Busch Tampa seeks approval of coaster and new restaurant

Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2004 8:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Busch Gardens Tampa is seeking approval to build a major new roller coaster attraction as well as a new 400-seat restaurant and open both by May 2005. Plans filed show riders will race through an old stone tower and make a precipitous drop, ending in a pool of water.

Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:52 AM
Kick The Sky's avatar Sure doesnt sound like that vertical drop B&M everyone has been speculating about...
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:54 AM
janfrederick's avatar Who's your Mack daddy? ;)
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:58 AM
400-seat restaurant? Why not a 400-foot restaurant?
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 10:59 AM
rollergator's avatar Bob... "O'Brien said there are only two such coasters in the world. They are located in amusement parks in England and Taiwan. "

I sure can't imagine what it IS, if it ain't the B&M vertical drop coaster.

I *kinda know* where it's going and how it'll fit now too...although I suppose anyone COULD be building it, the vertical drop ends up RIGHT in Tiger Island...I suppose they'll HAVE to move the tigers, LOL...:)

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 11:13 AM
BullGuy's avatar Sounds like it'll be themed nicely.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 12:22 PM
Kick The Sky's avatar Bill... (note use of multiple dots ;)) The article also stated that the attraction would be something more akin to rides like those at the Disney parks...I don't see to many Disney parks rushing out to buy B&M dive machines! LOL
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 12:34 PM
rollergator's avatar ROFL....thanks for the compliment...;)

The *heavily themed* concept just got kicked up a couple hundred notches in the heavily-competitive Orlando market...I'm *guessing* that the "like those at Disney" part is referring more to THAT aspect than to the actual mechanicals of the ride...my THOUGHT is a *themed* Beemer dive machine with a splash-down finale...if it turns out to be a vertical-drop coaster by a different manufacturer, don't expect ME to cry about it...ROFL...;)

Shoot, with what Disney managed to do with a sit-down Vekoma looper, I'm not opposed to ANY builders....just bad coasters...;)

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 12:39 PM
It sure sounds like a themed B&M Dive Machine to me. Whatever it is, it sounds like it will be quite fun, and a great addition to BGT! :)
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 12:48 PM
does anyone know the cost of the coaster? maby it is on one of the forms. i could see it being a dive machiene but i could also see it being a 4D.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 12:51 PM
^ How in the world do you see that? Just curious....
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 1:04 PM
It probably won't even be a coaster, it's probably going to be a Intamin vertical drop chute ride. (Perilous Plunge)
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 1:15 PM
I don't forsee any of those (Perilous Plunges) being built for a long long time. . . however with the hints given (that there are only 2 others like it in England and Taiwan) there is no way it isn't a dive machine but will it be a Beemer I'm not to sure, now the question is what is the deal with the pool of water? Sounds like they are mixing a dive machine with the finale of Matterhorn, but we dont even know if the vehicle will splash into the water or through water jets that are going to just create the illusion that it is splashing down
*** This post was edited by Flashback0978 5/12/2004 1:18:18 PM ***
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 1:24 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Hmmm....perhaps this isn't B&M? The description sounds a lot like the Intamin Aqua Trax in South Korea:


Wednesday, May 12, 2004 1:33 PM
Holy crap that thing looks cool

Did you all notice the piece of track that looks like it could be part of a nearly vertical drop


this does seem to better fit the description but didn't it say in an article somwhere that the new coaster was from the same people that did Montu and Kumba though?

Also Busch semms to like B&M and if you look at all of the new coasters they have opened they have all been Beemers wasn't Drachen Fire supposed to have been a B&M as well, I think this will be somthing we havn't seen from B&M yet
*** This post was edited by Flashback0978 5/12/2004 1:52:22 PM ***

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 1:48 PM
Looks almost as if B&M is going out of business with all those crazy Intamin rides opening everywhere. Intamin is definitely earning themselves a creativity oscar with the lots of different rides they have been building lately.

What will B&M do to put up against this?

I think it's about time we see the long-rumoured B&M 4D - before Intamin does that, too (the quadrangular Intamin rails always look like a perfect starting point for a 4D coaster to me.)


Wednesday, May 12, 2004 2:11 PM
Ok I found an article that clears this whole thing up a bit


It still doens't explain about the pool of water but at least we know it's a B&M now
*** This post was edited by Flashback0978 5/12/2004 2:12:31 PM ***

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 3:03 PM
rollergator's avatar The "pool of water" part is EASY to figure out if you've been to BGT lately....Tiger Island! The construction taking place on the walkway DIRECTLY adjacent to Tiger Island, the PIT where the tigers are kept, it ALL makes total sense to me...and I couldn't be ANY happier...the "pull out" from the vertical drop SHOULD, by the looks of it", come out under the bridge between Tiger Island and Pygmy Village, the exact place where the pathway has been CLOSED for at least the last 6 months or so....:)

Besides, the Aqua Trax is in South Korea, and G5 is in....Taiwan...;)

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 4:56 PM
do any of you think this coaster could be like Oblivion and have a deep tunnel that it drops into, which in theory would be an under water tunnel like Anaconda at PKD
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 5:45 PM
"The two rows are tiered to give everyone an obstructed view of the rapidly approaching ground."

I thought that was a funny line from the second article posted here... :)

I really hope this ride will be more than just drop, turn, station...


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