2015 is going to be a huge year for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The Virginia park is celebrating 40 years in a big, big way, with an all new show, changes to some of it’s most popular attractions, and an all new challenge. Can you face the challenge of the old Italian Daredevils? If you can, then you might be brave enough for the park’s newest coaster, TEMPESTO! the park released all the details on the all new coaster, including an opening date.
The all new coaster is the highlight of the season, which will take guests on a journey through the shoes of an Italian Daredevil, named Tempesto. Tempesto was known all around the world for being fearless, but it was his signature stunt that made him famous. He would ride a motorcycle down a twisting track, then work up enough speed before going up and over a huge loop, doing a spin in the middle of the air.
It’s in that spirit that guests will dare to copy his famous trick on the all new coaster.
Tempesto will stand 153 feet tall, and reach a top speed of 63 mph. The track length is only 803 feet, but the coaster will traverse the track several times, with a total track travel of over 1,600 feet. The coaster will launch forwards, then backwards through the station, before launching forward again through the station and going up…and over the huge 153 foot tall loop, where an amazing inversion will be waiting for them.
Video-We talk to park execs about the all new Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg!
The ride is being built by Premiere Rides, and will last riders a mere 55 seconds. It’s a fast ride, but it will definitely be one of the most intense rides in the park. The height requirement will be 54 inches, and it will be nestled in the shadow of Apollo’s Chariot in the Italia/Festa section of the park. The ride will use Linear Induction Motors (LIM) to power the coaster up, over and through the track.
The biggest news of all is that guests will not have to wait long to ride Tempesto, as the park will open the all new ride on April 25th.
Video-Take a walk around the Tempesto Station at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
“Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its’ power, as it races by them at highway speeds” said Larry Giles, Vice President of Engineering.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the expressions on our guests faces as they watch Tempesto in action” said Park President Carl Lum “The speed of this coaster, along with the small footprint will make for an exhilarating ride.”
Video-Feel the power of Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as it tests the launch in the station!
Tempesto isn’t the only new addition to the park, as the park will also roll out an all new show, which has already been announced. “Roll out the Barrels” which will see a small German town celebrating it’s annual beer festival. The new show will premiere in Das Festhaus. That show opens next week, when the park opens for the season, March 27th.
Also new this year, the park favorite log flume, Le Scoot will be getting a MAJOR overhaul. The flume ride will get an all new track system, as well as all new ride vehicles. The new ride vehicles will be…wait for it…actual logs. The park is using logs to make riding down a log flume feel more like actually riding down a log flume.
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Now through March 31, the Williamsburg parks are offering a great deal to enjoy Tempesto over and over with a 2-Park Fun Card. For just $75 – the same price as a one-day ticket to Busch Gardens – guests receive unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through Sept. 7. The offer represents a 25 percent savings off the regular price of a 2-Park Fun Card.
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