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August 16th is National Roller Coaster day!

Posted at 4:38 AM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 12:05:58-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Today is National Roller Coaster Day, a sacred day for all coaster enthusiasts.

Save $20 on a Busch Gardens Fall Fun Card and get the rest of summer free.

Offer is available through Aug. 26 here.

Here are some facts about the Griffon roller coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

  • Griffon is one of the world’s tallest and the first floor-less  dive coasters
  • The park’s steel marvel plunges thrill-seekers 205 feet at 75 miles per hour
  • Named for mythical beast that is part eagle and part lion
  • It’s located in France village and opened in 2007.
    • Slow ascent up lift hill
    • Approach first drop: Car is suspended for four seconds before dropping
    • Initial dive is a whopping 205 feet, 90 degrees straight down
    • Second drop is 130 feet
    • Water feature at the end

The Griffon coaster tour is one way to experience the ride.

Guests can go in the maintenance area and see one of the coaster cars up close, and they can ride all the way up here to the top and walk around. It’s a must-do for any coaster fanatic.

For more information, click here.

Don’t forget, Busch Gardens Bier Fest begins Friday, Aug. 17 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 3. More than 100 beers on tap, authentic German food and live entertainment featured during this three-week festival.