Loch Ness Monster

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Loch Ness Monster
Loch Ness Monster Loops.jpg
roller coaster
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Operating since June 6, 1978
Cost $5,000,000 USD
Height restriction 48 inches [1]
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel - Terrain
Model / product Custom Looping Coaster
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Two chain lift hills
Height130 feet
Drop114.2 feet
Top speed60 mph
Length3240 feet
Steepest drop55°
G-force3.5 g
A view of the interlocking loops

Loch Ness Monster is a steel roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia, USA. The ride was built by Arrow Dynamics and opened on June 6, 1978. It is the first of two full-circuit roller coasters featuring interlocking loops, the other being the now defunct Orient Express at Worlds of Fun.

History[edit | edit source]

On July 27, 1977, Loch Ness Monster was announced.[2] Construction began shortly afterwards. During the construction process, a bending track was found between the second loop and final brake run.

In order to build the interlocking loops, one loop must be built above the track while the other must be built below it and the track must go in the center. Afterwards, the track must be installed above one of the loops and the other loop needs to be closed with a piece of track.

Loch Ness Monster opened to the public on June 6, 1978. At that time, it was one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters. The ride costed $5 million to build.[3]

When the coaster first opened, it had four trains with six cars. The trains would go through the interlocking loops at the same time. As the years went on, Loch Ness Monster would go through several changes. The trains would be downsized from four to three with seven cars.

In 2018, Loch Ness Monster celebrated its 40th anniversary with new effects and trains.

Design[edit | edit source]


Ride experience[edit | edit source]

The coaster starts with two two turns before the lift hill. The train makes a right turn and drops at 60 mph. After the left turn, riders go straight into the first vertical loop. The train hits the brakes and enters the tunnel with a helix. After exiting the tunnel, the train climbs the second lift hill. It turns right and drops, reaching speeds of 40 mph entering the second vertical loop, before returning to the loading station.

Color scheme[edit | edit source]

Loch Ness Monster has a yellow track and gray supports.

Trains[edit | edit source]

7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train. Before 2018, the ride had trains from Arrow Dynamics. For the ride's 40th anniversary, they were replaced with new trains from S&S Worldwide.

Facts[edit | edit source]

  • Loch Ness Monster has serviced over 58 million riders since opening [1]
  • Busch Gardens still has the ride's original blueprints, as drawn by Arrow Dynamics.

References[edit | edit source]

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Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
tied with
Giant Coaster

June 1978 - April 1987
Preceded by
Montaña Rusa
Tallest complete-circuit roller coaster
tied with
Giant Coaster

June 1978 - April 1987
Succeeded by