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Busch Gardens releases another clue about Project 2020 identity

Busch Gardens, located in lower James City County, was recently honored by the National Amusement Park Historical Association for the 29th year in a row. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens)
Busch Gardens, located in lower James City County, was recently honored by the National Amusement Park Historical Association for the 29th year in a row. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens)

Busch Gardens has released another clue about the identity of the Project 2020 coaster outside of the Festa Italia portion of the park. 

This week’s clue: “Implore Minerva, the goddess of wisdom & war, to guide you through the extreme journey,” Busch Gardens said in a tweet.

So far, the other three clues have indicated the ride centers around Roman gods, including Pluto, Mercury and Neptune.

This week’s themed video released via Twitter show a purple, stormy background with the date “July 30, 2019” in Roman numerals. The park plans to reveal the attraction on that date.

So, who is Minerva?

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Minerva is the goddess of handicrafts, the professions, the arts and — later on — war.

She was one of the Capitoline triad, and associated with Jupiter, the chief Roman and Italian god, and Juno, the chief goddess. 

The ride will top out at about 180 feet, Busch Gardens officials have said.

Project 2020 was previously called Madrid, when a 315-foot height waiver and other plans were in effect. Madrid plans were scrapped and Project 2020 was put into its place.

Busch Gardens Fans have speculated it will be a multi-launch Intamin coaster. Ride plans indicate it will have magnets in along multiple sections of track to propel the trains forward.

It will also have a mid-course switch track, where a piece of track actually moves to change a train’s course.

Busch Gardens said park enthusiasts should follow the park on social media — @BuschGardensVa — to get a chance to get in on the action for the 2020 attraction reveal.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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