I'd LOVE to give you my personal review of Griffon, the world's tallest dive coaster.
But as you may remember from reading my BG main page, roller coasters are "verboten" for me.
Never fear: I can pass along this review. Three writers from the Daily Press recently tested the new ride, which shoots riders up 205 feet and plunges them down 90 degree at a speed of 75 mph.
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The intrepid reporters rated the ride on five dimensions:
Score: one 5, one 4, and one 10
Clearly, Griffon has a serious scream factor, so much that one reporter's rating completely blew the scale. Diving straight down at 75 mph can do that to you! They recommend that people hang on to glasses, loose shoes, and anything else that might go flying off!
Wobbly Legs Factor
Score: one 3, two 5's
One reporter said "my knees were like Silly Putty." Another said "I could hardly walk after we got back to the station. But I couldn't wait to ride again."
Score: two 1's and one 2
My favorite comment: "No need for a chiropractor here." Apparently the seats are so well-padded and you're so well-strapped in that there's little fear of anything vital getting jerked around. And the ride sounds smooth, smooth, smooth.
Is Griffon Worth A Second Wait in Line?
They agreed that it depends on the line. If you're there on a Saturday afternoon, forget it-- it's not worth another 2-hour wait for a 2-minute ride. But if you're there on a mid-week everning? Go for it!
On our recent trip to Busch Garden, I took lots of photos of the ride from all different angles. I've put some of them together in the photo gallery below. Notice that it's a great way to cool off at the end of the day! (You won't get soaked, but you will get wet!)
|Here's a close-up of Griffon. Notice the dangling feet!||You can see the Griffon coaster right in the middle of Alpengeist and Loch Ness Monster.|
Griffon ends with you splashing down on your back in the water.
Notice the picture on the right. We were there on a cool day, so we didn't want to get wet. But if it's a hot day and you feel like cooling off without going on Griffon, just stand at the railing next to where Griffon touches down. You may not get completely soaked, but you will get wet!
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|Here's where you get on and off Griffon.|
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