Busch Gardens announces Tempesto thrill coaster

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction, Tempesto, will debuts April 25. Park President Carl Lum announced the launch coaster’s name, its key features and its opening date during a special pass member preview day held on Saturday.

Tempesto’s three launch experiences propel riders forward and backward through the ride’s station house at more than 60 miles per hour. Riders then climb 154 feet in the air for a loop-the-loop inversion.

“Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering.

Work on Tempesto began in fall 2014. The construction team bolted the final piece of track in place in late January.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the expression on our guests’ faces when they watch Tempesto in action,” said Lum. “The speed of this launch coaster, combined with its compact footprint will make for an exhilarating ride.”