Little Red Riding Hood may find Busch Gardens Europe a more appealing destination after the 2009 operating season. The local beastly resident, known far and wide as the Big Bad Wolf, will take its last run through the woods on September 7th.
The ride, built in 1984, is one of the first successful suspended coasters built. Arrow learned their lessons after the dismal failure of Kings Island's Bat and came through with a safer and thrilling design for Busch Gardens, finishing what intitial contractor Schwartzkomf, began. Riders are hoisted up two 100 ft lifts through the twisting, turning, swinging course stretching 2,800 ft. as it flies through a makeshift village, dense woods, and a spactacular finale dropping aside the nearby river as it flies back to the station.
Park officials acknowledge the significance the Big Bad Wolf has played throughout its reign. While it may not be the biggest or fastest by any stretch of the imagination, its aggresive yet flowing layout is ideal for people beginning their trek into the world of roller coasters. The ride is also slated as one of the most popular in the park. More than 29 million guests have had the chance to join the Wolf on its regular prowl since 1984.
While coaster fans and regular Busch Gardens guests begin to mourn the passing of the legendary beast, Busch Gardens continues to look to the future. Not much has been divulged on what will replace the quarter century veteran, but something will fill in the void, soon enough. While many feel nothing would ever live up to the impact the Wolf provided upon its opening, Busch Gardens has shown that they're more than willing to put stellar attractions whenever they turn over soil.
RIP Big Bad Wolf (1984-2009)