Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, Virginia, recently opened their gates for an exclusive look at their exciting new project. Called The Verbolten℠, the coaster is the parks new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor roller coaster which is expected to open this spring.
This new type of roller coaster is boasted to contain elements that hasn’t been seen at any parks in the United States. According the press release, the new roller coaster will have a free-fall drop hidden within the ride’s massive indoor special-effects building. The vice president of Busch Gardens described it as:
“It will be like someone pulled the track out from under you,” he said of the sensation riders will feel when the entire train drops 16 feet in complete darkness.
But don’t fret about the fall, the drop uses high-powered magnets to suspend the cars of the coaster on a special section of track. The scariest part will come when the magnets are released and the train and track will drop to the floor only to rest momentarily before being launched out of the “dark black forest” at about 55 mph.
Other special designs for the coaster include a covered bridge that sits atop a roughly 90-foot drop over the Busch Gardens’ Rhine River. This part of the ride is meant to pay homage to the final drop experienced on a ride that previously operated in the park called The Big Bad Wolf.
The ride begins with riders being met by a German brother and sister team who run the small inn and visitor center at the beginning of the ride. They will warn you of the supernatural happenings within the Black Forest and warn you not to enter it (which of course you will enter anyway). Riders are whisked away for sightseeing on the countryside only to fall into the clutches of the ” Black Forest’s inhabitants when they make a verboten detour.”
The Verbolten℠ is part of the two-year rejuvenation project that Busch Gardens overtook in the parks Oktoberfest village. Mach Tower, which is the park’s 240-foot-drop tower joins the coaster as the newest thrills at the park.
You can see some of the images below showing the construction of the brand-new roller coaster: