Sunday, March 31, 2013

From The Vault: Alpengeist Layout + Fact Sheet

Still a favorite ride of many, Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg was a really big deal when it opened, both figuratively and literally.  The B&M designed inverted coaster was the tallest of its kind when it opened, and I do believe B&M have not done a taller inverted ride since.

Here's the layout of the coaster that was released with the press materials.  Due to the terrain under the coaster the lift is 195 feet tall but the drop is 170.  They also list the vertical loop at 106 feet, which is pretty big for an inverted ride.  Alpengeist features a total of 6 inversions along the 3,828 feet of track.

You'll have to click this one to see the details, but here is a fact sheet for the coaster, also released with the press materials.  It gives a bit of the back story of Alpengeist which includes a "mysterious snowbeast" and a "blizzard of fright."  This is the only time I've heard a flat spin described as "similar to flipping a pancake!"