New Height Waiver Filed
We previously reported on the 315 foot height waiver that was submitted by Busch Gardens, likely for a "Project Madrid". Now, the park has filed a permit for a 90 foot structure, located in the Ireland section of the park.
Nobody seems to understand the direction of the Busch Parks right now, and they seem to be scrambling to make plans work. Ireland currently lacks any large attractions, besides the brand new Battle for Eire. 90 feet is not that tall, but tall enough to still fit in a mid-size coaster. It would be a benefit for the park, given that not many of their "family coasters" have a low height requirement, but it would also be a bad move given that they have not installed a quality thrill coaster in a while.
Some people have already thrown around ideas such as a Mack Spinning coaster similar to Cobra's Curse, or a themed launch tower ride that was debated years ago. If it is a coaster, I am certain that it will be f the smaller scale.
Project Madrid Update
This project seems more likely to be a 2020 addition now, and it may have also been modified. Although plans are still very primitive, Festa Field seems to have a new structure in the plans looking very similar to an amphitheater. So instead of the aforementioned 315 foot attraction, it may just be an upgraded Royal Palace Theater instead. It's really difficult to know what Busch really has in store until they actually begin construction, as their leadership is sort of in shambles right now.
Project Madrid may open without a major attraction, or be something that is built up over the years. It's not really a surprise to me, seeing that the chain's financials do not justify a huge new investment like a new area.
We have heard reports that Carowinds is considering a double launch Mack coaster for their 2019 project. Now keep in mind that this is coming from Screamscape's "exclusive sources", so it is far from a confirmed thing, but it is a possibility given how certain they sound about it.
If so, this would be the first traditional sit down Mack launch coaster we've seen in the US, besides Time Traveler of course. With highly rated rides like Blue Fire and Helix overseas, this could turn into a real treat for those of us who cannot make it out to Europe.
Recently, the trademark "Copperhead Strike" has been filed by Cedar Fair, and would be a good fit for the location of the park, as Copperhead snakes are found along the Eastern US, such as the Carolinas.
Our friend Walter S. has sent us another photo of the site, showing the land almost fully cleared, and ready to begin laying foundations:
While I did originally believe that this would likely be a GCI coaster, now I am more unsure. A launch coaster would be a much better and higher quality fit for the park, given they don't have one at all. No matter what condition Hurler is in, the park at least has a traditional wooden coaster. Pushing a possible RMC project off longer would prevent the coaster cannibalizing off of Twisted Timbers.
With the level that Cedar Fair has been pushing Carowinds lately, a project like this is definitely more unique and should attract more people. At least in my opinion, a Mack launcher would definitely hasten my visit faster than a run of the mill GCI.
Screamscape also has a mock layout, which I will not post, because it is too speculative. According to them, the ride will have a dual launch element, and include 2-3 inversions, along with tight turns, and a top hat.
This could definitely be the dark horse for Cedar Fair's best coaster addition in 2019, given their "big project" is the dive coaster at Canada's Wonderland. Mack is one of the quickest growing and most exciting manufacturers in the industry right now.