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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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The holding brake is just there to psyche you out. Nothing much other than that. I have a fear of heights and still sit front row on Griffon (edge seat) if the lines are reasonable. The back is definitely where its at for the ejector air on the first drop and a shorter line, but Apollo has far better airtime.

 

The 90 degree drop is just like any other drop, but steeper. No real biggie there. You still get the butterflies the same way you would on a more gradual drop.

 

Griffon is short and rather forceless outside of the two big drops. It doesn't have Alpengeist's intensity or aggressiveness nor does it have Apollo's length and airtime. The drops do produce ejector, but I prefer Apollo's much more. It's a great step up coaster between Loch Ness+Verbolten and Alpengeist+Apollo.

 

- I'd say if you really wanna go for a steep drop, I'd recommend Fahrenheit. The entire ride (including first drop) is full of airtime and forces from start to finish. It's very intense and doesn't have that one trick pony vibe Griffon gives off.

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I'd say if you really wanna go for a steep drop, I'd recommend Fahrenheit. The entire ride (including first drop) is full of airtime and forces from start to finish. It's very intense and doesn't have that one trick pony vibe Griffon gives off.

 

I remember riding Fahrenheit for the first time. That drop scared the bejeezus out of me!

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I'd say if you really wanna go for a steep drop, I'd recommend Fahrenheit. The entire ride (including first drop) is full of airtime and forces from start to finish. It's very intense and doesn't have that one trick pony vibe Griffon gives off.

 

I remember riding Fahrenheit for the first time. That drop scared the bejeezus out of me!

 

Off topic but even though I want to like Farenheit it does nothing for me at all. Besides the lift and first drop it's kind of a snooze fest. Is it just me?

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^I agree with this.

 

We now return you to the BGW Discussion Thread, which is already in progress . . .

 

Hey, how about that Griffon, eh?

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I find Griffon to be so controlled, for lack of a better word. There is no wild and crazy factor to it.

 

I think that's the problem with later B&M coasters in general. I enjoy rides like Griffon and Apollo's Chariot, but they just don't have the same thrill factor as, say, Intamin or RMC coasters.

 

But this does make B&M an ideal ride manufacturer for parks, like BGW, that serve a family, as opposed to enthusiast, audience. Their rides tend to have wider appeal, and, as I said, they're usually quite good and B&M can still surprise you (Hair Raiser is a good example here).

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I still find Alpengeist pretty intense. (I know, that's old B&M, but someone stated that the park didn't have any intense coasters.)

 

But for really intense coasters, the only one that I would call frightening is Skyrush at Hersheypark, so...

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Busch Gardens has announced the winner of the Food and Wine Festival Facebook poll.

 

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WILLIAMSBURG (January 24, 2014) – Busch Gardens® is bringing new flavors to this year’s Food & Wine Festival thanks to help from the park’s social media fans. The festival, opening May 23 at the Virginia park, will feature Caribbean-themed selections along with the park’s other European-inspired culinary creations.

 

Busch Gardens’ social media team enlisted help from its nearly 500,000 Facebook fans to help choose a new culinary theme that will join the lineup of geographic regions already represented at the festival. Among the choices provided, Caribbean cuisine cruised to the top of the list, garnering nearly 40 percent of the nearly 1,000 votes cast in the recent five-day survey. The American Southwest came in second with Thai, Indian and vegetarian offerings rounding out the choices.

 

The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival offers a variety of culinary dishes not normally served at the park. Guests can sample authentic tastes from around the world while strolling through the world's most beautiful theme park. Individual-sized tasting portions are offered for sale at themed kiosks stationed throughout the park. The Food and Wine Festival opens May 23 and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 29.

 

For more information, visit http://www.buschgardens.com/foodandwine.

 

So, I guess we can look forward to jerk chicken, fried plantains, and maybe some fruity rum drinks this summer.

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I still find Alpengeist pretty intense. (I know, that's old B&M, but someone stated that the park didn't have any intense coasters.)

 

But for really intense coasters, the only one that I would call frightening is Skyrush at Hersheypark, so...

I did find Alpengeist to be an intense ride. Although half the time while on it I wasn't thinking about what I was riding. I was instead sniffing the smell of Trappers Smoke House which was below. The smell is huge while on the ride. It smells good...

Apollo's chariot is purly a fun coaster, and griffon has the factor of hanging over the drop, but other than that its another "fun" coaster.

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Jerk chicken is one of those things that has to be made right or it gets bad real quick. That being said, if any park can pull it off it's BGW!

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I find Griffon to be so controlled, for lack of a better word. There is no wild and crazy factor to it.

 

I think that's the problem with later B&M coasters in general. I enjoy rides like Griffon and Apollo's Chariot, but they just don't have the same thrill factor as, say, Intamin or RMC coasters.

 

But this does make B&M an ideal ride manufacturer for parks, like BGW, that serve a family, as opposed to enthusiast, audience. Their rides tend to have wider appeal, and, as I said, they're usually quite good and B&M can still surprise you (Hair Raiser is a good example here).

 

I remember riding Apollo's Chariot back in 2001 when it didn't take much to impress me coaster-wise (Medusa at Great Adventure was in my top 10) and we all got off of that ride thinking it was one of the most boring coasters we've ever ridden. I liked Alpengeist but felt like it was pretty dull too. While I remember liking all of the other coasters at the park there was only one of them that really blew me away, and that was Big Bad Wolf.

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I just saw a link on Facebook that said "Deadly Roller Coaster Accident" with a picture of Alpengeist and one of its cars flying off into the air. People are actually believing it is real. You have to be freaking kidding me! Ugh!

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I just saw a link on Facebook that said "Deadly Roller Coaster Accident" with a picture of Alpengeist and one of its cars flying off into the air. People are actually believing it is real. You have to be freaking kidding me! Ugh!

I think it was mentioned a while ago at Weird a Coaster Fact thread.

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I just saw a link on Facebook that said "Deadly Roller Coaster Accident" with a picture of Alpengeist and one of its cars flying off into the air. People are actually believing it is real. You have to be freaking kidding me! Ugh!

I think it was mentioned a while ago at Weird a Coaster Fact thread.

Yeah, I did. People keep coming to me asking about this as I'm the local roller coaster "expert" and in the beginning it was kind of funny but now I'm starting to get annoyed.

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I just saw a link on Facebook that said "Deadly Roller Coaster Accident" with a picture of Alpengeist and one of its cars flying off into the air. People are actually believing it is real. You have to be freaking kidding me! Ugh!

I think it was mentioned a while ago at Weird a Coaster Fact thread.

Yeah, I did. People keep coming to me asking about this as I'm the local roller coaster "expert" and in the beginning it was kind of funny but now I'm starting to get annoyed.

I think I have explained the NTaG accident at least 20 times, at least 10 mins each. But it feels great when only you can answer the question

 

Back to the topic, how does Griffon compare to SheiKra?

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I just saw a link on Facebook that said "Deadly Roller Coaster Accident" with a picture of Alpengeist and one of its cars flying off into the air. People are actually believing it is real. You have to be freaking kidding me! Ugh!

I think it was mentioned a while ago at Weird a Coaster Fact thread.

Yeah, I did. People keep coming to me asking about this as I'm the local roller coaster "expert" and in the beginning it was kind of funny but now I'm starting to get annoyed.

I think I have explained the NTaG accident at least 20 times, at least 10 mins each. But it feels great when only you can answer the question

Yeah you do feel kind of important (and superior)

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I've just realised Busch Gardens has released some nice POVs of their main rides (except for Loch Ness Monster) on their youtube channel. I think every park should have an official POV of each ride (like Cedar Point also does).

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Ever dreamed of your yard looking like Busch Gardens? Well, here's a chance to make your dream come true!

 

FREE YARD MAKEOVER COMPLIMENTS OF BUSCH GARDENS® LANDSCAPING EXPERTS

One Lucky Winner Will Receive a Custom Landscape Package

 

WILLIAMSBURG (Feb 27, 2014) – Busch Gardens® has teamed up with Bad Boy Mowers®, the official mower of Busch Gardens, to send the park’s expert horticulturalists on the road to give one lucky winner a front-yard makeover. The Busch Gardens Landscape Giveaway Presented by Bad Boy Mowers kicks off March 1.

 

Busch Gardens is inviting the park’s Facebook fans to submit a photo of their front yard and a brief explanation about why they deserve to have their yard transformed by Busch Gardens’ landscape experts. Submissions will be accepted until March 10 at 10 a.m.

 

Starting at 5 p.m. on March 10, Busch Gardens’ fans can vote on who they think should receive the custom landscape package. The entry process, official rules and submission criteria are available on Busch Gardens’ Facebook page – facebook.com/BuschGardens. The giveaway is open to legal residents of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and Delaware.

 

Busch Gardens hosted the landscape giveaway for the first time in 2013. North Carolina resident Tammy Bennett won last year’s giveaway by receiving more than half of the Facebook fan generated votes. To see last year’s yard transformation, visit Busch Gardens’ official YouTube channel at YouTube.com/BuschGardensVA.

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