Big Bad Wolf

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Big Bad Wolf
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Defunct
Operated June 15, 1984 to September 7, 2009
Cost $6,000,000
Replaced by Verbolten
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel - Suspended - Terrain
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Two chain lift hills
Height 100 feet
Drop 80 feet
Top speed 48 mph
Length 2800 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 3:00
HELP
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Big Bad Wolf was a steel suspended terrain roller coaster built by Arrow Dynamics located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It operated from June 15, 1984 to September 7, 2009. A train, track section, support materials, and the sign package were donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum for display.

History

Big Bad Wolf in 1996.

The park had signed a contract with Schwarzkopf GmbH to built the company's suspended roller coaster for the 1984 season. However, the park ultimately pulled out of the deal, forfeiting a $500,000 deposit, as the delivery of the project was delayed due to the bankruptcy of Schwarzkopf in 1983. Arrow Dynamics (then Arrow-HUSS) was subsequently hired to build the roller coaster.[1] Originally planned to open in March, Big Bad Wolf's opening was delayed. However, the ride debuted on June 15, 1984.

The coaster faced some issues during its opening year. By 1985, it was running more reliable. Big Bad Wolf operated normally for the rest of the decade and the entire 1990s.

After Arrow Dynamics went bankrupt in 2002, spare parts became harder to find.[2] While it remained very popular throughout its life span, Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced the closure of Big Bad Wolf on July 24, 2009. After 25 years, the ride officially closed on September 7, 2009, the same year Grover's Alpine Express opened.[3] The roller coaster was replaced by Verbolten, which reused some of Big Bad Wolf's footers on the drop. A train, some track, uniforms, and other Big Bad Wolf artifacts were donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum.[4]

Design

The ride had two chain lift hills, the first being 50 feet tall and the second 100 feet.

Trains

3 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train. Riders were held in with over-the-shoulder harnesses.

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Articles on Busch Gardens Williamsburg