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Plans reveal layout for Busch Gardens Williamsburg's 2012 rollercoaster

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Early plans have revealed the layout of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's planned multi-launch rollercoaster, which is due to open in 2012.

Fan site BGWFans.com uncovered the plans, which were presented during a recent James City County board meeting. The new coaster's circuit appears to follow a similar path to the Big Bad Wolf, the rollercoaster which used to be situated on the same site. According to the presentation, some of the closed coaster's footers will be reused for the new ride.

The layout provides few new clues as to precise nature of the new ride, which will feature multiple launch sections. The major features of the coaster have already been outlined in a series of permit applications. Sections of the coaster will be housed in a 26,000-square-foot 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.

In January, Busch Gardens Williamsburg asked fans to comment on potential names for the new rollercoaster. The ride is set to feature an "autobahn" (highway) theme to match its location in the Germany area of the park, with the park promising that it will "combine fast launches, special effects and indoor and outdoor elements to make it a one-of-a-kind coaster experience."

The park's confirmation that the coaster will feature multiple launch sections has led 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, the likely inclusion of lengthy indoor sections would make it a very different experience to Cheetah Hunt, which takes place entirely outdoors and aims to simulate a cheetah hunting its prey across a savannah.

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