Posted Wednesday, August 23, 2006 1:55 PM | Contributed by Farceman
Set amid a French village, Griffon carries riders up 205 feet, then hurtles them 90 degrees straight down at 70 mph. Griffon will be the tallest dive coaster in the world; the first floorless dive coaster, and the first to incorporate two Immelmann loops (an inverse diving loop named for a WWI German fighter pilot), a second 130-foot dive and one water feature. Griffon offers over-the-edge excitement on more than half a mile of steel track and will become the centerpiece of Busch Gardens’ Europe’s French section.
Alpie does look pretty ridiculous in the background. Also, I'd hate to think that they're ripping out all those trees such that you have steel on top of steel like that. Part of the main attraction of BGW for me is that the coasters and rides are nestled in trees and forest. Makes it more enchanting.
Alpie just, you know, reaches into the sky like a big long white curved line LOL. With no supports or structure.
I can't believe its only going to be 10 feet taller than Alpengeist.
What were you expecting? A 300 footer?
If you live near BGE and haven't ridden Sheikra down in Florida, you are in for a treat. These are fun coasters and it looks like this one will have a couple extra things to it that Sheikra doesn't have.
Not sure if that is a mid-course brake or not before the second dive, but if it is, that's kind of disappointing that they had to kill the momentum of a relatively short ride. Nonetheless, the ride still looks like it will be really fun.
Videos. In my opinion, you can trust the trackwork on the renderings (that was the case with SheiKra which was rendered in the same fashion/by the same people), but take the surroundings with a grain of salt. It's BG(W)E... I don't think they'll skimp on the trees if they can help it. Looks pretty damn good in my opinion, like SheiKra with another couple tricks added.
Also no one's commented on the best feature of the ride yet... 10-across, FLOORLESS dive machine trains. Outside seats, front row... can you say exposed?*** This post was edited by BBSpeed26 8/23/2006 7:22:12 PM ***
The only thing that a floorless coaster does for me is its added comfort. For some reason, I feel much more comfortable on floorless trains than I do on Hulk or Wildfire. It's not like floorless will make it much more thrilling or anything. Although I realize the coaster manufacturers will have to stop at some point in height and descent angle and such, but why doesn't Griffon go a little bit 'past' 90 degrees? Yes, we already have the Eurofighters that do that, but why isn't B&M hopping on that train (no pun intended)? *** This post was edited by coasterMNguy... 8/23/2006 9:34:37 PM ***