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Mach Tower to open at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in "late spring"Submitted by Nick Sim on Friday, February 25, 2011 08:14
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has revealed that it is aiming to open its new drop tower ride, Mach Tower, in late spring 2011.
The park's 2011 season is due to kick-off on March 26, but guests will have to wait a little longer to experience the new attraction. Busch Gardens Williamsburg has refused to be drawn on a specific opening date for Mach Tower, but revealed the late spring target in the video below.
Mach Tower will be manufactured by Moser Rides and will see riders carried up a 246-feet-tall central column. The seats will rotate as the guests ascend, providing panoramic views of the entire park before they plummet at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour back down to the ground below.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has promised that riders will experience some "surprises" when they reach the top of the tower, although the nature of these has not yet been confirmed. The park says that the full Mach Tower experience will last for 3 minutes, with the attraction able to hold to up 30 riders.
Also opening at the Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2011 will be four 75-feet-tall waterslides at its Water Country USA water park. The "speed" slides will be collectively known as Vanish Point, and two of the four will feature glass booths at the summit from which riders will be dropped onto the slide via a trap door.
Mach Tower and Vanish Point are both previewed briefly in the official teaser video below:
In development for the 2012 season at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a new rollercoaster to replace Big Bad Wolf (which closed in 2009). The park has revealed few details of the new coaster, but does claim that it will feature multiple launches and an "autobahn" theme.
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