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 zooms backwards and ascends before being propelled forward and navigating a twist. This is followed by a heartline roll. 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 heartline roll 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.