New Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens

By: Ryan Weisser

The wait’s nearly over! In just a few weeks, on Friday, May 18, BuschGardens will open Verbolten, “the park’s new multi-launch, indoor/outdoorroller coaster.”

Since September 2010, amusement-park lovers and roller-coasterenthusiasts have been waiting for the unique roller-coaster, set in BuschGarden’s Oktoberfest village, to open up to the public.

It may just be one of the most immersive and realistic roller-coasterexperiences for roller-coaster thrill-seekers and families alike due to theexciting 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 styleddifferently, but each car has chrome details, race-car stripes, side-viewmirrors, real headlights and rubber tires to make the coaster a realisticthrill-ride.

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 throughthe spine-chilling forest, the Verbolten has to rev up to nearly 60-mph in lessthan two seconds!

In no time at all, rider’s worries of getting stuck in the BlackForest 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, thebridge is the passengers’ only way of getting back to the German tour andrental site, so they must prepare for a breath-taking, 90-foot drop that willcatapult them over the Rhine River.

Alongside the racing thrill that Verbolten has to offer, Busch Gardensis launching other attractions this spring to be in Oktoberfest village suchas: Mach Tower, a 240-foot drop tower; an award-winning pretzel restaurant; anda new show at Das Festhaus, “Tales of Good and Grimm.”

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