Here we go again! As you may recall from a few months ago, we got our hands on some basic site plans for Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2015 coaster which showed that the park would be adding a clone of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Superman: Ultimate Flight. Well today we have a ton more to share. In fact, today, we have everything. Since the make, model, and location of the ride was already known to people who have been following the project, the big news here for most of our readers will be the attraction’s, uh, thematic elements.
I’m not going to bother explaining most of what I’m publishing today as most everything is relatively self-explanatory and I’m a bit restricted on time, but if you have any questions, I’d recommend tossing them out on our Project 2015 thread, here, or asking us directly on Twitter or Facebook.
Before I let you get to the plans, in an effort to curb the inevitable resulting flood of misinformation, Diavolo is not the final name. SEAS parks have a long history of using code names in their theming documents. Many people may remember “Elementum” showing up in Verbolten’s theming documents. We fully anticipate the same being true for Diavolo when it comes to Project 2015.
With all that out of the way, enjoy the sneak peak at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2015 coaster![hr]
For the technically minded among us, we have a fairly large collection of technical drawings from BGW’s 2015 project. They’re categorized below.
Full Site Plans
No real revelations in these new site plans, but they should give a much clearer idea of how everything will be positioned in the middle of Festa Italia next season.
As with the site plans, aside from confirming without a doubt that we are, in fact, getting an off-the-shelf Premier launch coaster, there isn’t much in the way of new information to be gleaned from these newly uncovered coaster plans. That said, there is one detail we didn’t see coming: Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s version will feature three car trains instead of two found on the three other clones of the layout. While this alteration will help a bit with the attraction’s hourly capacity, I still predict rather painful lines.
Aside from providing further evidence of three car operations, there’s nothing incredibly newsworthy to be found in the station plans.
According to the landscaping plans, essentially every tree between Apollo and the larger Festa Italia hamlet is being removed.
We’ve known about the coaster itself for a while now but, this most recent collection of documents gives us our first insight into the park’s plans for theming the ride. I’d love to say we worked out the theme for the attraction months ago but, alas, I don’t think anyone could have guessed a grunge, carnival, BMX theme…
Color Pallets & Stylization
As the documents below show, the thematic package includes a huge range of different colors. While a wide color pallet is fitting for Festa, I worry about the painting techniques looking wildly out of place next to the hamlet’s existing decorations. The planned typography is another issue for me: It’s vastly different than anything else currently in Festa.
Here are the designs for the entry archway. This will be placed over the queue entrance and will act as the ride’s path signage.
This, uh, “facade-themed” facade (no, really) will be constructed against the front of the coaster’s station. Guests will exit through the large opening in the middle.
Of all the project’s theming, its signage makes up most, if not all, of my favorite visual components. Below is a fairly large fraction of the planned signage we’ve seen for the attraction.
Support Tower Banners
The park plans to place banners advertising the ride on the coaster’s tallest support tower.
A large collection of ride posters advertising the “stunt show” will be littered around the area, especially throughout the queue.
I really only have one thing to say about the control booth plans: Wowza! And not in a good way either…
And now I leave you with what is likely the ugliest planned bit of thematic design for the ride: the photo sales booth. Perhaps I wouldn’t care about it so much, if it were hidden in a dark corner somewhere. Unfortunately it will be located right in the attraction’s main plaza. Not at all a fan.
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