Loch Ness Monster (roller coaster)
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|Loch Ness Monster|
The interlocking vertical loops
|Busch Gardens Williamsburg|
|Opening date||May 20, 1978|
|Model||Custom Looping Coaster|
|Lift/launch system||Two chain lift hills|
|Height||130 ft (40 m)|
|Drop||114.2 ft (34.8 m)|
|Length||3,240 ft (990 m)|
|Speed||60 mph (97 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||55°|
|Capacity||2200 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Loch Ness Monster at RCDB
Pictures of Loch Ness Monster at RCDB
The Loch Ness Monster is a steel roller coaster located in Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Designed by Ron Toomer of Arrow Dynamics, the Loch Ness Monster was the world's tallest roller coaster when it opened in 1978. It was also the first coaster to contain interlocking loops. In 2013, the ride celebrated its 35th anniversary.
The ride, located in the Scottish-themed area of the park, also features a helix tunnel, two lift hills and a 114-foot (35 m) drop. It is classified as an American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Landmark.
As the train starts to move, a voice recording says, "Thank you, and enjoy your ride on the legendary Loch Ness Monster!" After departing from the station, the train reaches the 130-foot (40 m) lift hill with a small and tight turn (with views of Apollo's Chariot's lift hill and first drop) bringing it to a 114-foot (35 m) drop towards the park's Rhine River below. A large upward hill crosses over the park's 'Land of the Dragons' and trim brakes bring riders to the first of the two interlocking loops. After the loop, the train makes a turn to a block brake, which then leads into a covered tunnel/helix.
Inside the tunnel, the train makes 2.75 circular turns before coming to the end of the tunnel. The tunnel has had various lights and special effects over the years, including a light-up picture of the cartoon Loch Ness Monster, and now has one strobe that goes off at about the beginning of the second revolution. The on-ride photo was once taken inside the tunnel, but has since been changed to a position after the second loop. As the train exits the tunnel at the end of the helix, a small brake run slows the train to ascend a smaller second lift hill.
The train makes a wide turn after the lift and drops downward into the second loop. It then goes uphill again before being brought to a stop by the final brake.
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