Apollo’s Chariot

Apollo’s Chariot is steel roller coaster at the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park in James City County, Virginia, United States. The ride was the first Hyper Coaster designed by Swiss firm Bolliger & Mabillard. It officially opened to the public on March 30, 1999.

The 4,882-foot-long (1,488 m) ride is characterised by eight air-time hills, with heights ranging between 49 and 131 feet (15 and 40 m). Riders ascend 170 feet (52 m) on the chain lift hill before dropping 210 feet (64 m) at an angle of 65°. Apollo’s Chariot is generally well received with it consistently rating highly in industry rankings.

Ride experience

After departing from the station, the train begins to climb the 170-foot (52 m) chain lift hill. When the train reaches the top, it drops down a few feet in a pre-drop. The pre-drop serves to reduce the stress and pull of the chain. Next the train goes down a 210 feet (64 m) drop toward a water-filled ravine at a 65 degree angle and reaching a top speed of 73 miles per hour (117 km/h). At the end of the ravine, the train enters a second airtime hill with a 131-foot (40 m) drop. A short narrow above ground tunnel is at the bottom of the second drop. After the tunnel, the train descends a 144-foot (44 m) drop, which banks to the left as it descends.

The train then goes through an upward helix. Coming out of the helix, the train drops 102 feet (31 m) then turns right and rises up into the mid-course brake run. Next the coaster drops 48 feet (15 m) out of the brake run followed by another drop at 87 feet (27 m) toward the ravine. The train then banks right, makes a 38-foot (12 m) dip, turns left and goes through a small 16-foot (4.9 m) dip. The train then makes one last 49-foot (15 m) airtime drop before climbing up and into the final brake run. There is approximately 26 seconds of airtime during the 2 minute and 15 second ride.


  • 51,8 m tall Chain Lift Hill with a 64 m drop
  • Hill with a 39,9 m drop
  • Hill with a 43,9 m drop
  • Hill with a 31,1 m drop
  • Hill with a 14,6 m drop
  • Hill with a 26,5 m drop
  • Hill with a 11,6 m drop
  • Hill with a 4,9 m drop
  • Hill with a 14,9 m drop
  • Location North America / United States of America / Virginia
  • Status Operating
  • Classification Roller Coaster
  • Type Steel
  • Design Sit Down
  • Category Hypercoaster (61m)
  • Make Bolliger & Mabillard
  • Speed 117,5
  • Height 51,8
  • Drop 64
  • Length 1488
  • Duration 2:15
  • G-Force 4.1
  • Amusement Park Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • Capacity 1750
  • Elements Camel Back Hills, Chain Lift Hill, Hill