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Park News


Busch Gardens Williamsburg plans record-breaking ride


the 3,328 foot long ride will feature a total of four launches. Measuring 180 feet tall, this coaster, to be located in the park’s Festa Italia village and will reach a top speed of 72.5 mph, making it the fastest multi-launch coaster in North America. Guests will be carried in one of two 20-passenger trains.


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usch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia, will introduce Pantheon, a record-breaking multi- launch coaster in Spring 2020. From Intamin,


The new Pantheon promises to combine the might of


five Roman gods in one record breaking display of strength, speed, and power, including forward and backward launches, two inversions and a 95º drop. The gods reinforce the theming of the new coaster and illustrate some of the thrilling elements. “Pantheon is going to be non-stop action for riders.


We’ve designed it so that the experience is changing all the time and will keep riders wondering what’s next,”


said Larry Giles, senior director, Design & Engineering. “Multiple launches, speed changes, a sharp drop and backwards acceleration are just a few of Pantheon’s one-of-a kind traits.” This is the fourth consecutive year of new attractions


and follows Busch Gardens’ 2019 highly popular and thrilling Finnegan’s Flyer, the only “Screamin’ Swing” in Virginia.


Dive Coaster approved for SeaWorld San Diego


The California Coastal Commission has approved SeaWorld San Diego’s dive coaster planned to open in 2020. To be called Mako, this new roller coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard, which was announced in January, will be the tallest (153 feet or 47 m), fastest, and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state. It will travel more than 60 mph (97 kph) and cover nearly 2,500 feet (760 m) of track, with each floorless car able to hold 18 riders in three six-person rows. Construction is expected to start within the next few months.


Holiday World plans first launched water coaster


Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana, will introduce Cheetah Chase for the 2020 season. Its third water coaster, it will feature two ProSlide rocketBlast- powered racing slides totalling more than 1700 feet (518 m) of track. Riders will experience a water-powered flat launch before racing against their families toward the finish line. The ride features the first-ever head-to-head duelling zone on a water coaster, as well as two other RallyPoints where rafts will synchronise with one another. Each side also features two FlyingSaucer elements, which will create “a faster and tighter ride with stronger g-forces,” as well as “maximum curving speed and centrifugal force,” according to ProSlide.


12 “Cheetah Chase is the perfect thrill


ride for families. The three-person rafts allow families to race face-to-face, and the launch is the first of its kind,” said Holiday World’s president, Matt Eckert. “There’s nothing like this out there.” With a total investment of


approximately $7 million, Cheetah Chase is believed to be the world’s first full-circuit racing water coaster. It will travel at 30 feet (9 m) per second and will have what is understood to be the tallest RocketBlast section in the world, 27 feet (8 m) tall. Each side will feature five RocketBlast sections: one flat and four uphill. “With the addition of Cheetah


Chase,” added Eckert, “Splashin’ Safari will now be the undisputed Water Coaster Capital of the world.”


AUGUST 2019


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