It’s warm outside and the sun is shining – finally! At my house, that means the kids start asking to go to the pool and Busch Gardens. Well, it’s definitely not hot enough for the pool even though my kids don’t agree; but Busch Gardens is officially open for fun! They have a ton of fun things lined up for the 2015 season and one of those is a brand thrill coaster!! I got a sneak peak at Tempesto and it looks pretty impressive.
Mark your calendar for the opening date of April 25th.
Tempesto has three launch experiences that propel riders forward, backward and then forward again 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. There’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be participating in the test riding and I’ll be sure to post video when I have it available.
“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.”
The Williamsburg parks are offering a great deal to enjoy Tempesto over and over with a 2-Park Fun Card. For just $100 – just $25 more than a one-day ticket to Busch Gardens – guests receive unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through Sept. 7.
For more information, visit www.buschgardens.com/va.