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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:06 am
by cfc
Lights, the Smell of Fresh Pine, and Gingerbread Cheesecake: Christmas Town 2017

Busch Gardens Williamsburg kicked off Christmas Town 2017 over Thanksgiving weekend, but I couldn't get there until last Friday. Much is the same as last year: You can still roam the Polar Pathway; visit small-town America (and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends) at Holiday Hills; witness the transformation of miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge into the yuletide's number-one fan at "Scrooge No More"; and take in the sights from the Flight of Lights (skyway) or Nacht Tower (aka Mach Tower in elevator mode).

But there have been some notable changes:

1. For the first time, the Sesame Street Forest of Fun is open for Christmas Town. Grover's Alpine Express was running (along with two other coasters--Verbolten and InvadR), and the other rides (except for the tiny flume ride) were open.

2. Santa's Workshop has moved from the ice-cream/gift shop in Germany to DarKastle. I didn't queue up to see the Right Jolly Old Elf, of course, but there was a two-hour wait for a audience with Santa last Friday. I wonder what Mad King Ludwig thinks about all this?

3. There's a new show in Italy: "Gift of Harmony," an a cappella group singing Christmas classics. This replaces the old "Miracles" show. You can still "Deck the Halls" at the Festhaus, feel reverential during "Gloria" in Ireland, take in "O' Tannenbaum" in front of the Festhaus, and shiver during "Twas the Night," an ice-skating show inspired by "A Visit from St. Nicholas," in France.

4. There's a small preview center for the new VR ride in Ireland.

Christmas Town has become an important part of Christmas in Williamsburg (along with Colonial Williamsburg's Grand Illumination, which happens tonight). It's nice to just stroll around, take in the lights, and have a nice holiday-themed meal (or some treats, of course).

Merry Christmas! Let's go in.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:40 am
by cfc
Time to see how festive the rest of the park looks.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:40 pm
by Philrad71
Great report as always, Chuck - thanks for sharing!

Busch parks really know how to bring it at their holiday events and this looks like no exception. Can't wait to experience Christmas Town at BGT in the coming weeks! :b

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:33 pm
by Nrthwnd
Awesome report Chuck! I miss having a park close to me,
that does the holidays like Busch (and others) does.
Also - great ornament find! :smile:


P.S. Yukon Cornelius is The Real Hero, in my humble opinion.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:12 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Awesome report of an awesome event! I like the idea of a preview center for new rides, so curious guests who don't constantly scour the Internet for new ride rumours can get excited about the new attraction. Makes me wonder why more parks don't do that.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:15 am
by boldikus
Great report Chuck as usual! That cheesecake omfg.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:50 am
by cfc
^It's my favorite Christmas Town dessert. The donuts on the Polar Pathway are good, too, but they have trouble keeping up with the demand.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:51 am
by Sluggo77
Great report Chuck! Looks like a great event.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:42 pm
by jray21
Great report! I would absolutely love to visit this park during Christmas.