Busch Gardens Announces Verbolten

Saturday, September 17, 2011 12:32 PM

No layout or pictures of the actual ride yet but at least we now know the name is official!

Press release

Teaser video

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 8:55 PM

Yippie! Hold on to your lederhosen!

Here are the schematics that were found a while back:
http://www.thecoastercritic.com/2011/05/verbolten-busch-gardens-wil...aster.html

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:51 PM

What an idiotic name. What's it supposed to mean, anyway?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Last edited by RideMan, Saturday, September 17, 2011 10:52 PM
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Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:00 PM

Actually its a very good name, and a play on words. Verboten means beware. You are supose to beware the black forest. The "bolt" has something to do with the launch.

Here is something I typed up for a few forums, I will post here.

Today I was at the Festhaus at BGW to learn about the new coaster coming to the park next year. Verbolten is the name. Some questions were asked during a quick Q & A session after the name was announced, here is what info was asked and answered. The coaster will have two launches at around 50 mph each. It will run a total of 5 trains, 16 people per train, 2 per car. Lapbar restraints. The park will announce more info as the year goes on.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:19 PM

And in an attempt to stem the tide of mispronunciations:

Fair-bolt-en.

Not Vur-bolt-en.

While they're making up words in German, this is at least better than Mäch tower, which is a vaguely-related German word with meaningless umlauts added to make it *look* German to people who aren't German (see also Häagen-Dazs).

Verboten more closely means "forbidden" for what it's worth. As names go... creative. I dig it. Looking forward to getting a better idea of the final product... whenever that might be.

Last edited by BBSpeed26, Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:23 PM
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Sunday, September 18, 2011 12:55 AM

I don't speak fluent German, but I absolutely love the name.

Now about that capacity...

( ;) )

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 9:02 AM

BBSpeed26 said:
And in an attempt to stem the tide of mispronunciations:

Fair-bolt-en.

Not Vur-bolt-en.

While they're making up words in German, this is at least better than Mäch tower, which is a vaguely-related German word with meaningless umlauts added to make it *look* German to people who aren't German (see also Häagen-Dazs).

Verboten more closely means "forbidden" for what it's worth. As names go... creative. I dig it. Looking forward to getting a better idea of the final product... whenever that might be.

Ah yes, "forbidden", I just saw I typed "beware". You are correct, I was thinking "Beware the Black Forest" when I typed that up. (which is one of the rides slogans) Its funny, my wife even told me it meant forbidden earlier in the day, lol. Oh well, I will blame it on being late when I posted that after a long and rainy day at the park.

For a coaster and for what they are trying to do, I love the name, as in BG style, always an original name.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:35 AM

I found this on another webpage,


"From the moment you approach the new roller coaster, you’ll feel a sense of mystery and fun.
A German tourist center serves as the ride entrance and as the launching point for an autobahn touring
experience that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

As you climb into your car for a scenic drive through the countryside, you’re quickly detoured into
a harrowing family adventure filled with pulse-pounding excitement through the forbidden Black Forest.
You’ll twist and turn your way through this epic adventure, plunging along the river’s edge.

Luckily, your breathtaking ride leads you right back to the fun and the festivities of Oktoberfest.

RIDE MANUFACTURER: Zierer (Deggendorf, Germany)
TYPE OF RIDE: Multi-launch coaster
SPECIAL FEATURES: Two launches, environmental theme elements, sound and light effects, high speed turns and an 88-foot final drop to the water
TRACK LENGTH: 2,835 feet
MAXIMUM SPEED: 53 mph
RIDE DURATION: 3 minutes, 25 seconds
SEATS/TRAIN: 5 trains, 16 seats per train
RIDE HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: 48 inches
LOCATION: Busch Gardens Oktoberfest Village

- Verbolten Fact Sheet"

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 2:48 PM

Weren't we talking about this a couple months ago? I thought this was a dead topic resurrected until I saw the date stamp.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011 2:52 PM

They didn't announce it back then. A lot of the plans and drawings were leaked.

I find it odd that the park didn't request that the leaked stuff be taken off of the various websites. This leads me to believe that leaking it was a marketing tactic. I really don't know what they were after with the leaking strategy though.

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Monday, September 19, 2011 9:46 AM

I still think it's a dumb name. They're making stuff up, probably because they can't get a trademark on "Verboten" (as in "Stehen Verboten!"). But it just looks like they don't know how to spell, and/or can't be bothered to do basic research.

Let me put it to you this way: What would you think if they had decided to name it "Forbiddnen" (which is essentially what they did, only in German). I could understand it if it formed a cute joke or something, but this just looks stupid.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, September 19, 2011 10:20 AM

I don't think the GP will give two shakes as to if Verbolten is made up or not. It sounds German and it is catchy.

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Monday, September 19, 2011 10:49 AM

Makes about as much sense as combining German and English words to make one name, a la Drachen Fire.

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Monday, September 19, 2011 11:29 AM

Yeah I like the name. I got it from the get go and also guess since I took several years of German. No biggie to me. There are much worse names out there for rides (Flight Deck....)

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Monday, September 19, 2011 1:50 PM

...but it does form a joke. "Bolt" as in shoot out fast, as it is launched.

Verboten/Verbolten.

No different than a radio station advertising "Rocktoberfest", Toyota having a "Saleabration", or Disney doing a fantastic show featuring a phantasm and calling it Fantasmic.

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Monday, September 19, 2011 1:53 PM

Fahrvergnügen

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Monday, September 19, 2011 3:18 PM

I love clever made up words that mix two words together. Love them. :)

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Monday, September 19, 2011 4:07 PM

Isn't there an internet rule that the first person to invoke Fahrvergnugen in an argument loses?

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Monday, September 19, 2011 6:09 PM

RideMan said:
I still think it's a dumb name. They're making stuff up, probably because they can't get a trademark on "Verboten" (as in "Stehen Verboten!"). But it just looks like they don't know how to spell, and/or can't be bothered to do basic research.

Let me put it to you this way: What would you think if they had decided to name it "Forbiddnen" (which is essentially what they did, only in German). I could understand it if it formed a cute joke or something, but this just looks stupid.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Well, you are entitled to your opinion Dave, but I could tell the people at the park LOVED the name on Saturday. Its very clever. I have known your way of thinking for a long time, you are a very technical person, maybe your mind doesn't like creative or artisic names?

And believe me on this, BG does EVERYTHING with extreme research.

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Monday, September 19, 2011 6:30 PM

Am I the only one who thought the "bolt" referred to, y'know, actual bolts? It made me think metal, mechanical, robotic. Just like Steel Force isn't about steeling your nerves, and Wooden Warrior isn't about an emotionless soldier, and [insert other rides that include their building materials in the name]. It never occurred to me that "bolt" might refer to the launch until someone mentioned it here.

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