Europe in the Air actually sounds like fun. I just hope it's nothing like Corkscrew Hill. I love simulators, I mean I'm one of the few people I think that still loves Star Tours in Disney World and I'm still upset over the Back to the future ride being gone but I DID NOT like Corkscrew Hill. Much to rough and I felt I was going to fall out of my seat a few times. The movie it's self was cute and all but the ride was just awful.
From Busch Gardens facebook it sounds like Friday will be soft opening for Europe in the Air.
Busch Gardens Planning on coming to the park Friday? Well, come early and celebrate Ireland’s newest attractions – Celtic Fyre’s grand opening and test flights for Europe in the Air. The park opens at 9 a.m. for the special day. We’ll see you there.
Busch Gardens has applied for a 260 ft. height waiver!
JAMES CITY Busch Gardens is seeking permission from James City County to build a new thrill ride for the 35-year-old theme park.
Park officials filed an application Tuesday with the county's planning department for height restrictions waiver for a "new ride not to exceed 260 feet above ground level," the county Web site said. Griffon is 205 feet high.
According to the application, the ride will be located in the park's Germany section.
Busch Gardens is opening a new a new simulated ride this season called "Europe Up in the Air." However, the Griffon ride— which opened in 2007— was the last roller coaster the park built.
Check back at dailypress.com and in Thursday's Daily Press for more on this developing story.
I don't want to get mine or anyone elses hopes up, but I'd like to bring up the fact that Intamin almost never sells something by itself, it always offers packages sometimes several rides at once, or sometimes several rides over a period of time.
Perhaps if BGT is really getting an Intamin Launched Coaster we could see BGW getting a kickass Intamin Drop Tower?!?!
I've always thought the Busch parks were lacking in the drop ride department!!!!
Busch Gardens plans to build a 26-story “tower” coaster that will easily eclipse the 205-foot peak of Griffon. Blackstone to invest millions to remain competitive By Cortney Langley Modified: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Originally Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 2:17 AM EDT
JAMES CITY — Busch Gardens plans to build a 26-story “tower” coaster that will easily eclipse the 205-foot peak of Griffon.
An application to the county for a height waiver describes a “thrill attraction of a single tower not to exceed 260 feet above ground level.” That strongly suggests a drop coaster, along the lines of “Tower of Terror” at Universal Orlando or “Drop Zone” at Kings Island in Cincinnati, which tops out at 315 feet and holds 40 passengers.
A similar drop coaster ride is in Germany’s Hansapark. “Monte Zuma” lifts 30 riders 160 feet in the air, and either drops them, catapults them up, or goes up and down like a yo-yo.
The Busch application is timely, since the theme park tends to roll out a new ride every three years. A balloon was lofted last Thursday to gauge the visibility of the ride.
Expansion reinforces Busch’s place as the driver of tourism in greater Williamsburg.
The new ride will be located in Germany, next to Der Wirbelwind swing ride. The plans suggest the ride will not be built on the site of the Big Bad Wolf, which has been retired.
The Griffon was the last coaster, in 2007. Typically thrill ride blogs are loaded with speculation long before the rides open, but those websites have focused on the “Europe in the Air” simulation ride that Busch Gardens will debut this year.
The investment of millions in a new coaster shows that Blackstone Group, which bought Busch Entertainment’s 10 parks last year, is willing to invest heavily in new hardware before attempting to flip the park. Last week Blackstone released its first-quarter financials for 2010, reporting a $360 million profit. That’s a big turnaround from an $82 million loss a year earlier.
I'm sure that Universal will be surprised to find that it has a "Tower of Terror."
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