Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new coaster, Verbolten, is scheduled to open on May 18th. However I was at the park today (May 13th) and they had a soft opening which I was exited about. I rode the ride three times throughout the day. Verbolten consists of an outside section, an indoor section, and another outdoor section. The ride features a surprise inside of the large building. Spoiler Alert! If you do not want to know what happens in the event building please do not read the next paragraphs.
The station appears overgrown by vines. The trains are themed to look like German cars. The ride starts with a turn down and to the left. A straight section of track follows this and then into a turn to the right. The trains start up an incline where they are launched into the darkness of the event building. Inside the building are drops and turns, all of which are taken at a high speed. The trains slow to a halt in the middle of the darkness.
The ride has three different events that could take place here. You could either be in the middle of a lightning storm, get attacked by wolves (paying homage to The Big Bad Wolf), or be attacked by an evil spirit of the Black Forest. On my first two rides my ride sequence was the lightning storm. On my third and final ride the sequence was the attacking wolves. Suddenly the train, with the passengers inside, drops vertically.
After this the ride comes back outside. The second launch shoots you up a twisting hill into an old covered bridge (pictured above). There are brakes here that slow you down so you can see the 80 foot drop that is coming. There is a little bit of airtime on the drop before the turn at the bottom. Finally the ride twists and turns through the woods up to the final brakes.
In the picture above the building in the background is the event building.
Verbolten was fun and is a good addition to Busch Gardens’ already excellent collection of coasters. I am giving it a 7 out of 10.
Have you ridden Verbolten? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! :-)