Sunday, January 8, 2023

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Has Permanently Closed Mach Tower

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg has closed their free-fall attraction, Mach Tower, for good as of today.  The park announced the closure some time ago so visitors could try to get in one last plunge, but that isn't happening today (the ride's final day) as the park is closed due to weather.  The blue tower first opened at the theme park in its at-the-time renovated Oktoberfest area in 2011.  

Mach Tower stood 238 feet tall and carried 30 riders at a time in a circular car on the tower.  It was created by Moser Rides and had some interesting effects when it opened including on-board music that was themed to the experience and rumbling seats that were fairly unsettling.  However, Mach Tower didn't work well and suffered from much downtime, sometimes for extended periods.  The rumors of the ride's removal started last summer already.

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The park didn't give a very clear reason for the ride's removal, just stating that "after review and consideration of overall guest satisfaction, we have made the decision to close Mäch Tower permanently."  Considering the ride didn't work reliably and probably had a substantial maintenance budget, it is not surprising to see the tower get the axe from the park's line up.

Meanwhile Busch Gardens Williamsburg is excited to be opening DarKoaster this summer, a brand new enclosed roller coaster.