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Halloween Harvest, or “Howl-o-Scream Lite.” Busch Gardens is sticking with its “reservations only/limited attendance” events with Halloween Harvest during October. This is sort of “Howl-o-Scream

^^Hmm--I think your assumption is correct.  @Mike240SX I'm certainly not expecting "full operations" before Memorial Day Weekend, which isn't unusual (for example, they usually don' t start operating

I was at the park today and caught the last test train of the day on the way to Apollo's Chariot.   Here's a short video and some stills.  The outward banked airtime hill looks amazing! Also in c

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While I do agree that "Verbolten" may have some air on the bridge drop down to the Rhine, I highly doubt that the family attraction filling the void of BBW's demise is going to have better air than the B&M hyper across the river.

 

The same family attraction with multiple launches and a drop in the dark and a trip through the Black Forest? Airtime is the least of these families' worries.

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While I do agree that "Verbolten" may have some air on the bridge drop down to the Rhine, I highly doubt that the family attraction filling the void of BBW's demise is going to have better air than the B&M hyper across the river.

 

The same family attraction with multiple launches and a drop in the dark and a trip through the Black Forest? Airtime is the least of these families' worries.

 

I just have to laugh out loud! I think the air time will be the least intense thing on this ride. Especially if the event building is filled with a ton of great effects that won't stop being used after a few years. Such as Loch Ness's cave and the misters by the bottom of Big Bad Wolf's drop. I'd actually like to see these effects last for a long time.

 

Anyway, Mach Tower only opens separately because it is their newest attraction. I would give it a year or two and it will open with the rest of Oktoberfest. I think a Switzerland idea would work best to replace New France. Maybe some one should let the park know that is what they really need.

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Big Bad Wolf was removed for a reason. Arrow is out of business, which means that there is no way to get spare parts for Suspended coasters without having them made custom. The park really couldn't care less about what we think of them removing a ride. They're only concerned about making money. Big Bad Wolf had obviously become a money-loser for the park, or else they wouldn't have removed it.

 

It was operating for just over twenty-five years. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Cedar Point removed Iron Dragon in 2012 (25 years from 1987). Six Flags Magic Mountain can afford to keep Ninja running because they have 14 cars' worth of spare parts to use (XLR8).

 

AND ANOTHER THING...I'm very curious as to why Big Bad Wolf has such "charm". It didn't even fit the Oktoberfest theme. Aesop's Fables were French, and the Three Little Pigs was written in London. The theming flew by so fast during the ride that a member of the general public wouldn't even notice!

 

Verbolten looks like an absolutely fantastic successor that fits the area around it well, uses the same ravine, and will most likely be a true experience as opposed to just a mere roller coaster like Big Bad Wolf was.

 

Quite frankly, I can't wait for this ride.

 

Whoever would rather have clunky old Big Bad Wolf than Verbolten seriously needs to move on, IMO.

 

AJ used Rage, Its Super Effective!

 

I guess its charm came from it being such a good family coaster. Its a great transition from that to say AC or Griffion or even Alpie.

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^^Then I suppose I'll laugh as well, because I don't think I ever said the airtime would be overly intense but I imagine there will be some, considering that there's a 130-foot drop to be had following a launch of some sort. Even if it's on-par with AC's first drop, I don't think that's too intense at all.

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I got a thing in the mail today from Busch Gardens inviting me to Pass Member Appreciation Weekend (9/17-18) stating that the first 1500 pass members at Festhaus by 10:30 AM Saturday will get the announcement of 2012 and Howl-O-Scream. Plus a chance to win an iPad, iPod, and other things. Sounds pretty awesome.

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I really want to know, what possibly could they be announcing about Howl-o-Scream that is so important? That is my main thing for that weekend. We already practically know everything about the new coaster and I get 30% discounts everyday and loose raffles all the time. It just drives me crazy to not know what they possibly could have in store.

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I got a thing in the mail today from Busch Gardens inviting me to Pass Member Appreciation Weekend (9/17-18) stating that the first 1500 pass members at Festhaus by 10:30 AM Saturday will get the announcement of 2012 and Howl-O-Scream. Plus a chance to win an iPad, iPod, and other things. Sounds pretty awesome.

 

That figures--I'll be at Deep South Bash. Oh, well . . .

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I really want to know, what possibly could they be announcing about Howl-o-Scream that is so important? That is my main thing for that weekend. We already practically know everything about the new coaster and I get 30% discounts everyday and loose raffles all the time. It just drives me crazy to not know what they possibly could have in store.

 

We know about the ride because plans were leaked. They're still going to make an official announcement.

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I really want to know, what possibly could they be announcing about Howl-o-Scream that is so important? That is my main thing for that weekend. We already practically know everything about the new coaster and I get 30% discounts everyday and loose raffles all the time. It just drives me crazy to not know what they possibly could have in store.

 

We don't know everything about the ride, just the overview, the station building, and some of the props inside the building. The park still has yet to release info about the "world firsts" and the full, detailed layout.

 

BGW could be withholding info about HOS as well (another maze/scare zone that wasn't leaked to employees).

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I have some hot news for you!

 

Blitzen-Volt sounds like the name of the coaster. Some poster something about it on their Facebook and it was deleted almost instantly. However, I can't find any trademark information that could be leading to this. The guys said, on the main BGW website instead of it saying "2012 Coaster" it said Blitzen-Volt. It also had a high speed of 81 mph. Although after some checking it wasn't there and he said it was probably a glitch. What do you guys think??

 

Edit - So BGWFans.com is doubting the reality of this info, somewhat. I say this is very likely. If it is multi-launch, it's highest speed could be 81 mph. I think we are in for one wild ride with this coaster.

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^I'll chop my arm off if it goes 80 mph. I don't see any possible way it could go that fast. And Blitzen-Volt is one of the few names I could think of that are worse than both Verbolten AND Mach Tower.

 

We will hold you to this!

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I have some hot news for you!

 

Blitzen-Volt sounds like the name of the coaster. Some poster something about it on their Facebook and it was deleted almost instantly. However, I can't find any trademark information that could be leading to this. The guys said, on the main BGW website instead of it saying "2012 Coaster" it said Blitzen-Volt. It also had a high speed of 81 mph. Although after some checking it wasn't there and he said it was probably a glitch. What do you guys think??

 

Edit - So BGWFans.com is doubting the reality of this info, somewhat. I say this is very likely. If it is multi-launch, it's highest speed could be 81 mph. I think we are in for one wild ride with this coaster.

 

If it did have a maximum speed of 81 MPH I would be so happy! That being said, I won't get my hopes up for that, as I think it would be a better ride if the whole family could enjoy it.

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^I'll chop my arm off if it goes 80 mph. I don't see any possible way it could go that fast. And Blitzen-Volt is one of the few names I could think of that are worse than both Verbolten AND Mach Tower.

 

We will hold you to this!

 

I guess we'll know more after Passholder Appreciation Weekend, but until then . . .

 

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I don't see the point of theming it so much if you're flying by it at 80 mph. And I don't see where it would launch this fast, seeing as it would have to lose a lot of speed really fast, because the layout is so mini for 80 mph, and it doesn't look like it's rising higher than 100 feet. Also, I don't really find 80 mph as "Family friendly". But what if the "130 foot drop over the Rhine" is actually launched, and launches faster and quicker than the acceleration of gravity. That would be pretty cool. But probably not gonna happen.

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If it does have a top speed of 81mph, it will probably achieve it coming out of the event building, and then the covered bridge will be a brake section before the drop.

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I got a thing in the mail today from Busch Gardens inviting me to Pass Member Appreciation Weekend (9/17-18) stating that the first 1500 pass members at Festhaus by 10:30 AM Saturday will get the announcement of 2012 and Howl-O-Scream. Plus a chance to win an iPad, iPod, and other things. Sounds pretty awesome.

 

Ohhhhhh I am SO going.

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