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Just got back from the presentation. It was announced that the name was Verbolten and that both launches will be 50+ miles per hour. They also said it will have lap bars only.

 

They said How-O-Scream is going back to its days where it is geared towards the scares instead of families so it looks like it will have definitely improved from last year.

 

They also had the QR bar codes to scan which provide some neat videos which is posted below.

 

- Lap Bars Only!

- 16 people per train!

- Multiple Launches!

- 50+ Miles per hour!

 

More details will be available soon!

 

Teaser trailer....

 

 

Press Release;

 

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Sept. 17, 2011) – Busch Gardens’ officials unveiled the name of the Williamsburg theme park’s 2012 roller coaster during an exclusive pass-member appreciation event Saturday morning.

 

“Verbolten℠ offers the latest in roller coaster technology,” said Park President Carl Lum while addressing an enthusiastic crowd inside Busch Gardens’ 2,000-seat dining facility. “When Verbolten opens in spring 2012, coaster fans will feel the exhilaration of multiple launches and a few surprises that can’t be found anywhere else in the United States.”

 

Saturday’s announcement naming Verbolten as the Williamsburg park’s new roller coaster ended months of speculation among coaster fans who have been eagerly awaiting official news about the new thrill ride.

 

In addition to the name, park officials unveiled a few technical details about the roller coaster and a way for fans to learn more about Verbolten over the next several months. Guests with smartphones or other Internet-connected devices can download exclusive coaster details using a unique Quick Response Code, a.k.a. a QR code.

 

Content will be updated regularly, but it can only be accessed by reading the in-park QR code.

 

FACT SHEET!

 

From the moment you approach the new roller coaster, you’ll feel a sense of mystery and fun.

 

A German tourist center serves as the ride entrance and as the launching point for an autobahn touring experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

 

As you climb into your car for a scenic drive through the countryside, you’re quickly detoured into a harrowing family adventure filled with pulse-pounding excitement through the forbidden Black Forest.

 

You’ll twist and turn your way through this epic adventure, plunging along the river’s edge.

Luckily, your breathtaking ride leads you right back to the fun and the festivities of Oktoberfest.

 

RIDE MANUFACTURER: Zierer (Deggendorf, Germany)

TYPE OF RIDE: Multi-launch coaster

SPECIAL FEATURES: Two launches, environmental theme elements, sound and light effects, high speed turns and an 88-foot final drop to the water

TRACK LENGTH: 2,835 feet

MAXIMUM SPEED: 53 mph

RIDE DURATION: 3 minutes, 25 seconds

SEATS/TRAIN: 5 trains, 16 seats per train

RIDE HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: 48 inches

LOCATION: Busch Gardens Oktoberfest Village

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Well maybe my QR app is wrong then, I did get a POV but now looking at the POV I saw it does look like a No Limits version created by a fan and not the park.

 

It also had a construction video and old videos of Illuminights.

 

Edit: Nevermind I hit related videos and thought they were the parks

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And on that note: Anyone know how many signs there are? I think they're only 3? Or are there more? Cause how ever many signs there are, are probably how ever many weeks we'll have to wait before we get a full POV. Looks to me they're pulling a Viral like BGT did.

 

EDIT: And man, what a freaking short coaster. Even Griffon packs on an extra 300 feet more than Verbolten will.

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Surprise elements, first of their kind in the US; I'm thinking the th13teen drop seems likely still.

 

If we're getting a 50+ mph launch into that 88 foot drop, and the top speed is still 53 mph, I guess there is going to be some sort of trims there.

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Surprise elements, first of their kind in the US; I'm thinking the th13teen drop seems likely still.

 

If we're getting a 50+ mph launch into that 88 foot drop, and the top speed is still 53 mph, I guess there is going to be some sort of trims there.

 

I pray Zierer messed up on their speed calculations.

 

EDIT: Wait are you sure 53 isn't max speed for the launch?

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Judging from the video I'd imagine we might see some drift type effect in the trains the way Italian Job was intended to be, unless IJ is considered the first. I would argue that since it never operated that way to the public. That's my two cents though.

 

As for the speed questioning, where was it suggested it would be traveling 53mph going into the drop? It could easily come into it at 10mph for all we know, maybe pausing slightly for sone type of theme effect before diving off the edge and not go over 53 at the bottom. I enjoy rides with a bit of mystery anyway. Makes the anticipation a lot stronger.

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Judging from the video I'd imagine we might see some drift type effect in the trains the way Italian Job was intended to be, unless IJ is considered the first. I would argue that since it never operated that way to the public. That's my two cents though.

 

I never thought IJ was meant to be a drifting coaster. It would be cool if the cars could do this on Verbolten as it would add to 'car out of control' feeling.

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^kings island has drift capable trains that never seemed to work properly so the bolted the cars in place. If you study the trains carefully you can see how it is designed to drift. The train built after the originals like at CW are static cassis and were never built to drift due to the failed attempt before.

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Judging from the video I'd imagine we might see some drift type effect in the trains the way Italian Job was intended to be, unless IJ is considered the first. I would argue that since it never operated that way to the public. That's my two cents though.

 

I never thought IJ was meant to be a drifting coaster. It would be cool if the cars could do this on Verbolten as it would add to 'car out of control' feeling.

 

 

Look at those turns after the launch and the helix/drop (On italian job). Its almost as if they have "drift on me" written all over them!

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Don't expect the second launch to be into the drop out the river, the second launch will be out of the event building. So you should not be suprised that the top speed is only 53mph. Also remember that Cheetah Hunt (wich people here seems to like) is only 7 miles faster, and that coaster has a 100 feet tower to climb, this one don't.

 

I haved no doubt that this will be an awsome addition to the park.

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