After much anticipation Tempesto opened at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Saturday April 25th to many extremely excited park guests. We apologize for the technical delay in posting this story.
The sign out front says it all, every guest visiting Busch Gardens Williamsburg is challenged to conquer Tempesto, their newest roller coaster.
Busch Gardens created the great Tempesto as part of the theming of the ride, and employed the story line throughout the attraction, nicely incorporating him in the information signage throughout the queue and Tempesto store.
While the Great Tempesto used a bicycle, you get to ride in a less-effort-required LSM launched train, instead of peddling a bicycle yourself.
Here is a view from the station of the train with the second launch, which is going backwards...
and this is the train accelerating forwards on the third launch that takes riders through entire ride path.
The train exits the station, speeding up the twisted vertical climb.
This is approximately the height of the first forward launch, which stalls out before going backwards into the station for the second backwards launch. But this train is going over the top!
Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides, Inc, talks to us about the Tempesto project.
This shot compares what Tempesto himself "rode" for his daredevil looping stunt, to what you experience. Notice at the top this is a non-inverting loop, you roll out of it on top with your feet towards the ground.
This shows how compact the structure is, and the supports add to the speed sensation as they whiz by all around the train and its riders.
It was a great day to open a new roller coaster,, and the bright colors really pop with the blue sky and puffy clouds.
The train is rolling into the non-inverting loop.
Larry Giles talks about Tempesto
Just before the train plunges straight down, there are some magnetic brakes at the top to enhance the airtime.
This may be the last diving turn before reentering the station, but it is one of the highlights of the entire ride.
So, you have seen the photos of Tempesto, are you ready to join us for a ride?
We would like to thank the great people at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for building Tempesto and for letting us experience the ride!