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 Review of Apollos Chariot @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg
6 Rating Posted by: Scott on 6/25/2005 6:59:00 PM
This is it folks... airtime heaven.

I HAVE A NEW NUMBER 1 COASTER! well, number 2.
Some people say they no longer are able to rate their favorite coasters because there are so many good ones out there. But I am too young a coaster enthusiast not to have a favorite - I am obligated to have one! Apollo is airtime to the extreme, much like shivering timbers. In fact, this has more airtime then any other coaster Ive been on. That might change when I ride the phoenix, but for now it holds my title for most airtime ever. One big plus is how its different from all of its hyper predecessors. The drops and turns are mixed in a way that are unlike any other hyper Ive been on before. This makes for a less predictable and more enjoyable ride. The use of terrain is also a bonus for Apollo. No less than four drops take you into a ravine, along the edge of a river, skimming along the surface of the water. While down near the water we raced a big bird for about 3 seconds. After you skim down along the water you go back into the ravine and continue airtime nirvana. It is Cool Whip smooth - an ultra-lite ride! As for the restraints, I did not like them at first glance. My friend sean hardy showed me a trick to get the most space possible. All you have to do is slump down in your seat as far as you can. Once down, raise your legs as much as possible without it being obvious. After my first ride I loved the restraints. They are very comfortable and provide a great ride for everyone. Big enthusiasts may be more confined by the restraint system and therefore not able to enjoy the ride quite as much. But for me, it was the most freedom I have ever experienced on a steel coaster. It was like being tossed up on a bedsheet! Another plus about apollos is the capacity. For a front seat wait on a saturday it was about 45 minutes. Not bad! Words cannot describe AC. Id suggest riding up front. Not only do you get a great view and breeze, but the airtime is much better. The front has more floater air, while the back has ejector air. I like floater a bit more then ejector so the front was better for me. The back could get a little painful. Up front, I never felt like I was going to hurt myself like in the back. I probably only went 2 inches above my seat up front though. I just floated the whole way down instead! I loved this coaster so much. I cant even describe it. This ride is only second to one ride - MF. Nothing will ever top mf in my mind. I still dont know how viking 78 could say steel force is better then this.

oh yeah, why cant elitchs install this?

Review Comments

vbarbieri on 7/1/2005 12:11:11 AM said:
Let me be the first to say AWESOME REVIEW !!
fergusonat on 7/1/2005 12:02:40 PM said:
Yeah, great review man. I personally am obsessed with the back seat on this ride, though, lol. I rode in the front seat 2 times last Sunday, and I found it to be a much more weak ride, IMO. Of course, the view is spectacular in the front seat and the added positive gs at the bottom of all the hills was great, but I gotta have ejector air...only the back provides that for me at least That being said, no matter where you sit, youll get airtime. This ride is that good...
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