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According to today's Virginia Gazette, here's what will be happening at Busch Gardens in 2006:
1. The return of the summer concert series--there was no announcement of any specific performers, but the concerts will be part of regular admission (no upcharge)
2. "Emerald Beat"--the replacement for "Irish Thunder" will be (surprise!) another Irish dance show, but with new music and costumes and improved theming in the theatre, including the lobby
3. "Kinetix"--the replacement for "Imaginique" (another "Cirque-type" show)
4. "Curse of DarKastle"--Busch plans to enhance this already great ride for 2006 with "intensified fire vehicle propulsion" (that is, enhanced movement--perhaps they'll be beefing up that fireplace sequence, eh?)
Busch didn't formally announce what type of attraction they'll be installing for 2007, but they have applied for a "height waiver" for a planned attraction in France. This waiver is needed for structures taller than 60 feet. Let the speculation begin . . .
EDIT: The height-waiver request is actually for "France" (or "Aquitaine") according to the Gazette, not "New France" (or "Fort New France"). This has been mentioned in later posts, but I've finally corrected it here as well.
OOh, Emerald BEAT. i really thought you said "Emerald BEAST" there for a second. i was thinking that doesn't sound like the type of show just anyone can get into, new lobby or not. Nudge, Nudge, wink, wink, say no more.
To keep the speculation going, I heard a while back that there was green track in the Drachen Fire lot. Apparently, it was B&M track with dark green ties and light green rails. Anyone else hear this?
And to go along with the Dive Coaster rumor. OMG I WOULD LOVE THAT! I just got back from BGT and rode SheiKra, the holding brake 200 feet in the air is amazing. If one comes to BGW, I will force my parents to take me!!!
1. Skyrush | 2. Maverick | 3. The Voyage | 4. El Toro | 5. Outlaw Run 6. Millennium Force | 7. I-305 | 8. Medusa: SC | 9. X2 | 10. Phoenix
I don't know, but BGW always sparks my interest since it is probably my favorite all-around theme park (combination of atmosphere, coasters, theming, landscaping, etc) right in front of IOA, EPCOT, and Hersheypark.
Actually, I'm not surprised that BGW is coasting a bit this year. DarKastle was a large investment (that's paying off nicely, I believe). I am pleased that they want to enhance DarKastle.
As for what's going on in New France, I've heard the dive-coaster rumors, too (especially after Sheikra). Works for me, it that's what they're doing. I wonder where in New France. The current location of the Le Scoot log flume would be perfect, I think (it is getting pretty old).
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