Big Bad Wolf (roller coaster)
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|Big Bad Wolf|
The 99-foot drop over the Rhine River.
|Busch Gardens Williamsburg|
|Opening date||June 15, 1984|
|Closing date||September 7, 2009|
|Type||Steel – Suspended|
|Model||Suspended roller coaster|
|Height||113 ft (34 m)|
|Drop||99 ft (30 m)|
|Length||2,800 ft (850 m)|
|Speed||48 mph (77 km/h)|
|Height restriction||42 in (107 cm)|
|Big Bad Wolf at RCDB
Pictures of Big Bad Wolf at RCDB
Big Bad Wolf was a suspended roller coaster in the Oktoberfest section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg. First opened in 1984, the ride operated for 25 years and the ride closed on September 7, 2009. The footers, queue line, and station were left standing and have been re-purposed for Verbolten, an attraction introduced in the 2012 season.
Prior to the construction of Big Bad Wolf, Anton Schwarzkopf had designed a prototype ("Flying Coaster") for the park. Even though three-quarters of the new ride had been built, the ride was never completed, and was later completely scrapped. Busch Gardens then handed the contract to Arrow Dynamics, who built the ride known as the Big Bad Wolf.
After the failure of The Bat at Kings Island, Arrow Development/Arrow Huss refined its own suspended roller coaster concept and opened XLR-8 at Six Flags Astroworld in 1984. Big Bad Wolf was supposed to open on March 18, but it got delayed. Despite this, it was completed and opened shortly thereafter in June. XLR-8 continued to operate until the closure of Astroworld in 2005.
On July 24, 2009, it was announced that the Big Bad Wolf would be retired after 25 years of operation. The land on which Big Bad Wolf stood was cleared at the end of the 2011 season to make room for the construction of Verbolten.
Following a safety announcement and recorded departure message, "Thank you and enjoy traveling at the speed of fright!", the ride would start out with a small dip out of the station, then ascend the first lift hill. It would then go down the first drop, reaching speeds of around 48 to 50 miles per hour (77 to 80 kilometres per hour). The train would then steer its way though a Bavarian village, narrowly missing houses and shops. The first section of the ride climaxed with a helix through a wooded area adjacent to the village.
The train then entered a set of brake runs in order to slow the train prior to the second lift. Following the brake, the track veered right, beginning to ascend the second lift hill. This chain lift took the riders up to a 100-foot (30 m) drop, which sent riders barreling straight towards the Rhine River at 48 miles per hour (77 kilometres per hour), swooping right above the water.
Originally, mist machines were used to enhance the effect that the train was too close to the water. A few years prior to the closing of the ride, however, those mist machines were removed. After passing by the mist machines, the train then twisted and turned and made its way back to the station.
The ride used three trains, each comprising seven cars with four seats in each, for a total capacity of 28 riders per train. During the circuit, the ride ascended two lift hills. The greatest G-force experienced during the ride was 4.
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