Busch denies rumor of vertical drop coaster in Tampa

Posted Monday, February 9, 2004 8:33 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Busch Gardens denies it has greenlighted a major expansion that would include a state-of-the-art thrill ride. Despite the denial, though, a recent letter drafted by Busch Gardens to a visitor complaining of the lack of thrill rides states that " I spoke with our general manager, and ... you are going to be an extremely happy guest by 2005.

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Monday, February 9, 2004 11:24 AM
I can't believe that MSNBC did a story on this.
Monday, February 9, 2004 11:41 AM
Comment: "I spoke with our general manager, and ... you are going to be an extremely happy guest by 2005."

Translation: "We're going to pay to move your whiney @ss from Florida to North Dakota for one year, and then we'll see how you feel about our ride selection after you move back from a coaster wasteland."


*** This post was edited by Mamoosh 2/9/2004 6:12:32 PM ***

Monday, February 9, 2004 11:44 AM
I think it's cool how these coasters are coming back all of a sudden. I have heard people on many different message boards asking if another vertical drop coaster will ever be built, and most people think no because they see them as a one trick pony type of ride. These have potential and I will be happy if this one does go up. I would like to see one with a layout as long and intense as a sitdown or floorless someday.

Edit* my name isn't showing up! This is Beccaraptor
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Monday, February 9, 2004 11:47 AM
Potential? What potential does a vertical coaster have that a 4d, GIB, Impulse, or tilt coaster doesn't have (well aside from reliability :P)?
Monday, February 9, 2004 11:59 AM
It could have a better layout then the ones now do. A coaster doesn't have to be new and outragous for me to enjoy it I guess, but then again, I like old wooden coasters like the Jack Rabbit.
All they do right now is basically drop, you could make a layout like scream's only with vertical drops in places instead of how they are now. Millennium force (to a point with the first drop) and TTD have vertical drops, as well as the tilt coasters and impulses in a way. (Not sure what a GIB is, what is that short for?)
Impulses could also have improved layouts, like Volcano the blast coaster. I find the cookie cutter rides like deja vu and the impulses to be boring, especially after being to enough different parks and riding the same exact thing. Thrust air's have the same problem, I guess I just want more then novelty. You don't have to have the same opinion as me but I am starting to prefer the older rides because of this. More layout with these new exciting features would be awesome. Like Hershey's new coaster! :)


Monday, February 9, 2004 12:25 PM
A vertical drop coaster is a bit too intense for the visitors at BGT.
Monday, February 9, 2004 12:30 PM
And Kumba isn't?
Monday, February 9, 2004 12:43 PM
I bet it's nonsense. Come on... someone answering letters is not going to know what's next. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't buy it.
Monday, February 9, 2004 4:34 PM
What I am thinking is... now that Intamin has gone beyond the one trick pony idea of Xcellerator and TTD (admitedly, Xcell has a more complex layout than TTD, but still very simple) to the more "traditional" layout of Stormrunner... might we see S&S do something similar? Granted, I am not at all familiar with the engineering specs, but it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to expand the layout of a Dodonpa / Thurst Air ride to include a bit more than ONE BIG HILL and a long run to the brakes...

I have to admit, I am a bit surprised that there has not been another Oblivion (G5) built yet... I am guessing it is because B&M have such a large stable or rides all of which seem very reliable that parks are opting for more "normal" looking coasters. I sure wouldn't mind seeing another Vertical Drop at some time...

-Escher*** This post was edited by escher26 2/9/2004 4:38:14 PM ***

Monday, February 9, 2004 5:42 PM
If it were to be something like Oblivion at Alton Towers, it wouldn't have been possible anyway. Keep in mind if you dig 15 feet anywhere in Florida, you hit water.

And besides, Busch Gardends owes us way much better than a vertical drop ride... stupid... musical... show...

Monday, February 9, 2004 6:29 PM
I do not know about the vertical drop coaster, but I have heard from two different sources (management- not lemon chill guys) that there is going to be a new coaster next year in stanleyville.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004 1:08 AM
Well, you have to hand it to that crazy guy that posts on RRC. I mean, he basically created an MSNBC news article, that's pretty cool. I think he's right that people maybe should write parks more letters with their opinions.
Wednesday, March 17, 2004 7:04 PM
Why should we, we are only 1 out of millions of people that visit the park, our opinion isn't THAT important. I don't think they are going to listen to us about things like that, but writing the park concering a bad visit you had and some things they should look at is semi-ok..
Sunday, April 11, 2004 6:49 AM
I would like to see one of those "blast you out from the start" ones.... I forget the name.... "LIM" ? but "Hulk" over in Orlando, and "Speed" in Vegas do that.... zero to 60 in a Blink!!! now, that is WAY COOL!!!!

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