Acording to this link from coaster-net, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is seeking a permit to build a ride taller than 60 feet (city ordinance) in the France Area of the Park. Interesting how the city has an height restriction only in the France section of the park. The other thing to ponder is what are they putting there?
Like the artical said, it has been a while since they built a coaster whereas the Tampa Park has had two since the year Apollo/Gwazi both opend. I realize that it could also be a thrill ride, but if I were to guess (hope for), I would say a Woodie, but I havn't a clue. Any other ideas?
This is just a guess, but seeing the popularity of SheiKra, could the second U.S. dive machine already be in the works? As I recall from being at the park, it is very hilly making for some interesting terrain for any coaster, particularly a dive coaster. What ever they decide to put in I'm sure will be amazing.
I would personally like to see how a B&M Flyer would turn out when it's in a great park like one of the ones owned by Busch. I could see some really interesting elements going into a ride like that. Not just zipping through trees.
I'll believe it when I see it. I can't find any information in the local papers. There was no link either in the forums on Coaster-Net or in the article. As far as I'm concerned this is nothing more than a rumor.
The other question is, where is it going? New France is crowded (Alpengeist, Log Flume, Land of the Dragons) while Aquaitane isnt much better (theater, Car Ride.) My guess is Aquaitane is about to anex some of the "wolf reserve" non-themed area between Ireland and France.
If you are going to build a GCI twister though why would you build it in France when the former footprint of Dracken Fire is still open? If this is for a coaster, it would have to be something that would use a terrain, which in the case of a wood coaster would not be GCI's speciality and more of the Gravity Group. However, we are talking about BGW, an anti wood coaster park (besides BGT doesnt exactly run their woodie well anyways) so Im willing to bet a Flyer and a name change to B&M Gardens Williamsburg.
All i have to say is that if BGW does indeed build another quality coaster, the next time I go there I'm never coming back. A nice flyer or large wooden roller coaster would really take the park over the top.
I wouldn't classify Thunderhead as a terrain coaster. You could have built it on a flat piece of land and it would have had the same effect. Just changes some of the supports. The land underneath Thunderhead is just a small valley (albeit, inside a MUCH larger valley).
Now, take away the trees and the surrounding Smoky Mountains and THAT makes a difference!
I would generally classify a Terrain coaster as one whose design is HEAVILY influenced by the, umm... terrain... it is built on. Thus ROAR or Ozark Wildcat, not so much, but Thunderhead (and Tennessee Tornado, for that matter) would definitely qualify. The placing of the lift and many of the swooping turns are directly influenced by the land underneath them, and if not for said land that layout probably would've never been discovered. You could build Boulder Dash on a flat piece of land if you wanted to, it would've just had a lot more wood involved.
I wish they'd put a wooden roller coaster in...but it's a question of space...it would have to be a small footprint, perhaps they'd have it run underneath of each other and criss-cross each other a lot, just make it fast and exciting, and that's all the gp really needs.