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

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Looks like BG and KD are both getting new coasters in 2015... This is gonna be one heck of a year for the Commonweath of Virginia!!! This might be the first time that I buy a seasons pass to both parks in one year

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Well it has worked out so I can finally visit this park for the first time this weekend. I've been to the one in Tampa several times, so I'm really looking forward to checking out this park. They got 3 B&M's so that's enough for me. Just curious though, which rides here have the longest wait times and what are some of the best places to eat in the park? I see the European theme, but something tells me this isn't going to be Epcot level...So I'll hold my expectations back a little.

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I recommend the sausage sampler at the Festhaus, the baby-back ribs at the Trapper's Smokehouse, or the cannelloni at the Italian restaurant. It isn't "Epcot quality," but its better than most other non-Disney parks. Waits depend on what day you're going. Saturdays during Howl-o-Scream can be even more crowded that summer Saturdays. If you're going on Saturday, get Quick Quene--it offers front-of-the-line access to all the coasters and Howl-o-Scream mazes.

 

They're offering some Howl-o-Scream buffets that might be worth looking into: Blood Banquet (Germany), Buccaneer Galley (Festa Italia), amd Fright Feast (Ireland).

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I was at the park Sunday and I have never seen it so dead. The weather was bad, misting rain / chilly. I was in and out of the park before noon, after riding every major attraction that was open. Mach Tower was not running, nor was Griffin. Rain picked up so we left to spend the night at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg.

 

Heard from someone there that the balloon test was scheduled for the next day, Monday the 14th, so I rode back over to the park to see if I could see anything. I couldn't.

 

Heading back Friday for Hallow Scream!

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As it gets closer to Halloween, expect the Saturday crowds to spill into Friday and Sunday. Expect the longest waits to be at Verbolten as it's still the star attraction and 13 maze-wise as it tends to back up due to the nature of the maze (I won't spoil the special room, but it's the reason the maze constantly has crazy long lines).

 

At this point, unless the temperatures are crazy low or it starts storming, I'd consider the fastpasses.

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BGW TR: My wife and I visited here for the first time this past Sunday. I'd have to say that this is the most beautiful park I have ever visited. I was glad to see that it wasn't near as crowded as Kings Dominion was on the previous day. We had plenty of time to watch some of their shows and ride their rides multiple times. We pretty much skipped over all the flat rides and they had plenty...But I was disappointed that Mach Tower didn't open all day. They tested it multiple times throughout the day, but no dice...Oh well. BGW has a solid collection of coasters, mainly B&M, my favorite. Apollo's Chariot is probably now my favorite Hyper..It used to be Goliath at SFOG, then Diamondback at KI but Apollo's Chariot just seems to have more airtime, we rode it like seven times. Verbolten is a fun ride, not as fun as the B&M's but it had a cool theme...It's a lot better at night, we rode it twice. As for Alpengeist, it is the most intense inverted coaster I've rode, it's probably my favorite until Banshee opens next year at KI. Griffon is just an amazing coaster, the best in the park by far. I love Dive coasters! I only got to ride Sheikra once when I was in Tampa, so I made sure to get multiple rides on Griffon on this trip...So we rode it four times. The lines were never that incredibly long. Operations at this park was pretty nice. The only coaster we didn't ride was the Grover Alpine Express kiddie coaster. I have to say, Loch Ness Monster is a lot nicer coaster to look at than to ride, I'm just not a fan of the older Arrow coasters. We rode it once, that was enough...Although we took plenty of pics of it from the river. Speaking of the river, the cruise was pretty cool. It was beautiful this time of year, and the cruise allowed us to get some great views and pics. We didn't ride the Pompeii ride because it was too cold to get wet, but we did ride DarKastle and enjoyed it a lot. Reminded me of the dark rides at Disney and Universal. Great themeing all around at this park, great rides, great food (Trappers Smokehouse was delicious!), and wonderful atmosphere made this park very pleasing. We can't wait to visit again next year.

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Here are some pics from the last night of Howl-o-Scream. Happy Halloween!

 

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France is on fire!

 

 

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Goodbye, Giant Pumpkin.

 

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Farewell, goofy singing Vampires.

 

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Back to sea with you, scurvy Pirates!

 

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Ciao, Headless Women.

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Got a little message in a newsletter today. Busch Gardens will be proposing it's new attraction to Kingsmill residents on Nov 6th at the Mounts Bay rec center 7pm sharp.

 

Not sure if I'll be able to make it, but I'll make an effort to (and maybe bring some photos home).

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2014 teaser!

 

*only one like it in North America

*Water

 

Thoughts: Some sort of water slide... with Verruckt going to schlitterbahn... I don't think its a giant slide. It does have a cone at the end so maybe a combination slide or some sort. What is with the cables pulleys, and motor?

 

Wishful thoughts... Something like DiVertical would be awesome!

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I would be so excited if it was one of these... DiVertical

 

Think about it ... when was the last time BGW added a water ride.... granted they already have Escape from Pompeii. However this is technically a water coaster. The request that they brought to the board mentions 156 ft. in height. It would be nice to see something rise 156 ft. but drive over and down to the Rhine river, skimming the water.

 

Even though Holiday World has one of these, however their's is not a water coaster like the one at Mirabilandia. So this would technically be the first of its kind in the states.

 

Another thought if what is it was a water slide in the water park but one that used a elevator style lift system to bring rafts to the top(would that be a first?).

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^Yeah, it definitely looks like they're planning to build a new water slide, not a new water coaster. But something like Divertical would be nice to have, too.

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^That would be nice, but I believe this teaser is for the water park. Water Country.

Also, We already have an Intamin water coaster in the states at Holiday World.

 

Giraffica (Pilgrim's Plunge) is not a water coaster in my opinion... there is no coaster portion aside from the flume (drop).

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A Divertical-style ride would fit that 155' height the park was seeking approval for in 2015 as well. Just throwing that out there...

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Using the new Proslide World Alley concept they could easily build something unique in the states. Just take a few different element and put on it, and there you have it.

 

We know that the new Hurricane Harbor for Georgia will be getting one with a bowl and a tornado wall, so that's of the table. They could also buld americas first rocket or mammoth water coaster with features.

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Or it could be something completely different.

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