Griffon is a steel Dive Coaster roller coaster located at the Busch Gardens Williamsburg amusement park in James City County, Virginia, United States. Designed by Bolliger & Mabillard, it is 205 feet (62 m) high, and is the second-fastest (71 miles per hour (114 km/h)) Dive Coaster built. The roller coaster features two Immelmann loops, a splashdown, two vertical drops and was the first of its kind to use floorless trains. Griffon was announced to the public on August 23, 2006 and opened on May 18, 2007 to positive reviews by both newspapers and enthusiasts. In 2007, Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards voted it the third-best new steel roller coaster of that year and the 27th-best steel roller coaster. It was voted the 33rd-best steel roller coaster in 2013.
After the floors drop and the front gate opens, the train is dispatched from the station and makes a downward right turn immediately followed by an upward right turn which leads directly to 45-degree inclined chain lift hill. Once the train reaches the top of the 205-foot (62 m) lift, it makes a right turn into a holding brake where the train slowly moves over the first drop (which is 205-foot (62 m)), stops for a few seconds, and then is released down the 90 degree drop. By the time the train makes it to the bottom of the drop, it reaches its maximum speed of 71 miles per hour (114 km/h).
Then, the train enters an immelmann loop before dropping back to the ground and making a banked upward left turn into the mid course brake run. After the train slows down, it enters a second 130-foot (40 m) 90 degree drop into another immelmann loop. Following a small airtime hill, the train goes through a splashdown which sprays two 50-foot (15 m) lines of water in the air. Finally, the train makes a banked turn to the left leading into the final brake run. One cycle of the ride lasts about three minutes.
- Location North America / United States of America / Virginia
- Status Operating
- Classification Roller Coaster
- Type Steel
- Design Sit Down
- Category Dive coaster, Floorless
- Make Bolliger & Mabillard
- Speed 114,3
- Height 62,5
- Drop 39.6
- Inversions 2
- Length 947.3
- Duration 2:35
- G-Force 4.0
- Amusement Park Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Capacity 1400
- Elements Chain Lift Hill, Hill, Immelmann, Splashdown