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  1. Everything said about SV is certainly true, the main reason I personally like IG better is the ability to marathon it. Back in 2018 l, my family used CPs busted fastlane system to get 5 rides in a row on SV late one Saturday night. It broke all of us and we were super sore afterwards, but totally worth it!
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  2. Yeah, if you renewed a previously existing season pass, it is automatically activated for this year (along with any season add-ons you purchased for 2022). You won't even need photo ID, just the card (or scan from the your phone) will suffice.
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  3. I think Gwazi's lack of a MCBR helps its case so much. When I rode SV last August it was trimming very heavily on the MCBR and made the second half just so repetitive and tedious IMO. By the final bunny hops it was like, "Is it over yet? Is it done yet?" The first half is excellent though. Iron Gwazi feels like SV's first half the whole ride and it never lets up and powers to the end with speed. Obviously SV needed the edge with capacity though, so I understand CP's reason for adding a MCBR. Iron Gwazi is just consistent from top to bottom, beginning to end, without a single dead spot or trim. When I rode SV that was very much not the case. But I can see anybody's reason for preferring either coaster based on personal preference and taste. Neither is a bad coaster and they are both some of RMC's best work.
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  4. I understand if you want to wait, but keep in mind most of the park is still fine and other things will get worse before they get better. As for attractions: Pagode will reopen July 4th, George and the Dragon April 22nd and Aquanura June 24th. The main entrance I assume will be back in business soon (like I said scaffolding was going down) and I don't know when scaffolding will go down at the flying Dutchman but it will not close down. As for the other stuff the entrance area will not get better as they will continue to work on the Hotel until 2024, I even assume that after summer things will get a lot worse there. Also the rebuilding in the forest will take until the end of the year. As for future stuff: Obviously Spookslot will go down soon (there is no date other then after the summer). And attractions that will go into maintenance are: Baron 1898 May 9th till May 25th, monorail (Village ride) June 7th till July 1st and Halve Maen June 20th till June 24th. Like I said it's fine to wait, but for the upcoming time I say July till August is when most dust has settled with only work being done at the hotel and the small construction site in the forest. Hope this gives you a idea to plan a visit. Edit: So the main path (in the report topic 2.1) has been moved already, guess I was one day to early for that. The new path however still isn't completly done as barriers and landscaping still takes place.
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  5. my favorite Cirque show . . . love this soundtrack. have fun, and happy Anniversary!
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  6. The park will reopen April 21st, as will Ocean Park, but both parks are required to be reservation only as per the Government regulations. Ocean Park has more details on what is required to be able to reserve these tickets but seemingly being able to reserve will be based on filling out a medical declaration, proving you're fully vaccinated, and having an app/qr code called LeaveHomeSafe
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  7. At In-N-Out, "Animal Style" is a not-so-secret special request that changes how the burgers are made for your order. It's not the menu when you go, you just have to know ahead of time (word of mouth and such). Normally, their burgers (single or double patty) come standard with lettuce, tomato, raw onion and special sauce. For animal style, they cook the patties in mustard, use chopped/sauteed onions instead of raw, add pickles and extra special sauce. You can also apply "Animal Style" to their fries, in which they top your fries with special sauce, cheese and the cooked onions. Which is really awesome. Lots of "hidden" menu items of In-N-Out not listed on their menu, which is quite small and to the point. But a quick look online will show you a bunch of 'hidden' items from "Protein Style" (lettuce burger), to the addition of spicy chopped peppers (delicious), animal style options, 3x3 and 4x4 (3 or 4 patties) among others. It's a fun time at In-N-Out!
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  8. ^ The hoodie was the least strangest. I also seen a couple of gloves and scarfs laying about over the years. But today this hoodie, a brown and a with T-Shirt. I can understand the hoodie as the weather was kind of nice so maybe somebody placed it on a cart or a bag and it fell off. But how do you lose a T-shirt? It just boggled my mind how I saw these three pieces of clothing on one day.
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  9. I know it's a double post, but because it has been 2 days and it has another purpose I hope it's okay. Today I've been to the park because a lot is going on there and I wanted to document everything so people here have an idea how the state of everything is. 1: Parking place: So I didn't get everything on picture, there is work going on at the extra parking place for busy days, they are constructing solar panel farm there over the parking space meaning cars will be covered and power is won. As for the other things going on there: At the edge of the park on the main parking side the last few rows have been closed for some unknown construction work. On the smaller side (next to the fairy tale forrest) they are busy with preparation work for the hotel. Here they also advertise the hotel. The lack of parking space has caused the park to use employees parking space for guests. 2: Hotel work has started: Pipe work for the hotel is being layed down. 2.1: New main pathway: Currently they are reworking the main pathway all the way up to Fabula. I added the Google maps image to see how the old and new pathway will be layed out. The work on the new path also means the path going from the main pathway to Fata Morgana is closed off (last picture). The new path seems mostly finished. 2.2: Restaurant getting closed and a new location: The Vrolijke noot has been under the care of an other company for a while now, but it will need to go to make place for the Hotel. The park however doesn't stop with the other company and moves them to the Panorama restaurant near Vogel Rok, the restaurant is currently split in three sections, a take away, kiosk and traditional restaurant, only the take away and Kiosk will be supplied by the other company, the restaurant itself will stay in the care of the park itself, it will close however soon to be renovated and be added to the Sindbad theme soon (I don't know when). 2.3: Moved Fairytale Entrance: They moved the entrance to the east, you no longer enter from the main entrance at the dancing shoes but form the pancake restaurant to Long neck (Don't know the english name). That was everything Hotel related. 3: Renovating the main entrance: The main entrance is undergoing some renovations work this has caused the main entrance to move. The work seems to be done mostly as scaffolding was going down today. 3.1: Keeping up at renovation work: Several renovations where going on at the park with George and the Dragon and Pagode being closed down because of that. (George is getting some retracking done) Flying Dutchman despite the work was open however. 3.2: Aquanura gets a seprate entry: Aquanura is completely empty ginving a unusual sight. But there is also a part of the decks being removed where the hotel is going to come. 3.3: Not really renovations anymore: In the forest they are rebuilding one of the Fairytales after it had been taken down back in December 2019. Nothing to see here outside some foundation work. 4: Spookslot still nothing: Spookslot has been untouched for now, they will take it down after the summer. Also I had to take a picture of the glut afther the attraction, this week it had caught fire, it's funny this was the one that caught fire (nothing serious but firemen had to come). 5: 70 years: With plenty of barriers around the park they had plenty of space to promote the 70 year anniversary. Also Long Neck had been given a party hat. They also have song to celebrate but I haven't heard it because I always leave the park before it comes up. (there is a set time for it) 5.1: Pop-up fairytale: Until October they will have this Pop-up fairytale in Alice in Wonderland theme. Throughout the day they have entertainment here. This is all for the 70 year anniversary. 6: New restaurant: This backery has opend late last year I don't think there was any mention of it before here. It's near Max And Moritz. 7: World of Sindbad: Forgot to rotate the picture sorry. So as predicated it opened when the park reopened in January. Everything has been an upgrade form before. I also love that in the queue the water is already filled with money what a weird trend. Also Archipel is open but without water, in the summer it the entire floor will be covered with water with jets being placed under the queue of Sirroco. 8: Pictures I wanted to share: Love this bird, there are anti bird spikes up there and this bird was like: "I don't care". Also despite no picture there is a nest in Baron 1898 station in the window, funny places to find nests if you ask me. Some random pictures. Okay this I had to share, this was piece of clothing number 3 I found on a random spot in the park without the owner in sight. Why? I mean it, Why? Hope this gives a picture of how big the mess at the park is right now. To be fair I have no idea if I missed anything.
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  10. So over the past few months, the girlfriend and I went on a mission to carefully rate and come up with our end-all-be-all list of the more 'iconic' burger places... Since we had trips out to CA/Texas, and living in the Midwest, this has included In-N-Out, Culvers, Five Guys, Shake Shack and a local place Swensons here in Ohio. All double cheeseburgers judged with similar toppings primarily (fully loaded, basically), but also animal style, w/ peppers and other variations as well offered. Not judging fries or anything, but some notes on that in the misc. areas. At the end of the day, it's hard NOT to include price as a factor… Especially when some of the more ‘upscale’ options if you will, can be nearly double in price, but not twice as good if you catch my drift. So I will say this, #1 and #2 are basically neck and neck. One strictly overall quality/taste, while the other because the value and quality offered. So it’s tough. So some of our comments/notes/scores below, in order from our favorite to least favorite, with notes. #1 – Shake Shack At the burger level alone, they reign supreme. The best flavor, thanks to their cooking method and seasoning. Does not taste processed. The cheese factor here is excellent. Melty and compliments the patties perfectly. It was a gooey, delicious mess. Toppings were all fresh. Really dig the cherry pepper option for some acidity/mild heat added. Bun is really soft, tastes great. While toasted, did not notice any real ‘flavor’ from the bun, in terms of char or anything. Burger is juicy, meaty/cheesy and is exactly what you want/expect in a burger. I think out of them all, this takes the grand prize for sure. Misc Notes – Pricing is high… Probably double that of In-N-Out, Culvers and Swensons. Menu is a bit more diverse. Shakes are good. Fries are decent, nothing special. #2 – In-N-Out At the patty level, the beef does have a bit more processed/fast food character than say Shake Shack or Five Guys. But it’s not a negative, just a flavor characteristic. Overall, the complete burger is delicious. Very fresh toppings, fresh and crisp, always looks ‘perfect’. Cheese melts really well… No complaints here! Animal Style, Peppers, 3x3’s and 4x4’s offer more flexibility. Love me some animal style or traditional with the peppers added. Both delicious! Price is excellent… You get a lot for the money. Bun is the best of the bunch. For some reason, the buttery/char character is always prevalent and adds so much depth to the entire burger. Misc Notes – I dig the atmosphere of these… The hustle/bustle inside, watching them fresh cut potatoes in the window while waiting in the drive-thru and the long lines wrapped around the building. It just has a cool ‘vibe’. I also really dig the neapolitan shake… For me, it beats the shakes I have had at Shake Shack… About half the price, to boot! Fries are ‘boring’, I wouldn’t consider them better or worse than Shake Shack plain… But animal style? Yeah, easy win. #3 – Five Guys Very close to Shake-Shack on the burger patty front… High quality patty with a *touch* of that processed/fast food taste. Not as much as In-N-Out, but certainly more than Shake Shack. Slight smash burger char character, but not as much as Shake Shack in that regard. Bun is good, but offers nothing to the rest of the burger. Cheese melt is fantastic. Becomes another beefy/cheese goop of wonderfulness. Veggies good, but a bit more subdued compared to the top two. Doesn’t seem to ‘pop’ as much in visual or taste. Nothing special. Overall, can’t go wrong here! I prefer the top two more, but this is a damn solid burger at the end of the day. May not look as ‘commercial ready’ when served, but it’s the taste that matters here! Misc Notes – More pricey like Shake Shack. Plenty of topping options to customize. Best fries of the bunch, IMO. #4 – Culvers Beef reminds me of In-N-Out, salt/flavor wise, but with some additional complexity from being a smash burger (char). So +1 there. Cheese is weird here, doesn’t want to melt well. The whole point of processed American cheese is to melt well, what is going on?? Intense raw onion (way more than other places), multiple visits. Getting the caramelized onion helped… I don’t like it lingering for hours, as much as I love onion. Just behind In-N-Out in the value front, pricing is good. Bun is soft, but doesn’t add any real char/flavor to the rest of the burger. Nothing special. Overall, Culvers comes across a bit ‘boring’ overall. Good, solid burger, but I’d pick any of the others if I had the option and price was not an influence. They are just better. #5 Swensons Local place here in Ohio, dating back to 1930’s. It’s a Drive-In style place where they run out to your car and all that… So wanted to throw them into the mix! Beef is the most processed/fast-foody of them all. Most like say, Mcdonalds in texture/flavor. No char/grill flavor. Burger is smaller. Bun is soft and quite sweet… Not a bad thing, just quite different to the rest. Veggies OK. I do like the green olive toothpicked through the middle of the burger. Nice touch! Price/value is good. Overall, the burger comes across more sweet/salty mix, which is interesting. Not bad, just again, different! Not the same caliber as the other four. But it’s fun and unique in it’s own way, it’s taste is quite unique. At the end of the day when you do factor in price, In-N-Out is our overall winner. Always solid, value is great, burgers are delicious. Can’t go wrong and always a must-visit (or a few visits…) when one is nearby. Yes, it’s still fast food (any of them are), but it is just a special/fun treat for us to splurge on junk food wise on trips/vacations because it’s super rare we ever get burgers/fast food in general. But man, Shake Shack burgers are something else... Ignoring price/value, it’s the clear winner. The beef quality, cooking method, veggies/sauce. Five Guys is also an overall better quality beef/taste in that regard, but lack in the veggie department and presentation compared. Shake Shack or Five Guys for overall burger quality if you want no/minimal fast foody taste, but In-N-Out as the well rounded all-star.
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  11. Well tomorrow is my first visit to BGW in 21 years After some dodgy parts driving down here, looks like tomorrow is totally clear, in the 70s, pay day is tomm in case I last second decide for a past pass. Life is good and I'm stoked!
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  12. Nobody mentioned that the planning people extended BG height approval. https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/williamsburg/busch-gardens-looks-to-build-tallest-ride-in-parks-history/amp/ are they really about to build Drachen Spire? if this is still the layout they can keep it. should have gotten a b&m wing
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  13. All of this activity in this thread made me think Worlds of Fun was finally getting something exciting, like new planters or a walkway.
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  14. Am I the only one that gets rocked like a baby to sleep on these rides?
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  15. That seems like a mechanical nightmare that is asking to break. I don't see B&M creating something so ludicrous, that's Intamin territory. If anything it's a reimagined stand up with less extreme forces so that it's re-rideable. That's why it's called surf, it probably has lots of smooth gliding turns with minimal forces. Im expecting something like Icon or Taiga. Not saying those have minimal forces, talking about the turns and lack of large drops. What is Sea World doing? ice breaker just became even more pointless. Now - it is just a really small unexciting adult ride. Sea World's old plan was to add thrill rides to balance out the kid oriented aquariums and whatnot. Give the teens and adults something to do. Now that Peta is trying to put them out of business, they need to pivot to being a full fledged amusement park. They simply need at least 6 family and bridge roller coasters. off the top of my head; GG 40 ft woodie, GG 70ft shuttle woodie, Gerstlauer launched family with reverse section, Gerstlauer spinner, Gerstlauer 70 ft Infinity w/ vertical lift and 1 inversion. Ice Breaker can fit in as the 6th if they fix the ride height requirement. If not; Intamin 100 ft mega twister The park absolutely needs a Giga without question and they need to seriously consider a Tera as well.
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