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I was speaking with one of the ride operators for Mach Tower today. He said that there will not be an opening next week due to some sort of delay. Also, he mentioned that they are supposed to be training the team members next week. I am assuming the week after next will be when the Team Member's get to ride Mach Tower for paid shifts* and then an opening to the general public.

 

*Yes, seasonal team member's can sign up to be paid $7.65 to ride Mach Tower. The ride time was scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday. Sadly, the schedule has been cancelled and hopefully rescheduled soon. There are two shifts. A morning one and evening one. Each shift will host 3 groups. Over a 3 hour period the 3 groups with 30 team members in each group will ride Mach Tower two times non-stop, get off, and let the next group go.*

 

This is very good news as it means we can expect an opening within the month if no more major delays occur.

 

Edit - By the way, I have been reading the thread for awhile and thought I should start putting in my two cents, hope you don't mind.

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Mach Tower update!

 

Ride's been testing all week long with a few stops in between. I've seen the car rotate on a number of occasions as well as moving up the tower + dropping, raising the catch car, and raising + lowering the carriage. The ride was not testing Sunday.. Training should commence later this week. No word on official opening yet, just unconfirmed dates.

 

I still say cross your fingers for next week.

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They didn't disable anything on their Facebook. They just switched it so when you open their Facebook you see only Busch Gardens posts, but if you click Most Recent in the corner it shows everyones posts. You can still post. The spam though are basically posts by random people that have a picture of some naked lady and then a link to a random website, not even a porn site.

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There was quite a bit of moaning and complaining about the "build a coaster with pretzels" contest results, too--but I don't know what all the brouhaha was about.

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Yeah, at first the computer messed up and switched the two percents so first place went to third and third place went to first. After someone said something, the park replied saying they were looking into it, then when the contest was over second and third place won and first place didn't.

I am assuming their computer made a mistake and they thought that they would fix it by choosing who they thought had the most votes.

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Went down to the park last Friday for a little while, took some pictures of the most recent work done on the Verbolten construction site, and the hole for the building is HUGE. Take a look!

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The station is pretty much gutted out.

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You can see this simply by going to the right of the bumper car building.

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One of the old footers, you get a good appreciation for how deep these things go into the ground.

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Massive hole.

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Can't wait to see the building!

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Yeah, tons of people are so confused about it. People keep asking "is Mach Tower open yet?" or some other question about Mach Tower already being open and it is always fun to see their face when I say no, its not open. They do need to get it open quick though, but they should do as safely as possible. Those green walls are just ugly and I want to vanish far far away from here.

 

HOS Update -

 

So BGWFans says Pompeii is gutted as of the other day and is now starting reconstruction. Cursed is gone, can confirm that because I saw it one night. However, that area used for Cursed is not supposed to be used this year for HOS.

 

Other really good possibilities for mazes/haunted houses - Catacombs in RPT, something in the EIA Queue, anything in Festhaus Park i probably not going to happen EXCEPT for the Drachen Fire Queue Building. I say that because that building is right at the entrance and exit of FHP and they would not have to "cover up" the area with walls and such for coaster construction or at least not as much. Also, it would be a big pain and hassle to find a way to get to the other building and back while completely ignoring the construction going on. You could also probably put a small maze in the Black Forest Picnic area. I could see something like Cursed fitting there, weaving in and out of structures.

 

That is all I have, so let speculation and rumors take over now!

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^We were told during TPR Day that HOS's original maze was going to be re-created in the Europe in the Air building. As I recall, that maze had a little bit of everything, including evil clowns, a mad scientist, and an animatronic dionsaur skeleton (it was also pretty long). It'll be interesting to see how it works this year, as they don't have the old arcade space to use like they did more than 12 years ago (when King Arthur's Challenge was in that building). We were also told that HOS was going on in the old Drachen Fire area, but weren't given any details.

 

So, there's going to be a new maze for Pompeii? I hope so, as the old one was getting a bit long in the tooth.

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Mini update!

 

Mach Tower was testing again yesterday so it looks like the problem they had is resolved now. Operator training should commence in time for next week! Tower isn't open yet, but should be up and running in time as long as more problems don't arise.

 

Verbolten clearing stretches over BBW's final drop now.

 

Foreign tourists are in full-force right now! I've encountered a few standing in front of Mach Tower as well as on rides. They seem to travel in huge groups carrying cameras, but I prefer them over the middle schoolers any day.

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Mini update!

 

Mach Tower was testing again yesterday so it looks like the problem they had is resolved now. Operator training should commence in time for next week! Tower isn't open yet, but should be up and running in time as long as more problems don't arise.

 

Verbolten clearing stretches over BBW's final drop now.

 

Foreign tourists are in full-force right now! I've encountered a few standing in front of Mach Tower as well as on rides. They seem to travel in huge groups carrying cameras, but I prefer them over the middle schoolers any day.

 

Ok Danny I see how it is.

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