A lot of work has been going on in Stanleyville lately, including the rerouting of the Serengeti Express. The train now skips Congo and Stanleyville. Also, land clearing and construction walls have been appearing. Then the construction permits were found as they are public records.
Seriously though, I'm glad someone checked on the permits. "Coaster" is kind of ambiguous, but I'm guessing a building that's 6,000 sq. ft. is not for a kiddie coaster. *** Edited 4/27/2004 2:49:02 AM UTC by Jeff***
There are 2 buildings and the second is over 15,000 sq ft and costs over 700K. I am not sure of the dive machine, but it is just strange that someone posted that a week ago and then this happens. edit: I think this is the source of the rumor: http://www.bgtguide.com/articles/track.php *** Edited 4/27/2004 3:00:52 AM UTC by RavenTTD***
If it is indeed a B&M Dive Machine, as Mike Yeager said, than I think that is a great move on BGT's part. They often seem to get lost in the shuffle of all the Florida parks, and really need something to grab people's attention and put them back on the map. The first Dive Machine in the US would certainly do that.
I also think it's interesting that Yeager is speaking so openly about an upcoming ride with a web site. Normally it seems parks try to keep that stuff shrouded in secrecy. Personally, I think it's a great move, as purposfully generating buzz about a ride even before it's official announcement is a great way to build up anticipation for it.
Kudos again to BGT for making this bold move, if it is indeed a Dive Machine. I am sure that they will be the enthusiast hot spot next year much like Hersheypark is this year if it is true.
It won't be an indoor coaster, that area of the park just isn't big enough. I am still going to put my money on something big, unique, and one of a kind (for the South East and/or the US) Oh, and the contractor that is listed on the permit would only say that they are contracted until about May of next year. There is no way this coaster will be open this year. Look for a Spring / Summer 2005 opening.
Seriously though, I know all the arguments against the dive machine concept, but Oblivion remains the only coaster that has ever put the wind up me. It's a simple idea that has been perfectly executed; on paper descriptions really don't do the experience justice. It would be nice to see the concept evolve to include other elements as well as the vertical drop, maybe that's what BGT is planning. However, even if it is only a carbon copy of Oblivion, it'll be a treat...trust me on that folks!
If it's such a fabulous ride (and I admit I haven't been on one), why are there only two of them?
Besides, if you want to build "underground" in Florida, you need to pile up the dirt several stories above sea level or you'll get really wet. Most of Disney is built something like 15-20 feet above the average surrounding elevation.