Busch Gardens Williamsburg has submitted plans for a new tower ride that could reach as high as 260 feet, to be located in the Germany area of the park.
Little is known about the proposed attraction, which is described a "thrill attraction of a single tower not to exceed 260 feet above ground level." This suggests it will be a drop tower ride, although it is not yet known if it will be an open-air drop tower similar to Supreme Scream at Knott's Berry Farm, or whether it will be enclosed as with Disney's Tower of Terror attractions.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg's plans were revealed in a submission to the James City Council's Planning Department, with approval required for any structure at the park which exceeds 60 feet in height. The submission reveals that the ride will be located next to Der Wirbelwind swing ride, and its location has led to speculation from Screamscape that it could be housed in a building themed as "dark castle", similar to the Mystery Castle attraction at Phantasialand in Germany.
The park's proposal will be considered by the council in June, suggesting that any opening is unlikely until the 2011 season at the earliest. For 2010, Busch Gardens Williamsburg will open an updated version of its existing simulator attraction, now known as Europe in the Air, on April 30.
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