Apollo’s Chariot is a B&M hyper coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia. The ride is themed after the Roman god of the sun, Apollo, who rode his chariot across the sky. It opened in 1999 and has been known as one of the best hyper coasters ever since. I was obviously excited about riding it.
Apollo’s trains are quite possibly the most comfortable on the planet. The ride starts up the 210 foot lift hill. At the top there is a small dip before the drop. This allows the train to speed up before falling back to Earth and maximizes airtime. The drop is excellent in front but is spectacular in back, the weight of the entire train pulls the last car over the edge resulting in amazing airtime.
After straight section of track across a river there is a 131 foot airtime hill. At the bottom there is a small tent that the train flies through. The next airtime hill twists to the left at the top. The best airtime on the ride is on the way down. The next element is a strange upward helix that twists around itself before diving back to the ground. A quick jump up to the right leads to the brake run.
The dive off of the brake run is surprisingly insane. We cross over the river again before another hill that flips to the right at the top and to the left at the bottom. Two bunny hops follow this. The second hop has a 50 foot dive into a hidden ravine, this catches many riders off guard and is an excellent way to end the ride.
If you want a smooth ride sit in front, If you want a ride filled with airtime sit in back.
Apollo’s Chariot was an excellent ride, it gives an excellent ride no matter where you sit. I am giving it a 10 out of 10.
Have you been on Apollo’s Chariot? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂
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