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

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^100 times better than Mach Tower!

 

No argument there. However, it also would've been 100 times more expensive.

 

I'd love to see BGW do something along the lines of Mystery Tower at Phantasialand.

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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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^100 times better than Mach Tower!

 

No argument there. However, it also would've been 100 times more expensive.

 

I'd love to see BGW do something along the lines of Mystery Tower at Phantasialand.

 

You're right.

I can't tell if this is being done in the drawing, but how cool would it be if it started above that chamber and dropped down into it like a pit? Like the floors move away from the starting level and it goes up slightly then drops into all the way into the pit, and then launch back out! Just day dreamin' here.

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Since BGT has already done its 2014 announcement, does anybody know or have heard when BGW will have thier 2014 announcement?

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BGW has been handling their announcements via Passholder Appreciation Days during the last few years. Maybe in September?

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Chuck what do you think they would add for next year?

 

I can honestly say that I have no idea. BGW has always been pretty savvy about keeping any "big" announcements quiet until they're good and ready (they did have a "leak" before they announced Verbolten, though). The "big addition" this year was the Food and Wine Festival.

 

We shall see. I'd love to see them come up with something for the old Drachen Fire area.

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^Agreed. They can do a lot with all that land back there.

 

 

So I found out today that I'm going to be visiting Busch Gardens on the 20th of September (Friday), any idea how the crowds will be from the morning to evening?

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^Shouldn't be bad on a September Friday. Howl-o-Scream will be happening, so it'll probably get a little more crowded later in the day.

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Just got back from our first ever trek to BGW. Amazing park! We did three days open-til-close and loved every minute (except the heat). Alpengeist is the fastest most forceful invert that I have ridden thus far. We were also treated to an insanely cool fireworks ride on Griffon! We had such a great time at BG we almost forgot about i305 being down at KD...

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Since last night was the final night of Illuminights, time to post a quick review. Despite being at the park for most of the Illuminights season, I only managed to catch one show. I saw Giardinio Magico last year and the year before. It was good both years, so I assumed it never really changed.

 

Killarney Kommotion (3/5) - Even though everyone absolutely hated this show (friends and fans alike) I thought it wasn't the worst show ever and with a bit of retooling, it would be greatly improved. If the park added a lot more acrobatics on the tower and changed out the music choice to include a bit more Irish music, it would be a ton better. I didn't really have a problem with the pop music that they played. I also noticed the musicians from Celtic Fyre play in the background too (although Celtic Fyre is infinitely better than this).

 

Decor (4/5) - Although the decorations still look ugly and tacky in some places, I really dig the scaled back event. In years past, the park would be covered from head to toe in ugly garland and streamers. This year there's an emphasis on the "gardens" motif with all the animals. Just wish the park took a bit more effort putting together the animal props. They look a bit ugly. Glow tree in Oktoberfest is better than Wunderbarn and Clocktoberfest, but could use a bit of alcohol and a more interactive tree. I'm sure the park would make a killing off both glow and alcohol.

 

Overall: I still prefer the park to stay the way it is without decorations during summer and would rather see Illuminights leave for a bigger budget in Food & Wine, HOS, and CT.

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^The frog and fly out front were particularly odd. I'm all for the park expanding Food and Wine, HOS, and Christmas Town, too.

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The Drachen Fire station has been a Howl-o-Scream maze (it's the site of Bitten) for quite a few years (the ride's barn has been used for one, too).

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So what is in the area where Drachen Fire was?

 

Right now that area contains the Black Forest picnic grounds, the old Drachen Fire station, which houses a haunt maze during Howl-O-Scream, the Drachen Fire barn, and a big, huge grassy area *cough cough*

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Ok, thank you everybody for your responses! I've never been to BGW so I need people to paint me a picture from time to time so to speak lol. I remember a rumor of a possible wooden coaster going in the park. (weak rumor I might add), but if this were to happen would the Drachen Fire plot be the best spot for it? Also from an enthusiast standpoint, BGW needs a bigger coaster line up. It seems like a great, and beautiful park none the less.

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Ok, thank you everybody for your responses! I've never been to BGW so I need people to paint me a picture from time to time so to speak lol. I remember a rumor of a possible wooden coaster going in the park. (weak rumor I might add), but if this were to happen would the Drachen Fire plot be the best spot for it? Also from an enthusiast standpoint, BGW needs a bigger coaster line up. It seems like a great, and beautiful park none the less.

 

BGW tends to go for quality over quantity when it comes to coasters--not that I would object to, say, an RMC coaster or an Intamin woodie in the park.

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The park has released some more information about Howl-o-Scream 2013. And, yes, it looks like Fear Fair has been replaced with a pirate-themed maze: Cut Throat Cove.

 

HOWL-O-SCREAM® AT BUSCH GARDENS®

RETURNS WITH A TERROR-IFFIC PLOT

Howl-O-Scream® is back for 2013 and it’s scarier than ever starting Sept. 13

 

WILLIAMSBURG (August 15, 2013) – With less than a month to go until Howl-O-Scream® begins another haunting season, Busch Gardens® is lifting the veil and revealing the frightening tricks and treats guests will experience if they’re brave enough to enter the park after dark.

 

Starting Friday the thirteenth of September, Busch Gardens’ charming European villages are transformed – taken over by demons and creatures of unspeakable horror – into four Terror-tories™. With the introduction of Terror-tories, transformed lands where spirits and fiends walk amongst the living, Busch Gardens has introduced a whole new immersive aspect to Howl-O-Scream. France, Italy, Germany and England will be transformed into an over-the-top thematic experience that transports guests to another time and place full of startles and frights.

 

Chart a course through the haunted waters in Italy, flee the flames of burning France, avoid becoming a vampire’s dinner in Germany or hunt for Jack the Ripper in London’s East End. In this immersive experience, guests are the main characters whose fates are linked to the creatures roaming through the dark side of the gardens. Pirates, demons, vampires and Jack the Ripper himself await, so beware or become their latest victim.

 

Keep a weather-eye open in Cut Throat Cove™, Howl-O-Scream’s newest haunted house where bone-chilling surprises lurk at every turn and mutiny is afoot in this pirate-themed attraction.

 

Looking for a little liquid courage? Stop by Demon Drinks, Pirate Baarrrrgh™, Open CASKet™ and the Inoculation Station for drinks that are frightfully good. Or reserve a spot at one of three immersive dining experiences at Blood Banquet™, Fright Feast™ and Buccaneer Galley. Then check out one of Howl-O-Scream’s signature shows. Night Beats™, Dig It Up! and Fiends are all returning to entertain and terrify audiences for the 2013 season.

 

Parents and guardians of young children should heed this warning. At the stroke of 6 p.m., the ghouls and haunts come out to play and Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place. Guests are advised to consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.

 

Get a Fall Fun Card and enjoy unlimited admission to Howl-O-Scream for the price of a one-day admission. Howl-O-Scream begins Sept. 13 and continues to terrify weekends through Oct. 27. For more information and a complete operating schedule, visit www.howloscream.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.

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Ok, thank you everybody for your responses! I've never been to BGW so I need people to paint me a picture from time to time so to speak lol. I remember a rumor of a possible wooden coaster going in the park. (weak rumor I might add), but if this were to happen would the Drachen Fire plot be the best spot for it? Also from an enthusiast standpoint, BGW needs a bigger coaster line up. It seems like a great, and beautiful park none the less.

 

BGW tends to go for quality over quantity when it comes to coasters--not that I would object to, say, an RMC coaster or an Intamin woodie in the park.

 

 

I also think a GCI would be great!

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