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P. 466: Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens

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I don't understand why they have a tower that holds thirty riders and has a minute-and-a-half ride cycle. I'd rather ditch all the effects and wait in the much shorter line for Drop Zone, with its 56 riders and thirty-second cycle.

 

Maybe it's just me, but whenever I go to the park, they only have 2 sides open.

 

It isn't just you. I've yet to see all of Drop Tower's seats filled, either.

 

I agree that KD's drop is more intense, but Mach Tower is fun. The rotation as you ascend is its best feature.

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I was there two Mondays ago, and they had half the tower open for most of the day. They opened the entire thing just after I got off for a few minutes to run through the line quicker.

 

My point remains, though. Even with 28 seats open, Drop Zone has a 30-second cycle. That puts the line as moving close to three times as fast as Mach Tower's, minus human error. Now, I've never been on Mach Tower, but I can't imagine that some music, spinning, and seat-shaking is worth the extra hour in line.

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My point remains, though. Even with 28 seats open, Drop Zone has a 30-second cycle. That puts the line as moving close to three times as fast as Mach Tower's, minus human error. Now, I've never been on Mach Tower, but I can't imagine that some music, spinning, and seat-shaking is worth the extra hour in line.

Therein lies the difference between Mach Tower and Drop Tower - Drop Tower is a ride, and Mach Tower is an experience.

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It isn't just you. I've yet to see all of Drop Tower's seats filled, either.

 

I agree that KD's drop is more intense, but Mach Tower is fun. The rotation as you ascend is its best feature.

 

They tried yesterday, but for some reason later in the day a drop was aborted and a full load of disappointed guests was slowly lowered back to the ground. When it ran later it was partially full again. And even if the ride cycle is 30 seconds, loading/unloading guests seems to take several minutes a time.

 

And THEN, Drop Tower doesn't rotate any more.

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So... your only complaints is it will have a slower capacity. Is it bad that you get a long ride experience that is radically different than what the current venues in the area offer? I applaud BGW for making this drop tower for what it is and not resort to the "typical standard"

 

Yeah, I guess that is my complaint. If it was like the Phantasialand drop towers, indoors with some crazy special effects, that'd be fine and dandy. But I don't think shaking seats and a couple rotations make this an "experience" worth waiting an hour for.

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I rode Mach Tower today, thought it was a neat ride. The rotation on the way up is definitely a very cool experience, as you get an awesome view of EVERYTHING around the park, including a great bird's eye view of Verbolten construction. I only waited half an hour, and I thought the loading process was good, save for the fact that a couple of different times they handed out too many cards and had an extra person with no seat to sit in.

 

The drop itself actually surprised me, it was a longer free fall than I was expecting. Is the drop as good as the giant drop towers? No, but it still wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination. The vibrating seats were a nice touch, as well. The music didn't do much for me, just standard theme park cheese. I'll give them kudos for enhancing the drop ride experience, just wish the damn thing had opened sooner.

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I don't understand why they have a tower that holds thirty riders and has a minute-and-a-half ride cycle. I'd rather ditch all the effects and wait in the much shorter line for Drop Zone, with its 56 riders and thirty-second cycle.

 

The effects have absolutely NO effect on the ride capacity whatsoever. The only thing that affects the ride capacity is guests not knowing how to folllow directions + the occasional guest that is too large/takes loose articles onto the ride. When done right, the line is constantly moving (even during the ride cycle time) because there are two loading areas.

 

My point remains, though. Even with 28 seats open, Drop Zone has a 30-second cycle. That puts the line as moving close to three times as fast as Mach Tower's, minus human error. Now, I've never been on Mach Tower, but I can't imagine that some music, spinning, and seat-shaking is worth the extra hour in line.

 

Drop Zone has a higher capacity, nuff said. You have a ride that seats 50 over a ride that seats 30, you're gonna have better capacity.

 

Also, this is where your logic fails. Don't judge the ride before you ride it. All the effects really add a lot to Mach Tower making it pretty unique. Plus the rotating gives a fantastic view of the park.

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I can tell you right now, the line for Drop Tower does NOT move as fast as the Mach Tower line did yesterday. Not only do they load half of Drop Tower, they also take nearly five minutes per cycle. You spend more time sitting in the ride on the ground waiting on them to FINALLY finish checking restraints than you do actually riding the ride!

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You guys still on Mach Tower??? Can we just get along and move on to Howl-o-Scream, Christmas Town, and the new 2012 Coaster?

 

It's a discussion board, so as long as it is about Busch Gardens and not being annoyingly repetitive, talking about Mach Tower is just fine. I mean it IS the brand new ride by the way...

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The music didn't do much for me, just standard theme park cheese. I'll give them kudos for enhancing the drop ride experience, just wish the damn thing had opened sooner.

 

Oh come now, at least Busch has the best cheese music of them all that would totally make the climb up worth it. Listen to how great the banjo music in the France section works

 

I actually really wouldn't mind trying this one out as the theme and experience seems like it would remove some of the terror knowing that it'll be about to drop...kind of like the one at Morey's.

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I think New France is probably the worst area of the park, seeing how it basically has nothing to do with Europe. Especially with all the indians and such. Plus, to them Alpengeist is considered in New France? How is a german-named beast even get to Canada? It is one thing that really drives me crazy. At least when they have a theme they go hardcore with it, sorta :/

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^ Because Switzerland is so well known for mining and timber?

 

Alpengeist is technically part of Rhinefeld/Germany, not New France.

 

But I have to agree with Al about New France being the oddball land in the park. That area looks nice and is well-themed, but it would go better as Switzerland or something instead of Canada, which isn't even part of Europe.

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Considering the themeing in New France it would be hard to re-theme it as something else without doing a total makeover. The remake of Hastings into Killarney seemed to result in minimal change to building exteriors.

 

Spain has been long rumored to be the next country added to the park but I wonder if that will ever happen.

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