New Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens
By: Ryan Weisser
The wait’s nearly over! In just a few weeks, on Friday, May 18, Busch
Gardens will open Verbolten, “the park’s new multi-launch, indoor/outdoor
Since September 2010, amusement-park lovers and roller-coaster
enthusiasts have been waiting for the unique roller-coaster, set in Busch
Garden’s Oktoberfest village, to open up to the public.
It may just be one of the most immersive and realistic roller-coaster
experiences for roller-coaster thrill-seekers and families alike due to the
exciting storyline taking place in the Black Forest.
First of all, Verbolten has five cars that are decorated as German roadsters
– perfect for the high-speeds of the Autobahn. The five cars are all styled
differently, but each car has chrome details, race-car stripes, side-view
mirrors, real headlights and rubber tires to make the coaster a realistic
The cars take tourists on a seemingly peaceful ride on the Autobahn –
that is, until things take a bad turn in the Black Forest. To make it through
the spine-chilling forest, the Verbolten has to rev up to nearly 60-mph in less
than two seconds!
In no time at all, rider’s worries of getting stuck in the Black
Forest are whisked away and they headed toward the perilous Rhine River Bridge,
which may not be able to hold up against Verbolten’s high speeds. However, the
bridge is the passengers’ only way of getting back to the German tour and
rental site, so they must prepare for a breath-taking, 90-foot drop that will
catapult them over the Rhine River.
Alongside the racing thrill that Verbolten has to offer, Busch Gardens
is launching other attractions this spring to be in Oktoberfest village such
as: Mach Tower, a 240-foot drop tower; an award-winning pretzel restaurant; and
a new show at Das Festhaus, “Tales of Good and Grimm.”