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P. 443 - A Night at Busch Gardens' Christmas Celebration

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^^Thats very interesting and neat.

 

2012 Coaster Update -

We have been teased! Like it was mentioned, one of the green construction walls, the one off the bridge by the station is covered in warning signs, some actual german road signs, and some more. What was really cool was I got to see them screw on the construction tape one night.

 

Howl-o-Scream Update -

Haunted Houses are 13: Your Number's Up, Catacombs, and other rumored to be confirmed are The Dead Line, Fear Fair, and Bitten. Looks like we are in for a treat with three new houses this year. Shows are Monster Stomp, Jack is Back, and another rumored to be confirmed is Fiends in Das Festhaus. I am interested to see this show since I have heard so much wonder talk of it. Not much with scare zones as far as spiders and loggers in New France.

MAJORLY NEW News - Howl-o-Scream set-up started yesterday 8/10/11. So hopefully we can be expecting to start seeing some new things around the park for another year of scares.

 

Mach Tower Update -

What is there to update other than, I saw it doing full tests! That does seem to be the new phrase everyone is saying other than, it will open in [insert # or few] weeks. Labor Day openning has been rumored now, so we will see it open anywhere from next weekend to Labor Day weekend, hopefully.

 

I got a firsthand look at what goes on behind the green walls today and it was definitely really cool to see what went on behind the scenes. I won't go into too much detail since it's unnecessary at this point. So to answer the questions...

 

Don't forget my question! If originally, it was supposed to open memorial day weekend and they only had about at most two weeks to test it before said opening date and it is fine, how long is testing supposed to take? I am just saying, before Memorial Day, they didn't have much testing time that is until now where they seem to be spending more time testing than actually fixing something. Maybe they are taking their time with testing is all I am saying at this point.

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I think it would make more sense to just to open Mach Tower and Verbolten next year together. Something else can go wrong before Labor Day, and if nothing goes wrong, the ride will only be open for not even two months!

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Testing is gonna take as much time as it needs to. I can't tell you how long the testing is gonna last because I was told that was still unknown at the time (remember, the ride needs to pass a battery of tests AND the ride still hasn't been fully inspected yet). Contrary to popular belief, Moser is still working on the tower and it hasn't been given to the park yet. Despite that, training has already started (me and a few coworkers operated the tower a few times on Wednesday).

 

Again, I'll keep you posted on any updates that I get.

 

The tower is scheduled to operate during Christmas Town as an observation tower if the park can get it up and running by then.

 

Construction is moving forward on Verbolten. You can see what looks like concrete footers being placed in the big pit.

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Yeah my supervisor told me told me today that Mach Tower will be an observation ONLY tower during Christmas Town which makes sense since you are supposed to admire all the lights and decor.

 

I got a glimpse of the new maze taking over Cursed, I am OFFICIALLY CONFIRMING that it will be a fair themed maze n that area. You can even see the carnival style tents from the train, there is even a ticket booth at the gate just on the inside. I know it was confirmed by inside sources for BGWFans.com however this just me saying I actually saw it so you know its all cool.

 

I also saw a Howl-o-Scream golf cart. It was entangled in vines with red flowers that had eyes and the slogan The Dark Side f the Gardens was posted on it, maybe we can be seeing a new permanent theme???

 

Sorry all you Mach Tower fans, the gift shop that was loaded with Mach Tower merchandise was torn down completely and is no longer there, I guess you have to get your shirts and mugs in England for now on.

 

Employee Ride Time for Mach Tower (which we get paid almost minimum wage for as extra hours) will be Wednesday 9am-5pm. Want to see people scream their heads off? You probably should visit then.

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I went over to the park after work last night for a few hours. There was a decent-sized crowd, yet the longest line was for the Loch Ness Monster--go figure. I got a pretty good look at the old Cursed area from Apollo's Chariot. It does look sort of "carnival-like" down there (lots of tents).

 

My main objective was to check out this new "teaser" signage everyone had been talking about here and to get a few pictures of the work on Verbolten. As for Mach Tower, I did see it test once: It went up and plunged down successfully--yay!

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The "big dig" continues (as seen from the bridge over the Rhine River).

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Looks like these poor trees could use a hug.

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The old Big Bad Wolf station--as reported earlier, the waterfall is gone (or at least shutdown for the duration, I guess).

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This looks like something Dr. Frankenstein would have in his lab.

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Hmm-a promise of things to come, perhaps?

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This certainly looks ominous.

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Feelings of dread growing . . . (Is that a logo I see on the left?)

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We are?

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Yep--I guess we are at that.

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Even more dangerous that the road between Franklin and South Hill, Va.? If so, that's pretty dangerous!

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Let's have a look at this construction, shall we?

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Even this dragon fly is curious about Verbolten.

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That's a pretty good sized hole. But it seems that this area's role in Howl-o-Scream will contunue this year. (On the left is Drachen Fire's barn; the old station, which has been infested with vampires in the past, is on the right.)

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Looks like rebar-and-concrete time.

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Remember, when working on Verbolten, do not drink the water!

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The construction site--through the bumper cars!

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Noted! That's all for now.

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Grin and Scare It

 

Country: Italy

Go ahead. Step right up to the creepiest show on earth. A traveling carnival has just crawled into Festa Italia, and you’ll be one of the very first guests to see what terrible traps these carnies have in store. As they unpack boxes brimming with ghastly tricks, the high-pitched laughter of evil clowns echo from the shadows. At this sinister circus, you won’t be calling for an encore.

 

 

New confirmed Scare Zone. It'll be fun to see some sort of demented carnival/clown theme return to Festa!

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A great update, Chuck- and those signs really do start pointing the way to Verbolten- and drop enough hints to be curious- yet not so revealing... save the car driving off the bridge image... or the rocks falling... I wasn't aware of how big the hole was till I could see DF's leftovvers in the background- which from memory seemed so much further away than my memories of the Wofl?DF area in years well gone by.

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Very nice, look very well. Indeed you are right about the Cursed area. By the entrance there is a ticket booth as well as what appears to be a circle of red and white stripped carnival tents. i wonder how this maze will work out??

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On a completely random note, Mach Tower looks good. I remember when I said it was "carny" and some justified it. I spoke too soon, so I was wrong about the final product, but right about the clunky look. So glad for those cover plates! It's a beautiful tower structure now.

 

Umm ... 2012 theme - again speaking early here, it's probably the most un-BGW-like atmosphere since Wild Izzy The ride will be a family winner regardless, but man is this a departure.

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So yeah the park definitely is doing fine without all these crazy coasters; however they are more known for trying to open something that breaks some sort of record. The only coaster that I don't think I could find was a record breaker was Apollo's Chariot. All the other coasters, Griffon, Loch Ness, Big Bad Wolf, Alpengeist; all have some sort of major accomplishment or something of the sorts. I think those coasters just would not look right or fit in with the park, just structural wise as well as it doesn't seem right.

 

Speaking of Howl-o-Scream, it looks like Festa's carnival theme is taking a turn for a scare. That is cool though, I think we can expect to see some great scares here.

 

As for Mach Tower, I hope it is open by this weekend.

 

And finally the new coaster, its a big hole with concrete footer now. Don't forget the station is just an empty shell and the gift shop with tons of Mach Tower merchandise has been completely trashed. That basically cover everything up in a nutshell.

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2 Things the Park Needs

 

1- Family Coaster to Replace Big Bad Wolf (Something in the Middle Between Grover and Loch Ness Monster)

2- Major Looping Coaster to Replace the Void of Drachen Fire (Maybe a Flying Coaster?)

 

 

*- Would a Wooden Coaster Work with Busch Gardens? Like an Intamin Pre-Fab or a GCI/Gravity Group Terrain Coaster?

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Verbolten might fill the "intermediate family coaster" void. The park has stressed that it's going to be a thrill ride that families can enjoy. We shall see

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So yeah the park definitely is doing fine without all these crazy coasters; however they are more known for trying to open something that breaks some sort of record. The only coaster that I don't think I could find was a record breaker was Apollo's Chariot. All the other coasters, Griffon, Loch Ness, Big Bad Wolf, Alpengeist; all have some sort of major accomplishment or something of the sorts. I think those coasters just would not look right or fit in with the park, just structural wise as well as it doesn't seem right.

Apollo's Chariot did have the record for most airtime on a steel coaster when it opened.

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^Why does everyone want a flyer for Busch? back right when wolfie was taken out, alot of people said they would want a flyer to use the old BBW and DF areas for a flyer themed to a dragon like drachen fire was. Well, i could care less about a flyer. They're good, but B&M's best coasters are their Inverters and Sit-Downs. It's a sin they've only built five.

 

Now what if busch finally got their wish from 1991 and got a B&M sit down back there well, dream are dreams and that'l probobaly never happen. That's a pretty bad site for a coaster as far as location goes. it really away from the main park.

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^Why does everyone want a flyer for Busch? back right when wolfie was taken out, alot of people said they would want a flyer to use the old BBW and DF areas for a flyer themed to a dragon like drachen fire was. Well, i could care less about a flyer. They're good, but B&M's best coasters are their Inverters and Sit-Downs. It's a sin they've only built five.

Huh? Seems to me that B&M has built considerably more than five "Inverters and Sit-downs." Or am I just misunderstanding you here?

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