two landmark anniversaries (25th and 30th) without a single reference to the lair effects removal, which occurred sometime around 2004.
A sick thing would be to put the Loop in a Tunnel
The trains use to double loop quite a bit, but this could occur only if running three trains, which does happen quite often. The biggest issue is that Nessie was built long ago without all the extra straight track right before the station (as is the case for most new coasters), so if they have to stack trains on the track the third train would be on the second lift. Last time I was at the park, a couple of weeks ago, they appear to have slowed Nessie on the first lift which it appears makes it all but impossible to have a random two simultaneous loop cycle. I imagine that the slow first lift helps prevent stacking.
I am all for them putting the lights back in. I remember when they took the lites out of its cousin THE DEMON at Great America in Santa Clara and I always thought it was a mistake.
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