Busch Gardens Europe has just confirmed that an original park attraction and favorite ride among families is on the chopping block, or rather, guillotine in this case.
The cars on Le Mans Raceway have chugged through the European-themed park's France section since 1975, but the end of their road arrives on July 5. In a world of theme parks striving to maintain a competitive edge in a race of thrills, the park has decided to sacrifice the family-geared antique car ride for a cutting-edge steel coaster.
"After careful review, we have decided the Le Mans Racewaysite is optimal for the park’s newest attraction,” executive vice president and general manager Donnie Mills explained. "We hope guests will take this opportunity to come out to the park and take a final spin around the track as we continue to keep the park fresh and offer the latest in new attractions."
While Busch Gardens officials remain mum on the new coaster, fans look to the park's history as the best indication of exactly what to anticipate with the 2007 ride.
"Busch Gardens is a park that has been recognized to be of a certain standard that can be a common playground for families, coaster buffs, or anyone just looking to have a grand day. They have continuously added top-notch coasters, always with an innovative flare," opinedBusch Gardens Escape webmaster Bryan Callison. "Especially after this long absence from a new roller coaster, there is no reason to go for something small and lackluster. Busch Gardens Europe is not one to let people down."
The ride's 49 vehicles have traveled over 9,800,000 miles around the three 2,000-foot-long tracks that meander in the shadow of the inverted coaster Alpengeist.
Back in January, it was revealed that Busch Gardens Europe had filed for a height waver for a new attraction up to 210 feet tall located in the New France themed area.
The park plans on making a formal press release pertaining to the new coaster "soon."