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Busch Gardens to build park's first wooden roller coaster

Busch Gardens to build park's first wooden roller coaster

On Saturday, Busch Gardens unveiled plans to construct the park's first wooden roller coaster.

The coaster will be Viking-themed and will reach speeds of 48 mph, according to the park's website. From its highest point, the coaster will drop 74 feet and travel over nine hills.

The idea for the roller coaster was finalized in late-2015, according to Dan Dipiazzo, vice president of marketing for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Officials stuck with a wooden design to change up the park's steel line-up, he said. With a mid-range speed and height, the ride falls between an ultra-thriller and a kiddie coaster.

“(Fans) are looking for the great family ride...

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