Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced their new attraction for 2012, Verbolten. The name is derived from the German word Verboten which means forbidden.
Verbolten is being manufactured by Zierer, a company who normally specializes in family rides. The firm actually built Grover's Alpine Express at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, along with Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train at Six Flags Great Adventure and Jaguar! at Knott's Berry Farm.
Verbolten is a family launch coaster and will feature two launches in its layout. No inversions have been confirmed, but the ride will be 2835' in length and will feature an 88' drop. Other statistics include a 53 MPH speed, a 48" height restriction, and a ride time of 3 minutes, 25 seconds, which is unusually long for such a short layout.
Verbolten has a storyline to go along with its German-derived name. The cars are themed to sports cars, and, somehow, the car is possessed to go into the forbidden forest. This is when the car launches into an indoor section which includes special effects that make it appear like it is raining.
Verbolten will be placed in the old path of the beloved Big Bad Wolf which was considered a thrilling family coaster. Big Bad Wolf opened in 1984 and closed in 2009. This is the second Arrow Dynamics coaster to leave the park and not be relocated. The first was Drachen Fire which lasted 10 years at the park and featured many unique elements such as the wraparound corkscrew and cutback. Big Bad Wolf was unique in its own way, with two lifts, and the memorable drop towards the park’s version of the Rhine River. The ride was considered one of the best of the Arrow Suspended Coasters, especially since XLR8 which opened that same year at Six Flags Astroworld. XLR8 was considered very tame compared to the Wolf.