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Busch Gardens Williamsburg confirms drop tower for 2011, "multi-launch" coaster for 2012

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

Video: "The Scare is Everywhere" at Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream 2010

Guests will have "no place to hide" at Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream 2010, according to the park's official teaser video for the Halloween event.

The tagline for this year's Howl-O-Scream is "The Scare is Everywhere", reflecting Busch Gardens' plans to blanket the entire park in

Busch Gardens Williamsburg plans mystery tower ride

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has submitted plans for a new tower ride that could reach as high as 260 feet, to be located in the Germany area of the park.

Little is known about the proposed attraction, which is described a "thrill attraction of a single tower not to exceed 260 feet above ground

Europe in the Air soft opening to begin on April 30 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has confirmed that it will begin a soft opening of its updated simulator ride, Europe in the Air, on April 30, 2010.

The park's official website describes the April 30 date as the start of "test flights", with only one of two simulators expected to be operational. A r

Rumor: Europe in the Air to open on May 1 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

A new rumor suggests that Busch Gardens Williamsburg will open its updated simulator ride, Europe in the Air, on May 1, 2010.

Fan site BGWFans.com reports the rumored opening date, which is yet to be confirmed by the park itself. The Busch Gardens Williamsburg website still lists the ride as

Busch Gardens Williamsburg to add Europe in the Air for 2010

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced several new additions for the 2010 season, including a new simulator ride that is similar in concept to Disney's Soarin'.

The new additions include Europe in the Air (a new flight simulator ride over European landmarks), a new Irish music show for the

Google Maps Street View now available for SeaWorld parks

SeaWorld's theme parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio are all now visible through Google Maps' Street View.

The addition means that users of the Google Maps service can now see actual street-level views of the parks, which were captured by cameras mounted on modified bicycles. As well as

SeaWorld, Busch Gardens takeover completed

The $2.7 billion takeover of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme park chains by the Blackstone Group has been completed.

The deal sees Busch Entertainment Corp., the company that operates the parks, renamed to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Blackstone has paid the previous owners Anheuser

Trio of websites launched by Disney, Universal, Busch Entertainment

Disney, Universal and Busch Entertainment have all launched new websites dedicated to their theme parks.

Disney's new Haunted Holidays site is dedicated to its spookier attractions and movies. It features video, games and activities based on attractions including the Haunted Mansion, classic

Blackstone Group buys SeaWorld, Busch Gardens theme parks

The long-rumored takeover of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme park chains by the Blackstone Group has been confirmed.

Blackstone will pay current owners Anheuser-Busch InBev $2.3 billion in cash upfront for the parks, with up to a further $400 million to follow.

The deal gives Blackstone

No SeaWorld, Busch Gardens sale - yet

The rumored sale of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks to The Blackstone Group was unconfirmed on Wednesday, although a deal is still expected at some stage.

Online rumors suggested that SeaWorld Orlando employees were due to be informed of the sale at a meeting on Wednesday morning. In

SeaWorld, Busch Gardens parks set to be sold to Universal part-owner

Busch Entertainment is rumored to be close to announcing the sale of its Busch Gardens and SeaWorld theme parks to The Blackstone Group.

Blackstone already owns Merlin Entertainments Group, which runs the Legoland theme parks and major UK theme parks including Alton Towers and Thorpe Park. It

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