Said to inhabit the Loch Ness Lake in Scotland, people have supposedly been seeing the Loch ness monster swimming in the lake since 1933. This is an amazing and mysterious creature, but is it real? Well, the Loch Ness monster roller coaster, Scotland’s “other” most famous monster, is a real thrill anyone can experience right now.
One of the most popular roller coasters in the world, the very large Lochness Monster roller coaster is located in the hamlet of Bush Gardens Europe. Formally, this park was known as Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
The roller coaster was the first, and nowadays, the only roller coaster that features interlocking loops. It is a full 13 stories tall, and it has a 114 foot drop. This coaster runs at thrilling speeds of 60 mph.
Designed by Ron Toomer of aerodynamics in the year 1978, the track of the coaster is made of steel and the looping is of a free-form type. Some of the extra features include a helix inside the tunnel and two lift hills.
When the coaster first opened in the year 1978, it was the world’s tallest roller coaster. The coaster became the role model of many coasters to come that would be built to reach deafening heights. Now, the Loch Ness monster roller coaster is a classic favorite enjoyed by all who come to visit the park.
A person who rides on the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster should expect a trip that goes like this: First, they will approach a foothill that is130 feet tall. As the train goes to the top of this hill, it will take a swift and sharp turn to bring the rider to the 114 foot drop. The drop will head towards the Rhine River located underneath the coaster. After that, the coaster will take several twists and turns, and eventually the rider will end up in a covered tunnel or helix. Once the rider is inside the tunnel, he or she will notice that the coaster makes two and three thirds circular turns before it reaches the end of the helix tunnel.
In previous years, this helix tunnel had all kind of special effects. However, nowadays the helix tunnel has one strobe light that goes off approximately at the beginning of the second revolution in the tunnel. This is quite a jump from the previous effects the coaster had over the years that include things like a lit up cartoon picture of the Loch Ness monster.
After the helix tunnel, the train will begin to go up a second smaller hill. Then it will make its way to dropping downward and going into a second loop. Lastly, the train will go uphill just one last time before the rider is taken to the final exit on the journey.
Recently, the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster celebrated its 30th anniversary. And even after 30 years, this coaster still remains a crowd favorite of the park. Anyone looking for real Lock Ness Monster thrills can get them right in Busch Gardens.
Loch Ness Monster
Busch Gardens Europe (Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 USA)
Steel – Sit Down
Operating since 1978
Make / Model:
Arrow / Custom Looping Coaster
Max Vertical Angle:
First roller coaster in the world to feature interlocking loops.