Busch Gardens Williamsburg has officially confirmed that it will open a new multi-launch rollercoaster, Verbolten, for the 2012 season.
The nature and name of the ride had been widely rumored ahead of the announcement, which came at special event for annual passholders on September 17. The coaster will feature several launch sections that will propel riders at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. It also expected to feature a new element that has only previously been seen in Alton Towers' Thirteen ride (you can read Theme Park Tourist's review of Thirteen to find out what it is).
A short teaser video for Verbolten has been released by Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and is embedded below:
Verbolten will be manufactured by Zierer, and will be be located in the Germany area of Busch Gardens Williamburg. The ride will feature an "autobahn" (highway) theme, with its trains being themed around cars. It will feature both indoor and outdoor sections, with the special element taking place inside a large show building.
Detailed plans for the new rollercoaster have previously been posted online, but the official announcement marks the start of a prolonged marketing campaign ahead of the Verbolten's planned debut in spring 2012.
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