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

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I was almost certain I wasn't going to make it to BGW this year, but now, East Coast Bash is going to be VERY HARD to resist... Yeah, may have to make that happen.

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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

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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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One thing I forgot to mention--they were letting guests shamble through the DarKastle "preshow" room, again. I'm not sure why, but they had temporary-looking stanchions and ropes in there, too.

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Does anyone have a realistic idea of what the crowds will be like on the 18th? I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to take the day off work to ride Verbolten on opening day. It seems like the crowd might be lighter than it would on that Saturday or Sunday since it's a work day for many, but then again, it's a big ride premiere and others might have the same idea.

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When BGW opened DarKastle, I waited about 3.5 hours (huge crowd plus technical problems with the ride), and by the time I exited, the line stretched all the way to Alpengeist. I think this was on a Sunday. I'd anticipate a pretty hefty lines for Verbolten on opening day and for that weekend.

 

There is a Quick Queue option that will allow one ride per day on Verbolten this season, but I have no idea if this will apply to opening day.

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I just noticed that Busch Gardens has launched a Web site dedicated to Verbolten. You'll find the ride's layout, the backstory of Gerta and Gunter, and other info there.

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While we're on the topic of crowds, how have they been these past few spring weekends? We'll be down there this Saturday, and I'm pretty much expecting them to be moderate or so? We were there last year around this time, but it was 45* and foggy out so the park was empty - this Saturday is supposed to be 77* and sunny, so I'm expecting a little more, just hopefully not anything crazy since it's still spring!

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^Today was a crowded day for BGW. The first hour of the park being open was not bad at all! Everything was pretty much a walk on as usual. But then, crowds REALLY started to pick up! So much that they had to use their overflow parking. My guess is that much of the area is on spring break. I am also planning on returning Saturday and am hoping the crowds are more manageable.

 

@Chuck- I have also wondered about the DarKastle pre-show. I have been about 5 times since pass holder day, and so far, that was the only day they did the full pre-show. But I am glad the fireplace scene is working again!

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^I remember visiting the park on a slow day a year or two back with someone who'd never ridden DarKastle. So, we decided to let people pass us in line while we watched the preshow video. A CM actually used the PA system to tell up to keep moving, which I found to be a bit bizarre.

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Got back from the park today... A few things.

 

- V-bolt theming is underway. Little details are being placed throughout the ride. Floating tunnel (into the building) is still there though. I really hope the park fixes that, although gut feeling tells me the building won't be painted and the floating tunnel will remain a floating tunnel.

- Park is pretty busy today. I expect tomorrow to be slammed with vacationers and season passholders since it's supposed to be warm.

- I applied for V-bolt opening crew. Wish me luck.

 

Quick edit: I sat in the test seat. It was more comfy than Mach, but not as comfy as the B&M's. The middle "bump" that juts out goes halfway down the seat is pointed, making it feel a bit odd. I probably wouldn't recommend slamming your butt into the seat.

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Quick edit: I sat in the test seat. It was more comfy than Mach, but not as comfy as the B&M's. The middle "bump" that juts out goes halfway down the seat is pointed, making it feel a bit odd. I probably wouldn't recommend slamming your butt into the seat.

 

Some people would call that a "pleasure ridge"

 

And good luck, hope you get the opening crew job!

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Was at the part yesterday - beautiful day thanks to the weather, but it got pretty crowded! Cars were being parked and guests trammed over from overflow down the street, and Griffon maintained an hour wait all day, with Alpengeist and Apollo at around a half hour each during the busier portions of the day thanks to their crews. Later in the night Apollo was dispatching the second one train crested the lift, before the next had even made the final turn around the brake shed, and Alpengeist was doing just as well too!

 

Anyways, while we were in line yesterday afternoon for Apollo, they were (I'm assuming) shooting a commercial for Verbolten, or at least doing something to get people in line interested. Everyone had their cameras out and were talking about it, so whatever it was it worked, and if it's on TV I'm sure it'll work some more!

 

Oh, and while I'm here - do the seats on Mach Tower no longer shake? I remember it being advertised with the music playing that stops at the top and the shaking seats, and neither of those things were happening yesterday.

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These two were dressed up in suit and dress in front of the Verbolten car.

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Interesting. I liked the music, it just added something else and made it different from other drop towers, but I could care less about the vibration. It was just weird, and I could easily time the drop- suspense is key for drop towers IMO, and Mach just didn't have any.

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^^Interesting! I just assumed it was for Verbolten, considering that they had a film crew and the van wrapped in an advertisement. Can't say the people there looked much like what Dan and Janis look like in pictures I can find of them, but if that's who they are, then congrats to them! Looks like they were married on the ride in 2000? Quality wedding right there!

 

^Even worse for the "suspense," on our first ride the operator counted down from five at the top. Our second ride was better, he sang Hotel California on request the entire way up the tower and slowed down his lines until we dropped in the middle of one.

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Mach Tower's seats were vibrating during Passholder Preview Day, but I don't think they have since then. Personally, I think the drop works better without the vibration--the drop's more of a surprise that way. The virbrating seats were always a bit odd.

 

But enough of Mach Tower. Are we ready for another Verbolten update? If so, great! If not, well, you're getting one anyway.

 

BGW has added more touches to the station since our Easter update. Here's a look at what they've been up to.

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Guten tag, Verbolten.

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It costs extra to stay in the Creepy Vines from Hell Suite at the Black Forest Inn.

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They've added quite a few new signs. Looks like the wait is approximately 32 days, 1 hour, and 45 minutes.

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You're welcome.

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Looks like Gerta and Gunter are nearly ready to open for business.

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If you're a tourist and feel that you lack a "center," here's the place for you.

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Here's one for all of you with a lighting-fixture fetish.

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The signs for the boarding area are up--I like how they're made from old mufflers and tailpipes.

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The Verbolten trains are quivering with antici . . . pation.

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The water-filled dummies have already ridden Verbolten; therefore, they're cooler than anyone else here.

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OK, I made a mistake last time. The steel boxes where you can stow your gear are here.

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Gerda and Gunter don't miss a trick, do they?

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Unflattering photos and video footage can be purchased here.

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Not even the gift shop is safe from the evil of the Black Forest.

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More creepy vines.

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Speaking of creepy, they've been working a bit on the Gunter Mobile.

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The bike has been moved since last week! Oh my god!

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Where is Gunter, anyway?

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Oh, there he is.

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There's still tweaking to be done on the first launch, . . .

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. . . the second launch, . . .

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. . . and the bridge.

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The car out front is getting more and more overgrown. This makes Beemer Boy sad.

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You know, it's gotta be tough to shift gears in this heap.

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You can tell its springtime at Verbolten when the Porsche is in bloom.

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Gerda and Gunter welcome you to Oktoberfest.

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But they're still putting some finishing touches on the place.

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The bridge from the Rhine River Cruise.

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The first launch from far away . . .

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. . . and up close (zoomed in from the Rhine River).

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There's new Verbolten merchandise, too.

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Klassy.

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Klassier.

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And the countdown continues . . .

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It's funny, that barrel directly behind the the overgrown bike had its top cut off by a worker while we were watching yesterday! They were all over the station area working all day, no trains on the track or anything though. All I want in life is to see this thing test!

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^At the hard hat tour last month, they did mention that the park had been testing it; but at that point, they were justy starting to install the themed elements in the show building. I imagine there's been more testing, but not during operating hours.

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Anyways, while we were in line yesterday afternoon for Apollo, they were (I'm assuming) shooting a commercial for Verbolten, or at least doing something to get people in line interested. Everyone had their cameras out and were talking about it, so whatever it was it worked, and if it's on TV I'm sure it'll work some more!

 

Travel Channel was apparently holding a shoot at the park all weekend. There was a sign for it outside the employee/preferred parking entrance.

 

Oh, and while I'm here - do the seats on Mach Tower no longer shake? I remember it being advertised with the music playing that stops at the top and the shaking seats, and neither of those things were happening yesterday.

 

From various sources (BGWFans/friends/coworkers), the shaking/music are being worked on at the moment. The ride had a huge breakdown last week and the music/shaking might've been temporarily sacrificed as a result.

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I studied German in college, and i love a good pun (hence the name) but that 'Fahrt' joke is just stupid. Nobody's going to get it unless they know what that word means.

 

I'm not so worried about the floating tunnel. When you're on the ride it's probably not as noticeable that it just ends. Thanks for another great update Chuck, the ride just keeps looking better and better!

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^I was a bit surprised when I saw the shirts, as the pun was a little tacky for Busch Gardens. Then again, they probably understand their audience.

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