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Apollo's Chariot

Apollo's Chariot

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roller coaster
Apollo's Chariot
The train enters its first drop.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Operating since March 27, 1999
Cost $20,000,000
Height restriction 52 inches (132 cm)
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
Steepest drop65°
G-force4.6 g

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]

Design[edit | edit source]

  • 170 foot tall chain lift hill with a 210 foot drop
  • Hill with a 131 foot drop
  • 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

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.

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