Busch Gardens Europe
Williamsburg, Virginia
August 4, 2010
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Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, Virginia

Leading our tour was Ben who was pretty knowledgeable about coasters although we did stump him a time or two with our "Wonder Geek Powers".  Even though he didn't know Bollinger or Mabillard's first name he was a great tour guide.  Oh Busch Gardens, Ben and his two photographers need a raise because they're great.

Alpengeist Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, Virginia

The first stop on the tour was down next to the Rhine River where we could compare modern steel coasters with...

The Loch Ness Monster Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, Virginia

...oclassic steel coasters like the Loch Ness Monster.  A big difference between the two is that a modern steel coaster might have a margin of error when manufacturing the ride of the thickness of a piece of paper while Nessie's margin of error was FIVE FEET.  With that simple fact it's easy to understand why today's  steel coasters are as smooth as silk while old Arrow coasters like Nessie beat you up.  Ben said that when they were building the Loch Ness Monster and they got to the final piece of track it was five feet off and they had to heat it up and bend it right there on site in order to finish the ride.

The Loch Ness Monster Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, Virginia


Speaking of the Loch Ness Monster or as it's also called Nessie as we like to call it, that was our first stop.  So did we go ride it?



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