Apollo's Chariot

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Apollo's Chariot
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The train enters its first drop.
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Operating since March 27, 1999
Cost $20,000,000
Height restriction 52 inches (132 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Hyper
Model / product Hyper Coaster
Riders per train 36
Hourly capacity 1750
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height170 feet
Drop210 feet
Top speed73 mph
Length4882 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop65°
Duration2:15
G-force4.6 g
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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[1] 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.[2]

For the ride's 20th anniversary, the ride was repainted.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements
  • 170 foot tall chain lift hill with a 210 foot drop
  • Hill with a 131 foot drop
  • Tunnel
  • Hill with a 144 foot drop
  • Hill with a 102 foot drop
  • Hill with a 48 foot drop
  • Hill with a 87 foot drop
  • Hill with a 38 foot drop
  • Hill with a 16 foot drop
  • Hill with a 49 foot drop

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]

Apollo's Chariot has a purple track and yellow supports.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 9 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 36 riders per train.

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.Citation needed

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