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Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Roller coaster

Opening Date:
Apr 1, 2012

88 feet

2835 feet

Maximum speed:
53 mph


LSM multi-launch freefall coaster

Minimum height:
48 inches

The secrets of Germany's Black Forest come to life in this brand new, multi-launch family coaster. With impressive special-effects and unimaginable scenery, a tandem ride through the woods turns sinister thanks to snarling vines and a first-in-America secret hidden in a dark showbuilding.

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Friday, May 03, 2013 09:00

Deep within the dense uncharted forests of Virginia, a dark and sinister mystery is waiting to be unearthed... In 2012, Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened what may be one of the most mysterious, clever, and thrilling family roller coasters to ever exist. Today, we're determined to take you Behind the Ride to explore the story, special effects, and spine-tingling surprises that makeĀ VerboltenĀ a must-see adventure for any themed thrill ride enthusiast.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 19:11

The Black Forest has a score to settle with the puny mortals of Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Monday, December 12, 2011 19:29

Coasters, and dark rides, and new lands, oh my! Which new U.S. theme park attractions do we think are the top 10 for 2012?

Monday, October 10, 2011 02:05

What to expect from the mysterious new upcoming ride, Verbolten, at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures

We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for Verbolten. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.

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Reviews of Verbolten:

Verbolten Insider Tour and Ride
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Sunday, September 15, 2013 18:39

If you ever have the chance to take the Verbolten Insider Tour...two words - Do It! I'm an Enthusiast, but you don't have to be. You can just love theatrics, story lines, thrills. The coaster that took the place of a beloved Big Bad Wolf does please. It has surprises (free falling surprises), 3 separate stories, it's scary but not, check out the license plates if you can...puns intended there. The layout pays homage to the Wolf as does the special effects. All in all its a coaster that will make all ages happy.

Did not meet my expectations... not awful, but not special
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Sunday, June 17, 2012 22:54

Meh at best. Very disappointed by the ride. After riding Cheatah Hunt in the winter I really looked forward to Verbolten. While there were some good parts, in my mind they were limited to the two launches and the drop. You can keep all the stuff in the building, way too much going on in the dark. Ride is not as smooth as I expect from a modern coaster. The vertical drop feature was nothing exciting and all it did was stop the ride in the middle.

Fortunately BG allows pass members exclusive access to the ride for an hour on Th, Fr, Sa & Su during June. I didn't have to fight crowds. I rode it a second time to give it a fair shot, but came away with the conclusion that I will not wait any longer than 15 minutes to ride again. Not awful, but not special


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