If you missed Russell's review of the new family launch coaster (with a first-in-America track-drop), here it is: Busch Gardens Williamsburg Caps Oktoberfest Renovation with Debut of Verbolten.
A) the exact same layout for the drop to the river and return to station - except you're above the track. Why not a flying coaster and Manta wing dip? That would be a better effect.
B) the show building doesn't seem themed from the outside and won't blend in to the park. BBW village at least looked like it belonged there.
Regardless, since I'm currently working on the east coast, I will probably be making a trip to the park in the next few weeks. Maybe with that Behind the Scenes Coaster tour. Elevator lift to Griffon platform, YES PLEASE!
I wouldn't be surprised if the park saved between $500k and $1M in doing this. I know for a fact from working around construction engineers that drilling and installing footers or caisons is not a cheap process, which is magnified when you have to do it on water. Those footers may not be pretty, but if it meant they could commit more resources and funding to the theme and building affects, then it was worth it.
Personally I think they could have done something really cool and done a small amount of rock work to make it look like boulders or rock outcroppings coming out of the ground and water.
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I would love to get one of those T-shirts to wear in Orlando.... if they are available for purchase, let me know who to send the money to.
The coaster looks fun BTW. It doesn't have to be all loops and cobra rolls, Raging Bull is still one of my favorites and it doesn't even invert.