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.