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A train on the immelmann element
roller coaster
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Operating since March 22, 1997
Cost $20,000,000USD
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Inverted
Track layout Terrain
Model / product Inverted Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1820
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height195 feet
Δ elevation167 feet
Drop170 feet
Top speed67 mph
Length3828 feet
G-force3.7 g

Alpengeist a steel inverted roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It was designed by Bolliger & Mabillard and opened on March 22, 1997. It is the tallest and fastest full-circuit inverted roller coaster, the tallest outright being Wicked Twister, an inverted shuttle coaster.

It was the first of three B&M coasters built at Busch Gardens Europe, the others being the hyper coaster Apollo's Chariot and the Griffon Dive Coaster. It opened on March 22, 1997 to a massive crowd.

Theme[edit | edit source]

The alpengeist is a legendary snow beast known to German villagers in the Alps. "Alpengeist" is German for "Ghost of the Alps". The ride itself is themed to a runaway ski lift, which is echoed in the ride building and on the trains themselves.

Design[edit | edit source]


Alpengeist is a custom Inverted coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard. It is the tallest and fastest inverted coaster built by B&M. It is 197 feet tall and reaches speeds of 67 mph. It has six inversions; an Immelmann, vertical loop, cobra roll, zero-g roll, and corkscrew.

The coaster's loading station and queue entrance looks like a ski lodge in the Alps. The trains are decorated with skis and poles, and are painted white and blue, like the ride itself. The coaster also zooms through two tunnels and past large snowbanks while on the ride.

Color scheme[edit | edit source]

Alpengeist has a white track and teal supports.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.

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Tallest inverted roller coaster
March 22, 1997 – May 5, 2002
Preceded by
Tallest inverted roller coaster
March 22, 1997 – May 5, 2002
Succeeded by
Wicked Twister
Fastest inverted roller coaster
March 22, 1997 – August 3, 1998
Preceded by
Fastest inverted roller coaster
March 22, 1997 – August 3, 1998
Succeeded by
Volcano The Blast Coaster