Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Busch Gardens Williamsburg Tower Ride in '11?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg appears to have something up their sleeve for next season... and it's big. Really big.

The park has applied for a height variance for a "thrill attraction of a single tower not to exceed 260 feet above ground level." Well, a single tower that high certainly sounds like a free fall, or some variant of one - something that's been long missing at the park.

If it does indeed turn out to be a drop tower, I would not be surprised to see it heavily themed, possibly even indoors. That would certainly help differentiate it from Kings Dominion's massive Drop Tower attraction.

A news article states that the new ride would be located in the Oktoberfest section of the park, but not where Big Bad Wolf previously lived. Instead, it would be near Der Wirbelwind, the park's chair swing ride. Seen above, there is actually a nice wooded area between the swings and DarKastle's queue area that is undeveloped, though that may stay the same because of the landscape.

I'm not sure if that land is even needed, though, since a tower ride has a small footprint they could move the swings, or the scrambler and have plenty of room. This one should be fun to follow.