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.
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...:)
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
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...;)
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 ***
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 ***
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.)
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...;)