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P. 457: Pantheon Roller Coaster POV!

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^ Griffon is open during CT from what I understand depending on the weather (and using last year's map for reference).

 

Mach Tower review!

 

Now that the tower's broken in, I can give out my detailed review of the ride. I had the chance to ride Wednesday as part of the employee preview and I'll say that it's definitely an amazing addition to the park.

 

I had four rides in a row. Two on the side facing Verbolten and two on the side facing the park.

 

The loading process is pretty efficient from observations made during the preview and soft opening. The line was constantly moving while the ride was running. Loading the vehicle might slow operations a little because some guests had trouble getting their restraints in.

 

The ride basically starts out on the ground with the music playing. As you go higher and higher, the music becomes more ominous with some occasional static as you move higher up the tower. At the top, the music cuts off, you "stop" for a few seconds (the car just moves really slowly up), the seats vibrate and then you drop. The vibrations added a nice "surprise" factor to the ride. I expected them to be stronger though. During the drop you can barely feel the brakes until you reach closer to the bottom. Airtime on the tower is also pretty plentiful!

 

Unfortunately the seats weren't the comfiest in the world and the restraints ARE kinda tight. Larger riders may have trouble getting into the seats.

 

The view from the top is impressive. Verbolten's area looks huge and the side facing the park looks amazing! I can't wait to see what the area looks like after Verbolten comes in.

 

** Final notes **

 

The park looks amazing from the top and this is definitely an awesome addition to the park. This is a ride the park desperately needed to bring up its game in the flat ride department. Was it worth the wait? I'd say yes for all the rides I had.

 

A TPR member walked up to me while I was operating rides. It was a short meetup but definitely fun.

 

I also managed to see Chuck (cfc) standing in line yesterday (at least I think it was him).

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The interesting note is the story is based on Greek mythology but Apollo's Chariot is in a Roman/Italian section of the park.

 

The story of Apollo is derived from Greco-Roman mythology.

 

Apollo IS the Roman name for the God of the Sun so it fits perfectly and is appropriately named for that section of the park. The Greek name for the God of the Sun is Helios.

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An interesting thing is that on RCDB.com, the theme of Apollo's Chariot is this:

 

Based on Greco-Roman mythology: Apollo was the god of light, purity, and the sun. In Greek mythology, he was the son of Zeus, the king of the gods. According to an epic tale, Apollo, driving a celestial horse-drawn chariot, was responsible for hauling the sun across the skies. One day, his son Phaethon pestered his permission to take the chariot for a ride. Phaethon was encouraged by his sisters and even his own mother. But Apollo always refused - he knew that his son was far from ready to assume such a responsibility.

 

However, against his better judgement, Apollo eventually allowed the request. So one day Phaethon climbed into the chariot, which was drawn by two white horses, grasped the reins and set off across the skies. It was soon apparent that Phaethon was incapable of controlling the horses - they galloped so high in the sky that the earth was close to freezing, then they plunged so close to the earth that the fields were burnt. This didn’t sit very well with Zeus - he was so enraged by Apollo’s irresponsible behavior that he struck Phaethon dead with a thunderbolt.

 

Link: rcdb.com/531.htm?t=291

 

The interesting note is the story is based on Greek mythology but Apollo's Chariot is in a Roman/Italian section of the park.

 

 

Also, my 150th post!

 

I remember reading this and thinking the same thing when I read it years ago, but I knew Busch was smart and didn't put a Greek-named ride in the Roman section of the park. It seems a little funky at first, but somehow seamlessly blends together in the end. Hope Verbolten is the same way!

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OK this is my Classics nerd coming out, but Apollo is not the Roman god of the sun, nor is he the Greek god of the sun. Helios is the Greek god of the sun, and Sol is his Roman counterpart. Apollo is the god of prophecy and music. In later Greek mythology Apollo became conflated with Helios, as his sister, Artemis became associated with Selene (the moon). The actual myth involves Helios and his son, Phaethon. Apollo has nothing to do with it...

 

Alright back on topic.

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^Actually, he was a Viper pilot on the Battlestar Galactica. Glad I was able to settle this for everyone.

 

There was a small announcement in the Daily Press saying that Mach Tower was officially open:

 

Busch Gardens announced the opening of its newest ride, Mach Tower, on Friday.

 

The ride, which was scheduled to open in early spring, was delayed because of mechanical issues. After a soft opening on Thursday, when some park visitors were invited to ride the drop tower, the park announced Mach Tower's official opening to the public.

 

The ride is described as a 30-seat drop tower that plummets 240 feet. Thrill elements are incorporated during the ride's ascent to "keep riders from becoming complacent," a press release says.

 

I guess that's all the hoopla we're gonna get, but that's OK. Park guests are just happy that the ride is running, and folks during the "soft opening" on Thursday were enjoying it.

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I saw a quick mention of it on WAVY 10 this morning. Probably would have been more; but, if you live in the Hampton Roads area ALL media has been focused on the opening of a "light rail" system in Norfolk yesterday.

 

I got an email from the park telling me it was open, as well as the Facebook and Twitter updates.

 

Off to Williamsburg I go.....

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^I would be very surprised if they just announced it without any form of viral marketing this time around. Considering how long they hyped Cheetah Hunt while it was being built before even announcing what it was, I can't imagine they'd throw all of the details out there and ignore the standard marketing efforts.

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In the dark side of the gardens,

there's so much you will find,

the only thing you have to loose is a little of your mind.

In the shadows black,

you can't turn back,

they come from everywhere.

Both above below and behind,

their screams are in the air.

Come play in my gardens.

 

Nice little chant don't you think so?

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In the dark side of the gardens,

there's so much you will find,

the only thing you have to loose is a little of your mind.

In the shadows black,

you can't turn back,

they come from everywhere.

Both above below and behind,

their screams are in the air.

Come play in my gardens.

 

Nice little chant don't you think so?

 

Maybe if whoever wrote it spelled lose correctly.

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