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Alpengeist's Immelmann
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Park section Rhinefeld
Coordinates 37°13′58″N 76°38′51″W / 37.2328°N 76.6476°W / 37.2328; -76.6476
Status Operating
Opening date March 22, 1997
Cost $20,000,000 USD
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Inverted Coaster
Track layout Terrain
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 195 ft (59 m)
Drop 170 ft (52 m)
Length 3,828 ft (1,167 m)
Speed 67 mph (108 km/h)
Inversions 6
Duration 3:10
Max vertical angle 79°
Capacity 1820 riders per hour
G-force 3.7
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.
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Alpengeist is an inverted steel roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Alpengeist has an Alpine mountain region theme. The name "Alpengeist" is German for "Ghost of the Alps" or "Alps Spirit" and the ride is themed to a runaway ski lift. Since it opened in 1997, Alpengeist has been the world's tallest complete circuit inverted coaster (Wicked Twister at Cedar Point is taller, but is a shuttle coaster).


On August 30, 1996, Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced that they would be adding Alpengeist. The new ride would hold the record for being the tallest and fastest inverted coaster, as well as having the tallest vertical loop on an inverted coaster.

The ride officially opened on March 22, 1997. It was one of the three Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coasters to open in the United States that year, with the others being The Great White at SeaWorld San Antonio and Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Over Georgia.


Alpengeist has 2 trains with 8 cars, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train. The trains feature a zero car at the front of the train which contains 680 kg (1,499 lb) of weight which allows the trains to complete larger elements. The trains also feature skis on the side of each seat support beam which adds to the theming of the ride.

Ride experience

Upon exiting the station, the floor drops beneath the riders feet and the train climbs the 167 ft (51 m) tall chain lift after hearing the send-off recording "Thank you and enjoy your avalanche of adventure on Alpengeist!" The top of the lift reaches 195 ft (59 m) above the river below. The track turns right while dropping down a 170 ft (52 m) spiral drop, going past The Land of The Dragons, with the train hitting 67 mph (108 km/h). Following the drop, the train passes through a 120 ft (37 m) Immelmann loop, followed by a 106 ft (32 m) vertical loop. The track then races through a wooden tunnel, which until recent years, had cameras for an on-ride photo (it has since been removed due to the two inside seats not being clear in the photos), before passing through a cobra roll over the Rhine River, adjacent to the Loch Ness Monster. Out of the cobra roll, the track crosses over the entrance to the cobra roll, passes by Griffon, then rises into the midcourse brake run. After the midcourse brakes, the track crosses over the exit from the Immelmann loop and then down a drop before entering a zero-g roll, alongside the Le Scoot log flume. After a short section of straight track close to ground level, the track goes through a corkscrew followed by a clockwise upward helix, before making a left turn to the final brake run.


Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Ranking 2 3 8 10 13 19 19 17 17 18 22 19 23 27 24 25 23 26 30
Preceded by
World's tallest inverted roller coaster
March 1997–May 2002
Succeeded by
Wicked Twister
Preceded by
World's fastest inverted roller coaster
March 1997–August 1998
Succeeded by
Volcano, The Blast Coaster
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