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P. 467: Loch Ness Monster Update Tour

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I wonder if we're going to get a sneak peek of the themeing inside the show building before the ride opens... I'm really anxious to see what they're going to do with that. So far all i have to go on is those few seconds of the model in one of the promo videos and the stuff detailed in the plans that were leaked last year.

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Here's some information from the park about Verbolten's trains.




Cars’ Designs Take Inspiration from Classic European Roadsters


WILLIAMSBURG, VA (March 16, 2012) – Real rubber tires, chrome side mirrors and the classic long hood lines of a two-door roadster distinguishes Verbolten’s 16-passenger coaster car from a run-of-the-mill coaster train.


Each of Verbolten’s five ride vehicles is painted a different color, and each is uniquely detailed with classic race lines inspired by vintage sports cars. From the racing stripe designs and race-inspired hood scoop to each vehicle’s customized license plate, Verbolten’s coaster cars incorporate the smallest details to complete the illusion that riders are racing uncontrollably through the Black Forest.


“It’s the small details like real rubber wheels, side mirrors and race-inspired pin striping that makes all the difference in a ride of this caliber,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of design and engineering. “This is just one more element that will make Verbolten like no other coaster,” added Giles.


Lap bars are used instead of shoulder harnesses aboard Verbolten so riders can feel the rush of lateral and horizontal g-forces designed into the ride. Tiny video cameras are positioned in front of riders to record their experience so they can relive their trip to Bavaria anytime.


The cars play a pivotal role into Verbolten’s overall storyline about a German touring company run by the brother and sister team, Gunter and Gerta. When complete, Verbolten’s immersive experience will extend beyond the ride itself and transform the spirit of Busch Gardens’ Oktoberfest village.


Verbolten is expected to open in late spring. It anchors the park’s newly rejuvenated Oktoberfest village, and joins Mäch Tower as the park’s newest thrill attractions. Busch Gardens opens March 24 for the 2012 season. Park guests can follow the Verbolten construction process on http://www.buschgardens.com and http://www.facebook.com/buschgardens.








And just in case you were wondering about the "bridge" . . .



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On the topic of Alphengheist...


I still think that the MCBR on that ride is probably one of the most jarring experiences I've ever had on a coaster... The transition from the banking into it is just brutal...


On the topic of Verbolten:


I'm jealous of you all who get that in your park. Each update makes it look better and better. You can have Cheetah Hunt if you want to trade...

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^I agree with you that it'll probably be great to have Verbolten at my home park. But I think Cheetah Hunt is a great ride, so you probably shouldn't be considering a trade.


At least not yet. Time will tell.

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BGW held its annual Passholder Preview today. This is, of course, the first time I'd been to the park since the Verbolten Hard Hat Tour, so I was very curious to see what progress the park had made on its new ride.


First off, the new trains look great in person! These are some of the coolest-looking coaster trains I've seen, from their headlights to their license plates. Zirer and Busch have done themselves proud. Second, they've added quite a few theming elements to the "collapsing bridge" and the "tour center" station. Busch is really pulling out the stops for this ride.


At least that's what I think. Here are some pictures to help you make up your mind.


"Twistiness" is cactching on worldwide.


When I last saw this bridge, all they had up was the steel framework.


But now it's looking truly "drecrepit."


And that's great!


Here's a closer look--note the workmen toward the back.


Hmm--not sure if we'll ever see this waterfall working again.


But who cares about an old waterfall, when there's this train to check out.


If Barry White were still alive, he'd write a song about how sexy this train is.


Sorry for the blurry photo, but it does give you a look at three other trains.


Here's a clearer shot from the front. But what about train number 5?


We see you in there red train! There's no need to be shy.


We won't bite.


Now what about that station?


A sign of things to come.


Hmm--here's an interesting bit of theming. Must be Gunter's ride for when he visits the Black Forest.


Looks like there's been a little accident.


Oops! Guten tag, officer! My bad.


Dude, I know some people don't clean out their cars very often, but this is ridiculous!


You don't need a car wash--you need a hazmat team!


Larry--here's a sign for ya.


You can take this seat for a spin before you line up for the ride.


Meanwhile, back at "Gunter's Creepy Office" . . .


Have your Visa card ready.


"What in Germany"?


You can have some undercarriage work done while you ride.


They're still adding some more creepiness to Gunter's office.


One last look at the station. The top floor is the "Black Forest Inn, another of Gerda and Gunter's businesses.


Here's where your journey begins . . .


. . . and where it goes horribly wrong.


Your exit from the Black Forest . . .


. . . ends up here. (Watch that step, pal--it's a lulu.)


And the countdown continues . . .

That's all for now!

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Worked Pass Member preview today. A couple of other observations.


- The park was packed. It felt like a busy summer weekend. Hopefully the crowd dies down later, but with the warm weather, I don't see it happening.

- I absolutely love Verbolten's station. It looks amazing.

- The new maps resemble BGT's maps from last year (bright and colorful on the back) I got a couple today for anyone who wants to trade.

- Entwined was undergoing dress rehearsal. I didn't get to see it.

- Best of all, BGW brought the bananas/rasta-bananas back for another run. Not only that, the park introduced new plush chili peppers I plan on winning a few during the summer.


It was a good day to be had.

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Outstanding photos again Chuck- and Verbolten is by far the eye-catcher of the season. I'm glad they're taking the extra minute to make everything look so good with it.


How were the other rides at the park doing? Hopefully my beloved Nessie was doing well for the day...

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^^Yep--very busy. All the main parking lots were full, and they were using the Scotland lot across from the brewery. Food service seemed to be bearing the brunt of it.


^Everything seemed to be running just fine (esp. Apollo's Chariot).

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Sorry we missed you Chuck, the park was packed but the lines for the big 3 coasters were surprisingly short (Mostly all families at the park)

Great pics, here are some I snagged from the cruise.


I really hope they get the waterfall going again but it looks like it is just gonna be for drainage.




From the Rhine River






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