Busch Gardens Williamsburg has released a video showing off construction work on the Vanish Point water slides, while new details of its planned new coaster for 2012 have also emerged.
Located in the Water Country USA water park, Vanish Point will feature four 75-feet-tall slides. Due to open in spring 2011, 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 2012, Busch Gardens Williamsburg will open a new rollercoaster to replace Big Bad Wolf (which closed in 2009). The park has already confirmed tha the coaster will feature multiple launch sections, leading to speculation that it will be similar to the Cheetah Hunt Intamin launch coaster that is due to open at sister park Busch Gardens Tampa in 2011. However, two permit application submitted by the park to the James City County Planning Department indicate that there could be significant differences between the two rides.
The applications request permission to construct a 26,000-square-foot "event building" that will extend 80 feet above the floor of the ravine in which the ride will be situated. Alongside this, a "themed bridge" will rise 95 feet above ground. It also revealed that the new coaster will use the Big Bad Wolf's former station building, and that it will feature "exciting interaction" between the two buildings and the bridge.
The construction of such a large building has inevitably led to speculation that the new rollercoaster will feature a lengthy indoor section, although it may still emerge outdoors for some parts of its circuit. This would make it a very different experience to Cheetah Hunt, which take places entirely outdoors and aims to simulate a cheetah hunting its prey across a savannah.
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