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

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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

Before this thread derails off course into a COVID discussion, I’ll just keep it simple:  everyone should follow their state and local guidelines.  This isn’t something up for debate on TPR. Now

A Night at Busch Gardens' Christmas Celebration Busch Gardens Williamsburg is pushing on with its limited attendance/reservations-only events schedule with an abridged version of their extremely

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^No inversions in no way means that there's no heartlining. Heartlining a coaster means that all rotations occur about the axis of the average rider's heart. Every Intamin coaster I can think of is heartlined, as well as the vast majority of every other major manufacturers' coasters. The exceptions are the old Arrows, which rotated their track about the inside rail - hence the painful transitions in their turns.


Verbolten is heartlined, but that doesn't mean it'll look identical to an Intamin - the seats on the ESC's look to be higher than those of a typical Intamin train, and they might be farther apart or closer together, etc. However, I doubt that it's as perfectly done as an Intamin, or a manufacturer that has built dozens of high-quality, large-scale rides. Similar to how it took Vekoma until 2006-2007 to really catch up and start engineering a smoother ride.

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^What "rumor" are you referring to? There is a Verbolten Facebook page. By "rumor" do you mean that this page isn't an "official" BGW page? (If so, you're probably right.)

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BGW is holding a job fair this Saturday at the Festhaus with seasonal positions opening up. If you'd like to attend, make sure you show up at the park early (entrance is at the employee lot). Last year, the park had to turn people away because the turnout was so large.

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BGW is holding a job fair this Saturday at the Festhaus with seasonal positions opening up. If you'd like to attend, make sure you show up at the park early (entrance is at the employee lot). Last year, the park had to turn people away because the turnout was so large.


I was just reading BGWFans forum and people have said that it's very strict how you take a bus from Employee lot to the Festhaus and makes sure no one like gets away. Even if you did go, there wouldn't be much to see as most of the busiest work is probably in the show building.

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Catching up here...I love the green of the supports, as well as the sometimes-camouflaged track (and the setting, of course). I'm gearing up to (hopefully) really enjoy this ride! Hard to go wrong with a launch coaster, after all.

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So I attended the job fair today and it was pretty crazy. Not too chaotic, but the lines were still extremely long to get into the park and sign up for positions. As I expected, a lot of people got turned away (including me). As I was walking out, there was still a huge group of people waiting to get in.


On another note, V-bolt's got a crane sitting outside the area and it looks like something's going on around the show building, but I couldn't get a good look at it.


I'll probably head back to the park next week to get a job interview in. Wish me luck!

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^Good luck!


The Daily Press (Newport News) mentioned Verbolten briefly today, but didn't really say much:


In addition to normal ride maintenance, work is ongoing on Verbolten, Busch Gardens newest roller coaster. Park spokesman Kevin Crossett said work is being completed on the ride's track and associated structures. Various theme elements of the indoor/outdoor ride are still being designed and constructed.


This was in an article about work on Williamsburg area attractions in general.

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BGW may be closed until late March, but there is evidence that the switch to Coke has begun (picture posted on the park's Facebook page).



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Speaking of Verbolten, we just received this e-mail release from the park:


Busch Gardens installs FINAL

piece of multi-launch coaster track


Verbolten℠ Construction on Schedule and Ready to Open Late Spring


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Jan. 26, 2012) – Busch Gardens reached a major milestone Jan. 17 when a team of engineers and contractors bolted the final piece of Verbolten’s 2,835 feet of steel track into place. When it’s complete, Verbolten will take riders on an adrenaline-filled adventure through two high-speed electromagnetic launches, stunning sensory effects and a dizzying array of twists and turns for an out-of-this-world coaster experience.


“Work on Verbolten is progressing on schedule,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering. “Completing the track is a major achievement. We still have a lot of work to do on the ride’s theme elements and special effects, but we anticipate the ride will be ready for a late spring opening.”


Construction on Verbolten began last summer. Crews worked day and night to prepare the grounds for Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction. Like the park’s other coasters, Verbolten uses the park’s natural hills and valleys to create a one-of-a-kind guest experience. The team poured concrete support structures and began installing the track last fall. They also constructed a special effects enclosure that conceals much of the coaster’s theme elements.


“The designers are creating an immersive environment that transports riders to the Black Forest,” Giles said. “The creative team behind Verbolten is now packing the building with special effects and surprise elements that will complete the illusion for riders.”


Artists have nearly completed the many theme elements that drive Verbolten’s ride narrative. The ride’s back story features a German couple who run a scenic driving tour business. As riders leave the station house, they quickly realize their scenic drive through the countryside has veered out of control. As they speed into the pitch-black enclosure, zoned areas take them on a journey through the forbidden Black Forest. Sound and lighting effects, graphic elements and the track itself disorient riders as they zoom through the inky darkness.


“Verbolten is not a typical roller coaster. It will be a completely immersive experience. Riders will be part of the story from the time they walk through the queue until they see their expressions on the photo and video monitors at the end of the ride.” Giles said.


The station house is nearly complete and the theme elements are being installed. Designers are scooping up authentic steamer trunks, old televisions, cabinets and other props to add a realistic feel to the ride.


Verbolten will feature five themed coaster trains that can each carry up to 16 passengers. The vehicles are modeled after a classic European roadster, and each train has its own personality. The first car has arrived at the park, and the remaining vehicles are being delivered over the next several weeks. The cars have built-in video cameras that will record passengers as they enjoy Verbolten. On-ride photos and videos of their experience will be made available at the end of the ride.


“We are really excited about the unique design elements incorporated in the coaster cars, and we look forward to unveiling them soon,” Giles said.


Verbolten is expected to open in late spring. It anchors the park’s newly rejuvenated Oktoberfest village, and joins Mäch Tower℠ as the park’s newest thrill attractions. Busch Gardens opens March 24 for the 2012 season. Park guests can follow the Verbolten construction process on http://www.buschgardens.com and http://www.facebook.com/buschgardens.


New video and photos can be found here:












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