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Never leave Bush Gardens without going on this!
When I went to Busch Gardens, It was raining hard most of the day, but even in the rain, it was absolutely amazing. My favorite part of the ride is coming down the lift hill. When you start coming down the hill, it brakes and leaves you staring at the ground for a count of five seconds, then it shoots you straight down at a 90' angle at 70+ MPH. The Immelman loop that follows really keeps the rush flowing. I wish it was a little longer, but still amazing.
Since I rode SheiKra back in 2005, I kinda knew what I was expecting from Griffon before I rode it. However, despite the similar track layouts, Griffon's far from a total SheiKra clone as I felt that this coaster was more intense and had more to the layout (and I'm not talking about the extra immelman after the midcourse brakes). The holding brake before the 205' 90-degree drop at 71 m.p.h. is still a nice touch as it builds anticipation and fear in some riders. After the holding brake, plunging down that drop's like being dropped from the tallest building as it takes you straight down and you're left with nothing but pure bliss of ejector air. The huge immelman that followed it was nice, and after the midcourse brake came the second 130+' drop which gives you more ejector air. After the drop, the coaster meanders through some turns before going over the water splash element which is great for enhancing the scenery and getting some extra mist blown on you before the ride ends. Overall, Griffon's a fun coaster that's built for vertical drops, ejector air, and sudden bursts of excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, I'm a fan of coasters that are long in length and have more elements, which Griffon, like SheiKra, lacks in.
This the numeber one dive coaster in Amercia. I like this ride beacuse this ride will give you the rush .
First of the so-called ".dive coasters". I'.ve been on - and it'.s really frickin'. good. Like everything at BGE, it looks terrific and is well integrated with the rides that surround it. This baby blue, floorless machine seats 30... in 3 rows of 10. odd, and not the oddest thing about it. When you reach the top of the first hill and are about to drop, there'.s a pregnant pause as the coaster leaves you hanging on the edge of the drop looking down. Straight down, over 200'. down (rivaling the hypercoasters in size). The pause is a stroke of genius, and definitely makes the front row optimal. you'.ll see over the edge from the back 2 rows, but not as scarily as from the front. Then it'.s the superb drop (you remain parallel to the ground, facing straight down for most of it), high speeds, a couple well-executed inversions, another face-down drop (smaller than #1, of course, but still cool) and on to the coaster'.s oddest feature. In fact, maybe the oddest of any coaster: towards the end you go over a small pool, close to the surface, spraying water off both sides. You yourself won'.t get wet - the water travels behind you in your wake - but it sure looks impressive when you watch others riding. The only small flaw in the Griffon is that it.s a tiny bit on the brief side. Still and all, it just might be the best of The 5 at BGE, no small feet.
The Grffion ride is the 2nd dive machine in the united states. This ride is fairly short but, utilzes all it'.s elements very well. This ride starts out with a small dip in to a very steep chain lift. The ride reaches the top then has a flat curve 205 feet in the air the highest point for a guest to reach inside the park. The curve leaves you at a holding brake which bulids the anticipation for about 4 seconds. Then you really start your flight with a 90 degree drop giving loads of ecjector air. The ride then enters the first of two inversions(both immelemans 2 inversions is the most out of the dive machines.)suprisingly this inversion has some airtime at the top. The ride exits the immleman into a 90 degree banked curved hill. The mid course brakes are located here. You enter the second 90 degree drop also giving some ejector air. The inversion was basically the same as the first. The ride then enters a over banked curve in to a lake. The train skims across track located inbetween the water. Then there is a small hill with a nice pop of air then enters the final brakes. A very good ride not worth more then a 40 minute wait. If you have ridden Sheikra at BGA it'.s a simalar expirence.
Much better than sheikra! I loved the twoo Immelmann inversions! The ten across trains made the ride so much more fun than Sheikra'.s and I loved the little bunny hops as well. The only complaint I had is that the MCBR before the second vertical drop slows the train to a near stop
I love Griffon.
The 10-across and floorless trains are amazing. Its just awesome how they can fit through the 2 Immelmann loops.
Griffon absolutely blew me away and its way better than SheiKra and even the best coaster in the park. Thats quite a statement and Griffon definitely lives up to it. Busch worked their magic again, landscaping the ride beautifully and even after riding SheiKra, this ride still scared me with that vertical drop. Honestly, the floorless element did nothing for me. Well even after experiencing SheiKras drop, the pause before the drop still seemed like forever and that drop was incredible, providing amazing air and a great stomach-dropping sensation as well. Following that was a very good Immelman that owned SheiKras thanks to its smaller and more compact design. Then came the second vertical drop. While smaller than the first one, it still provided the same sensations and air. Following that was an incredible Immelman that proved to be better than the first. Following that was a great air hill and then the water splash feature that really does nothing for the riders, but wonders for onlookers. Finally there is one final bunny hill that gives great air as well. Best coaster in the park by far, which is really an accomplishment.
This ride was my favorite at Busch Gardens for many reasons. First of all, the lines move unbelievably fast. Quick lines is always a way to my heart as a coaster enthusiast, and Griffon is the best in getting you on the ride in a hurry. If I had to wait hours for this ride, it definitely wouldnt be as great, but the quick queue makes up for the quick thrill. Second of all, the view from the top of the ride is spectacular. I loved looking over Williamsburg and the river. The ride does a great job of "setting the stage" and making you sweat a little before the drop. At this point in my roller coaster riding career, there is no drop that scares me. I have to be "psyched out" to worry and get my full thrill, and Griffon does a good job of doing that. The drop isnt huge, but the ride is perfectly designed to make it feel dramatic and intense. This is one coaster I could ride over and over again, which is worth a 10 - because there arent many rides I always find myself dreaming of riding again. When I look to the sky in Williamsburg, I look for the Griffon.
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