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A new rumor suggests that Busch Gardens Williamsburg will open its updated simulator ride, Europe in the Air, on May 1, 2010.

Fan site BGWFans.com reports the rumored opening date, which is yet to be confirmed by the park itself. The Busch Gardens Williamsburg website still lists the ride as due to open in "late Spring 2010".

Europe in the Air is similar in concept to Disney's Soarin', and will take guests on a simulated flight over a number of famous European landmarks. Unlike Soarin', it will not include a "handglider-style" ride system to give riders then sensation of flying. Instead, it will re-use the park's existing motion floor theater and replaces the existing Corkscrew Hill show. Landmarks included in the ride movie will include Stonehenge in England, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and the Coliseum in Italy.

The updated simulator experience won't be completely identical to Corkscrew Hill, as Busch Gardens is investing in a new projection system that features a resolution nearly seven times greater than broadcast high definition television. Perhaps for this reason, the popular Corkscrew Hill will be dropped altogether rather than running in parallel with Europe in the Air.

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