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The making of Busch Gardens' 'Europe in the Air'

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Published: April 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has released a 90-second "behind the scenes" short on the making of its new motion simulator travelogue, Europe in the Air. In the clip, show producer Scott Helmstedter explains how the crew captured aerial shots of major European attractions:

Europe in the Air premieres this Friday (April 30, 2010) at the Virginia theme park.

Update (Apr. 28): Busch Gardens has uploaded a new version of the video, if you'd like to give it another look.

Readers' Opinions

From Adam Dodds on April 27, 2010 at 2:13 PM
So is this more or less a Soarin' rip off? And if it is anything like Soarin', it will never be the Soarin' music score...one of the best compositions ever...
From David L. on April 27, 2010 at 3:33 PM
Just like Soarin'. lets see...they tried to copy spidy, and now soarin... what's next?
From on April 27, 2010 at 4:05 PM
I think they wanted to update Corkscrew Hill and this is just a way to update the ride's system because it was like soarin' before it was just going through a animation style. So really it was very old and this is just a way of updating the ride. They really aren't copiers, a lot of their stuff is original.
From luis gonzalez on April 27, 2010 at 5:37 PM
really they're not copying, for real man!!!!!!!!

they should call this ride SNORIN' OVER EUROPE.

WORD!!!!!!! BEECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From on April 27, 2010 at 6:43 PM
Well I guess every other coaster in the world besides the first one ever built was a copycat as well. If you want to look at it that way then theres not really many options for new rides theme parks have.
From Adam Dodds on April 27, 2010 at 9:13 PM
Most coasters don't copy this literally. One of the thing about dark rides is that they bank on their uniqueness.
From Michael Weissman on April 27, 2010 at 9:34 PM
Yeah well they shouldn't come out and say it's a "one of a kind ride simulator experience." That just made me want to shut the video off, because of how similar the ride experience wants to be like Soarin'. I'm sure it will be a great ride though.
From Wok Creative on April 27, 2010 at 11:43 PM
It was interesting how the first words were "one of a kind". I wonder how much different a few new ones of this type are as far as the patented process of the ride system and anything else. Also interesting how he talks about the latest HD camera and it all looks like video, but he still uses the term "film" (a huge annoyance to those who work in video, where even our own professional Hollywood union can't admit that video has taken a lot of work away from things that used to be shot on film - sorry for the personal rant).

It would be fun to see some of those sights, as if flying over them. I know many people wish that Soarin' was more than just California. It would be nice to switch it up, like Circlevision has done over the years.

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