220 foot balloon test at Busch gardens VA

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 9:44 PM
The application for a new ride at the Virginia park notes a location within New France, somewhere between Le Scoot flume ride and Le Mans Raceway car ride. Its proposed height is "25 feet taller than Alpengeist", while the balloon test as taken at 220 feet in the air. But at only five acres, one would suspect a ride of extreme height but limited spread is in the works. It is assumed the completion date is 2007
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 9:51 PM
There was a news item about this posted on the CB News page about a month or so ago. The park is also slated to remove a car ride on that site as well.

Sorry...but this is old news ;)

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 9:57 PM
Super Gwazi!
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 10:04 PM
Dont know, If they can put Kentucky Rumbler in a acre, There might be something to this!

MF trains make all the difference.

Chuck, who don't see GCI making a 220ft woodie. Intamin maybe.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 10:14 PM
B&M drop coaster, of course.
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 10:36 PM
Intamin Plug and Play or a B&M Drop coaster sounds more likely.

And the B&M Drop coaster would be do-able considering this "Busch Gardens Only" contract that Busch Gardens supposedly signed when they put in Sheikra.

My guess, B&M Drop coaster, then an Intamin Plug and Play.

But thats if of course they ride will be 220 Ft.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 11:38 PM
Why would they build an Intamin woodie? I see no reason for that what-so-ever.

As mOOSH said... B&M Dive Machine. Could it be an simpler?

Thursday, April 6, 2006 1:20 AM
Although I believe it is more than resonable to believe that they will build a B&M Dive Machine, what's so weird about them building a Intamin woody...or any kind of woody for that matter?

They do not have a woody yet, and that would be a great addition to the park.

...just playing devil's advocate here.

Thursday, April 6, 2006 8:59 AM
Have you ridden Gwazi?

Please God let it be a dive machine. ;-)


Thursday, April 6, 2006 9:57 AM
"Busch gardens only contract?"

What do you mean by that?

Thursday, April 6, 2006 10:32 AM
^^^The unsubstantiated although not impossible idea that Busch worked it out that only Busch parks would be able to build drop coasters in a certain area for a certain amount of years.

It wouldn't surprise me if it were true but I've never seen any sort of source or quote or whatever.

Thursday, April 6, 2006 12:30 PM
I wonder if that would effect cedarpoint IF they were going to build a dive machine?
Thursday, April 6, 2006 12:34 PM
I said Super Gwazi. Not Unsuper Gwazi. Gosh! ;)
Thursday, April 6, 2006 1:03 PM
The difference between "SuperGwazi" and "UnsuperGwazi"?

Maintenance for one....but most importantly, have DAN build the trains....Gwazi is too twisty-turny for non-MF trains, simple as that. Add in the fact that no one in Tampa KNOWS wooden coasters, 365 operating days (well, 185 for each side, LOL), and the weather here, and the result is "Unsuper Gwazi"...those first couple months after the Canadians were here were NICE...but short-lived.

Thursday, April 6, 2006 4:40 PM
On a side note, I LOVED gwazi when I visited BGT last summer. Everyone puts it down, and while it probably isnt the best maintained, that thing is really quite a decent woody.

Besides that, I would have to agree that regardless of any sort of contract, this one seems like a shoe-in for a Dive Machine. It was brought up in a thread at one time or another, and with BGT having Sheikra, it almost makes too much sense. BGW is one of my all time favorite parks and with any new addition it will be even better, but I really wish they would decide to go with a B&M floorless or sitdown, another large quality ride to add to their collection.

Sheikra really just didnt do it for me. Gwazi was more of my kind then it was, and kumba and montu just blow it out the water. Maybe with some BGW landscaping and a more thought-provoking layout, it could be good. But regardless, one more signature ride in this park, and I dont think Im leaving the next time I go back.

Thursday, April 6, 2006 5:50 PM
^ Hey, I loved Gwazi too. Of course, I love everything – that’s why I don’t bother to write trip reports.

Volare? 5 stars! lol

* format * *** Edited 4/6/2006 9:50:55 PM UTC by Odd Todd***

Thursday, April 6, 2006 7:42 PM
I agree with Gator. Gwazi wood be better with MF trains and so would Wildcat.
Thursday, April 6, 2006 8:27 PM
I think Wildcat would lose some of its kick if it ran MF trains, although it would likely be smoother. I wouldn't mind finding out.
Thursday, April 6, 2006 8:57 PM
When we say "MF trains" do we mean Intamin Gigacoaster trains from Millennium Force?

Or am I really confused? (shut up, Matt)

Thursday, April 6, 2006 9:08 PM
Millennium Flyers ;)

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