|Click here to watch the on-ride POV|
|The train enters its first drop.|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Hyper|
|Model / product||Hyper Coaster|
|Riders per train||36|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Top speed73 mph
Apollo's Chariot is a steel hyper roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. Opened on March 27, 1999, it is the first Hyper Coaster installation from Bolliger & Mabillard. The roller coaster uses an out and back design with a large helix. Apollo's Chariot opened in 1999 in the "Festa Italia" section of the park.
History[edit | edit source]
The ride was announced on September 4, 1998 and opened on March 30 the following year. While attending the media event, model Fabio was struck by a bird while the train was descending the first drop. He was taken to a nearby hospital and subsequently released, suffering minor cuts to his face.
For the ride's 20th anniversary, the ride was repainted.
Design[edit | edit source]
Apollo's Chariot is the first hyper coaster ever built by B&M. While it is only 170 feet high, its first drop plummets into a depression and stretches 210 feet down. The ride features a series of large airtime hills stretching to and from a large helix at the end of the ride.
Like many hyper coasters, most of the coaster's vibrant purple track is hidden from the park itself. The best view of the whole ride is from the parking lot, which borders the land occupied by the ride.
Color scheme[edit | edit source]
Trains[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- James City County, where Busch Gardens Williamsburg is located, was not happy with the ride's brightly-colored paint scheme. As a result, all major attractions of similar size to Apollo's Chariot, excluding Pantheon, have had mainly blue and white color schemes.
References[edit | edit source]
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Articles on Busch Gardens Williamsburg|
|Present||Alpengeist • Apollo's Chariot • Griffon • Grover's Alpine Express • InvadR • Loch Ness Monster • Pantheon • Tempesto • Verbolten • Unknown|
|Former||Big Bad Wolf • Das Kätzchen • Die Wildkatze • Drachen Fire • Glissade • Wilde Maus|