First off it is the same ride vehicles as Corkscrew Hill. The premise is that you are on a jet plane that can show you the wonders/beauty of Ireland, England, Paris, The Alps and Italy in ten minutes.
They have installed indutrial fans on the walls and scent machines (although I've never been on a jet where I could feel wind. However, I can overlook that as the ride was well done. No jerky movements and great photography so I'm sure the general public including the older crowd at BGW will love it.
I even enjoyed the "odd" scene where our plane was "driving" in Paris, fighting traffic around the Arc de Triumphe and the Eiffel Tower.
Last edited by larrygator on Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:04 pm.
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I'll actually miss Corkscrew Hill. But I'm glad to hear the new ride is at least half way decent, if not an improvement over the old ride. Now just give us that kick arse Intamin Drop Tower next year, and I'll be a very happy BGW fanboy.
But they already have an observation tower... it's called Griffon! Of course, it only holds you at the top for six seconds... but it's a great view!
In all seriousness, I would expect the ride's footprint to replace the bumper cars and the queue to be housed in the old Big Bad Wolf station. This would remove several problems for that park and allow further expansion around the side of the tower. Supposedly the new coaster, when it comes, will anchor a new land, probably Spain.
Just one thing first...as soon as I read that it could possibly (but hopefully not) be an observation tower, I immediately thought of combining the two. I was then very surprised when it was on the next page.
What specifics do you think they would theme it too...I mean they can't really theme it to a castle. They already have a castle themed ride across the way...Darkastle. It would kinda be weird.
Or they could make it an extension of Darkastle...Revenge of Darktower.
"You are led up into one of Darkastle's towers only to have a reanimated King Ludwig push you out a window to fall 260 feet."
As for Europe in the Air, how was the ride score? I'll be there tomorrow to check it out myself.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has sent us a press release about the grand opening of Europe in the Air and Celtic Fyre.
Fans flocked to Busch Gardens' Ireland village Friday morning for the launch of the park's newest family-friendly attraction, "Europe in the Air." The high-tech motion simulator swoops guests across gorgeous terrain and past the continent's most recognizable landmarks. Guests dive low over Stonehenge, soar past Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and float over the Colosseum in Rome. With amazing sharp video quality and incredible surround sound, "Europe in the Air" puts guests in the middle of all the action.
Across the pavilion at the Abbey Stone Theatre, Busch Gardens' entertainment team has put the final touches on "Celtic Fyre," the park's newest live show. "Celtic Fyre" features authentic Irish choreography, storytelling, singing, music and the magic of Irish dance. With a cast of singers, Irish dancers and musicians, guests will be clapping their hands and shouting "Erin Go Bragh."
"Busch Gardens continously reinvents itself to keep the park fresh for out guests," said park President John Reilly. "Busch Gardens offers more than just thrill rides. With the addition of Europe in the Air and Celtic Fyre, we have added to our already strong stable of family-friendly attractions here at Busch Gardens."
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Musicians in the Irish village at Busch Gardens entertain guests before the debut of the theme park's newest high-tech simulator ride and new Irish dance show.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell talks with Busch Gardens' team members before the debut of the theme park's two newest attractions, a simulator ride and Irish dance show.
Today, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell greets guests at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Va., to announce the opening of its newest family-friendly attraction, "Europe in the Air."
The Mayor of Killarney greets guests at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. to announce the opening of its newest simulator ride and show.
Busch Gardens' President John Reilly and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell help guests celebrate the debut of the theme park's newest high-tech simulator and Irish dance show at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Va. "Europe in the Air" and "Celtic Fyre" officially opens to guests Saturday, May , 2010.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell greets fans at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. Friday morning during the launch of the theme park's newest family-friendly attraction, "Europe in the Air."
"Celtic Fyre," a new show at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Va., is an Irish celebration filled with stories, singers, musicians and the magic of Irish dance.
"Europe in the Air," a new high-tech simulator at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Va., takes guests on a fun-filled journey across the terrain, over the seas and through the air over Europe.
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