UPDATE – July, 12th - Verbolten is open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Read my full review: Review of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Survivors have returned from the Black Forest with reviews of Verbolten, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new launch roller coaster. Here’s a few early reviews of the ride:
If what they did for Verbolten is the new starting line for themeing to come, then we really have some exciting things to look forward to. The detail the have put in here…there is almost too much to look at. With how quick they were loading yesterday, there was so much I missed out on. Not only should you be excited about riding multiple times to be able to get all the stories in the event building, you should also be excited about getting in that queue house to see all the little details put into it. I am still so impressed just by the stuff in the flipping line. – RocketChk on BGWFans
The whole ride overall was better than I expected, but it did still seem like a “Family Ride.” It did seem a little rough though – I think Griffon and AC are still by far the smoothest, but the Black Forest was absolutely astonishing and the drop track was great! It’s hard to believe that not too long ago we saw the drop track bare and alone with nothing but concrete around it. – Kingadam on BGWFans
I think “Verbolten” has enough surprises and unique details of its own to eventually make people stop comparing it to “The Big Bad Wolf.” Because the bottom line on Verbolten is… it’s fun. – Mike from Coaster Radio
Verbolten was fun and is a good addition to Busch Gardens’ already excellent collection of coasters. I am giving it a 7 out of 10. – Trent from Coasterblog
The reviews I’ve read have seemed to be overwhelmingly positive. I should get to ride Verbolten for myself in a few months. Until then I’m going to do my best ostrich impression and try not to read too much about what goes on inside the event building. For that reason, I’m providing a link to an authorized POV video, but I’m not embedding it like I usually do.
We all know that it’s dark in there, there’s a section of track that drops and there are special effects. That’s all I want to know for now, but if you want to see it all, here’s a POV video of Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg that was shot with the permission of the park.
Also, here’s a video of some of the Oktoberfest area surrounding Verbolten as well as the ride’s station and queue courtesy of Behind the Thrills.