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Just checked out the new Howl-O-Scream site and i must say that i am not impressed with the line up for this year. It is the same mazes and shows from last year but they actually removed the Cavern of darkness. So maybe they will put more emphasis on the scarezones but we will have to wait and see.


I imagine Cavern of Darkness is out becuase they want to keep Europe in the Air running during Howl-o-Scream (the second half of that maze was pretty weak, anyway).

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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

^^Hmm--I think your assumption is correct.  @Mike240SX I'm certainly not expecting "full operations" before Memorial Day Weekend, which isn't unusual (for example, they usually don' t start operating

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When was the last new Intamin drop tower built in the US? Has there been any since the SFKK accident? How about the world?


It's been a while... What I do know is Intamin is converting one of their observation towers into a drop tower somewhere in Europe (and I an't remember the name).

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The converted tower is "AtmosFear" for Liseberg 2011. The latest new Intamin Drop Tower in Europe must be Hurakan Condor 2005 for Port Aventura.


With Griffon in the park I'm not soo sure if a drop tower is really what this park needs... strange but true: Busch Gardens lost their only family coaster! Okay, there is the very small one in Sesame Street but - hey - there is then a huge gap for Families which think that Loch Ness may not be their thrill level yet. Actually an innovative family ride with technology like Alton Towers' "Thirteen" but then longer and maybe with medium launch sequences would be amazing!

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Sorry Steve they didn't take your name suggestion!


The park has updated their “Big News” page to include information about the new attractions going into the park.


The new drop tower will be 250 ft. tall and named “Mach Tower”.


They also announce that they will be building a multi-launch coaster in 2012. It could be very similar to the coaster being built in Tampa that is set to open in 2011, which is common for the park to do when adding new attractions. The coaster in Tampa is said to be an Intamin with multiple launches and a high level of theming.


Stay tuned for more details as they become available. Follow us on Twitter and join us in the FORUMS to discuss this big news!



The park took down the page giving confirmed information and has replaced it with the teaser video we’ve seen before. I was able to grab a screen shot before it went down, here it is:





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Just like BGW did with Griffon and added floorless trains to their version instead of the regular trains that Sheikra had... Maybe BGW will take use the wing walker trains on their multi-launch coaster version. They could even add a water effect say if it skimmed the water like BBW used to.


I'm anxious to find out more details about the drop tower.

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Just like BGW did with Griffon and added floorless trains to their version instead of the regular trains that Sheikra had... Maybe BGW will take use the wing walker trains on their multi-launch coaster version. They could even add a water effect say if it skimmed the water like BBW used to.


I'm anxious to find out more details about the drop tower.


Yes please! I could definitely see a swooping plunge into the river working very well.

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Mach Tower is a little disappointing, the theming is not as "much" as I expected and I was hoping for one of those newer Intamin Drop Towers with the tilting and multi drops, but the waterslides are more interesting than I expected... still cannot wait to here more of the Multi launch coaster!

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^They said that Mach Tower will include some "surprises" at the top--but that you'd have to ride it to find out what they are. (So, you may get your wish. )


I'm going to post some pictures from the event today (still have to sort through them).

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Hmmm... That drop tower I must admit I am a little disappointed in by looking at the pictures. It did not look like a Intamin and looked like it had a very low capacity. I know pictures can be wrong but not that wrong. Also I was expecting a little more theming too. But I won't knock it til I've tried it.


However, I am looking forward to the new coaster. This is going to be fun.


Oh and the name..."Mach Tower" what are we Cedar Fair now?

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Busch Gardens held a special event as part of its "Annual Passholders Appreciation Weekend" today--a presentation of their two-year plan for BGW and Water Country USA. The keywords here are drop tower, multi-launch coaster, and pretzels!


The presentation began in the Festhaus at 11:00 am for 1,500 passholders. To give you an idea of the turnout, I arrived at there around 10:20, and there were already 1,100 people partaking of complimentary coffee and strudel. The presentation was divided into five parts:


1. The expansion of scarezones for this year's Howl-o-Scream (that is, "The Scare Is Everywhere").


2. The expansion of Christmas Town into Italy this year, with new shows, food offerings, and "1,000,000 lights" in Italy alone (not mention the rest of the park).


3. The "re-envisioning" of Oktoberfest. This will include new performance areas (such as a regular Maypole dance), new buildings, fresh baked pretzels (you can watch them being made), and a beer garden--and the new, 240-foot Mach Tower. This will be the tallest struture in the park. The ride will seat 30 guests, and the seats will roatate as they climb up the tower at six feet per second, thus giving everyone a great view--at least on the way up. They promised other "surprises" at the top . . . but you'll have to ride it to see what those are. Mach Tower will sit where Das Katapult is currently located, but not to worry--the old flat ride is going to return in 2011, too.


4. Vanish Point, a new set of slides for Water Country USA. These will be freefall slides with "2 super loops" and a 75-foot vertical drop! And sliders will have two choices--to launch themselves onto the slide, or to have the floor dropped out from under them! (I think these have the potential for being the most-insane rides at Water Country.)


5. A new "multi-launching roller coaster"! This is really all they said, but my guess is a ride along the lines of what Tampa is getting for 2011. They mentioned the old Big Bad Wolf prominently, thus hinting that the new ride will follow much of the same route (this is just speculation on my part).


All-in-all, it was nice event to thank passholders for their loyalty to the park over the years--and Busch's plans for the next two years sound pretty impressive. Here's a look at the event along with the official press release below:


Official Press Release





Just announced, though it's no Secret. Mach Tower and Waterslides in 2011 and The Launched coaster in 2012


Here's the announcement from John Reilly, president of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.


Today is a big day for the Williamsburg theme parks.


I’m happy to tell everyone about our two-year plan that includes five major changes between Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. This plan is the largest investment in our history, and it offers something for everyone in the family.


Many of you have asked about this, and I’m happy to tell you we’re expanding Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration. Beginning Nov. 26, guests will experience the flair of an Italian Christmas, featuring a golden color scheme and graceful angels as far as the eye can see. Our Italy village will leave guests with a feeling of peace on earth as the park completes the transformation into a Christmas wonderland. And the expanded Christmas Town has an expanded schedule, staying open every day after Christmas until New Year’s Eve.


Then in 2011, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are taking their attractions to new heights. As you enter Oktoberfest next spring, you’ll see the massive spire known as Mäch Tower™. The tallest ride in the park, Mäch Tower will take you 246 feet above Oktoberfest. After rotating at the top of the tower and getting a few seconds to take in the view, riders drop at breath-taking speed. State-of-the-art special effects including enhanced audio and other surprises will elevate Mäch Tower to new heights in ride design and engineering. This psychological thrill ride opens in the spring.


After more than 30 years, the park is updating the look and atmosphere of Oktoberfest. Restaurants, games and everything in between will be rejuvenated. You can enjoy fresh-baked pretzels and a new beer garden set amid canopies of colored maypoles and festive banners that depict the rich heritage of Bavaria.


At Water Country USA, guests are in for the slide of their lives at our epic new drop slide, Vanish Point™. The crest of this 75-foot tower challenges guests with two wave paths. They can step into a skybox and take a plunge when the floor drops out beneath their feet, or you can brave a 300-foot speed slide that drops you straight down as soon as you enter. Either way, it’s pure liquid adrenaline.


And now I want to tell you what we’re planning for 2012. For more than a year, coaster fans have been speculating as to what would replace The Big Bad Wolf. I’m excited to tell you that we are planning for a new, state-of-the-art multi-launch roller coaster that will propel riders at high-speeds through twists, turns and even more surprises. That’s all I can tell you now, except that it will feature many “firsts” when it debuts in the spring of 2012.


We couldn’t be more excited about what’s planned for the next two years, and we hope you are too. To keep track of our progress, you can always follow us on this blog, Facebook and Twitter.




Photos from today's event:


Hmm--I wonder what it's all about?


Destination Festhaus for coffee, strudel, and announcements.


The front tables were reserved for local media.


Happy passholders with some swag.


Dan DiPiazzo, vice president of marketing, fires up the crowd.


BGW and Water Country's president, John Reilly, takes over.


Howl-o-Scream is expanding its scarezones--unlike previous years, there will be no avoiding them! John plans to "work days" during late September and October.


Scott Gasparich, vice president of entertainment, fills us in on the park's expanded Christmas Town for 2010.


Here's the concept art for the "re-envisioned" Oktoberfest (looking from the bridge to Italy).


After filling us in on the new Oktoberfest food and entertainment offerings, he turned the mic over to Larry Giles, vice president of engineering, to tell us about . . .


Mach Tower!


More concept art. (Look out! You're going to crush a Maypole dancer, an old gent with an accordion, and a little girl!)


For all you statistics geeks out there.


Moving on.


For all you logo and signage fans.


Prepare for the ultimate "atomic wedgie"!


So much for 2011--what about 2012?


Wait for it . . .


. . . and that was all they were prepared to say, but it is something to look forward to.


They raffled off some nice prizes: meal vouchers, iPods, and Christmas Town tickets. (I didn't win anything--oh, well.)


There's a display in Oktoberfest about the new additions, as well.


A clearer look at Vanish Point . . .


. . . and another angle on Mach Tower. That's all for now.

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