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.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 4:41 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Actually, if you think about what you just said, Travis, people who go to the same park year after year are already going. Sure a new attraction gives them something new to do, but if they are already going annually, the new attraction is not the reason they are going.


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Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:58 PM
DaveStroem's avatar

Carrie, don't confuse us with logic :)


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Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:23 PM
LostKause's avatar

I see what you are saying, Carrie, but I believe that building a new ride is the reason a lot of people visit each year in the first place. Building a new ride keeps attendance level year after year.


Trying to figure out why non-coaster enthusiasts visit amusement parks is still somewhat of a mystery though. :)

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Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:40 PM
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Even more so to me is the people that go by themselves but don't ride anything. They aren't coming for the food, at least not to a CF park.


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Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:54 PM
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delan said:
^ I agree T, which is why I'm surprised Great Adventure and Magic Mountain still have not added one to their lineup.

Magic Mountain and Great Adventure both had Intamin 1st generation drop towers up until a few years ago. I assume that new drop towers have to be in the near future for both parks.

Another major park that is notably missing a drop ride is Hershey.


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Thursday, June 16, 2011 10:02 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

What, you don't give them any credit for Frog Hopper? ;)


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Thursday, June 16, 2011 11:25 PM

For Busch Williamsburg I always imagined a couple of drop towers, maybe Intamin 2nd Gen Freefalls, back in Italy around the dead-end that is the raft ride. They would be designed and decorated to look like giant Roman columns with the chairs running up the sides. Both could run on busy days and just one on the slower. They could be nice and tall, and would look great from a distance as well as providing a great view from the top. Ah, well. From where I sit I can only play "If I Ran the Park".

I think Mach Tower, delays or no, is still a miss. And KD's ride aside, I agree that there were plenty of other options available that would improve the experience and increase capacity. Germany's Oktoberfest section gets by with featuring carnival-style rides that would remind us of Munich, I suppose, but for the long-awaited drop ride Busch could've shown some creativity.

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Friday, June 17, 2011 1:49 AM

DejaVuNitro said:

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

Magic Mountain and Great Adventure both had Intamin 1st generation drop towers up until a few years ago. I assume that new drop towers have to be in the near future for both parks.

Another major park that is notably missing a drop ride is Hershey.

Great Adventure hasn't gotten a drop tower in recent years because the president of the park at the time, Mark Kane, said as long as he is president, the park won't get a drop tower. Since he is gone, hopefully the park will get one next year with the rumored package of flats (as long as it doesn't come at the expense of the parachutes).

I remember reading Hershey had purchased a drop tower but it was never installed, themed to a thermometer possibly?

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Friday, June 17, 2011 8:55 AM
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delan said:
^ I agree T, which is why I'm surprised Great Adventure and Magic Mountain still have not added one to their lineup.

Yesterday was the first time I ever got the balls up to try Parachute Drop at Great Adventure. Only to be told by the ride operator after he pushed the button we were too heavy to ride it.

The jokes about that lasted til my friend hit the first drop on El Toro :)

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Friday, June 17, 2011 9:25 PM
DejaVuNitro's avatar

I remember reading Hershey had purchased a drop tower but it was never installed, themed to a thermometer possibly?

Well the name Fahrenheit is already taken, so they could call it Celsius perhaps? :p


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Friday, June 17, 2011 10:49 PM

DejaVuNitro said:

I remember reading Hershey had purchased a drop tower but it was never installed, themed to a thermometer possibly?

Well the name Fahrenheit is already taken, so they could call it Celsius perhaps? :p

How about Kelvin? :)


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 1:34 PM
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Does BGT have a drop tower? I've been 4 times and I don't ever recall seeing one there.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 4:13 PM

I believe they added a very small one when they added Jungala, but I havent been there in a few years.


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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 10:31 AM
delan's avatar

Mike Gallagher said:

DejaVuNitro said:


I remember reading Hershey had purchased a drop tower but it was never installed, themed to a thermometer possibly?

Well the name Fahrenheit is already taken, so they could call it Celsius perhaps? :p

How about Kelvin? :)

Or Rankine
(geek quota exceeded for the day)

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Saturday, August 27, 2011 8:44 PM

One thing I've noticed about BGW is they haven't been advertising as much in the DC area this year. Typically, when they open a new ride, they pound it up in this area. I didn't even realize they were opening a new ride this year, not a single mention. So why do you spend so much money on a "new" ride and then not promote it.


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Saturday, August 27, 2011 10:28 PM
Vater's avatar

Really? I've seen a lot of Busch Gardens ads this season, a few of which were specifically for Mach Tower (always mentioning 'opening soon') earlier in the summer. Those haven't been shown much lately, but I still see ads for the park frequently.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011 10:46 PM
rollergator's avatar

Mach Tower *is* open now though, right? Thought I saw something posted to FB about the ride being operational...

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Sunday, August 28, 2011 11:08 PM
LostKause's avatar

It is open. I saw a photo trip report somewhere online about it being open...

I found it! Here it is!


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