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P. 463: A Sunday at the Food & Wine Festival

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^ I sure hope that is it. But it's weird that we haven't seen any testing with water dummies... Aren't they supposed to do that type of testing for measurement of forces making sure it is safe for people..?

 

Also, Busch still has to do their testing. Maybe Moser is cleaning up their personal mess for Busch to get in there and do their own testing? I'm very hopeful, as i'm sure everyone else is, that it opens soon. Especially so people can stop asking "Is Mach tower open yet??" on the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Facebook.

 

 

Actually there is a video on youtube of dummy testing from May. Link:

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The car was finally rotating yesterday, but there was a huge thunderstorm. One of the lightning bolts came close and shut power to a few rides in the area. As long as nothing happened to Mach, I'm fine.

 

I wonder how come BGW is still allowed to have 56 nights of fireworks, I would have thought Kingsmill would have stopped all that, however I am glad the fireworks are still here, just a random thought.

 

The fireworks aren't that loud from Kingsmill. At most, you'll hear a rumbling noise for about five minutes. The train is much louder and lasts all day.

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Question: as part of Illuminights are they still projecting a light show onto Griffon this year? Last year I was quite impressed with it, it's cool to look at and really pretty. It really emphasized the height of the structure, too. Plus, we got to take the Skyride portion that goes right through Griffon while the lights were being projected onto it. It was really nice. I haven't seen it mentioned in any TR's this year, and can't tell on the official site because it's loading extremely slowly for some reason. So are they still doing the Griffon projection this year?

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^ I sure hope that is it. But it's weird that we haven't seen any testing with water dummies... Aren't they supposed to do that type of testing for measurement of forces making sure it is safe for people..?

 

Also, Busch still has to do their testing. Maybe Moser is cleaning up their personal mess for Busch to get in there and do their own testing? I'm very hopeful, as i'm sure everyone else is, that it opens soon. Especially so people can stop asking "Is Mach tower open yet??" on the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Facebook.

Well considering that at freefall the minimum one will experience is 0.0G and when slowing down vertically isn't terribly stressful (unless, of course the brakes don't manage to catch it again) so I wouldn't see a need to. With this said, I have no knowledge of what testing is done this is just my thought.

 

Yes, but they had water dummy testing in May, and have had them on-site. Weird that they haven't re-done the dummy tests with the newly added (since then) shock absorbers.

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Well it looks long enough and as long as it drop as fast as they said I'm fine with it...the only thing is after being slowed down it moves at a constant speed for about 10 seconds before coming to a stop. Comparatively, KDs Drop Zone moves at a constant speed for about 3-4 seconds before stopping (according to

). It would seem that they could have made the drop slightly longer. Why would they not? Anyone care to elaborate?
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A drop doesn't make a drop tower good, it is what you can do with it. I am sure the vibrating seats, on board audio and spinning make it better than what it looks like now.

 

I guess that makes sense regarding the fireworks, but they just seem louder. I guess I just need to go live in Kingsmil and hear it for myself. I actually don't like Kingsmil, they are terrible drivers, I almost got hit by one

They really are slow too, every time I go to work there is always 10 of them blocking me.

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^ KIngsmill is mostly elderly/retired people, so I'm not surprised.

 

The ride goes into pure freefall for about 40 feet and spends the next 100 feet at 60 mph (it doesn't go any faster than that). Basically you're still dropping at 140 feet, which isn't too bad.

 

Remember this is a new company. I don't BGW trusts Moser as much as it would a big name company. Accidents are more likely to happen with a newer company then a well trusted name, so I think BGW wanted to play it safe.

 

Moser's actually been around for a long time. They're just better known for building kiddie rides and family-style attractions. Looking at their website, they have quite a collection of traveling thrill rides in operation, but this is their tallest drop tower and the first in the word with shaking seats and onboard audio. That's why they're having so many problems. A lot of small carnivals carry Moser bounce towers (you can see the manufacturer's name on the bottom of the seats).

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A drop doesn't make a drop tower good, it is what you can do with it. I am sure the vibrating seats, on board audio and spinning make it better than what it looks like now.

 

I'm pretty sure the point of a DROP tower is the drop... Plus, the vibrating seats are going to be a perverted joke by teens standing in the queue line.

 

But anyways, I'm just glad BGW got this to look at the park from that height since they don't have any form of an observation tower.

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A drop doesn't make a drop tower good, it is what you can do with it. I am sure the vibrating seats, on board audio and spinning make it better than what it looks like now.

 

I'm pretty sure the point of a DROP tower is the drop... Plus, the vibrating seats are going to be a perverted joke by teens standing in the queue line.

 

But anyways, I'm just glad BGW got this to look at the park from that height since they don't have any form of an observation tower.

 

I agree with the point of a drop tower... as that's what the ride is called... However, I might be in the minority here that a drop tower is something that ruins the skyline of BGW: It didn't need one before, and perhaps the malfunctions of Mach Tower now is the ride's way of saying "I don't belong here. Get me out of here."

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^I disagree. I think that Mach Tower is actually pretty attractive as such structures go, and fits Oktoberfest because it looks like a giant Maypole (I also like the color scheme).

 

How is it any more intrusive than, say, Griffon?

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^I disagree. I think that Mach Tower is actually pretty attractive as such structures go, and fits Oktoberfest because it looks like a giant Maypole (I also like the color scheme).

 

How is it any more intrusive than, say, Griffon?

 

I guess I'm old-school BGW, when it was still The Old Country of years back; for me, a drop-tower just doesn't quite fit my memories, if that makes any sense. Of course, getting in Geist Almighty back in 97 did start to change the skyline; Griffon more so.

 

I can see your point- but my memories I guess are still lingering on a bit more than they should...

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^I disagree. I think that Mach Tower is actually pretty attractive as such structures go, and fits Oktoberfest because it looks like a giant Maypole (I also like the color scheme).

 

How is it any more intrusive than, say, Griffon?

 

I guess I'm old-school BGW, when it was still The Old Country of years back; for me, a drop-tower just doesn't quite fit my memories, if that makes any sense. Of course, getting in Geist Almighty back in 97 did start to change the skyline; Griffon more so.

 

I can see your point- but my memories I guess are still lingering on a bit more than they should...

 

I'm that way about Knott's Berry Farm and Silver Bullet, although Xcelerator doesn't bother me--go figure. I've lived in Williamsburg since the mid-1980s, and it has been interesting watching the park evolve since then.

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Catacombs is now confirmed for Howl-O-Scream;

 

Through a ruined cemetery filled with statues lies a tunnel that leads to an underground city. Its history is more terrifying than that of France’s worst revolutions. Deep within these tunnels lie mile after mile of bones—the final resting place for those who are buried here. But all is not as quiet as it appears. As guests venture forth into the dank, dripping corridors of rat infested remains, the voices of the dead begin to speak, and some have taken shape.

 

http://howloscream.com/williamsburg/homepage/haunted-houses/catacombs.aspx

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