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P. 443 - A Night at Busch Gardens' Christmas Celebration

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Halloween Harvest, or “Howl-o-Scream Lite.” Busch Gardens is sticking with its “reservations only/limited attendance” events with Halloween Harvest during October. This is sort of “Howl-o-Scream

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The fact they they continued to do it and are continuing to do it.  Businesses don't continue unprofitable operations.  Then again, it is SEAS, so I guess anything is possible LOL.

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Also, remember that the indoor drop ride at Phantasialand is also an Intamin...I couldn't see Busch putting in your 'typical, off the shelf drop tower', but I can totally see them doing something like Mystery Castle...

 

I don't know BGE but wouldn't a 260 feet castle look a bit too dominating and odd?

Still, if they can pull something along the lines of Mystery Castle, they'll have a winner. I absolutely LOVE that ride and the fact that it's indoors makes the drop seem larger than it actually is. Plus the capacity would be on pair with the other major rides at the park. Makes sense to me.

Remember that the Tower of Terror building at WDW is actually 199 feet tall, so realistically another 60 feet is not *that* much bigger.

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Also, the soft opening of Europe in the Air hasn't gotten any love. No one going to check it out on Friday?

 

That building has been a waste of space since they removed Questor....Bring that back and I will give it some love.

 

I am not that excited about a drop tower though.

I would rather have an S&S space shot, the mid-atlantic really needs one, but since they said single tower that would probably mean a gyro drop.

 

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So what will it be called? Das Drop? Der Fallinfast?

 

 

Der Fallinfast is a great name for a drop tower, theme it after the 1980's movie The Keep

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Also, the soft opening of Europe in the Air hasn't gotten any love. No one going to check it out on Friday?

 

That building has been a waste of space since they removed Questor....Bring that back and I will give it some love.

 

I am not that excited about a drop tower though.

I would rather have an S&S space shot, the mid-atlantic really needs one, but since they said single tower that would probably mean a gyro drop.

 

JEFF

 

Who said it wasn't gonna be an S&S Space Shot? Power Tower is 240 feet so a slightly taller Space Shot shouldn't be ruled out at this point.

 

The plans just say that Busch is filing a permit for a large single tower. It can mean just about anything at this point since whatever's stated in the permit is very vague. It could even be a large observation tower for all we know.

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I don't really see why BGW would build a 260 ft drop tower when there is a 315 ft drop tower an hour down the road. I know about competition but why 260 feet? For some reason I don't see a Busch park adding something like this. To me it doesn't really fit their resume.

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Like Robb said earlier, I'd be surprised, too, if this were some standard, off-the-shelf ride like Drop Tower Scream Zone. I'm curious to see what the actual plans are.

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^^ I Agree. If this ride is just a standard, up and drop tower from Intamin I will certainly be surprise. I really think this will be more along the lines of Mystery Castle as so to appease the Kingsmil resident that hate the tall, noisy coasters in their backyards. If it was a Mystery Castle style drop, it would have many thing that Busch Gardens is looking for: Theming, Theming Theming! And some noise reduction. The Mystery Castle video on YouTube has really got me on the Mystery Caslte idea... Though a new contraption would be welcomed... A 260 ft, "Tower of Terror" would be an interesting ride. But isn't the "Tower of Terror's" ride under Disney patent possibly? IDK, just my idea...

 

Here's that You Tube Video...

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That building has been a waste of space since they removed Questor....Bring that back and I will give it some love.

JEFF

 

I'm glad that someone else remembers the goodness of Questor. When it was here in Tampa it was one of the best motion-sims I had ever been on... then they replaced it with the abysmal Egyptian themed Martin Short one.... At least that is gone now too at least.

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^And the verdict is . . .

 

Ok now that I finished my ice cream I can answer.

 

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.

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Somehow, I can see the possibility of an Intamin package deal more than anything here. Elissa's point makes sense on a few levels.

 

Would be neat to see one of those combo observation/drop towers at BGW. Bet there would be some pretty views.

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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.

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