Little Red Riding Hood may find Busch Gardens Europe a more appealing destination after the 2009 operating season. The local beastly resident, known far and wide as the Big Bad Wolf, will take its last run through the woods on September 7th.
The ride, built in 1984, is one of the first successful suspended coasters built. Arrow learned their lessons after the dismal failure of Kings Island's Bat and came through with a safer and thrilling design for Busch Gardens, finishing what intitial contractor Schwartzkomf, began. Riders are hoisted up two 100 ft lifts through the twisting, turning, swinging course stretching 2,800 ft. as it flies through a makeshift village, dense woods, and a spactacular finale dropping aside the nearby river as it flies back to the station.
Park officials acknowledge the significance the Big Bad Wolf has played throughout its reign. While it may not be the biggest or fastest by any stretch of the imagination, its aggresive yet flowing layout is ideal for people beginning their trek into the world of roller coasters. The ride is also slated as one of the most popular in the park. More than 29 million guests have had the chance to join the Wolf on its regular prowl since 1984.
While coaster fans and regular Busch Gardens guests begin to mourn the passing of the legendary beast, Busch Gardens continues to look to the future. Not much has been divulged on what will replace the quarter century veteran, but something will fill in the void, soon enough. While many feel nothing would ever live up to the impact the Wolf provided upon its opening, Busch Gardens has shown that they're more than willing to put stellar attractions whenever they turn over soil.
RIP Big Bad Wolf (1984-2009)
Busch Gardens Williamsburg plans to immerse guests in an experience unlike anything else installed since the theme park opened in 1975.Curse of DarKastle: the Ride will take passengers on a dark ride journey through a Bavarian castle as they are surrounded by elaborate theming, and state-of-the-art visual effects including elements of 3D. The theme of being 'frozen in time' will leave riders chilled as they complete a five-minute experience including a pre-show of a minute and 40 seconds.The technology behind Curse of DarKastle is most comparable to that of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan. A ride vehicle with a wide range of motion will travel through a maze of scenes in the dark as guests are exposed to various visual effects.Busch Gardens' new ride is expected to open this May, and is located in a 40,000 square-foot building in the Oktoberfest section. The building resides on the former location of the defunct Wilde Maus, which was sent to sister park Busch Gardens Tampa last year.
Wild Maus, which is being removed from Busch Gardens Williamsburg to make way for a new ride in 2004, is heading South to Busch Gardens Tampa.
Today, the new name of this coaster and specific location were announced. Wild Maus will now be called Cheetah Chase to fit in with the African-themed animal park.
"It's a family coaster," said Busch spokesman Gerard Hoeppner, confirming the ride will be set up near the Ubanga-Banga bumper cars in Timbuktu. "We think it will have a broader appeal than the ride it replaces."
To make way for Cheetah Chase, the Crazy Camel, a small kiddie ride, is headed for storage after a 24-year run.
It is reported that Busch Gardens Williamsburg has filed plans for a new indoor attraction to be located in the Oktoberfest, Germany themed section.
Although details are being kept under wraps until an official announcement, the new experience will likely be a heavily-themed, possibly interactive dark ride. It will be contained within a 40,000-square-foot, eight-story high building of similar dimensions to the neighboring landmark Festhaus building.
Wilde Maus will be removed from Busch Gardens Williamsburg, as recently rumored on our site, and the enclosed attraction will be constructed on the site of the 46-foot wild mouse-type coaster. Meanwhile, the Wild Maus coaster will be relocated to the Williamsburg's sister park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg's closest competition, Paramount's Kings Dominion, introduced the custom-designed mouse coaster Ricochet in 2002 and is adding the interactive dark rideScooby Doo and the Haunted Mansion for next season, while the Williamsburg theme park has gone four years without a major ride.