2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Genx24 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:08 pm

As mentioned, this was my first visit to Busch Gardens. I instantly fell in love with the place. World Showcase is my favorite part of Epcot so an entire park in a similar vein is right up my alley.

It's definitely now up amongst my favorite parks, and I look forward to visiting again.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:18 am

Great reports!

Surprised to hear about such good air in the front row of Cyclone. My rides up there have been solid, but nothing to write home about. The back is an entirely different story. It's truly terrifying and awesome a coaster that old with just lap bars can offer ejector air like that.

And Busch Gardens is just amazing. The only "rough" spot of Alpengeist I can think of is the sharp transition into the MCBR. If you don't know it's coming, it could be quite the headbanger.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:18 am

^ That is a fair assessment of Alpinegeist. Sometimes I look at it from the point of view of someone that has ridden it 50+ times.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby PKI Jizzman » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:19 am

Great report! Very hyped for my first BGW visit soon. Thanks for the shot of the beer/prices. Exceptional selection!
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Philrad71 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:41 am

Beer, food and coasters...the best kind of trip report. Looking forward to more!
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Gatekeeper » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:57 pm

Thanks for the awesome trip report. I'll be going to Knoebel's and Bush Gardens for the first time in a few weeks and your ride suggestions and food photos will really help me with my ride and food decisions!

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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Jcoaster » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:38 pm

Busch Gardens Continued: Food and Wine Festival.

Our second day at Busch Garden's Williamsburg started with Cracker Barrel and arriving to the park a little after opening. It was a Friday so we were expecting some crowds. Too our delight, the crowds were light again. Besides waiting 10 minutes to pay for parking, we really didn't wait much the rest of the day and that is a beautiful thing.

This was my second time at Busch's Food and Wine Festival, the last one I attended was in 2015 and as always it is am awesome event. The Churrasco at the Brazil booth was glorious and so was the Spanakopita at the Mediterranean booth. However the Virginia booth took the day with their Bacon Cheddar Hush Puppies and Bacon, Maple Pecan candy bars. Other than those two Nick and I hit up Korea, Japan and Cuba amongst others. We ended up stopping at the Craft Beerhaus again and Lagunita's had a guest speaker there and they handed out free samples which is always a plus. I also partook in the 40 cent beer special. It was kinda lame though since they were 7 oz's and you couldn't buy two at once! It was Rolling Rock but I didn't mind, it is a solid beer.

As for the rides we hit up Verboten which is always a great time, it really is a worthy replacement for the Big Bad Wolf. Since it was about 100 degrees we took a spin on Roman Rapids and Pompeii which both soaked us. I don't remember Roman Rapid's getting you that drenched. Have they added anything too it the past few years? Battle for Eire was fine, I just really hope this isn't the future of rides. We also took some time during the day to cool down by riding the skyway and the train. Anyhow, it was a great trip to Busch as per usual and I'm already looking forward to my next trip back. I'm away the rest of this week so the King's Dominion portion will be up sometime next week. Stay tuned.
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Day 2, bring it on.
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First up was the new hotness. It was fine, definitely a step up from Europe in the Air. I miss Darkcastle.
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We started the coaster riding for the day with a lap on the half Lion, half Eagle.
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You could tell by 10:30 am it was going to be a hot one.
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Such a massive coaster.
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We decided to go on Invadr before the family crowd "invaded" it (Pun intended)
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After some nice airtime on Invadr it was time for the first booth of the day. Churrasco...Sign me up!
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Since Caribou station was next door Nick and I figured why not. The train provides great views of the park including the Old Drachen Fire area.
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Views of Invadr are also at a premium on the train.
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There is a train now as well as a piece of my fingertip.
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Right after the train it was time for the skyway. Fantastic views of Alpie on this, it is such a photogenic ride.
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The massive Vertical loop.
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When we landed from the skyway it was a short distance from Italy and Pompeii. The Spanakopita was also conveniently located over here as well.
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Pompeii was actually experiencing downtime as soon as we got on the queue so we double dipped booths and hit up Japan. Here is some sake and Gyoza.
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Okay guys it is open now, I swear.
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I'm a fan of Pompeii I must admit.
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Here is the Korea stand. This is ribs with a sesame coleslaw. It hit the spot after Roman Rapids and a couple of rides on Apollo's Chariot.
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Nick and I wanted to catch the Wolves at 5 pm so we headed over there a little early so we could try the Hawaiian booth. This was a Pinehople beer from Evolution Brewery along a spam, pineapple slider with sriracha and citrus coleslaw. Definitely a must try.
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There is a wolf back there somewhere.
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The show hasn't changed in years. It could use some new flare. Perhaps train them to talk? If you drink a enough beers they already do that too.
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Virginia was after the wolves. No coincidence the best booth of the day was from the hometown.
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This is what glory looks like people.
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Maple, Bacon and Pecan Candy Bars. If you don't believe in a higher power after this you will.
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We looped back around the park once we were done eating from Virginia so we could at least burn a few calories.
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The the theming for Verbolten.
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This was a delicious Pils from Hardywood Park. This craft beerhaus was one of the best things they've ever done.
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Lagunita's samples!
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Ended the day with salted caramel gelato, the Italian I am couldn't resist.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby cfc » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:58 pm

Roman Rapids has soaked me every time I've ridden it.

I agree with you about the Churrasco. The South Korean rib was great, too.
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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby boldikus » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:13 am

Awesome reporting.

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Re: 2018 Summer Shenanigans Tour

Postby Genx24 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:59 am

I don't usually drink, but the craft beer room in Festhaus was an oasis our two days there. A comfortable, air conditioned room with leather lounge chairs and ice cold suds; what could be a better way to beat the Virginia swelter?

The food and wine festival was great. Not quite on par with Epcot, but delicious nonetheless. My personal favourites were the Ropa Vieja from Cuba, and the pineapple mac & cheese from Hawaii.
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