Could the name Griffon ultimately become no more than a mere consideration for Busch Gardens Europe's 2007 attraction?
Twelve days after applying to trademark the name Griffon for an amusement park ride, Busch Entertainment has filed two more name possibilities for the Williamsburg park's new coaster.
In applications dated July 24, Busch filed for rights to the namesIronEagle and Voltare.
The former name would fit with the theme that Busch Gardens has hinted at in posting teaser signs around the construction site bearing what appears to be the talon of an eagle. The nameIron Eagle was utilized for a thrill ride at Six Flags America in Maryland until that attraction was removed this season.
It can be assumed that the name Voltare would accompany a unique French theme conceived by the park. Research into the word "voltare" uncovers few results at first, the most similar word being the name of eighteenth-century French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. However, one translation states that "voltare" means "to turn."
Busch Entertainment is known for filing more than one name possibility for a new coaster. Prior to deciding on the name SheiKra for sister park Busch Gardens Africa's 2005 coaster, Busch applied to use the alternate spelling Sheekra.
These new possibilities will only add fuel to the fires of speculation raging on around the newest coaster from a park known for excellence. However, speculation will be put to rest come August 23, the date of Busch Gardens Europe's official announcement.
Yesterday, there was an accident on Son of Beast at Kings Island outside of Cincinnati, Ohio today. 27 people were taken by ambulance to Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery and Bethesda Medical Center in Lebanon. Though the park remained open, Son of Beast was closed.
The accident happened at about 4:45 yesterday. Witnesses of the accident said that they saw the coaster come to an abrupt stop with a “bump.” Several rescue squads were called to the park after the incident. A spokeswoman for the park stated that crews shut down the coaster and started examining it to find the problem.
After completing the circuit, the riders complained of back and neck pain said the Maureen Kaiser, a spokeswoman for the Kings Island. The park’s emergency staff took care of the riders and notified authorities, she said.
Twelve people were taken to Bethesda North Hospital, while ten others were taken to Bethesda Medical Center, said a spokeswoman for both hospitals. Several other people were taken to Mercy Hospital of Fairfield, stated a sheriff dispatcher. Ttwnety-five of the riders have been released from the hospitals, but two remained there with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Investigators of the Ohio Department of Agriculture's ride safety division revealed today that some of the wood on one of the ride’s downward hills was cracked and splintered around the mid-course of the ride. Weldon Shaffer, who was on Son of Beast when the accident happened said, "Everything was fine until it felt like everything jammed forward."
Though investigators say that they aren’t sure if the cracking and splintering caused the accident, a relations spokesperson for the park said that 10 percent of rollercoaster accidents are due to structural damage. Son of Beast remains closed and may remain closed for up to six weeks as ride investigation goes on.
Son of Beast was built in 2001 and holds and broke the record for the tallest fastest wooden roller coaster ever built. The mega wooden coaster is 218 feet tall and has a top speed of 78.4 mph. It is also the only wooden coaster with a loop
Some mysteries are never meant to be discovered. One theme park, however, has finally revealed more of its biggest mystery.
Dollywood has announced the details of their new attraction for the 2007 season, the Mystery Mine. Hence the name, this ride will be themed to an old mine. However, this is no traditional "mine train" ride.
This ride will be one of Gerstlauer’s Euro-Fighters, making it the first of its kind in America. But it will be more than that that will make this ride one of a kind. This ride will feature not one but two vertical lift hills — making for the first time this has been done on a Euro-Fighter.
This ride will have a maximum drop of 85 feet at a 95-degree angle of descent and a maximum speed of 46 mph. Along with special effects from Entech Creative, it will also feature a layout containing two inversions, a heartline roll and a rollover loop (dive loop), during its 2-minute and 30-second, 1,811-foot course.
Chances are, if this ride follows Dollywood's style, it will be a well themed, unique ride that will definitely provide a thrill. And judging by the ride's concept, unique will be a keyword next year at the park.