Loch Ness Monster

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Take a ride into the heart of Loch Ness and discover the mythical Scottish monster...

Theme ParkBusch Gardens Williamsburg
Park AreaHeatherdowns (Scotland)
ManufacturerArrow Dynamics
ModelCustom Looping Coaster
Height130 ft
Length3240 ft
Max Speed60 mph
Duration3 minutes
Interlocking loops

Interlocking loops

Built in 1978 by Arrow Dynamics, Loch Ness Monster was the first major rollercoaster at Busch Gardens.

On opening, the ride held the records for the world's fastest and tallest rollercoaster. It was also the first rollercoaster with interlocking loops - the only other Arrow coaster to feature these was Orient Express at Worlds of Fun which has since been removed, leaving Loch Ness Monster as the only example of its kind.

The ride sits within Busch Garden's Scotland themed area, and is based on the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. Part of the coaster track runs over the water of the Rhine River, and there is a long dark spiral tunnel containing effects which heighten the Scottish monster theme.

As part of the ride's fortieth anniversary celebrations in 2018 the old Arrow trains were replaced with new trains manufactured by S&S Worldwide. These, together with a good maintenance regime, have ensured that Loch Ness Monster provides a much smoother ride experience than you might expect from an aging Arrow design.

Loch Ness Monster is a real icon for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and one of the must-do experiences at the park. In 2003 it was awarded Coaster Landmark status by the American Coaster Enthusiasts in recognition of its historical significance.

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