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Zachary

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I was gonna write up something more complete, but after losing all of my work once, I'm feeling sorta demotivated so... Welcome to the cliffnotes version!

Huge thanks to @Thomas for the initial idea and both @Mushroom and @Thomas for a ton of brainstorming and input. So, what do we want?

@Mushroom, @Thomas, and I want a Zamperla NebulaZ in Rhinefeld.


Yes, I know, I hear you all screaming "BUT MY AMBIANCE!" and we agree—the quaintness of the Rhinefeld streets is a major aspect of the appeal of the hamlet. Retaining that was a central goal here. That said, the three of us also agreed that this region of the park needs a notable flatride and that the Wilkommenhaus plaza currently feels lifeless and underutilized.

Here's our proposal: Position a NebulaZ centered between the Wilkommenhaus-area buildings right on the other side of the existing half-wall. There's a drop-off on the other side of that wall and a slope down towards the ravine that makes recessing the ride platform below path level super easy. The height difference would do some work hiding the ride platform and offer better views of the ride from the Wilkommenhaus plaza. Here's a map of our layout:

ZeitMaschine Concept Annotated.jpg

The inside of the yellow dotted circle is the required ride area for a NebulaZ. The platform is a little larger in our proposal so it doesn't feel too terribly cramped. The queue structure is sized to match Alpie's extended queue building. A nice ride entry sign is depicted in blue and you can see a rough idea for the queue, QuickQueue, and exit paths depicted as well. Everything outside the red dotted area would be largely untouched by this addition.

I placed the ride entrance outside of Rhinefeld to keep the grade of the ride area more consistent. No substantial ramps or stairs will be required as they would be if the ride was at groundlevel and the entrance was next to Wilkommenhaus. Additionally, this allows us to introduce some excellent kineticism to the Wilkommenhaus area without all the guest flow implications of having a ride queue enter from there. Plus, the paths outside the Rhinefeld gate are just so perfectly setup for a ride entrance in this position. You can see what I mean, here:

ZeitMaschine Concept Entry Area.jpg

Another great thing about this placement is that a healthy greenery buffer can be retained between the area in front of the Rhinefeld candy shop and the proposed attraction. Between some tree retention and the existing wall, visual intrution once you get inside of Rhinefeld's gates should be perfectly acceptable. For context, the current situation:

ZeitMaschine Concept Candy Shop Plaza.jpg

Once you get further into the hamlet, the ride will vanish entirely until you pass under the breezeway and enter the Wilkommenhaus plaza.

So, theme. A fairground ride plopped into one of the most subtle and refined hamlets in the park has the potential to be a disaster. Well, this ride provides us with an ideal theme option for Germany: Clocks. Big clocks. Small clocks. Cuckoo clocks. Grandfather clocks. Every type of traditional mechanical clock imaginable—all of them belonging to a time-obsessed inventor (AND HIS PET CHICKEN ROLFIE, see post #4). His latest invention? This ride, the ZeitMaschine. (Zeitmaschine being "time machine" in German.) I imagine a color scheme that plays off of Wilkommenhaus' own but with a mechanical slant.

I don't imagine very intricate queue theming, but a few "frankensteined" clocks in the queue and on the entry portal would be fantastic.

So, thoughts?
 
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Mushroom

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This is a better design than most of the stuff the park has cooked up lately, and it's logical and seemingly wouldn't be terribly difficult or expensive either. This needs to happen.
 

Zachary

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@Thomas, @Mushroom, and I were discussing soundtracks for the queue (as you do) and Clocktoberfest came up... AND THE ZEITMASCHINE LORE JUST GOT A LOT BETTER!

The clock inventor guy and his pet chicken, Rolfie, who made Clocktoberfest have a NEW AND IMPROVED invention! The ZeitMaschine!

If you're unfamiliar with the duo, listen to their intro on the Clocktoberfest soundtrack.


So yeah, here are my demands, BGW. You can use all of this for free under THIS ONE CONDITION:

The Clocktoberfest guy and his pet chicken HAVE to do all of the recordings for this ride, the inventor HAS to reference the ZeitMaschine as his "NEW GREATEST INVENTION," Rolfie HAS to "wind the clock" before the ride starts and he has to make it start at the sound of the inventor's alphorn.

These are my conditions BGW. Give me interconnected Busch Gardens Williamsburg lore damn it!
 
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Merboy

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It looks great! The only thing I could possibly say is that by placing it in this location it may remove a peaceful and very lovely corner of the park and turn it into a high-traffic area which may be a negative in the long run, especially if the ride were to not be a success.
 

Jonesta6

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If it's not successful, how would that area remain higher traffic? Honestly not sure how that would be possible.
 

Mushroom

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It looks great! The only thing I could possibly say is that by placing it in this location it may remove a peaceful and very lovely corner of the park and turn it into a high-traffic area which may be a negative in the long run, especially if the ride were to not be a success.

I had this same thought at first, but unlike many other serene areas of the park, that corner between the old smoking deck and the Rhinefeld entrance gates has never been particularly noteworthy - at least in my opinion. Unlike, say, the foliage by the Killarney bridge which was removed for Finnegan's and in my opinion was a peaceful and lovely part of the park, this is just a little corner with some trees and shrubs. In my opinion, this space wouldn't be missed nearly as much as the nature that was ripped out for Finnegan's.
 

wombat96

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This idea is brilliant. Germany has begun to feel stagnant compared to some of the more lively sections of the park and a massive kinetic flat would do serve as a breath of fresh air for the area and bring some newfound energy to this quiet section of the park. It's also surrounded by stores, eateries, and conveniently located bathrooms for those who may find the experience a tad bit too thrilling, it's got it all for both riders and guests who may just watch. The ride also fits in with the theming of the hamlet and I absolutely adore the underutilized Illuminights lore, maybe some short safety pre-show videos on the TV monitors with the inventor and Rolfie to serve as a break in between ads? Anyways, great job to everyone involved on crafting up this sick concept.
 
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