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New rollercoaster at Busch Gardens

Monday, May 14, 2012
Verbolten opens May 18 (image courtesy Busch Gardens)

Verbolten opens May 18 (image courtesy Busch Gardens)

Visitors to Busch Gardens Williamsburg will get to "brave the Black Forest" beginning May 18 when the theme park opens its latest thrill ride "Verbolten."

The rollercoaster promises an "autobahn touring experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat."

Busch Gardens said the project will be the capstone attraction of its two-year rejuvenation of the park's Oktoberfest village. It also recently added the 240-foot drop Mäch Tower.

Speed junkies will appreciate Verbolten's 53-mph top speed with an overall track length of 2,835 feet and an 88-foot final drop to a water feature. A ride lasts about 90 seconds and there will be five trains with 16 seats per train.

Before Friday's opening, engineers and operators have been doing extensive ride testing.

"We will inspect every inch of Verbolten before it opens May 18," said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens' vice president of design and engineering in a news release. "We are confident that we will complete our work in time for our scheduled opening."

Click here to see more pictures and video of Busch Gardens' latest ride.

Busch Gardens is part of the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment family. It has a sister park in Tampa, Florida.

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