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Verbolten concept art

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is gearing up for the debut of the new Verbolten roller coaster on May 18, releasing new video of the ride in action.

An official video of the coaster undergoing testing is embedded below, complementing amateur videos that were posted online last month. The park has also revealed further details of Verbolten's plot, which is designed to offer significant "re-ride" value to guests.

About.com has posted further details of Verbolten's storyline, revealing a number of spoilers in the process.

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on if you do not wish to know the plot of Verbolten in advance of riding it.

Verbolten's ride building, which will contain a freefall drop element similar to that seen on Thirteen at Alton Towers, will feature three different sequences. One of these will be selected at random for each ride, encouraging guests to ride again to experience them all.

The three potential scenarios will be:

  • A lightning storm, in which special effects are used to recreate wind and thunder in the "dark forest".
  • An encounter with the malevolent "Spirit of the Dark Forest", which will lure guests in and then attempt to trap them.
  • A tribute to the former Big Bad Wolf roller coaster that once stood on the same site, with a pack of wolves chasing the train.

You can read more about Busch Gardens Williamsburg's planned new ride for 2012 in Theme Park Tourist's in-depth Verbolten preview.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions through Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section, and by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

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