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Alpengeist

Location Busch Gardens Europe
Type Steel - Inverted
Status Open
Opened March 22, 1997
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Model Inverted Coaster
Track layout Terrain
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 195 feet (59.4 m)
Drop 170 feet (51.8 m)
Length 3,828 feet (1,166.8 m)
Max speed 67 miles per hour (107.8 km/h)
Inversions 6
Duration 3:10
Capacity 1820 riders per hour
Cost $20,000,000 USD
Max G force 3.7
Height Restriction 54 inches (137.2 cm)
Alpengeist at RCDB
Pictures of Alpengeist at RCDB

Alpengeist is the tallest and one of the fastest full circuit inverted roller coaster in the world. Alpengeist opened in 1997 at Busch Gardens Europe. It was built by Bolliger & Mabillard and features six inversions: an Immelmann loop, vertical loop, cobra roll, zero G roll, and a wing over. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 1. ... Busch Gardens Europe is a theme park located in James City County, Virginia about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Williamsburg. ... The Dueling Dragons, the worlds only Dueling Steel-Inverted roller coaster located at Islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida. ... Inverted roller coaster Batman the Ride An inverted roller coaster is a roller coaster in which the train runs under the track with the seats directly attached to the wheel carriage. ... Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) is a roller coaster manufacturer based in Monthey, Switzerland. ... A lift hill, or chain hill, is often the initial upward section of track on a typical roller coaster that initially transports the roller coaster train to an elevated point. ... The term g force or gee force refers to the symbol g, the force of acceleration due to gravity at the earths surface. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... A centimetre (American spelling centimeter, symbol cm) is a unit of length that is equal to one hundredth of a metre, the current SI base unit of length. ... Inverted roller coaster Batman the Ride An inverted roller coaster is a roller coaster in which the train runs under the track with the seats directly attached to the wheel carriage. ... Busch Gardens Europe is a theme park located in James City County, Virginia about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Williamsburg. ... Bolliger and Mabillard (B&M) is a roller coaster manufacturer based in Monthey, Switzerland. ... // Immelmann An Immelmann loop is a popular inversion found on many roller coasters. ... The generic roller coaster vertical loop is the most basic of roller coaster inversions. ... A cobra roll on The Incredible Hulk rollercoaster The cobra roll is a roller coaster inversion which resembles a cobras head. ... A zero G roll is a roller coaster inversion found on Bolliger & Mabillard inverted, sit-down, and floorless coasters and on Vekoma inverted coasters. ... Two interlocking corkscrew elements side by side on Superman: Krypton Coaster. ...


Alpengeist has an Alpine mountain region theme. The "Alpengeist" (German for "Ghost of the Alps" or "Alps Spirit") was the legendary snow beast of the Alps. The ride itself is themed to a runaway ski lift The west face of the Petit Dru above the Chamonix valley near the Mer de Glace. ... A ghostly woman coming down the stairs. ... The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus (breath). // The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath (compare spiritus asper), but also soul, courage, vigor, ultimately from a PIE root *(s)peis- (to blow). In the Vulgate, the Latin word translates Greek (πνευμα), pneuma (Hebrew (רוח) ruah), as... A chairlift A chairlift is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ...


Ride Experience

Upon exiting the station, riders ascend the 195 foot tall chain lift. Then, riders are swept to the right and descend 170 feet, hitting 67 miles per hour. Following the drop, passengers go into an enormous Immelmann loop, which is a half loop with a twist at the top. After the Immelman, riders go into a 106 foot vertical loop. The riders then enter a wooden tunnel where there was an on-ride photo (It has since been removed). A large cobra roll follows over the Rhine River, which consists of two inversions. The block brake comes after a high speed curve. Immediately after the block, a zero-g roll gives airtime right beside the Le Scoot log flume. After a corkscrew and helix, the train brings the riders into the station. David OHara tells you about brakes and how effective they are: A brake run on Scorpion A brake run on a roller coaster is any section of track meant to slow or stop a roller coaster train. ...


Ride Elements

// Immelmann An Immelmann loop is a popular inversion found on many roller coasters. ... The generic roller coaster vertical loop is the most basic of roller coaster inversions. ... A cobra roll on The Incredible Hulk rollercoaster The cobra roll is a roller coaster inversion which resembles a cobras head. ... A zero G roll is a roller coaster inversion found on Bolliger and Mabillard inverted, sit-down, and floorless coasters and on Vekoma inverted coasters. ... Two interlocking corkscrew elements side by side on Superman: Krypton Coaster. ... A helix (pl: helices), from the Greek word έλικας/έλιξ, is a twisted shape like a spring, screw or a spiral (correctly termed helical) staircase. ...

See also

Roller coasters at Busch Gardens Europe

Alpengeist - Apollo's Chariot - Big Bad Wolf - Griffon - Loch Ness Monster Inverted roller coaster Batman the Ride An inverted roller coaster is a roller coaster in which the train runs under the track with the seats directly attached to the wheel carriage. ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... Busch Gardens Europe is a theme park located in James City County, Virginia about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Williamsburg. ... Apollos Chariot is the first Bolliger & Mabillard Mega Coaster, located at Busch Gardens Europe. ... The Big Bad Wolf is a suspended swing roller coaster in the Oktoberfest section of Busch Gardens Europe. ... Griffon is a roller coaster, announced on August 23, 2006, under construction at Busch Gardens Europe, located just outside of Williamsburg, Virginia. ... The Loch Ness Monster is a fairly large roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Europe (formerly Busch Gardens Williamsburg). ...


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ThrillRide! (900 words)
With some help from the Radio City Rockettes(TM) and their world-famous gams, ALPENGEIST began its reign as the Planet Earth's tallest and fastest inverted coaster.
ALPENGEIST adds roughly 45 feet to that former record-holder's 150-foot lift hill.
ALPENGEIST is as smooth, as fast and as exhilarating as inverted coasters get.
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