Magic Mountain Land Clearing Update
The land clearing that we reported on yesterday apparently is not owned by Magic Mountain. Instead, it is owned by a development company who plans to build a massive community right behind the park. The project will consist of infrastructure and thousands of homes once complete.
As for a new roller coaster, I would still look at Deja Vu's former plot for any progress in the coming months. With this rumor being debunked, it also puts the status of Viper's future back into question as well.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Height Balloon
As some may have noticed from the Rumor section, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has recently conducted balloon tests and filed paperwork for a height waiver of 315 feet. This is seeking approval for a new attraction of that height in the park.
The odd aspect of it is that the paperwork was filed under the name "Busch Gardens Madrid". The park was formerly known as the "Old Country", and is currently named "Busch Gardens Williamsburg". The park is home to many European themed hamlets, none of which involve Spanish culture. This leads many to believe that this project name is not only going to be one ride, but a whole area dedicated to Spain's capital city.
This mystery is not the only one that remains unsolved, as the type of ride is also unknown at this point. It is only referred to as a "Structure" in all city filings. Many would point to 315 feet as the perfect height for a new giga roller coaster. The park already has a drop tower, and an observation tower, which rule those attractions out. The only other rides that reach that height would be a Ferris Wheel, slingshot, or Sky Screamer/Windseeker attraction. These all seem unlikely for the park, but a swing ride could be the most believable of the three.
Many soil testing and planning documents show a large parcel of land being used for this expansion, so a roller coaster may be the best guess. This would be a clear shot in the competition with nearby Kings Dominion and Intimidator 305. Check back for continuing updates on all projects.