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P. 466: Mardi Gras at Busch Gardens

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I'm ok with that color. I don't have any plans to go back to the park for the normal operating season, but I look forward to checkin out te construction when I go the there for Christmas town.


By the way, did anyone see that Busch Gardens Tampa included Christmas town in with the fun card? The annouced it on twitter and it's now on their website. Is there any possibility that Williamsburg could do that? They should, it'd make my life a whole lot easier.

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In the past, they've stored new ride components in a parking lot over by the brewery, which you can see pretty clearly from the top of Griffon; but I don't know if that's what they're doing this time around.


I was there on Thursday and saw the clearing next to Apollo's Chariot, but I didn't notice any track there or by the brewery.

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Also kinda suprised how much work is already being done without an official announcement.


I imagine the park needs to get a "head start" due to "off-season" events such as Howl-o-Scream and especially Christmas Town.

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^ A couple pages ago


They always announce next year's additions on passholder weekend on Saturday in the Festhaus for any passmembers who want to come, they usually raffle off some prizes too. That weekend is always a week after Labor Day, this year Septemver 6 and 7.
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^HOS is a big draw for the park; naturally, they want to get it started as soon as they can (although this does seem a bit early). Heck, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando start just a week later.

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Fair enough. I guess they want to maximize their opportunity for people to come in and experience it. I still think its too early though. You know what this reminds me of? Christmas. The stores start advertising it wayyy in advance before anyone is even thinking about it yet.

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Now why would it start so early? People aren't thinking about Halloween that early! C'mon Busch!


You do realize they aren't the only ones right? Halloween events, as pointed out, are very successful at parks, especially BGW. HalloWeekends begins at Cedar Point on September 12th as well.

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I have some pictures of the Diavolo/Tempesto/Pasta/whatever construction I got later last week. I went again today, but the only noticeable differences I saw were the tree stumps had been removed and the Deere was digging a rectangle hole; for what I am not sure.





A couple of new Apollo views were opened up by the removal of the trees.


Apollo's queue got that wonderful decorative dark green mesh that has accompanied the bumper car line for 3 years now.


Hopefully this will be temporary, however. I believe the mesh in Oktoberfest is meant to more or less block Verbolten's show house, which imo is one of the ugliest structures in the park, if not the ugliest.




All of these tree stumps have since been removed.


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No announcement regarding the new ride for 2015 at today's passholder event. But I can confirm the existence of construction walls near Apollo's Chariot.ImageUploadedByTapatalk1410014889.683248.jpg.54ad76b3f5211f95cf20eb34dffc43de.jpg

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Pretty uneventful pass member presentation. A few notes:


-Monster Stomp will be returning. It's in the Globe Theater and will be called 'Monster Stomp on Ripper Row.' It features Jack the Ripper.

-Fiends is back in Ireland.

-Globe Theater will house a new show featuring Scrooge during Christmas Town. He didn't release any details about it.

-Not even a mention of the new ride. When I asked Carl about it afterwards he replied "What coaster?", so clearly they're not ready to give out any official info yet.

-They were selling food items in the Festhaus that will apparently be released next year, but I didn't see what they had available.


"Raise your hands in the air if you want some information on the new coaster!


Sucks to suck!"



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Passholder Appreciation Day, Blue Walls, & More Howl-o-Scream Prep


Busch Gardens held its annual "Passholder Appreciation Event" today, which included ERT on the rides in Oktoberfest, muffins galore, and a brief speech from park president Carl Lum in front of the Festhaus. Before discussing what was said there today, let's mention what wasn't said. Carl's remarks did not mention the new attraction for 2015 or address just what is going on behind the construction walls near Apollo's Chariot. The park is still playing this hand "close to the vest," and the only responses you're likely to get regarding any new ride for 2015 range from "Attraction? What new attraction?" to "It could be big."


So much for that. Here's what Carl did mention in his remarks:


  • BGW will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year, starting with a "founder's event" in May--no details yet.
    Howl-o-Scream 2014 will feature a new "Terror-tory"--Wendigo Woods--in New France, and Monster Stomp on Ripper Row in the Globe Theatre. This new version of a classic HOS show will, of course, star Jack the Ripper and use all the capabilities of the theatre, which received substantial upgrades in sound, lighting, and projection systems for London Rocks. Being as the theatre's "4D" seats are still functional, this could make for a very startling Halloween show, indeed. HOS starts on Friday, September 12.
    Christmas Town 2014 will also receive a new show in the Globe Theatre: Scrooge No More. This updating of Charles Dickens's classic story "A Christmas Carol" substitutes a bitter, washed-up rock star for Ebeneezer Scrooge. The $25 Christmas Town pass, which gives passholders unlimited access to the event, will be back, as well.


Carl also thanked the passholders for their support, citing the online poll that helped determine the new menus for this year's Food and Wine Festival, which led to the new Carribbean and American Southwest booths. "I think I gained about ten pounds from those hush puppies [in the Caribbean booth]," he said.


That's it for the announcements. Let's take a walk around the park and see what else is happening.


In a break from the past, the park held its ceremony outside, rather than inside, the Festhaus.


Thank you, Busch Gardens.


The morning's itinerary.


The official lanyard, which provided a bit of "foreshadowing" for the park's announcements for next year.


Of course, there were muffins and croissants aplenty for hungry passholders seeking breakfast.


You will believe t shirts can fly!


Carl Lum, the park's president, begins his speech.


He's pretty good at flinging Howl-o-Scream t shirts (with HOS Quick Queues attached), too.


He also threw a few Christmas Town t shirts into the crowd.


Looks like the Casket Club bar in front of the Festhaus is almost ready to dispense liquid courage to Howl-o-Scream guests.


But let's not forget the passholder Oktoberfest ERT. It included Verbolten . . .


. . . and Mach . . . oh, darn! (It was up and running later.)


"Belay them questions about any new ride, mate. Dead men tell no tales!"


New attraction?


What new attraction?


Pay no attention to what's going on behind the blue walls.


I must admit that parks are rather cute when they're being cagey. ;)


Hmm--I wonder if there will be some sort of piratical deviltry on this platform by the Pompeii bridge?


I hope everyone has their subway tokens or fare cards for Deadline.




All we need now are a couple of Naughty Nurses.


"New ride? Me not know. Go away!"


Maybe I'll check out Igor's Fright Feast this year--especially if the menu offers curry wurst, like it did last year.


Please note that Fiends is for "mature" audiences. Do not take small children, then gripe on the park's Facebook page about the skimpy costumes. Thank you.


Spiders and webs and ghosts, oh my!


France is getting "demonized" for HOS.


"OK, people--jazz hands!"


"I'm not hungry at the moment. Come back on September 12. I'll be happy to swallow your soul then!"


Hmm--I'm guess this is for Wendigo Woods?


Wendigo Woods confirmed. Thank you, James City County.


Bats? Why did it have to be bats?


Looks like the Vampire Point Hotel is almost ready to check you in. Checking out is your problem.


"I used to work in the Enchanted Laboratory, but I got a new job now."


England is transforming into Ripper Row. (This was a pretty good "Terror-tory" last year.)


What? Am I at Kings Island now?


Noted. Thanks for reading.

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Looks like the Vampire Point Hotel is almost ready to check you in. Checking out is your problem.


You can check anytime you like but you can never leave.


Looks like another fun event at Busch Gardens Chuck! I really miss this park and your awesome reports aren't helping me in dealing with my six year withdrawal!

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