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P. 466: New Slide for Water Country in 2023

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It all begins in a quaint Bavarian travel center run by a rather eccentric pair of siblings: Gerta and Gunter Schwartzwald. Gerta is the actual “brains” of the business, which also includes a gift shop and the second-floor Black Forest Inn. As children, Gerta and Gunter were fascinated with the dark Black Forest, and often explored its mysterious depths—despite their parents’ warnings. In fact, samplings from the forest that Gerta planted in the travel center’s courtyard are creeping over the building’s walls and poking through its windows.

 

Gunter, now 38 years old, remains obsessed with the Black Forest and the dark forces at work there. But 40-year-old Gerta has become so paranoid about the place that she often scares their customers away.

 

And she has good reason. The center’s rental cars keep disappearing, and the passengers are never seen again. Gunter covers this up by collecting the missing motorists’ personal effects from their crushed, vine-entangled cars, which he hides amid the clutter of his office and garage. He installed video cameras in the forest in strategic places, the better to watch the dark forces of the woods at work.

 

I much prefer Dollywood's once upon a time there was an eagle that lived near the smokey mountains. Far more compelling and rich.

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This could very well end up being one of the most beautiful roller coasters in the country once the trees start growing around it.

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It all begins in a quaint Bavarian travel center run by a rather eccentric pair of siblings: Gerta and Gunter Schwartzwald. Gerta is the actual “brains” of the business, which also includes a gift shop and the second-floor Black Forest Inn. As children, Gerta and Gunter were fascinated with the dark Black Forest, and often explored its mysterious depths—despite their parents’ warnings. In fact, samplings from the forest that Gerta planted in the travel center’s courtyard are creeping over the building’s walls and poking through its windows.

 

Gunter, now 38 years old, remains obsessed with the Black Forest and the dark forces at work there. But 40-year-old Gerta has become so paranoid about the place that she often scares their customers away.

 

And she has good reason. The center’s rental cars keep disappearing, and the passengers are never seen again. Gunter covers this up by collecting the missing motorists’ personal effects from their crushed, vine-entangled cars, which he hides amid the clutter of his office and garage. He installed video cameras in the forest in strategic places, the better to watch the dark forces of the woods at work.

 

I much prefer Dollywood's once upon a time there was an eagle that lived near the smokey mountains. Far more compelling and rich.

 

Allow me to demonstrate something.

 

 

 

Questions? To each his or her own. I think they're both going to be very good or great rides.

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So much for the "family" part of this ride! Between the very creepy theming and exciting almost-extreme elements I'm not so sure I'd say this is a more calm ride than LNM and maybe even Apollo's Chariot (sorry B&M hyper fans). From a coaster enthusiast standpoint, this makes me thrilled but I can imagine kids being terrified of this ride already. The theming of the queue (creepy), the big indoor building (fear of the unknown), launches (a first for BGW & probably a lot of guests), that rumor that "the track drops down!" (the free-fall), and then the big final drop that families will see while walking to Oktoberfest just seems like its going to cause concern in those who think the park is missing a "family" coaster since the Wolf left.

 

I'm not complaining, I was just stating that I'm in shock as I was expecting more of a "Backlot Stunt Coaster" family ride, not a scarier version of Expedition Everest.

 

Anyways, thank you both for your reports! I can't wait until this thing opens up!

Please tell me that's not a serious post. Big Bad Wolf had almost the exact same drop and it was very much a family coaster. Also, since when does theming effect how family oriented the ride is? Does that mean Darkastle isn't a family ride since it has "very creepy theming"? The ride is marketed as an "extreme family coaster", just like Cheetah Hunt, so of course it will be intense. I'm sorry if I came off like an @$$hole, but this post just annoyed me.

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^This isn't about Darkastle. This is about Verbolten. He said Verbolten wasn't a family ride because of the theming and intense elements. I was simply pointing out that there are family rides that have the same stuff Verbolten does, and it definately is a family ride.

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Well its more suitable for being labelled as an extreme thrill ride than a certain UK coaster...

I'd say its in that grey area between family and thrill ride. So its a family thrill ride.

That is exactly right. Verbolten, like Cheetah Hunt, is being marketed as an "extreme family coaster". It is exactly what BGW needs to replace BBW.

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Great photo trip reports! The storyline is pretty good especially the stereotypical German name: "Gunter".

 

The only problem with the coaster is I wish the track was a bit lighter in color as the current gray doesn't go well with the teal supports (which I really like).

 

Also, the dark ride portion seems to be phenomenal. When you go inside the building, it seems larger inside than the outside.

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^^I'm fine with the gray track, myself--the choice of color may have something to do with theming and landscaping the park has planned for the rest of the ride.

 

^There were work lights on in the show building; even then, parts of the structure were still pretty dark.

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^I get the feeling he was being sarcastic, saying that the Wild Eagle theme is more more "compelling and rich" than the fully immersive background and theme you posted with your update. Which, clearly, an eagle can never really live up to, hence his sarcasm.

 

Indeed. But even if I wasn't:

 

 

-or-

 

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Chuck, awesome stuff! This coaster is looking fantastic. I was doubtful if Busch Gardens would theme to the extent of Dark Castle again, but wow, are they ever on track to meeting and even exceeded those standards.

 

I think a return trip to Busch Gardens, along with Pierce's Pitt, is a must

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I have to say one thing: riding Verbolten could make you forget how great a ride the old BIG BAD WOLF really was. One more thing to say: it's nice they were able to savage and reuse the river drop element because that element is very scenic for photograph takers everywhere.

 

"And I have one thing to say: please come to bed."

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@JAMMYD778 Nice! I think that's a fairly accurate prediction based on what we've seen so far. The show building is going to be a real surprise. In seeing this, and putting that together in my head of what we've seen that is actually going in there it's gonna be amazing! I can't wait for this ride to open!

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I am wondering if there will be any effects in the bridge structure? Did they mention anything about that on the Tour? Or is it just going to be a broken down bridge structure?

 

They didn't provide any specifics on any effects in the building or on the bridge. I'm very curious to see what the bridge will look like when it's finished. There may be a few hints in this concept artwork.

 

verbolten15-tpr.jpg

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^Yeah, I read that. It implies that there will be some sort of "thing" that happens in there. I wonder if that break will briefly hold the train over the edge before letting it go. That would be interesting. Plus, it would have a great pop of ejector air for those in the back seat.

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