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What will replace Big Bad Wolf?

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From Jesse Saywell
Posted March 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM
I know we're all sad that the Big Bad Wolf is gone. It was a beautiful roller coaster, with the Bavarian Village... and drop down to the Rhine River... yes... RIP BBW. You'll be missed. However, what do we think that BGE is planning on replacing the Wolf with? I was thinking maybe a new COUNTRY? There's a LOT of space up there (remember Drachen Fire used to be up north of BBW and we all wondered why they never put anything else up there?) and I think that it might be about time they added some new flavor. We've seen a lot of the western European countries... wouldn't it be cool if they did a Spain theme? Or something along those lines? Any other ideas for rides/countries/wildlife/etc to replace the Wolf?


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From bryan shepard
Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:43 PM
I think they will develop a new country in that old area, i aslo think they will bring a fly coaster to the old big bad wolf area, and rumor is a drop tower indoors... who knows....

From Russell Meyer
Posted March 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM
I think at B&M flyer is almost a lock for the BBW grounds, and the speculation about a new country has been going on for years. The likelihood is either Spain or Greece in the area between Festa Italia and Octoberfest. The park has actually not expanded in size since Festa Italia was built over 15 years ago (Ireland was built on what was Hastings).

From Tyler Bell
Posted March 30, 2010 at 11:52 AM
A park employee told me a new land and a rollercoaster

From Mark Newman
Posted March 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM
The new land will be Spain! They think this will appeal to more guests than Greece. The new coaster will be a B&M flyer similar to Manta at Sea World! There will also be some new flat rides and a new show there as well. Expected to open by Memorial Day 2011.

From Dan Barnes
Posted March 30, 2010 at 2:59 PM
Can you imagine a B&M Flyer making that dive down to the Rhine?

From Tyler Lominac
Posted March 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM
this is bad news & great news.. Spain wound be awesome. A flying coaster into river = epic. sad to see BBW to go though :(

From M. Ryan Traylor
Posted March 30, 2010 at 3:58 PM
A flyer would be great in the BBW area. But keep the track low and use the land like BBW did. I like the older coasters staying around the height of the tree line. (don't get me wrong, I love the other coasters there too)

Can't really build a coaster on the Drachen Fire area, because it would end up with the same problems.

Spain would be a great addition to the park.

From Mark Migliaccio
Posted March 31, 2010 at 4:57 AM
If the problem you're referring to is the location issue, I don't think a new coaster back there would have that problem if it came in a new country as well. I'm really hoping to hear some sort of announcement by the end of august about what their plans are.

From Ethan Bernhardt
Posted March 31, 2010 at 5:58 AM
I heard from a park employee at howl o scream back in october that they were going to build a new country(presumably spain) and that a new roller coaster would be coming as well. but that this would not happen until at least 2011.

From Russell Meyer
Posted March 31, 2010 at 7:41 PM
"Can't really build a coaster on the Drachen Fire area, because it would end up with the same problems."

Not sure what that means. If you mean that the coaster would be rough, that's probably not true since Drachen Fire's builder, Arrow, is out of business, and most steel coasters are extremely smooth these days. If you mean that nobody rode it because it was tucked into a dead end, that's what the new land is supposed to solve. If there's more than one thing drawing guests behind the Festhaus, they will come. Additionally, the new land would most likely include a new bridge across the Rhine and connection to Festa Italia where the backstage Clydesdale stables and pasture are.

From Peter Stephens
Posted April 3, 2010 at 9:33 AM
Manta is one awesome ride... The B&M flyer is the best. One designed to follow the terrain would be perfect (and a nod to BBW!) BGE has a real problem - overcrowding, especially on weekends, and a small number of rides, especially coasters. A new country and a new coaster are absolutely needed, asap. A flyer would be a perfect addition to their small but awesome collection. I visit BGE several times each year and I love it. But, the place needs to expand, now. The matter rides on this question - What will the new owner do? This will determine what my beloved BGE will become!

From Jason Jackson
Posted April 5, 2010 at 7:47 AM
I was riding the train yesterday and as we went behind the old Drachen Fire area, there were survey markers in the field where they have concerts. Not sure what they were for, but interesting.

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