The Griffon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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By: Andrew Hogge, Editor

The Griffon is located in the New France section of the park and is one of the fastest and steepest rides at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

The Griffon was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, a roller coaster company, in 2007. It is one of the smoothest roller coasters for being nearly 15 years old. You must be 54″ or 4′ 6″ to ride it. When you are in the queue, this is a great roller coaster that you should check out. Each car has three rows with ten seats, so around thirty people can ride at a time.

When you leave the station, it is slowly rolled into a turn when you go up, and it feels steeper than it is. Then, you even out, and you get a great view of the surrounding area. After, it slows you down and switches tracks, dangling you for about six or seven seconds. Next, it drops you 205 feet at a 90-degree angle going over 70 mph, plus, you experience 4g’s of force under a bridge into a loop with a tiny twist. After that, you do it again but smaller and no bridge. It goes into some water to slow you down, then a huge turn, and back into the station. This whole circuit takes about three minutes to complete. One downside to the ride is the lack of theming. They have a cool entrance and shop, but not much else.

If you live in Virginia and the surrounding area, you should check this roller coaster out.


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