The Big Bad Wolf Lives Again!
A future exhibit dedicated to the design and development of the innovative ride will be developed.
ARLINGTON, TX – (November 19, 2009) –Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
The National Roller Coaster Museum is hopeful, thanks to a generous donation by the
management team of Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, future generations will learn
what it was like to “travel at the speed of fright.”
The museum will take possession of an original train, track section, sign package and
accompanying support materials for the NRCMA permanent collection. “This is an incredible
addition to the Museum collection,” Gary Slade, NRCMA Board Chairman said,
“When the ride closed on September 7, 2009, it was the oldest operating suspended coaster – and certainly
one of the best. We want to thank the leadership team at Busch Gardens Europe for their gift.”
History of The Big Bad Wolf
The Big Bad Wolf was originally added to Busch Gardens’ Oktoberfest section of the
park in 1984. The project was originally a Schwarzkopf designed flying coaster but after 75
percent completion, the project was turned over to Arrow Dynamics. The “suspended
swinging coaster” operated until Sept. 7, 2009, when contest winners rode The Big Bad Wolf for
the last time at 8:42 p.m.
“We’re honored that the NRCMA wants to add The Big Bad Wolf to their collection,”
said John Reilly, Busch Gardens’ general manager. “It entertained millions of our guests over
the years and now will now serve as a reminder for future generations of what the ride meant to
the history of the industry.”
“The Big Bad Wolf is historically significant in the industry because of its place in the
lineage of steel roller coaster design,” Richard Munch, American Coaster Enthusiasts founder
and NRCMA historian said.
Historical ride statistics:
- Type: Steel Suspended/Terrain Design
- Opened: June 15, 1984
- Closed: September 7, 2009
- Manufacturer: Arrow Dynamics
- Height: 113 feet
- Drop: 99 feet
- Length: 2,800 feet
- Top Speed: 50 mph
- Ride Duration: 3 minutes
THE NRCMA IS AN UNAFFILIATED, 501 C3 NON‐PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC ROLLER COASTERS AND AMUSEMENT PARK ARTIFACTS AND MEMORABILIA TO DOCUMENT AND ARCHIVE THE HISTORY OF THE AMUSEMENT PARK INDUSTRY IN A DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT WHILE PROVIDING THE MOST COMPLETE REPOSITORY OF INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS REGARDING THE AMUSEMENTS INDUSTRY. TO DONATE TO THE NRCMA TO AID IN THE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC ROLLER COASTERS AND AMUSEMENT PARK ARTIFACTS, MAIL TO: NRCMA, ATTENTION, JEFF NOVOTNY, NRCMA TREASURER, PO BOX 5424, ARLINGTON, TEXAS 76005‐5424
About Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens is a Worlds of Discovery. Other Worlds of Discovery include Water Country USA in
Williamsburg; Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fl.; the SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fl.;
Sesame Place near Philadelphia; Discovery Cove in Orlando; Adventure Island in Tampa; and Aquatica,
SeaWorld’s water park, in Orlando.