JAMES ¿CITY — A little eavesdropping confirmed what Larry Giles suspected. The new roller coaster Verbolten is a winner and should bolster tourism this year.
Giles, the vice president for design and engineering at Busch Gardens, casually stood next to the ride’s exit during a soft opening last weekend. The coaster officially opened Friday.
“To hear what people said,” Giles recounted, “a¿lot of them were saying, ‘It’s the best ride I’ve ever been on.’”
Busch Gardens debuted the coaster for the media on Wednesday, as well as to a more discerning customer base of 75-100 invited members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
Their reaction was enthusiastic,...