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New attractions for 2011 & 2012 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA

Williamsburg, Virginia, USA — In 2011, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are taking visitors to new heights with towering rides that offer spectacular views of the James River.  

As guests enter Busch Gardens’ Oktoberfest in spring 2011, they will see the massive spire known as Mäch Tower™. The tallest ride in the park, Mäch Tower lifts up to 30 riders nearly 240 feet above Oktoberfest. After rotating at the top of the tower and getting a few seconds to take in the view, riders drop at breath-taking speed. State-of-the-art special effects including enhanced audio and other surprises.  This thrill ride opens in spring of 2011.
Mäch Tower is part of a complete rejuvenation of the park’s Oktoberfest village. After more than 30 years, the park is updating the look and atmosphere of the village with restaurants, games and performance areas that follow a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration. Guests can enjoy fresh-baked pretzels and a new beer garden set amid canopies of colored maypoles and festive banners that depict the rich heritage of Bavaria. 
Water Country USA reports that guests are in for the “slide of their lives” via an epic new drop slide, Vanish Point™. The crest of this 75-foot tower challenges guests with two wave paths. They can step into a skybox and take a plunge when the floor drops out beneath their feet, or they can get horizontal on a 300-foot speed slide that drops them straight down as soon as they enter. Park spokespeople term it “pure liquid adrenaline.”
Set to fill the space that was once home to The Big Bad Wolf is a new state-of-the-art launch roller coaster. It debuts in the spring of 2012.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. The 10 parks play host to 25 million guests each year and employ 26,000 people nationwide. 

Related stories from InPark News and InPark Magazine:
SeaWorld interactive turtle attraction for 2011; Discovery Cove adds Grand Reef in 2011; SeaWorld promotes Daniel B. Brown to COO; SeaWorld rescues manatees; The making of Jungala at Busch Gardens Africa

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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