Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s dive coaster, Griffon, begins by holding riders on the edge of a twenty-story drop. Onlookers point and shake their heads as they marvel at what to many looks like a torturous experience. Griffon’s finale could be just as interesting from a spectators standpoint . The wide trains charge into a shallow pool creating a trail of water some twenty feet high. Any guests in the nearby walkway are treated to an instant shower. It’s not uncommon to see kids running over to fence to cool off. I first encountered a similar splash finale on Griffon’s sister Sheikra at Busch Gardens Tampa. More recently, a similar splash section was added to Kings Island’s hyper coaster Diamondback.
As I learned on the Busch Gardens Coaster Tour, Griffon’s water splash is created via scoops on the undersides of the trains. I’m a big fan of these features. Even the act of slowing down a roller coaster can be a highlight of a ride giving guests a memorable experience.
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