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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby niiicolaaah » Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:01 pm

That would be Danny Biggerstaff and his wife renewing their vows.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Schotcher » Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:05 pm

Interesting. I liked the music, it just added something else and made it different from other drop towers, but I could care less about the vibration. It was just weird, and I could easily time the drop- suspense is key for drop towers IMO, and Mach just didn't have any.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:13 pm

^^Interesting! I just assumed it was for Verbolten, considering that they had a film crew and the van wrapped in an advertisement. Can't say the people there looked much like what Dan and Janis look like in pictures I can find of them, but if that's who they are, then congrats to them! Looks like they were married on the ride in 2000? Quality wedding right there!

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:34 pm

Mach Tower's seats were vibrating during Passholder Preview Day, but I don't think they have since then. Personally, I think the drop works better without the vibration--the drop's more of a surprise that way. The virbrating seats were always a bit odd.

But enough of Mach Tower. Are we ready for another Verbolten update? If so, great! If not, well, you're getting one anyway. ;)

BGW has added more touches to the station since our Easter update. Here's a look at what they've been up to.
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Guten tag, Verbolten.
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It costs extra to stay in the Creepy Vines from Hell Suite at the Black Forest Inn.
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They've added quite a few new signs. Looks like the wait is approximately 32 days, 1 hour, and 45 minutes.
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You're welcome.
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Looks like Gerta and Gunter are nearly ready to open for business.
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If you're a tourist and feel that you lack a "center," here's the place for you.
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Here's one for all of you with a lighting-fixture fetish.
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The signs for the boarding area are up--I like how they're made from old mufflers and tailpipes.
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The Verbolten trains are quivering with antici . . . pation.
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The water-filled dummies have already ridden Verbolten; therefore, they're cooler than anyone else here.
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OK, I made a mistake last time. The steel boxes where you can stow your gear are here.
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Gerda and Gunter don't miss a trick, do they?
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Unflattering photos and video footage can be purchased here.
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Not even the gift shop is safe from the evil of the Black Forest.
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More creepy vines.
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Speaking of creepy, they've been working a bit on the Gunter Mobile.
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The bike has been moved since last week! Oh my god!
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Where is Gunter, anyway?
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Oh, there he is.
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There's still tweaking to be done on the first launch, . . .
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. . . the second launch, . . .
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. . . and the bridge.
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The car out front is getting more and more overgrown. This makes Beemer Boy sad.
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You know, it's gotta be tough to shift gears in this heap.
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You can tell its springtime at Verbolten when the Porsche is in bloom.
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Gerda and Gunter welcome you to Oktoberfest.
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But they're still putting some finishing touches on the place.
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The bridge from the Rhine River Cruise.
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The first launch from far away . . .
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. . . and up close (zoomed in from the Rhine River).
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There's new Verbolten merchandise, too.
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Klassy.
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Klassier.
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And the countdown continues . . .
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:39 pm

It's funny, that barrel directly behind the the overgrown bike had its top cut off by a worker while we were watching yesterday! They were all over the station area working all day, no trains on the track or anything though. All I want in life is to see this thing test!
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:20 pm

^At the hard hat tour last month, they did mention that the park had been testing it; but at that point, they were justy starting to install the themed elements in the show building. I imagine there's been more testing, but not during operating hours.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterLover » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:33 pm

As I'm sure they'll use the "fahrt" joke a bunch (as seen in the merchandise), "fahrt" is German for "drive" or "journey."

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterfreak101 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:40 pm

^^Oh, I know it's been testing, I'm just dying to see it! Deep down, I appreciate it being so secretive, because it should be a great surprise when it's all open, but I can't help but want to see it now!
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby sammmmmy » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:21 pm

That tunnel entrance looks so awkward just there and all. I hope a lot more vegetation grows around it...
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby netdvn » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:38 pm

Anyways, while we were in line yesterday afternoon for Apollo, they were (I'm assuming) shooting a commercial for Verbolten, or at least doing something to get people in line interested. Everyone had their cameras out and were talking about it, so whatever it was it worked, and if it's on TV I'm sure it'll work some more!


Travel Channel was apparently holding a shoot at the park all weekend. There was a sign for it outside the employee/preferred parking entrance.

Oh, and while I'm here - do the seats on Mach Tower no longer shake? I remember it being advertised with the music playing that stops at the top and the shaking seats, and neither of those things were happening yesterday.


From various sources (BGWFans/friends/coworkers), the shaking/music are being worked on at the moment. The ride had a huge breakdown last week and the music/shaking might've been temporarily sacrificed as a result.
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