Griffon

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Griffon
Griffon (Busch Gardens Williamsburg) 2013 01.jpg
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Operating since May 18, 2007
Cost $15,600,000 USD
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel - Floorless - Hyper - Diving
Product Dive Coaster
Riders per train 30
Hourly capacity 1400
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 205 feet
Drop 200 feet
Top speed 71 mph
Length 3108 feet
Inversions 2
Angle 90°
Duration 3:00
G-Force 4
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Griffon is a steel roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. Griffon is themed after a half-lion/half-eagle mythological creature called a Griffon, known for diving on unsuspecting prey.

It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard and was the tallest and fastest Dive Coaster until it was surpassed by Valravn at Cedar Point in 2016. It is also the first to have multiple inversions and floorless trains.[1]

Design

Elements

Griffon has two vertical dives, two immelmanns and a splash effect. The first big drop dives under a pedestrian bridge. The second immelmann loops over the Rhine River near Loch Ness Monster.

Color scheme

Griffon has a blue track and white supports.

Trains

3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 10 across in a single row, for a total of 30 riders per train. A car from Griffon was on display at B&M's IAAPA 2007 booth.

Facts

  • In Frontier Development's theme park simulation game Planet Coaster, the B&M Dive Coaster model (Aethon) has a color scheme matching Griffon's. The trains in the game are also ten across.

References

External links

  • Griffon on the Roller Coaster DataBase.