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First off, sorry about the ridiculously long delay on this update. We ran into some fairly major bugs which prevented us from posting picture galleries- something that was needed to make this post possible. Fortunately we’ve managed to find and fix said bugs and everything is now (hopefully) running smoothly once again. If you run into any problems, please let us know about them here. Now, onto the update.
During Christmas Town a few people on our forums took note of the work going on around Le Scoot but, at the time, I just passed it off as standard maintenance. Well, by the final weekend, it was pretty clear that something more was going on. Figuring that I’d rather be safe than sorry, I snapped a few pictures of the work that had been done. Turns out, it was a good decision. On January 4th Busch Gardens Williamsburg filed for a demolition permit to remove Le Scoot’s current lift structure. In the description of the permit in question (A-121640) the following is noted: “DEMOLITION OF LIFT PORTION OF FLUME RIDE PRIOR TO REPLACEMENT”. The full permit along with the pictures I took of the progress as of the closing weekend of Christmas Town can be found below.
Here’s a copy of the Le Scoot lift renovation permit
Looking up the lift. Notice the missing lift belt.
Another look at the front of the lift.
Here’s a closer look at the scaffolding going up the side of the lift.
Here’s a view from near the ride’s entrance. As you can see, when these pictures were taken, they hadn’t made it all the way to the top with the scaffolding yet.
I’m guessing these are the remaining scaffold parts.
Looking back to the left of the lumber mill, you can see a ton of crates and boxes. Replacement lift parts?
And finally, looking though Alpengeist’s Zero-G Roll, you can see a pallet of some kind covered in white plastic. I’m guessing more lift parts.
While this isn’t exactly major news, there is a very important thing to take from this: Busch Gardens is willing to put a good deal of money into keeping Le Scoot, one of the park’s oldest rides, up and running. In a time when original Arrow Log Flumes are becoming more and more scarce, it’s nice to see Busch Gardens Williamsburg investing money back into theirs.