Trip Details


Today was a day I had waited for a long time to make the trip to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. The reason for my visit was to attend the Roller Coaster Insider Tour that the park offers. The tour is an early morning close up look at several of there roller coasters. A visit inside the maintenance barns and a ride to the top of the Griffon roller coaster. The tour began with an 8:30 am check in, pick up our badges and a quick introduction by the park staff hosting the tour. So the first part of the tour was a visit into the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster barn to take a look at the train and various parts lying about. During the end of the tour we were able to ride the roller coaster two times as part of the tour. Below are various car parts, wheels and other things of interest.
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg, Virginia
July 9th, 2016
Roller Coaster Insider Tour
Roller Coaster Insider Tour
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The next part of the tour was a visit to the Griffon roller coaster and a ride to the top of the coaster. The tour started out with a few photo opportunities and a walk up to the roller coaster. We spent a few minuets doing some behind the scene photos and it was time to ride the E-vac car to the top of Griffon. We hopped into the side car and away we went. It was very different then going up the lift in the coaster car. Once up at the top it was time to climb the final few steps and then we were on top of the ride. We were able to walk around a bit and enjoy the view. A short talk about the train, a few photos of the group and time to head back down. Now it was time to head into the coaster barn and get a look at the train and all its parts. Its always great to get a close up look at these amazing machines and see all the underside parts. After a short talk about wheels and such along with lots of photos it was time to take two rides on Griffon. Below are various photos from behind the scene, up on top of the ride and inside the barn.
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The next part of the tour was a visit to the Alpengeist roller coaster and a look inside the coaster barn. Once inside the barn we got a look at one of the trains and more parts on display. Racks or wheels and various other parts lying about. Part of the tour they have an inverted seat that is cut up to show all the various parts of the seat section. At the top they have an opening you can look in to see how the restraint locks work. One of the cool things they had on display was a set of magnetic brakes with a brake fin you could pull through the brake. Its really cool as the harder and faster you move the fin the more the brakes react to you. If you go real slow the fin slides through but if you move it fast it stops it hard. After the visit inside the barn it was time to take a couple rides on Alpengeist. Below are various photos from inside the barn showing the train, various parts lying about and other things of interest.
The last part of the tour was a visit to Verbolton for a two rides on the ride and a look around. After our two rides on the roller coaster we got to go inside the control station to see how the ride is operated. Always cool to see all the gizmos that make these amazing machines run. We then headed into a behind the scene area and along the dark ride part of the roller coaster. We then entered the building for a look at some of the dark section of the ride. Its pretty cool to see and feel the roller coaster run by you in the dark. Also amazing is the lighting and all the dark theme work that is part of the ride experience. We then headed back out side for a walk along part of the ride. A few more photos and the tour was almost complete. The final part of the tour we headed over to Apollos Chariot for two rides on the hyper coaster and finished up with a few rides on Loch Ness Monster. As part of the tour we also received a Quick Que card for a few more rides a the park with no wait. Over all it was a fantastic time on the tour and an amazing experience to go behind the scenes to get some awesome photos.
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