Busch Gardens gets height waiver to build its tallest ride yet

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James City County leaders waived height restrictions to allow Busch Gardens to continue planning for its tallest attraction ever. The Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a request by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, LLC, the park owners, to waive the 60-foot height limitation for the area, in order for the installation of a new attraction in the area. It will be built on the former site of the Drachenfire attraction, according to county documents.

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I’m confused.

Isnt this the park that was set to build a multi-launch reverse-spike coaster on the other side of the train station from Festa Italia? Is this it? I suppose that land butts up to the Drachenfire area...

But then I read where the “plans” for a Spain area were scrapped. Was that part of the new ride? I thought not.

And now there’s this. If it’s the same project I’d assume height variance issues would’ve been cleared up before plans were revealed (leaked).

Somebody help me.

LostKause's avatar

Former site of the Drachenfire? Other news outlets are saying it will be in Fest Italia, across the train tracks from the train station. The launching ride will have a backwards spike and a very large drop towards the river, according to BGWFans.

Even the photo in the article show the area I am talking about. That is not the former site of Drachen Fire.

Maybe the fan website is wrong. Maybe the plans changed.

Edited to add: I just looked at a satellite image, and it could possibly be built in both areas if the ride were to cross over the Rhine River.

Last edited by LostKause,

The launch coaster in Festa Italia is next year's addition. This 355 ft height waiver is for the 2021 addition, which could be either something like a Star Flyer or perhaps another large coaster. While it would normally be unusual to build two large coasters in back-to-back years, Busch Gardens Tampa is adding their huge RMC a year after opening Tigris.

bjames's avatar

^Tigris isn't really a large coaster though. Two actual large coasters would be unusual.


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