Busch Gardens' Verbolten drops (and drops) on May 18
Busch Gardens Williamsburg just put out the word.
will open on Friday, May 18.
Verbolten's coaster train. Photo by TPI member Tom Rigg
The Virginia theme park's Zierer drop coaster will be the nation's first, featuring a free-fall drop inside a show building in addition to familiar elements borrowed from its predecessor, Big Bad Wolf.
We're planning to be on site for Verbolten's media day next month so keep reading Theme Park Insider for reviews, photos and video when the coaster opens.
The guy on the video says the technology for the free fall drop doesn't exist anywhere but I'm pretty sure that's exactly what Th13teen at Alton Towers has and that's been open for two years.
Quick question; is the media day the same as the opening date of May 18? I live in the Hampton Roads area and would love to ride this opening day, but would feel stupid if I got turned away because it was media only.
the free fall drop is denfindly on thirdteen at Alton Towers as i have been on it
Ben, I believe you are correct, though I don't know if there is some tech difference that distinguishes the two drops. But, yeah, the concept's pretty much the same as far as I can see.
This is the ride I'm most excited about for 2012. I hope the indoor portion of the ride lives up to the hype and makes up for what could be a really short ride time.
Typical US arrogance there - ignoring the rest of the world!
This hurts. I love BGW, and have been looking forward to this ride. To have it open on my birthday and not be able to go hurts. It's a deep pain, buried deep in my soul.
Tim, pain is a warning sign. Do something quick.... like make plans to go!
I know this has been brought up already, but Thirteen at Alton Towers has a freefall section, and it's been open for a good couple of years now...so unless they recorded this footage 3 years ago...
I know in one of the past hardhat tour videos I have watched they mentioned that the drop isn't exactly a free fall, but rather will use magnetics to pull the drop coaster faster. I don't know if that is different than the drop coaster at Alton Towers in any way.
One of the guys does specify "in North America". Perhaps the other guy just forgot about that when filming.
Oh, I want to make plans to go. But, my earliest opportunity won't come til next year, have other, more pressing, expenses.
The one thing I am looking forward too other than the ride itself is the tour. They are planning on offering a Verbolten only tour in which you will see the control room and sections of the coaster where the public isn't allowed. The big thing that makes this tour a must do is that you will be able to go inside the building where the Black Forest is while the coaster is running. They design an area inside the building specifically for this.
"Typical American Arrogance"
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