In 2005 Busch Gardens Tampa opened a B&M Dive Coaster named SheiKra. The ride was so successful that, two years later, they opened up another version at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Dive coasters are famous for their 90 degree drops. Griffon is not only taller than SheiKra, it features two inversions instead of one. There is a huge debate over which ride is better, I was exited to see which ride would be the best.
Griffon is 205 feet tall. All the way up the lift you can see the vertical drop, sitting there, waiting for you. At the top the track turns slowly to the right. The drop is so steep that from the front seat it seems as if the track just disappears down the drop. The screams start as the train reaches the edge…
The ride stops.
Griffon leaves you hanging off the edge of the cliff for what may be the longest five seconds of your life. Then, you drop. The airtime on the drop is nice and there is even a head-chopper at the bottom when the ride dives underneath a bridge. The first Immelmann is nice, then the train rises up to the trim brake run.
Waiting for you is another vertical drop, this leads into yet another Immelmann over a river. There is a small bunny hop that provides decent airtime before the splashdown. This feature, as with SheiKra, is mostly for non-riders. The rides circles around onto the final brake run. Have I mentioned that Griffon is floorless?
Thanks to Ultimate Roller Coaster for both pictures!
Griffon was a fun ride. The drops were intense and the Immelmanns were fun, it was a bit short though. I am giving it an 8 out of 10.
So how does Griffon compare to SheiKra? Well, you’ll have to either read my SheiKra review to find its rating or wait for my coaster competition to find out!
Have you ridden Griffon? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading! 🙂
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