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Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been forced to delay the opening of Mach Tower, after testing revealed a technical issue with the new ride.

Mach Tower, a 246-feet-tall drop tower ride, was originally scheduled to open by May 28, 2011. However, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has now revealed that it is waiting for components to arrive from its Italian manufacturer Moser Rides, in order to fix the fault. No new opening date has been confirmed by the park.

Mach Tower's seats will rotate as the guests ascend the tower, 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.

In development for the 2012 season at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a new rollercoaster to replace Big Bad Wolf (which closed in 2009). The ride is set to feature multiple launches and an "autobahn" theme.

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