Traveling at the Speed of Fright

Trip Start Jun 03, 2008
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Trip End Aug 12, 2008


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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

AAHHHH!  The day the kids have been waiting for and the parents had been dreading.  A theme park made of roller coasters, motion simulators and 4-D rides.  We made sure we were there when they opened the doors for business.  First things first....straight to the Griffon roller coaster.  As we made our way Audrey started to fuss and refuse to go on any roller coaster let alone the Griffon.  She was psyching herself out.  We decided to ease her into the day she had been excited about for a week.  We went on the Loch Ness roller coaster 1st.  There was no wait, so she didn't have time to back out.  We climbed 85ft into the air at 60mph for 2minutes and 20 seconds for 3240 feet of twists turns and several loops.  She was a little better after she saw her photo.  She still didn't want to take on the Griffon but realized that the roller coasters were a great opportunity for her to have her picture taken! 
Using that incentive, we headed to Alpengeist, however, we "accidentally" found ourselves in front of the Griffon. There was no line and since that was the newest roller coaster at Busch Gardens, we knew we had better jump on the opportunity.  We gagged Audrey and dragged her aboard this behemoth.  10 seats wide and 3 rows deep, it drags you nearly straight up to the top of the tower.  You roll forward a few feet and just as you go over the crest, facing 205' straight down (90 degrees-REALLY) it stops!  You are hanging there at a dead stop (no pun intended) looking at the ground you are about to plunge to.  It releases after too damn long and you free fall into a series of loops, twists and turns at 71mph pulling 4Gs of force all the while without a floor. Rusty peed his pants a little and Clark was ready to puke while the other 2 adrenaline junkies ran to get back in the line.  "No time like the present" quipped Audrey. "Hurry! Before there's a line!" encouraged Ellen.       

Next was the Alpengeist who boasts the largest inverted roller coast in the country.  We weren't sure what that exactly meant, but we soon found out.  Yes, you spend the majority of your time inverted while descending into corkscrew turns and twists at the speed of 68 mph and pulling 3.7 G's.  As dizzy as we all were after that ride we were ready for the next and we had all 4 become junkies.

Next stop, the Big Bad Wolf.  As we watched the little bit of it come into the terminal we had thoughts of  "This must be the kiddie ride."  As we loaded into the cars there was a voice that asks if you are ready to travel at the speed of fright?"  We rolled our eyes.  We raced through a village where the cars become free flowing and swung towards the walls nearly missing buildings, poles and trees.  It wasn't the speed that was the thrill, but the quick turns and near misses.  While standing in line it tells you to "keep your arms and hands inside the car at all times as you will lose them." Indeed, you proabably would! Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? The Griswalds!

More, more we wanted more so we raced off to the Apollo's Chariot.  We had seen this one from the parking lot and was the initial cause of Audrey's melt down.  As we stood in line (the only one we had to stand in so far) we pondered the height of the monstrosity we had seen as it towers for a 210' drop at the speed of 78 mph pulling 4.1 G's.  This one was more of a traditional coaster as it didn't have any loops,  but you don't spend much time in your actual seat! 

Yes we did defy the five and were ready to do it again!  We took a small break to do the 3 water rides, the Haunted Mansion and Corkscrew Mountain, but found our way back to the coasters again and again.  Ten hours later we had ridden all 5 coasters at least three times each and weren't ready to give it up.  Ellen had gotten so comfortable, when we looked at the pictures she looked like it was just another day in the park, all the while Clark was still screaming his head off.
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