Tempesto Roller Coaster - Busch Gardens Williamsburg

5 Reasons Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Tempesto Coaster Has Fans Scratching Their Heads

5 Reasons I’m Scratching My Head at the Tempesto Coaster

Tempesto - Busch Gardens Williamsburg - 2015 Roller Coaster - BGWFansI’ve been the biggest fan of both Busch Gardens park, but I’ve probably written the most about Busch Gardens Williamsburg than I have of any park. And, 90% or more has been positive. I love nearly everything about my European-themed park with its lush green terrain that its custom, world-class roller coasters take advantage of.

Here are the five reasons me and many other theme park geeks are bewildered by this project:

Not a Terrain Roller Coaster

Tempesto doesn’t look like it’ll do what all of my favorite roller coasters do, take advantage of the park’s terrain. That only, isn’t a requisite of a great roller coaster, but it is something Busch Gardens Williamsburg is known for. Part of the reason I love Apollo’s Chariot, Loch Ness, Griffon, and Alpengeist is because of how they use the unique terrain they’re located on.

Not a Custom Roller Coaster

This appears to be an “off-the-shelf” clone of a Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. It’s a Premier Rides Sky Rocket II. Again, not a death sentence by any means, this is just not what we come to expect from this park. You can find rides similar to Apollo’s Chariot and especially Griffon, but they aren’t exactly the same.

Built in a Tight Area

This one especially stings from an aesthetics standpoint. I’ve dinged other parks, like one right up the road that crammed rides into odd areas rather than using the land around the park (Hypersonic XLC anyone?), but I never thought I’d see BGW do this. I’m sure that the park has it’s reasons, but I would have preferred it if it wasn’t sitting right up against Apollo’s Chariot.

Low Capacity Could Mean Long, Slow Lines

You’re likely to see license plates from all over the country and even Canada in Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s parking lot. I’m not familiar with the park’s annual attendance, but needless to say this isn’t a small regional park. So, adding a new ride that’s known to have a low capacity is probably the biggest head-scratcher I’m reading on other sites.

Late Announcement

As I went through RCDB looking through the new for 2015 list, I almost stopped at the named rides. If a ride wasn’t officially named by March, it probably wasn’t worth covering, right? I was shocked when I found an unnamed BGW ride.

I can’t remember Busch Gardens announcing a new ride this late in the off-season. It’s caused some interesting interactions where the theme park press, have asked the park directly about that 150 foot tall steel structure popping up in the park, and the park apparently hasn’t acknowledged it. Given this, they’ve dubbed it: Landscape Project 2015. According to Screamscape, we may finally have an announcement at an event at the end of March.

Most Won’t Care About These Nitpicks & A Similar Ride Was Well-Received

Now that I’ve ranted, let’s take a step back and put this in perspective. To be fair, most these things probably won’t matter to the average park-goer. Aside, from the potential for very long lines, most park visitors won’t mind the other things I mentioned. I’m just perplexed and kind of sad that my ability to brag about the park may be somewhat diminished.


UPDATE – Tempesto was officially announced and is set to open on April 25th. The details were as expected. Tempesto Roller Coaster - Busch Gardens WilliamsburgLike Superman: Ultimate Flight, the ride will feature three launches, a top speed of 63 mph, and a 154 foot tall inversion.

Here’s a video of the announcement:

Here’s a short video of Tempesto testing:

And if you’re interested, here’s a longer video of the station and the launch from the inside courtesy of Behind the Thrills.

For more on Busch Gardens Williamsburg, see my reviews of their ridiculously strong line-up of world-class roller coasters (two of which are in my Top 10): Apollo’s Chariot, Loch Ness, Griffon, and Alpengeist, Verbolten.

What’s Your Take?
Now that it’s official. Do you think it’ll be a good addition? Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of BGWFans.