James Rao
Writer

Published: August 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Thanks for the in depth write-up, Russell. But you're right, other than the nice views of an otherwise lovely park, there does not appear to be any reason to ride this attraction. Bummer.
Jason Jackson

Published: August 22, 2011 at 6:39 AM

I rode it last night and while yes it is a short ride, I really liked the ride. The dropping was kind of a giggle adding experience, so it was fun. I think this is aimed more at the family group rather than the thrill seekers. I also hear that during Christmas Town, it will be just an observation tower...going up and then slowly coming down.
Anthony J

Published: August 22, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Didn't this ride initially have concept art that was much heavier themed, even starting a portion underground with special effects? Or am I thinking of a different park?
Russell Meyer
Writer

Published: August 22, 2011 at 8:50 AM

I actually think the ride looks a lot like the concept art. I took a "blow out" shot of the ride yesterday with my camera, and it looks pretty close to the concept art...

http://themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=942882


The park only announced that the ride would have "special effects" and "enhanced audio."

David L.

Published: August 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Wow, that ride seems like quite a letdown. At Six Flags Over Georgia, the drop tower has a very similar design and is only 200 feet high, but the magnetic breaks kick in much later. Acrophobia(SFOG's drop tower) also tilts the seats forward at the top so you are forced to look somewhat down.
Ed Newman

Published: August 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Nice reporting Russell. I have also ridden the drop towers at Kings Dominion, Kings Island and Acrophobia at our home park of SFOG. They certainly have an intensity factor with the way the brakes kick in so close to the ground. I'm a little disappointed that BGW does not offer a similar experience, but maybe the theming and "uniqueness" of this ride will compensate for its lack of intensity.
Anthony J

Published: August 22, 2011 at 11:35 PM

I remember what attraction I was thinking of now. Mystery Castle at Phantasialand in Germany. The rumors about BGW's drop tower at first were that it would be heavily themed like this.
Carlo Guardascione

Published: August 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Busch Gardens is so second rate. I know, I used to work there (Tampa).