Big Bad Wolf
Website: Busch Gardens Williamsburg Homepage
Ride Type: Suspended Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.9406
TPC Overall Rank: #182 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 112
Last Review: 7/22/2009 4:59:00 PM
In User Top 10: 59 times.
User Tracker Count: 353 times.

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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RCGenius on 7/22/2009 4:59:00 PM
With rumors going around that BBW might be running for only this season, I had to get at least one ride on it and share the glorious memories it had for 25 years. I've only been on one suspended coaster before and that was Iron Dragon at Cedar Point, the kiddy suspended coaster version, so I already knew it was gonna outdo that. The ride takes you up a lift hill, then sends you down a medium-sized drop that's followed by going through some tunnels at high speeds whipping you around each turns. Each and every turn causes the coaster cars to swing side to side making for a somewhat disorienting, yet fun experience. After going through some turns came the second lift hill that takes you up before turning left and plunging down that 100' drop down into the ravine which lies the notorious Rhine River. That drop was nice and afterward came some more turns before hitting the breaks. Big Bad Wolf was an interesting ride with high-speed turns and a surprisingly good finale drop. However, the coaster's kinda rough and that sometimes isn't a good thing. Still, I would get at least one ride on this daunting classic.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jeopardyfish on 7/1/2009 4:51:00 PM
This ride is very well-done in theming and intensity; it certainly is more intense than it looks. It was still great fun!

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bpski13 on 10/13/2008 4:14:00 PM - User's Top Ride #19
When I first saw this coaster, the only thing visible to me was the first smaller lift hill. I got in line, thinking that this would be a pretty dinky and out-of-date ride.
This ride has the most intense Gs I& ever experienced. There is a lot of theming, although most of it is hard to notice due to the intensity of the ride. The drops seem small at first glance, but are more than what meets the eye and the 100-foot drop even has some ejector towards the back.
Many people don&#39.t like this ride because it doesn&#39.t incorporate any inversions due to the swinging-car feature, but this is one well-designed coaster, especially the river and the woods settings. This ride is a must at BGE.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up praxis on 9/7/2008 7:52:00 PM
The 5. That&#39.s how BGE describes its quintet of roller coasters. All 5 are very, very good, and none are clones. If not in terms of quantity, at least in terms of quality, the Busch coasters are equalled by only a few other parks (Cedar Point, SFGA...)

The Big Bad Wolf is the second oldest of the 5, after the Loch Ness Monster. Unlike most suspended coasters, you ride in a car, tather than having your legs dangle freeely below you. This works well, as the cars really swing too and fro. And just like all BGE coasters, it looks great - distinctly colored (red + black), going by great terrain (swooping in over a bavarian village, a drop towards the river, and near the other park rides). While it goes only 42 mph, it feels a lot faster. Its elements and ambiance add up to a really good time. Props to BGE for maintenance. Nessie + the Wolf are oldies that still ride like new.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 8/19/2008 11:20:00 PM
This is a great coaster. i loved how it was hidden in the woods for the most part, and had great theming. What I didn&#39.t like is the mid-course lift hill. It killed the ride for me as i lost interest climbing a second lift.

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Steve NY on 5/2/2008 8:40:00 PM
Wow! Everyone always considers this to Buschs worst coaster, but I actually found it to be really good and even better than the Loch Ness (this still is a darn good "worst" coaster for many). Approching the ride, the entire layout other than the intimidating drop is absolutely hidden. For an Arrow, Big Bad Wolf is extremely smooth and it hasnt shown its age yet. I absolutely love the thrill of the swinging during the first half and all of the close encounters with the nearby village. There actually are some decent Gs during the swings and following that is a lift leading to an insane second half. As for the drop, it is the scariest by far at the park (quite an accomplishment!). Everytime it speeds down the drop, I cringe at the fear of the ride swinging of and into the river. Well, after the drop the swinging is absolutely insane and the train flies, and I mean flies back to the station. Great suspended coaster, but its just a notch below Vortex for my favorite.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up m311ton on 3/22/2008 6:52:00 PM
Cant really make my mind up on this ride, but my first reaction is that it is a little weak. I had to wait the longest for this ride in my visit to BG, which I admit is hurting its score. Our train stalled at the top of the hill on the first drop, but once we got going I found the drop to actually be kind of exciting. The rest of the ride feels very quick as you scream through some buildings, trees, and water, and it will put a smile on your face, but it wont make you scream. This can be a fun ride, however it isnt worth waiting a long time for.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/6/2007 6:08:00 PM
Big Bad Wolf was fun and the weakest of Busch Gardens coasters, which isnt saying much. The first half was fast and the swinging was excellent as the cars came close to surrounding buildings. The second drop was by far the best part as that plunge over the Rhine River is quite a thrill still.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up B&M Fan on 8/11/2007 10:06:00 AM
Big Bad Wolf is a very deceiving looking coaster. From the que and the front of the ride, it is not possible to see what this coaster has in store. I found the seats moderately comfortable and do like the swinging trains. The first half of this coaster I really enjoyed. Especially going through the buildings and the quickly paced turns. The second half of the ride, I was pretty scared to be honest. The drop into the lake was pretty cool. You can tell this half is too fast because of the fact that they have a break segment on the first drop. You absolutely fly through the second half. It was almost too much. Not a bad coaster by any means but not that great.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up thare on 6/18/2007 9:12:00 AM - User's Top Ride #7
I enjoyed this coaster very much, but it was still my 4th favorite in the park. It is awesome at night, and in the day. (back is better) It gets an eight because it is one of those rides that is close to the next number. This is a classic roller coaster, and a must do for any visitor.

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