BGT New Coaster for 2005!

Monday, April 26, 2004 9:15 PM
BGT is getting a new coaster....The building permits don't lie!

Be sure to check out the update over at for the latest construction information.


Monday, April 26, 2004 9:20 PM
Ok now what.................
Monday, April 26, 2004 9:29 PM
Any guesses.......???...
Monday, April 26, 2004 9:30 PM
They start building perhaps???
Monday, April 26, 2004 9:40 PM
I heard a rumor they were getting a B&M dive machine, but I thought it was just talk. The permits made me think of it.
Monday, April 26, 2004 10:19 PM
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.
Monday, April 26, 2004 10:32 PM
Whatever it is... seems to me like it will have two stations. Doesn't seem right for a Dive Machine to me.
Monday, April 26, 2004 10:46 PM
Excellent news. I'd love to see near 200 foot coaster in the south, but I'd also love to see what Busch Gardens could do with a flyer.
Monday, April 26, 2004 10:48 PM
OMG!!!1111 Dirt!!!!!111

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***

Monday, April 26, 2004 10:53 PM
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:
*** Edited 4/27/2004 3:00:52 AM UTC by RavenTTD***
Monday, April 26, 2004 11:09 PM
Premier Launched

Just my guess

Monday, April 26, 2004 11:35 PM
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.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 12:55 AM
If the second building is 15,000 sq. ft., couldn't both Tampa and Williamsburg be building similar rides for '05?

What about a themed, indoor, launched Dive Machine? That is just a guess.

Sorry for the rumor guessing. We will all know what's going on soon enough.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 4:54 AM
I think the 15,000 sf building is the relocated restaurant that was closed recently. I forgot the name of it.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 8:31 AM
Ugh. Nobody is going to buy a dive machine. Boring!
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 8:56 AM
Actually its one of my favourite coasters, and if its the extended version they are talking about it should be even better.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 9:00 AM
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.


Tuesday, April 27, 2004 9:24 AM
Having ridden nearly 500 coasters, I can safely say that Oblivion, a Dive Machine, is FAR from boring.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 9:37 AM

100 lines: "Oblivion is not boring" :-)

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 me on that folks!

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 9:58 AM
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.


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