Tower ride next at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:34 PM | Contributed by ridemcoaster

An application to the county for a height waiver describes a “thrill attraction of a single tower not to exceed 260 feet above ground level.” That strongly suggests a drop ride, along the lines of “Tower of Terror” at Universal Orlando or “Drop Zone” at Kings Island in Cincinnati, which tops out at 315 feet and holds 40 passengers.

Read more from The Virginia Gazette.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 1:14 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

Would be great if it were something themed and not just "joe drop ride."


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 1:44 PM

Seeing as this is BG we are talking about, I would tend to lean more towards a theme. However, I doubt it will be up to ToT standards (Im thinking more Dr. Doomesque themeing.)

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 2:29 PM

What I want to know is when did Tower of Terror move to Universal?


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:32 PM

Kind of a shame it will be in Germany. I would have liked to see a "Tower of London" or an "Eiffel Tower" or even a "Leaning Tower of Pisa".

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:51 PM

"The investment of millions in a new coaster shows that Blackstone Group, which bought Busch Entertainment’s 10 parks last year, is willing to invest heavily in new hardware before attempting to flip the park."


Is 'flipping' parks what Blackstone does?

Last edited by MrZero, Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:47 PM
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:53 PM

mdb07 said:
Kind of a shame it will be in Germany. I would have liked to see a "Tower of London" or an "Eiffel Tower" or even a "Leaning Tower of Pisa".

A leaning S&S Tower actually sounds like a really cool concept!


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 8:04 PM

"Leaning Tower of Pisa" would actually be a cool name for a Topple Tower.


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:44 PM
DantheCoasterman's avatar

MrZero said:
"The investment of millions in a new coaster shows that Blackstone Group, which bought Busch Entertainment’s 10 parks last year, is willing to invest heavily in new hardware before attempting to flip the park."

I'm completely lost as to what this means...


-Daniel

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:46 PM

DantheCoasterman said:


MrZero said:
"The investment of millions in a new coaster shows that Blackstone Group, which bought Busch Entertainment’s 10 parks last year, is willing to invest heavily in new hardware before attempting to flip the park."

I'm completely lost as to what this means...

That's not my quote, it was in the article.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010 12:00 AM
DantheCoasterman's avatar

Oh, I know...

I was just saying that I don't understand that quote. ;)


-Daniel

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Thursday, April 29, 2010 12:37 AM
LostKause's avatar

Is it the definition of "flip" that you don't understand?

When someone flips a property, normally it means that they purchase it for the reason of improving it and selling it for a profit.

I bet you already knew that... lol


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Thursday, April 29, 2010 8:35 PM

Yeah, Jeff has a not so pleasant name for it, involving another F-word.

But why has Blackstone not flipped, say, Legoland or those English parks they own? I have to think that amusement parks are such a capital intensive business that while they can generate nice income, they don't really appreciate that much in value. You don't make money by flipping parks. You make money by operating parks.

That's just my opinion. But Blackstone's history in this business seems to suggest that they have a similar attitude.

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Friday, April 30, 2010 12:26 AM
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In case you haven't been paying attention, this is not a build-and-flip economy, anywhere in the world right now. If you sink capital into something, you damn well better hope it's generating income, because it's not going to appreciate.


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