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Loch Ness Monster
Website: Busch Gardens Williamsburg Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.0952
TPC Overall Rank: #145 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 118
Last Review: 7/31/2012 5:48:00 PM
In User Top 10: 75 times.
User Tracker Count: 353 times.

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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Fedor on 5/5/2006 8:52:00 PM - User's Top Ride #19
Like Big Bad Wolf, this coaster has a very nice setting when they start you off through the forest with fresh air and nice views of lake and trees. The tunnel is nice cuz everyone just screams cuz its dark. The ride itself is alright. I definitely think if it didnt have this setting or tunnel, itd be just an average coaster ride. But it does have this setting so I like it.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Pasch on 3/23/2006 4:38:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
Great, and there is nothing else like it in the Americas or Europe!!!!

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Animan1 on 1/11/2006 4:10:00 PM
BGW is blessed with having perhaps the two greatest old Arrow coasters ever made, Big Bad Wolf and the one this review is written about, Loch Ness Monster. The ride's queue is fairly well themed, mostly relating to diving in Loch Ness in something like a bathosphere. The trains are your standard old Arrow looper, though they seemed more comfortable to me than the trains for Demon @ SFGAm or Viper @ SFMM. One nice thing in the station are the historical fact signs about the coaster throughout the building. The 1st hill is quite tall, and provides a great view of Alpengeist's cobra roll on the way up. The drop is full of airtime, even with the OTSRs, and the 2nd drop into the loop also has some nice air. The 1st loop is tight and pretty intense, as is often the case on Arrow's old loopers, but it was thankfully much smoother than the likes of Demon or Viper. In fact, the whole ride was almost (almost ) as smooth as some of B&Ms older models, making it unlike any other Arrow looper I have been on. Moving on with the ride, the helix in the tunnel was very cool, and led directly into the 2nd lift hill. After the short lift, there's another drop down to the river. This one leads right into the 2nd loop, which was about even with the first in terms of intensity. In the end, a great quality, and a good ride for children ready to try out their first larger coaster/looper. Like BBW, LNM is deserving of its fame, and while it is a bit of a disappointment that it is rarely run so that trains go through the loops at the same time, the interlocking loops still have a cool and unique effect. Great fun from start to finish is what this coaster is all about.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterf42 on 11/10/2005 9:22:00 PM
Loch Ness Monster: The most beautiful mustard-yellow Arrow coaster in the world! It is a decent ride, and really has kind of a grudge about it! The loops are flat-out intense, and almost in a painful way! A couple of drops have pops of air in the back, (including the large first drop) which is a big plus for a looper. It blends in with its surrounding well, and it feels like you are on a bit of history so perfectly preserved in the heart of Busch Gardens Europe. It is not a perfect ride however, and a big reason is because of wacky pacing. A great first drop leads to an extremely weak turn around. More momentum is picked up headed into the loop, which spits you back out into a curve with good speed as well. The preceeding indoor-helix could be flat out legendary, only there is a nasty trim brake right in the way!! Now, a completely-dark 20 times around helix or whatever is very cool, but I could just imagine how great that would be with no trimming (and with some illumination which I believe they have taken out somewhere along the line). I dont care if it would be rough as crap, I just want to see what a nearly 30 year old monster can do to me! Then, there is a second lift hill which kills the pace as well. There is a whole lot of good with Loch Ness Monster, accept for the fact that it really doesnt just seem to have much speed at all in some places. Thats probably what it was designed to do, but for the thrill factor for me, all those slow parts just kill the sustained fun. Still definitely above average, and if the ACErs insist, a prime piece of roller coaster history.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jdale on 10/4/2005 2:50:00 PM
This ride is great, but it barely missed my top 10 list. The first drop isnt a curved drop like GASM at Great Adventure or Alpengeist. It just goes down and produces a gut wrenching feeling. I wonder why Arrow put brakes on the second drop. Oh well. Next comes one of the interlocking vertical loops. Its a little tight, but its still cool. Then we hit the brakes. Next comes a long helix in a very dark cave. Youll always hear people screaming in that cave. Coming out of the tunnel, finally, comes a second chain lift. A few seconds later, we take a plunge into the second interlocking vertical loop, tight just like the first one. Then we hit the final brakes and the ride is over. Even with Alpengeist and Apollos Chariot in the park, Nessie really packs a punch. Im glad they didnt make the first drop a curved drop. I like drops that just go down better than curved drops. Its unusual, but even with those overhead shoulder restraints, we do catch some air on that first drop. Its smaller than Alpengeist, but I like Nessie better. Definitely a must ride! One last thing. I think this ride doesnt seem too rough because it doesnt have enough turns to be a real headbanger. It has more drops than turns.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CoastrGlxy on 9/30/2005 4:28:00 PM
For a steel coaster from the seventies Lochness is amazing and still rocks in 2005! BGW does it again. Even the parks dinosaur so to speak has some pretty cool elements. A pretty steep drop to the Rhine River, one of the worlds only coasters with interlocking loops and the longest helix youll find anywhere. And did I mention its in a dark cave. Not some short tunnel or covered section. I couldnt see my hand in front of face, now thats dark! And its a great surprise for new riders as its cleverly not on park maps and thanks to BGWs foiliage and topogrophy its hard to see from footpaths. At the bottom of the super long helix, as you exit the cave they used to have a light mist that would spray riders. Im not sure if this was off because I went late in the season or becuase they took it out all together. Next you hit a second lift which kind of kills the great momementum the ride has had up to that point. Its really too bad they couldnt have used tire propulsion or something to get enough speed up so you didnt need another lift. (Maybe theyll make that adjustment for the 30 year anniversary in a few years.) After the second shorter lift you drop right into the second loop as your pictures taken, then its right into the station breaks. I have to say after all of these years Nessie has aged gracefully, especially for an Arrow looper. I expected the loops to be as rough as the loops on the other water-loving serpeant just up the road, but Im glad to say that they werent. They were fun with great gs and virtually no headbanging. Lochness is a classic steel coaster thats showing some longevity. Shes definitely an oldie but goodie. Final Rating - 8.0 (Great)

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up penguin22 on 9/8/2005 1:02:00 PM
A bit rough but otherwise a classic. It is my FIRST ever major coaster and I love it. The interlocking loops are one of a kind, the first drop is exirating, and the tunnel is fun. I hope this never goes away.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up thinkdif on 8/12/2005 4:21:00 PM
Wow, this ride was much better than I expected. This coaster is not nearly as popular as the other at BG, therfore making the line shorter than the others. The drops on this coaster are impressive and the two loops were better than average. I was also surprised how smooth this coaster is (I thought that after 25+ years it would start to wear down). The tunnel is also a fun touch.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up gb on 8/10/2005 8:07:00 PM
Often times when I hear hype about coasters it seems all-too-often that Im let down...either its long and boring or amazing and short--and i get aggrivated, as I unfortunately found with a couple of the BGW coasters...so after roaming around busch gardens for quite sometime, you magically stumble upon this rather decrepid looking steel coaster....i say decrepid because this puppy has been around for a solid 25ish years...and its AMAZING...its very long (i estimate the actual ride time WITHOUT the lift hill to be somewhere around 2:30...and this old beauty leaves nothing to the imagination...it goes through everything a good coaster should--great loops, steep drops, and even a very LONG portion of tunnel! This ride is a must! Looks really can be deceiving...

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PeterD on 7/29/2005 9:38:00 AM
The Loch Ness Monster is easily one of the better Arrows out there. Having already been on GASM at SF Great Adventure, I was almost expecting a rough ride and a headache as I boarded the train. Luckily for me and all of the other riders, the anticipated pains and aches were not in store for us. The first drop provided a very surprisingly intense gut-wrenching feeling that you endure on most hypercoasters. From then on the train rode on an endless stream of yellow track over water and through tunnels. From start to finish Loch Ness Monster is a wonderful thrill.

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