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P. 457: Pantheon Roller Coaster POV!

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I'll be at the park tomorrow (Sunday). What's good to eat in the park?

 

The pretzels at the shop in Germany. Don't even think about buying a pretzel anywhere else in the park. I usually just eat them (or a pretzel wrapped sausage) rather than meals.

 

The BBQ in New France is good for a big meal.

 

I also enjoyed the Irish Stew in Ireland, and the Italian restaurant is pretty good. The only time I've been disappointed in the food was when I tried the pizza/pasta buffet- never again!

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For those of you looking for a faster transition over a 'transfer' type of track just think of the ones on Everest at Animal Kingdom. You're going much faster and forwards and backwards over them and they're seamless.

 

And if Vekoma can build something described as 'seamless', anybody can.

 

 

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I'll be at the park tomorrow (Sunday). What's good to eat in the park?

 

The pretzels at the shop in Germany. Don't even think about buying a pretzel anywhere else in the park. I usually just eat them (or a pretzel wrapped sausage) rather than meals.

 

The BBQ in New France is good for a big meal.

 

I also enjoyed the Irish Stew in Ireland, and the Italian restaurant is pretty good. The only time I've been disappointed in the food was when I tried the pizza/pasta buffet- never again!

 

I also like the pretzel dog (or sausage) for lunch, and agree that the pizza/pasta buffet isn't very good.

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Went to BGW this past Sunday. My first time back to the park in 15 years! I had a blast! Rode my first Dive Coaster, Griffon.... and I am a fan! The operators were great. They were excited and interacted with us. The forces and power in the drops were awesome. I didn't have high expectations for Verbolten... but it definitely gave me overall the best experience. It is just full of laughs, giggles, and good times. I enjoyed the theme and I was too busy having fun to worry about the unfinished look of the building. Ride looked great. It was the only ride to jolt me a little however that concern subsided quickly. Mach Tower ran all day. The seats were uncomfortable to me... the view was great but I thought I read the ride carriage was supposed to vibrate and play music. Neither happened.

 

Apollos Chariot was great! Definitely still one my favorite B&M hypers, if not my favorite (still deciding). Not happy that the operator never said enjoy your ride or engaged us riders. He didn't say anything actually ... just dispatched the train without any added hype or excitement. Alpengeist was full of nostalgia for me... and this was the ride that turned me from a chicken into an all out fearless coaster riders back in the 90s. I forgot how snappy and fast the cobra roll was. I loved all of it! The Operator at this ride was on the phone the entire time and likewise didn't really care to engage us riders. Just kept on in her conversation on the phone and dispatched. I have to give BGW total praise and kudos for maintaining Lochness the way they have. The ride was smooth as butter. It shows that BGW is doing something right that most parks are doing wrong. Nessie runs great!

 

Curse of Darkastle was.... just... OK. The ride fell short somewhere for me. Maybe it was because I couldn't get into the theme due the fact that the attendants and operators were being un professional on the speaker and killing the pre show. Also, I am still trying to figure out if I was spit on at the end of the ride. The final scene made it appear as if the dude spits on you. Ughh! A girl was crying her eyes out as we exited the ride... I think she felt offended by being spit on as well lol

 

I think overall, I was just shocked at all how quiet all the coasters seemed. The coasters didn't drown out conversations or the ambient music. I love plethora of trees... it really helps keep you invested in the surrounding theme of each country. Definitely still the most beautiful park in my opinion. Having journeyed over by Apollos Chariot... I can say that another coaster in that area is definitely welcomed in my opinion. I have no problem with them adding a Premier clone. More coasters are fine with me. Plus it gives something else thrilling to do in that section of the park.

 

I absolutely loved the wine tastings, the beer, and the ride on the Ferry. I have to personally say the captains on the ferries were an absolute joy to interact with. They were awesome and really added to the day. In general, I think I think it was the operations outside of the rides that really solidified this visit.,... From the parking lot trams, food and beverage vendors, to the retail vendors. The workers on the midway seemed very enthusiastic and more than willing to help... Whereas the ride operations (aside from Griffon, Verbolten, Mach Tower, and the Ferries) seemed to care less about engaging guest and more focused on the chatter among themselves, on the phone, or just didn't care).

 

I look forward to visiting again..

 

*Sings*: "Auf Wiedersehennnnnnnnnnnnnn"

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Mach Tower ran all day. The seats were uncomfortable to me... the view was great but I thought I read the ride carriage was supposed to vibrate and play music. Neither happened.

 

Curse of Darkastle was.... just... OK. The ride fell short somewhere for me. Maybe it was because I couldn't get into the theme due the fact that the attendants and operators were being un professional on the speaker and killing the pre show. Also, I am still trying to figure out if I was spit on at the end of the ride. The final scene made it appear as if the dude spits on you. Ughh! A girl was crying her eyes out as we exited the ride... I think she felt offended by being spit on as well lol

 

 

Mach Tower did, indeed, have music and "vibrating" seats. They still play holiday music during Christmas Town, when the park operates the ride as an observation tower. But the vibrating seats were an annoying, unreliable gimmick, which didn't really add anything to the ride (except for a rather loud "fart" sound that you could hear all over Octoberfest).

 

Although there is a water effect at the end of DarKastle, it isn't King Ludwig "spitting" on you. He's been turned to solid ice, and the water is supposed to represent ice crystals when his body "explodes."

 

The wine tastings are very nice. I'm glad you enjoyed your day.

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Mach Tower did, indeed, have music and "vibrating" seats. They still play holiday music during Christmas Town, when the park operates the ride as an observation tower. But the vibrating seats were an annoying, unreliable gimmick, which didn't really add anything to the ride (except for a rather loud "fart" sound that you could hear all over Octoberfest).

 

Although there is a water effect at the end of DarKastle, it isn't King Ludwig "spitting" on you. He's been turned to solid ice, and the water is supposed to represent ice crystals when his body "explodes."

 

The wine tastings are very nice. I'm glad you enjoyed your day.

 

 

Ahhhh... well then yeah if the vibrating seats on Mach Tower weren't anything special then I guess the effect is not missed. The ride actually dropped faster than it appears in videos. It was ok for a drop tower ... I'll give it that.. but those seats were not comfortable... and the harness pinched my arms... I could hold my arms up like i would on other drop rides.

 

Thanks for clearing up that King Ludwig did not spit on me.... I was about to hold a grudge against him. I was like how is he going to invite me into his home and then spit on me for leaving LOL!

 

I can't wait to ride Griffon again... when i rode Verbolten I kept getting the Wolf story line.

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Who saw the latest post from screamscape? Looks like the 2015 coaster might not be called Diavolo after all. In all honesty, I like the name Diavolo better.

 

2015 - New Roller Coaster - Semi-Confirmed - (5/13/14) News Plus Notes spotted an interesting new trademark filing by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment this week for something called TEMPESTO. They report that the Italian sounding word loosely translates to storm. They’ve come to the same conclusion as I have, that this would be a perfect sounding name for that rumored new coaster planned for the Festa Italia section of Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Just something to keep an eye on at the very least.

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Ugh. I hope they do go with Diavolo, because that sounds totally bad-a$$ (and I know that was rumored to just be a "project name"). Tempesto sounds very unappealing. I guess I'd end up calling it Pesto or something. Pesto Hunt?

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Not happy that the operator never said enjoy your ride or engaged us riders. He didn't say anything actually ... just dispatched the train without any added hype or excitement... Operator at this ride was on the phone the entire time and likewise didn't really care to engage us riders. Just kept on in her conversation on the phone and dispatched.

Can't speak much for BGW, but down at BGT, I have never once heard an operator say anything before dispatching a coaster. It's just not something Busch Gardens seems to do.

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Not happy that the operator never said enjoy your ride or engaged us riders. He didn't say anything actually ... just dispatched the train without any added hype or excitement... Operator at this ride was on the phone the entire time and likewise didn't really care to engage us riders. Just kept on in her conversation on the phone and dispatched.

Can't speak much for BGW, but down at BGT, I have never once heard an operator say anything before dispatching a coaster. It's just not something Busch Gardens seems to do.

I've never heard any operator in any park here in Europe (that I've been to, obviously) saying anything

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I actually prefer the operators not try to pump up the train, as it usually tends to do nothing. "How was that ride?!" *Crickets chirp* I find it kind of annoying when they refuse to let trains go until they get a response, like I've had happen at some Six Flags parks.

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I find it kind of annoying when they refuse to let trains go until they get a response, like I've had happen at some Six Flags parks.

If it only adds an extra few seconds or so to the dispatch, why is that a problem? I for one think that it's annoying when no one is excited to ride. Roller coasters are supposed to be fun for everyone!

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