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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby madmax » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:24 pm

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coasterbill wrote:2) For everyone saying Alpengeist is rough, grow some balls. There's nothing rough about this ride. This is probably still our favorite coaster in the park.



cfc wrote:I don't find Alpengeist all that rough, either.


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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby TB305 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:37 pm

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coasterer wrote:This announcement forces me to the conclusion that Busch Gardens has gone a little soft. If you compare the Alpengeist / Apollo's Chariot / Griffon era to the Air Grover / Verbolten / Tempesto / small-but-still-not-a-42"-height-requirement-GCI era, it seems like the chain has taken a large step backwards in regards to making thrilling, well-themed, compelling rides and stories. Everything is much more generic now, in ride type and story. And I think the same can be said for BGT (though at least Cheetah Hunt and Cobra's Curse are really well-themed).

I mean, I actually like GCI in general, and think that Thunderhead, Prowler, and Gold Striker are world class - but this doesn't appear to measure up. It's like the park tried to check two boxes in one (thrill ride and family ride) and as a result kind of missed the mark on both.


Verbolten is the best themed coaster in the US!

This is entirely subjective. For instance, I think Expedition Everest's theming goes far above and beyond Verbolten's.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby jarmor » Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:40 pm

TB305 wrote:
madmax wrote:
coasterer wrote:This announcement forces me to the conclusion that Busch Gardens has gone a little soft. If you compare the Alpengeist / Apollo's Chariot / Griffon era to the Air Grover / Verbolten / Tempesto / small-but-still-not-a-42"-height-requirement-GCI era, it seems like the chain has taken a large step backwards in regards to making thrilling, well-themed, compelling rides and stories. Everything is much more generic now, in ride type and story. And I think the same can be said for BGT (though at least Cheetah Hunt and Cobra's Curse are really well-themed).

I mean, I actually like GCI in general, and think that Thunderhead, Prowler, and Gold Striker are world class - but this doesn't appear to measure up. It's like the park tried to check two boxes in one (thrill ride and family ride) and as a result kind of missed the mark on both.


Verbolten is the best themed coaster in the US!

This is entirely subjective. For instance, I think Expedition Everest's theming goes far above and beyond Verbolten's.

Either that person is trolling of their version of the US only consists of the state of Virginia.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:58 pm

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coasterkid124 wrote:It looks like from this article, the height requirement will be 46":

That's disappointing. This has always been one of my biggest complaints about GCI woodies. It makes zero sense to me that a 40" kid can ride "Tower of Terror" but a 42" kid can't ride any of GCI's woodies, which don't even come close to the intensity of a woodie like Knoebel's Phoenix or Twister, which are also both 42"

IMO, it just shows extremely poor design and a lack of understanding of park guests from GCI and I'm shocked there has never been an attempt to correct that.

I have to agree with this. My son is 47" and absolutely in love with roller coasters, and a lot of our decisions are influenced greatly by what he can ride. He just loves Powder Keg, probably the most intense family coaster out there. If HFE can get a 42" minimum on that ride, then surely any park can tell a manufacturer they want 42" and they'll make restraints that can accommodate that.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby neil009 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:08 pm

coasterer wrote:This announcement forces me to the conclusion that Busch Gardens has gone a little soft. If you compare the Alpengeist / Apollo's Chariot / Griffon era to the Air Grover / Verbolten / Tempesto / small-but-still-not-a-42"-height-requirement-GCI era, it seems like the chain has taken a large step backwards in regards to making thrilling, well-themed, compelling rides and stories. Everything is much more generic now, in ride type and story. And I think the same can be said for BGT (though at least Cheetah Hunt and Cobra's Curse are really well-themed).

I mean, I actually like GCI in general, and think that Thunderhead, Prowler, and Gold Striker are world class - but this doesn't appear to measure up. It's like the park tried to check two boxes in one (thrill ride and family ride) and as a result kind of missed the mark on both.


I think you're confusing "generic" with "rides I'm personally not very excited about". Sure Tempesto wasn't a big deal, but I fail to see how this ride (with the little we know about it thus far) and Verbolten fail to live up to some standard previously set by Busch Gardens. I mean, it's not like Griffon, Alpengeist and Apollo's Chariot AREN'T cookie-cutter B&M's plopped down with minimal to no on-ride theming. These rides may be a little smaller in size, but that's about all you can say and there's a place and purpose for smaller coasters in the world.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby DrachenfireOP » Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:36 pm

I'll add my voice to the disappointmentality of height and also the potential names. First as to height, BBW was my first coaster. I remember how bummed I was being too short for LNM after how awesome BBW was for me. Also, having worked many of Busch's coasters, I can tell you the 6 inches between BBW and LNM was a big let down for kids. I can't believe they aren't looking strongly for a 42" family coaster to fill that void.

In fact, the entire reason WildMaus left the park was because the manufacturer raised the height from 42 to 48. Families were FURIOUS at the change. They moved it to Tampa since people down there hadn't previously known it as a 48" coaster.

As to names, I 100% agree that the Keith Kason era of rides had immensely superior names. "Alpengeist," "Drachen Fire," "Curse of DarKastle." Hell, even the flat rides had cool names for most of the parks history.

Now we terrible sounding names like "Tempesto" and the Viking stuff. I'm not a fan of the name Griffon either really. It's so generic for a park like Busch.

With that said, I'll hold my breath and see some CGI renderings before making a judgement, but the Viking theme is a terrible fit for that part of the park, the proposed names aren't great, and they're building a family friendly ride that fails to be family friendly. This is... odd...

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby SFOG1991 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:10 pm

I've always found the smaller GCIs to be the most exciting and intense. I love American Thunder and White Lightning and find them to be better than the larger GCIs (although Thunderhead and Gold Striker are amazing too and they are relatively large). Honestly the newer GCIs have a new level of crazy compared to the old ones and I'm beyond excited for this one!

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:21 pm

What? There's Other News from Passholder Preview Day?

Based on the number of posts in this thread since yesterday, I assume that everybody is aware that Busch Gardens is planning to build a GCI wooden coaster in New France for 2017? That it will have nine airtime hills, will interact with the LeScoot Log Flume, go under a service road for said long flume, and bear a "viking invasion" theme? All on the same page here? Good.

But there are some changes for 2016, too, as the the park revealed during Passholder Preview Day 2016 on Saturday, March 19. For example:

The restaurant in San Marco has been transformed into Marco Polo's Marketplace. Gone are the twin cafeteria-style lines of old; they've been replaced with more of a "food court"/marketplace setting, which will offer not only Italian food, but Asian cuisine in honor of Polo's journey to China. The restaurant wasn't open for the preview (still some training and tweaking going on), but the whole area looks very nice now (even the bathrooms were upgraded). There's a full-blown pizza oven and a "make your own cannoli" bar. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

Unlike the Marco Polo Marketplace, the New Brauhaus Craft Bier Room in Das Festhaus was open for business. Boy was it open--and mobbed! The park offered 300 memberships to their new "Stein Club," which sold out before noon, for $40. Members get a "personalized" stein, which the park will keep for you (beats schlepping it around the park), and their first beer of the day is free ($5.00/pour thereafter). It's a bit expensive for nonmembers at $8.49/glass, but the room itself is very nice, and the selection of craft beer is huge (and will change constantly over the season). There's food, too, including German Meatballs and Reuben Sliders. Based on the huge line on preview day, this looks like a hit for the park.

Speaking of food and alcohol, two new booths will be coming to the Food and Wine Festival: Virginia and Hawaii.

A big new show is coming to the theatre in France. It's based on "The Three Musketeers" and will be full of sword fights and other sorts of derring-do.

I have more to share with you. Let's go in the park, shall we?
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Yes. Let the fun begin--here.
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Here's something new: The parking-lot tram waiting areas now have shelters.
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I have no idea who these performers are. Being as I'm not the intended audience, that's logical.
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This banner made possible by Coca Cola.
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So, what's new, England?
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Oh? A new show? I have no idea if this is a permanent replacement for "London Rocks" or just a fill-in show before summer kicks in.
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Looks like Animal will have to duke it out with Cookie Monster for title of "King of Rock."
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This sheep and chicken are totally psyched for a new season at Busch Gardens. They're just pacing themselves.
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Passholders received free beanies in honor of . . .
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. . . Ireland's 15th Anniversary! (I thought the Emerald Isle was much older than that.)
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Looks like the line for the "passholders meeting" isn't too long . . .
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. . . oh, crap! Back here? I think the line for the Stein Club at the Brauhaus was even longer, though.
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Let's amuse ourselves by watching Griffon.
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They entertained everyone in the Abbeystone Theatre before the presentation.
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Ah, those were the days, eh?
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New park president David Cromwell is Jack Hanna approved (being as Jack will be back on April 2 and 3 this year). David is no stranger to Williamsburg, as he served as vice president in charge of Water Country USA from 2010 to 2012. Past president Carl Lum is now the president of SeaWorld San Antonio.
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Here are a few of the offerings at Marco Polo's Marketplace. Anyone for a cannoli?
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David tells the crowd about the new "Three Musketeers" show in France. The set is being built, and the show "will take advantage of the night sky to bring guests into the story." No word on whether anything blows up.
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What was that about a new coaster for 2017?
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People will be able to vote for new coaster's name online. How will you "Decide the Ride": "Viking Raider," Battle Klash," or "Invadr"? I'm thinking "Viking Battle Invadr" or "Laser Klash Odin's Beard on Fire: The Ride."
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Let's take a look at the new restaurant in Italy.
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According to historical legend, Marco Polo brought noodles to Italy from China; thus, Italian pasta was born. Whether this is true or not, it does give the park a good excuse to offer both Italian and Asian food here. The whole area looks really nice, too . . .
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. . . right down to the men's room (I assume the ladies' room received similar treatment).
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These are Dyson sink/hand-dryer combos--cool idea.
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Here's a peek inside the Marketplace itself. I think it's supposed to open Monday (March 21). More to come.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby DirkFunk » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:28 pm

FWIW laying blame on GCI for the height requirement sounds bogus to me. If BGW wanted to pay extra for insurance, I'm sure they could get it worked down to 42". Disney's low height requirements have more to do with a willingness for more spend on guests than magic restraints.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Jcoaster » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:43 pm

Great trip report CFC. The new Marco Polo Marketplace looks pretty legit. Very nice, can't wait to see it.
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