Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces Tempesto roller coaster for 2015

Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces Tempesto roller coaster for 2015


It appears that Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2016 project isn’t a landscaping one after all! Busch Gardens announced today that their newest thrill attraction, Tempesto, will debut April 25 at Busch Gardens. Park President Carl Lum announced the launch coaster’s name, its key features and its opening date during a special pass member preview day held March 21.

Tempesto’s three launch experiences propel riders forward and backward through the ride’s station house, speeding past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour. Riders then climb 154 feet in the air for Tempesto’s signature loop-the-loop inversion.

“Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering.

Work on Tempesto began in fall 2014. The construction team bolted the final piece of track in place in late January. The construction phase will come to an end in the next few weeks and the the park’s operations team will begin ride testing.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the expression on our guests’ faces when they watch Tempesto in action,” said Park President Carl Lum. “The speed of this launch coaster, combined with its compact footprint will make for an exhilarating ride.”

Stay tuned after the break for a ton of stats and facts about Tempesto!

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In the rich tradition of the classic Italian daredevils, no single man wowed the crowds like Tempesto. Busch Gardens’

daring new roller coaster, Tempesto, lets riders take center stage and recreate his signature stunt. Guests daring

enough to take on Tempesto will race into unbelievably tight turns at 63 miles per hour and defy gravity as they roll

through a complete inversion 154 feet in the air. Busch Gardens newest thrill coaster features three launch

experiences and Tempesto’s signature loop-the-loop. The same hills and thrills that made the people cheer

“Tempesto!” are waiting for guests at Busch Gardens.

RIDE MANUFACTURER: Premier Rides, headquartered in Baltimore, MD

TYPE OF RIDE: Launch Coaster

SPECIAL FEATURES: Three launch elements

High-speed station experience

154-foot, high-speed inversion

TRACK LENGTH: 883 feet of track

Train travels approximately 1,945 total feet


RIDE DURATION: 55 seconds

SEATS/TRAIN: 1 train, 18 seats


LOCATION: Busch Gardens Festa Italia

RIDE OPEN DATE: April 25, 2015



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