Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Let's Take a Look at Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Self-Leaked 2017 Ride Plans

I'm not sure that I can recall ever seeing a major park purposely leak its own ride plans before, so this update from Busch Gardens Williamsburg comes as a bit of a surprise.  The park actually uploaded a large set of blueprints for its 2017 attraction onto their official webpage today - however - not everything on it is able to be read when zoomed in, and even though I've seen a few ride plans in my day only some items are clear to me.

The whole file can be downloaded at this link, but here are some things I noticed worth pointing out.

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Here is the site of the new ride, which places it in and around the park's log flume and train tracks, in the New France section.  This is an area of the park that hasn't been touched in some time, so it is great to see ride development take place here.

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This appears to be the ride's 'station' area, at least I'm assuming this is a station since the print only refers to it as a proposed structure.  However the winding pathway that can be seen around it would work as a queue, and it would enter/exit right into the heart of the New France area.  The building on the left (look for the "ar" in the "Gardens" watermark) is labeled as the train station, and if you focus on that you can really get a sense of the area in this image:

The brown building on the upper left is the train station, so the ride 'station' as I'm calling it would then be just below and to the right of it, very close to the path of the flume.  Also note the size of the 'station' buildings in comparison to the train station.  The next image shows us a bit more, which confirms that the ride's path will then move downward into the wooded area seen below.

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And here that image is.  The green box is the 'station' that we identified earlier.  Before I drew the red lines I noticed what, to me at least, looks like the curves of a ride in this print, perhaps indication a direction of travel.  You'll have to make the image bigger and look closely, but if you do your eyes may see the same thing.  The red that I've added traces some of the more obvious markings that look like a travel path to me.  I could make a few more assumptions about the type of ride we're looking at based off of these markings, but I'd rather play along with the park for now.

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Finally, this one is even more vague but this really looks like a trench of some sort to me, it is included in the ride's plans but I can't place exactly where it goes.  It's very similar to how the trenches looked on the Cobra's Curse plans, which is why I'm going with my gut on that one and calling it a trench.

It's quite interesting to see the theme park release details like this so soon, so now I'm even more excited to see where they go with this as time goes by!