Published: December 17, 2012 at 4:36 PMYes, Nessie is one of my favorite coasters. I rode it in 1978 or 79 and absolutely loved it then & still do. The attraction's queue had, and to a lesser degree now, very good theming, as does the Scotland area it is located in. I also greatly enjoyed the tunnel with the strobe type lights and fog too. It's one of those attractions that is great for re rides. I remember once there in the 80's with my girlfriend at the time. She refused to go on coasters. I talked her into it. Once she rode it she enjoyed it so much, that we rode it over 10 times on that vacation. Busch Gardens is an excellent park, though Blackstone has curtailed the live entertainment, and thus lessened the park's attraction for us. But it does deserve it's awards and reputation as the world's most beautiful theme park, imo. And Nessie's ride through the wooded hills, valleys and lake is as beautiful as a ride can be.
Published: December 17, 2012 at 4:53 PMAgreed. BGW is one of the nation's very best parks. I also got to go there around age 10 (in 1980) and didn't get to return for almost 30 years. Loch Ness welcomes you at the beginning, doesn't disappoint with the ride, and gives amazing views of one one of the world's most beautiful parks. The whole place is great and every time I've visited lines have been minimal as it is quite a bit far from the rest of the world.
Published: December 18, 2012 at 2:11 AMLoch Ness Monster was also my first inverted coaster! And the Big Bad Wolf was the first roller coaster I ever went on. I love BGW.
Published: December 18, 2012 at 4:12 AMMy wife and I rode Loch Ness Monster in 1983 on our Honeymoon. It was a great ride, especially since it used the natural terrain so much. Being so close to Cedar Point we were used to inversions, and had ridden Corkscrew multiple times (it was the first coaster with three inversions, a loop and two corkscrews)but since Cedar Point is totally flat it was fun to ride a coaster that rode the landscape so close.
Published: December 18, 2012 at 5:25 AMMy second or third looping coaster, and still a wonderful ride. It remains my favorite coaster at BGE. My first visit was in 1978, the year after my Dad passed away. My Mom took me there on a bus trip. I even had the Loch Ness Monster tank-top!
Published: December 18, 2012 at 7:20 AMLNM was my first big coaster. I first rode it in the early 80's ('81 or '82 maybe) and didn't get to ride it again until about 5 years ago. It seems a few of us have that same story.
Published: December 18, 2012 at 10:03 PMWow. Thanks Robert for sharing this with us. I also have fond memories of this classic. I remember riding this 10+ times in 1 day with my sister in 1980. Back when this was THE "big coaster" at BGW. I also recall how two coasters would sometimes hit the loops at the same time when they were running 3 trains. I thought that was so cool. I also remember having a Loch Ness Monster tank top shirt. My parents still have the "I survived the Loch Ness Monster" souvenir beer steins my sister and I purchased for them (I still notice them on a shelf in my parents den)
Published: December 19, 2012 at 3:57 PMI finally got to ride this a year ago on my first visit and was aware of the history this ride had. I agree, while its an old coaster, the first time I rode it I was surprised. I hope they never tear it down.