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
Replaced by Verbolten
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel - Suspended - Terrain
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Two chain lift hills
Height100 feet
Drop80 feet
Top speed48 mph
Length2800 feet
Inversions0
Duration3:00
HELP
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Big Bad Wolf was a steel suspended terrain roller coaster built by Arrow Dynamics. It operated at Busch Gardens Williamsburg 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[edit | edit source]

The park had signed a contract with Schwarzkopf GmbH to built a suspended roller coaster, Schwarzkopf's first, for 1984. 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) were 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.

After Arrow Dynamics went bankrupt in 2002, spare parts became harder to find.[2] Big Bad Wolf officially closed on September 7, 2009, the same year Grover's Alpine Express opened. The roller coaster was replaced by Verbolten, which reused some of Big Bad Wolf's footers. A train, some track, uniforms and other Big Bad Wolf artifacts were donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum.[3]

Design[edit | edit source]

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

Trains[edit | edit source]

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.

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