Busch Gardens Williamsburg has released a new video showing construction work on its new drop tower ride, Mach Tower, ahead of its planned opening during the Memorial Day weekend.
The video shows Mach Tower's 246-feet-tall central column being put together. Riders will be carried up the tower in a rotating vehicle, which will then plummet to the ground at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. The park has scheduled a media preview of the ride for May 27, 2011, strongly suggesting that it will open to the public the following day.
Embedded below, the video shows the first piece of the tower being installed:
Mach Tower has been manufactured by Moser Rides, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg has promised that it will feature some "surprises" when riders reach the top of the tower. The park says that the full Mach Tower experience will last for 3 minutes, with the attraction able to hold to up 30 riders.
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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