Walter Bolliger, president of the world-renowned coaster company, B&M, was in attendance at yesterday's hardhat tour as well.
BGEscape owners, Bryan Callison and myself were on hand to ask Mr. Bolliger
some of the questions about Griffon that our members have been asking from the beginning.
According to Walter Bolliger
, the total elevation differential is actually indeed 205 feet.
In addition to the exact length of Griffon's drop, there has been chatter pertaining to the exact height of the first Immelmann.Some claimed it appeared much shorter than SheiKra's Immelmann.Well, Walter Bolliger
set this rumor to rest as well: the first of the two Immelmann inversions will stand at 146 feet, a mere single foot taller than SheiKra's Immelmann at Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa Bay, Florida.The second Immelmann will stand at 100 feet, which is nearly as tall as Alpengeist's vertical loop at 106 feet.Mr. Bolliger
also revealed that each of Griffon's three trains will display a unique splash formation.He
also mentioned that during the design process for Griffon, a total of five different layout options were decided among, as well as at least two other locations within the park.Bolliger
said that it all came down to a "question of interaction with the rest of the park."
This careful ride placement will result in a breathtaking vista of the Rhine River, which now showcases four of the park's five roller coasters.
Along with clearing up some of the confusions on ride specs, Mr. Bolliger
also emphasized how unique Griffon will be once it opens in late spring: