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P. 466: Christmas Town starts on November 11th

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When I think of a Gunter, he's a stout, balding guy with a mustache wearing Lederhosen with a beer and chocolate bar in each hand.

 

Much like how I've never met a thin Bertha, it's a doomed name.

 

Good report, Chuck. I look forward to taking a spin on Verbolten sometime this year.

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Great report and pictures, Chuck!

 

I got a last minute invite to Media Day on Wednesday June 16. I will say, after riding 15 times, I really enjoyed Verbolten. There were a couple times when I banged my head on the back of the seat during the launch, but once I learned the ride, it was no problem. The "Black Forest," is pretty cool and I enjoyed the different themes. The first ride with the freefall drop is the best, because it is unexpected, but there is a lot to see in the event building each time you ride. Personally, I enjoyed the Wolf theme the best. Speaking of themes, the Corporate Creative Director for Sea World, Brian, was telling us that the themes can be changed and they are currently working on a different theme for Howl-O-Scream that will offer a few, "unique surprises." That will be really cool! (His team developed the three themes for Verbolten.)

 

I think the ride is an moderately intensive family ride, not sure younger kids will like the event building though. But it definitely grows on you. As a matter of fact, I can't wait to ride it again. Overall, I think BGW built a good coaster and there will be long lines this summer to prove it.

 

Oh yeah, Gerta is a definite babe. I would explore her mountains, anytime.

 

Regards,

 

RIP...

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What I love about all the coasters at BG Virginia is that they are all incredibly photogenic. And Verbolten is definitely no exception! Busch did an impeccable job, aesthetically, with the coaster and Zierer built a fantastic looking family coaster. I agree that the area does look a little bare, but with a little time, the trees will be overgrown and the area will definitely look like the Black Forest we expected. I hope I can head out to BG Virginia sometime in the near future!

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Speaking of themes, the Corporate Creative Director for Sea World, Brian, was telling us that the themes can be changed and they are currently working on a different theme for Howl-O-Scream that will offer a few, "unique surprises." That will be really cool! (His team developed the three themes for Verbolten.)

 

 

I don't recall this being mentioned yesterday--sounds like an excellent idea.

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Well I'd let this Gunter explore my black forest.

 

 

Looks like a great ride and I can't wait to try it out at East Coast Bash (As well as my first time to this Busch Gardens!)

 

Id have to agree

 

Can't wait to check out the ride and have another visit to the park with TPR at East Coast Bash!

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I'm glad I wasn't the only one surprised by how Gunter looked in person, don't get me wrong I think he's an absolute hunk so I'm not really complaining.

 

Well I'd let this Gunter explore my black forest.

^Agreed

 

All things about Gunter aside hopefully I can get out to BGW and ride this thing, it's been YEARS since I've been to the park so it would be a blast to see all the new rides.

 

Thanks for the PTR Chuck!

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Sadly, I believe that Gerta and Gunter were only around for the media events. I'd like to see them as long-term face characters at the park, too.

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Thinking of hitting the park tomorrow, Saturday. Someone mentioned a few pages back that they think the crowds will be huge. I've done a bit of crowd research though and it seems mid-may is a decent time for BGW. I know we as coaster enthusiasts obviously know about the Verbolten opening but does the general public really know and plan their trip to the park based on that?

 

Alternative would be hitting Kings Dominion or Carowinds tomorrow since we're in Raleigh and have Cedar Fair platinum passes. Thoughts?

 

--Justin

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^Short answer, yes. It's going to be crowded. I went on the Friday that Griffon opened, expecting it to be less crowded because it was a weekday - ended up waiting two hours for the brand new ride. Now, it sounds like Verbolten's line moves pretty quick, but the GP does know about the ride opening and they will be there.

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It seems to me the ride hits a slow pace in the building after the launch, kinda killing the momentum of the ride. I think the idea was great to use the building as a prop, but I even found myself thinking "how long are they gonna meander in the building before the drop actually happens?"

 

The ride does look great though, I love the concept and wide variety of elements.

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Nice job, Chuck. Verbolten looks like the perfect-fit for BGW, and really shows that Disney- and others - have some serious competition for themed attractions.

 

And is it me, or do Gunter and Gerta look like extras from the adult film industry???

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Nice job, Chuck. Verbolten looks like the perfect-fit for BGW, and really shows that Disney- and others - have some serious competition for themed attractions.

 

And is it me, or do Gunter and Gerta look like extras from the adult film industry???

 

If so it will will allow all of us who are drooling over Gunter an easier oppertunity

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It seems to me the ride hits a slow pace in the building after the launch, kinda killing the momentum of the ride. I think the idea was great to use the building as a prop, but I even found myself thinking "how long are they gonna meander in the building before the drop actually happens?"

 

I feel that way about the videos we've been shown as well - after the helix, it starts to just crawl along until the drop finally comes. But I imagine that there are sounds and sights that we can't pick up on from just a reverse-POV, and that they keep you occupied waiting to drop. Assuming that's the case, it's similar to any other indoor ride, like Revenge of the Mummy's initial ride-through or even just sitting at a standstill looking at the scarab wall, before the action picks up again.

 

Seriously can't wait to ride this (and all the rest of the rides there) next Friday!

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Just got back from opening day.

 

The opening this morning was unreal. The line filled the queue and went down the bridge to Italy when the ride opened this morning. The wait for most of the day was around 1 hour. The shortest I saw was about 45 mins but it quickly caught up. I got 3 rides in on it today, great as usual.

 

Good luck tomorrow for whoever is going.

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^I ambled over to the park after work tonight. Verbolten's queue was full with just a bit of spillover even with Mach Tower around 6:00 pm. The wait time was about 40 minutes, thanks to four-train ops and that dual station. The line just kept moving like the line for Expedition: Everest.

 

EDIT: Just changed "five" to "four"--error on my part.

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