Mach Tower still not open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:01 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Visitors to Busch Gardens will have to wait a bit longer to get their thrills on the amusement park's newest ride, Mach Tower. Busch Gardens was not able to get Mach Tower ready in time for the park's seasonal opening and weeks later the ride is still not available to visitors.

Read more from The Daily Press.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:15 PM

Why didn't they buy one from S&S or Intamin? I did like the one at Moreys Piers, but the other 2 companies seem much more reliable. Don't bring up the Kentucky Kingdom accident. I blame that on the maintenance of the park. ;)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:38 PM
Jeff's avatar

Mmmmm... Vibrating seats.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 8:37 AM
Vater's avatar

I can't verify this, and I don't typically like to fuel rumors, but I read somewhere that someone witnessed the brakes fail during testing, causing the whole vehicle to hit the ground. If there's any truth to that, it could explain the delays.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:55 AM

The magnetic brakes did not (and can not) fail, but the giant hydraulic plungers that lower the ride down the last few feet were not installed correctly and the carriage bumped into the ground.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:43 AM
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I read the same thing, RollrCoastrCrazy.

Maybe they should have bought the drop ride from a more popular ride company.

...Like Intamin. :D


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:35 AM

A 300' Arachnophobia style dropper with the tilting seats (who cares about vibrations?!) would have been PERFECT and already open. Busch messed up big on this one.

As it stands they purchased a non-operational tower with gimmicky seats that isn't nearly as tall as KD's higher capacity tower.

Last edited by RollrCoastrCrazy, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:36 AM
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:40 AM
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Busch messed up big on this one.

And I fear that they may have messed up big on next year's coaster too, for the same reasons.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:55 PM

zzzzzzzzzzzzz. With all of the other amazing flat rides out there that parks in the US do not have, why would they install a ride that King's Dominion already has? This ride has 0 appeal to pull someone to Busch Gardens for a visit, if they have already been to King's Dominion.

These funds would have been much better spent making Oktoberfest look like Oktoberfest with a couple nice, original European flat rides.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:10 PM

RollrCoastrCrazy said:
A 300' Arachnophobia style dropper with the tilting seats (who cares about vibrations?!) would have been PERFECT and already open.

"Arachnophobia" is fear of spiders and a so-so movie with John Goodman.

"Acrophobia" is fear of heights and a nice drop ride.

Class dismissed :)


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:33 PM
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So-So? So-So??? I've lost a touch of respect for you, sir.

That movie is boss. Cheese at it's finest.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:38 PM

Ha Mike I can't believe I did that, when I was at SFOG a few days ago I actually laughed at my friend that mistakenly said that. Karma is a *****.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:46 PM
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...and here I was giving credit for a clever "re-naming" of the ride... :)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:18 PM

Raven-Phile said:
So-So? So-So??? I've lost a touch of respect for you, sir.

That movie is boss. Cheese at it's finest.

Whatever can I do to jump back up? At least it's just a touch...


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:00 PM
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I could be wrong, of course, but I really don't think that the attractions at KD have any relevancy to the draw for most at Busch Gardens. At least not when it comes to a drop tower. That KD has a bigger (and operational as it were) drop tower isn't going to keep people from going to BGW. The average park goer doesn't care, in my opinion.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:14 PM
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super7* said:
With all of the other amazing flat rides out there that parks in the US do not have, why would they install a ride that King's Dominion already has? This ride has 0 appeal to pull someone to Busch Gardens for a visit, if they have already been to King's Dominion.

That's pretty much exactly how it doesn't work.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:20 PM
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A drop ride is something that has been noticeably missing from Bush Gardens VA's ride lineup for a very very long time now. Unique rides aren't always what sells admission tickets. There is a reason why so many amusement parks have a drop ride, and it's the same reason they have any other popular, non-unique ride... They are usually well received and bring in the crowds.


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Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:52 PM

^ I agree T, which is why I'm surprised Great Adventure and Magic Mountain still have not added one to their lineup.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011 2:26 PM
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I have only been an enthusiast for 3 years. Before that we went to an occasional amusement park (mostly KI or CP) but at most once a year.

Back then I never considered what coasters or rides a park had. To us all parks were equal.

New attractions meant that the park had something to market as new and exciting. It didn't matter to us what it was because the hype was all that mattered.

I honestly don't believe that anyone will be going to BG just for Mach Tower but for the entire experience.


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Thursday, June 16, 2011 4:33 PM
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Well, Dave, I would agree mostly with that, except that some people go year after year to the same park, and a new attraction is reason enough to go for those people. I believe that's why the lines for the new rides are usually longer than the old rides. ...in my perception of it, anyways.


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