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If you follow BGWFans, this has been a very quiet off-season for us thus far. We’ve already posted about the ongoing Rhine River floating bridge replacement project and the continued Le Scott renovations, but aside from those things, we’ve been pretty silent thus far. There have been a few reasons for that, but I won’t bother explaining them here. Instead, lets get back to doing what we do best. First construction update of the year? I think yes. Enjoy!
Colossal Curl Tubes On-Site
Seeing that Colossal Curl began showing up on site a while back this isn’t exactly news, but yesterday was the first day I had a chance to get over there myself to check it out. Before I get to the pictures, let me just say that these tubes are massive. I don’t know exactly how they compare in size to Water Country USA’s other slides, but they really do look rather, well, colossal.
The best overview of the area I could get without trespassing. They seem to have dedicated basically the entire center lot to tube staging.
Behind the large tube in the foreground you can see what I assume are pieces of the ProSlide Tornado 24 funnel element
On the left side of this picture you can see the section that will follow the funnel element. Note the area to attach the waterfall hardware
Did I mention there were a ton of pieces?
Another angle on the same tubes from the last shot plus another one off to the left.
Bavaria Parking Lot Expansion
Though I don’t think anyone really knows why the park is spending the time and money to add 500 spaces to their parking infrastructure (seeing that they only hit capacity two or three times last season max and basically everyone agrees that the park really can’t handle more people inside the gates right now), that’s neither here nor there- it’s happening. Certainly not the most interesting project, but the massive loss of trees is definitely notable. Honestly, driving down Route 60, I have no clue how James City County approved this. It’s certainly not the park’s fault (it is a parking lot after all), but it makes the whole area look absolutely horrible. You can get a look at how it was before using Google StreetView [embedded below] followed by the pictures I took of the site yesterday.
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Here you can see what I assume to be parts of the TornadoWAVE element- the real selling point for Colossal Curl
Seriously. These things are huge. Note the size comparison with the trailer.
Driving down Route 60 towards Route 199 (heading away from the park)
Another shot from Route 60. The area they cleared is HUGE
And the other end of the construction site
The rest of these shots are taken from the opposite side of the site looking towards Route 60. Again, MASSIVE area.
Route 199-side of the site
Center area. Again, that traffic light is Route 60 (where the first few shots were taken from)