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By April Taylor
Published November 21, 2003
Officials at the Anheuser-Busch theme park won't say exactly what it will be, but filings with the county planning office shows that it's big, 40,000 square feet; tall, almost 80 feet; and will be a "ride experience." To make room for the new addition, one of the theme park's kiddie coasters, the "Wilde Maus," is heading south. The Wilde Maus, a roller coaster that imitates the jerky, quick motions of a mouse going through a maze, moves to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Busch Gardens won't say whether thrill seekers can expect a new heart-pumping ride like Alpengeist, or a theater-like attraction such as R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse, which debuted in 2003 and uses 4-D visuals to simulate motion and other special effects to supply other sensory experiences.
To make room for the new addition, one of the theme park's kiddie coasters, the "Wilde Maus," is heading south. The Wilde Maus, a roller coaster that imitates the jerky, quick motions of a mouse going through a maze, moves to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Busch Gardens won't say whether thrill seekers can expect a new heart-pumping ride like Alpengeist, or a theater-like attraction such as R.L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse, which debuted in 2003 and uses 4-D visuals to simulate motion and other special effects to supply other sensory experiences.
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Colin D., wondering if Drachen Fire's old plot will be the location of the new "ride experience."
MMM.... suddenly I'm dreaming of a Dark Ride/Coaster hybrid with Dragon animatronics.
With a Puff the Magic Dragon theme?
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I wouldn´t call a Wild Mouse a Kiddie Coaster in the first place and with rides like Alpie, Nessie, Wolfie and Apollie I would guess that a Mouse is really something for the whole family to enjoy.
I never get it when parks brake a mouse to death. It is perfectly safe and perfectly funny to experience an unbraked mouse ride.
Wooden coaster! Wooden Coaster!......
It seems that it's going to BGT huh? well they havn't gotten a coaster since Gwazi in 99 so I guess they're about due for one.
I wouldn't really count on anything big going to BGW as a replacement though the space occupied by Wild maus was so compact that not much could fit there,I can be wrong though as BGW does have a rather good way of using the terrain to their advantage when planning a new ride.
I would LOVE to see a dark ride and/or coaster of some kind, but BGW seems to me to be a show park of sorts. I forsee some kind of show.
Seems like BGT is turning into a family park while BGW is their spawn for thrills.
How do you figure...the last "thrill ride" that BGW received was in 1999, just like BGT. BGT will now get the Wild Maus which isn't a thrill ride, but we don't even know what the BGW ride is yet. They referred to it as a "ride experience"...that doesn't necessarily mean a thrill ride.
I agree with Dexter that it probably isn't a woodie, especially if it is in that area of the park. Also the fact that they are applying for permit to build a 40,000 square foot "building" would make me believe it's not a wooden coaster. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say something like a dark ride/coaster combo...maybe even a water coaster...but that's just a guess.
I don't think it would be a show since they refer to it as a "ride experience"...although they could incorporate some live human action in with the ride experience. Only time will tell.
All that I can say for sure is that I can't wait to see what BGW has up their sleeves this time.
And what's this about my first park getting a Wild Mouse? Just build a B&M Hyper (thinkin' of a Sahara themed hyper, talk about camelbacks eh?)
Oh, and speaking of Alpengeist, the ONLY B&M head banger baby, oh yeah!
Gravity Grouper out of Ohio has a small wooden family coaster based on the lost coaster technology they have come up with....
Even though for the kids and families getting rid of a "smaller" coaster at BGW is a downfall....replacing it with this great design from the Gravity Group would be almost perfect.
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