This LSM coaster from Premier Rides necessarily has a one-train operation, as the train is launched backwards and forward from the station. With a total capacity of 18 riders (3 cars seating 2 across in 3 rows), the train is launched forward at the beginning of the ride and rises just short of the twist at the top. It then launches backwards on a curved track with a stall at the top before being launched forward and navigating a twist in the track. This is followed by an inline twist, one of the highlights of the ride. The train banks right and goes through a non-inverting loop before once again racing forward through the loading area and rolling backwards. It reaches a maximum speed of 62 mph.
I must admit that I didn’t have high expectations of this ride but it certainly exceeded my expectations. The launch was a blast and the layout of the track resulted in some interesting surprises. The reversals of direction were somewhat disconcerting in a good way; the inline twist was fabulous. Tempesto is a welcome addition to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The ride is short but sweet. 4 out of 5 stars. For more information about rides at BGW, visit https://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg/ Video courtesy of Busch Gardens.