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Busch Gardens Williamsburg has confirmed the addition of a new drop tower ride and water slides for 2011, while revealing that it also plans to add a "multi-launching" rollercoaster in 2012.

The new drop tower, 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.

Also opening at the park 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.

In addition to the new rides, the Oktoberfest area of the park will also be renovated ahead of the 2011 season. This will see the return of street performers to the area, plus the addition of new dining areas and games.

As widely speculated, 2012 will finally see Busch Gardens Williamsburg open 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 many "firsts". This has led to speculation that it will be similar to the cheetah-themed Intamin launch coaster that is due to open at sister park Busch Gardens Tampa in 2011. However, the unique "firsts" would suggest that the Williamsburg ride will feature some significant differences.

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