Just posted: On-ride video from Busch Gardens' Verbolten
We've (finally!) gotten the video from Russell Meyer's trip on Busch Gardens Williamsburg's new roller coaster, Verbolten
If you missed Russell's review of the new family launch coaster (with a first-in-America track-drop), here it is: Busch Gardens Williamsburg Caps Oktoberfest Renovation with Debut of Verbolten.
Seems like a great ride! seems like a more thrilling version of the Mummy. Reason 472 to go to Busch Gardens Williamsburg...
I haven't been to the park nor ridden this new ride, but to me, it already seems a disappointment.
It is most definitely not a disappointing ride. While it won't win an award for being best at any single thing, it is solid the whole way through. the queue is the best I've ever seen Busch Gardens do by a mile. The loading system is efficient and fast (we waited 15 minutes our first time second). The action inside the show building was pretty impressive. The drop, while nothing huge, is surprising and good for a laugh. And the drop to the river is classic. I give Verbolten an A- for sure.
Looks very fun! Like Tom said, I doubt this will get best ride though.
The ride does look better than I expected. One of my random complaints - the cement support pillars in the river look so large and out of place. It really irks me for some reason.
The footers are repurposed from Big Bad Wolf. They look overly large and out of place because the BBW supports were larger in diameter than the ones needed for Verbolten. Park officials rarely talk specific dollars and cents, but I did ask how much was saved by reusing the footers, and was told it was "significant."
I wonder how Busch Gardens could camouflage those footers, though. A Year Two, off-season tweak?
It didn't occur to me they were reused from BBW. When you compare it to most pictures of BBW, they look so much more out of place on Verbolten. Maybe someone can confirm this for me - it looks like the footers come out of the water a lot higher than before. I'm guessing perhaps they poured more cement? I have nothing against the park re-purposing supports, these just seem to stick out rather oddly (too clean perhaps?)
They did add to the top of the footers, I think partially to cover the effects of the BBW supports on the concrete surface. I watched them pour on top , but that's all they did.
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