Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Alpengeist, a roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. (The minimum height to ride is 54 inches.)
This ski lift gone wrong thrills riders with six massive inversions and a top speed of 67 MPH. The B&M inverted coaster is consistantly rated among the top 20 steel roller coasters in the world, and takes guests on an incredible Alpine adventure.
I love inverted coasters, and Alpengeist is a great ride. I think Raptor at CP is just a bit better because of how it combines its elements. Still, Alpengeist is a very close second in my book. - Roger S
Alpengeist is what I have come to expect from Busch Gardens: an intense B&M invert with sudden sharp twists and theming that is on par with Universal. - Jorge Arnoldson
This coaster is my third favorite ever tied with appolos chariot. Better than raptor, better than montu, better than goliath, better than nemesis, better than any invert out there. The height and speed makes this stick out of all other innverts in the world, The tallest invert other than this one is only like 120 feet, And this one is about 200 feet tall. This is the millenium force of all hanging coasters out there. The only thing I didn't like was how the saftey precautions were written on a sign in a way that would scare you. The safety sign drove my younger cousin into exiting the ride. This coaster was like beast at KI because of the way that some parts of the ride dont leave the ground and how the coaster relies on the terrain. - Steven D
Very much worth the wait in line for this one. The track is SO close to the wait line that you feel as though you could reach out & touch the train as it flew by. Great ground level inversions at the end too! Only scary part was the boomerang turnaround, I came up off my seat a bit on that one. - Adrienne McDonald
I loved it when it first opened, when we went this year it was too jerky for me. - Hannah Atkins
This is one of the few inverted coasters that I enjoy. Sharp loops that are comfortable. Great speed. Great theming. - Jean Seo-Park
When I first rode it I kept my eyes klenched shut, but I've started to enjoy it more over time. The one problem is that the line is long for a ride that ends so quickly. - Justin Curtis
It's gotten a bit rough over it's 13 years at BGW but still a great ride and is in my top 10. - Chase Gray
Alpengeist was a lot of fun! My husband and I rode in the middle most of the times, but we did rode front row. Front row was beautiful, as we saw everything, though all the wind in my eyes was kind of rough. This may not be the best ride in the world but besides Afterburn at Carowinds it is my favorite inverted coasters. I just love B&M, they usually make my favorite coasters! Though after we rode it 5 times, the appeal did wear off a bit and the drop and everything didn't feel as fun, which would be expected when you ride something too many times :P - Monica DellaVecchia
My first encounter with Alpengeist was quite a surprise. As it was not among the more celebrated or publicized Coasters I prematurely assumed it would merely be a good way to bide time while waiting for something else. Well had I read about this ride instead of assuming I would not have been as pleasantly surprised to experience it's silky smooth high-flying exhilaration. While I have to agree that the experience differs based on seating I would not agree that it is necessarily worse in all places other than the front. i have ridden in many different locations and I have to say: Yes being a pioneer is fun, taking on the 'slope' before others, but there is also something to holding up the rear- with nothing to go by except but the screams and shrieks of joy of those in front of you. - Matthew Goldfinger
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