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Roller Coasters – Behind-the-Scenes

May 11, 2010

Want to ride our award winning roller coasters before the park opens?

“The Roller Coaster Insider” allows you to do just that, and so much more.

Have you ever wondered why the support structure on the Alpengeist lift is different than any other coaster in the park? Have you ever wanted to go behind-the-scenes and hold a wheel from The Loch Ness Monster? Is being at the top of Griffon for less than 10 seconds not long enough for you? If you want to know the answers to these questions and hang out at the highest point at Busch Gardens, then this tour is perfect for you.

“The Roller Coaster Insider” is a remarkable three-hour tour that teaches you about the history, engineering and stories behind these magnificent machines. You even get an exclusive look of the park … on top of Griffon.

Guests are blown away as the Griffon trolley slowly ascends up the lift. You pass the highest point of the Loch Ness Monster, and you are still going. You look to the right, and in the distance you can see that you are higher than Apollo’s Chariot. ‘When will I stop?’ you ask. Right then, the trolley creeps to a stop. You made it … 205 feet up. The tour guide leads the way as you disembark the trolley and step out on to the top of Griffon. ‘Wow’ is a pretty common response from guests as they take in the view. On a clear day, you can see for miles.

Here’s a video of what you’ll experience on the tour.

For more information, check out You must be 14 years of age or older to be a participant. Those who are afraid of heights or who aren’t yet old enough, can join as an observer.

See you there.

Park Operations Manager

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