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P. 456: Information about Christmas Town 2021!

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To my knowledge they only publish the 10 AM opening. During summer the gates open at 9 and Nessie at 9:30 I believe. My map from last 2 weeks ago (man do I need to clean off my desk) says England and Nessie opened at 9:45 for Sundays in September. I'd guess that is the case for October in general, but not completely certain.

 

You need to take a tram to get to the main gate from general parking, so if you really need to be there at opening remember that, but there's really no need to rush, enjoy the park and have fun.

 

Oh, and it's been awhile since I've posted "Eat a pretzel from the German pretzel shop" so make sure you do that too.

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And at least one of your meals needs to be a Trappers Smoke House, it's over by Griffon! All of the parks food is very good and worth having (unlike many parks), but if you only eat one meal there, make sure it's at Trappers! Every country has different food, including some replications of food from the country in question, though mostly American or Americanized food. Since people don't always talk about the food, here's some options (though I haven't been this season, so hopefully this info is still accurate):

 

England has Burgers/fries/pizza etc, and sometimes a few other things like fajitas. They also have a candy shop and generic concessions stands.

Scotland has a little restaurant with a few sandwhich options but mostly fried foods like chicken fingers and corn dogs.

Ireland has some REALLY good food that people often overlook, including very nice soups served in a bread bowl.

Italy has classic american-Italian food like spaghetti, ziti, lasagna, etc.

France has this nifty Bistro, but it's a bit more expensive than the other dining.

New France has Montreal style smoked meats, like beef ribs, brisket, and chicken, but unlike Montreal, they include BBQ sauce! This is my personal favorite

Germany has Das Festhaus, which unfortunately doesn't have some of the great German cuisine it used to anymore, but still has great options, and also American options like pizza.

 

There's also carts out and about with giant pretzels, turkey legs, etc, and also several places to get icecream/funnel cake. Oh, and beer is EVERYWHERE!

 

Like most parks, the food is a bit pricey, but unlike most parks, it's high quality and delicious!

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The Smokehouse is a bit inconsistent. If you get there at the right time, when food has just been brought out, it's pretty good. This is true of the Italian restaurant, too (I like their cannelloni).

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^ My honest guess? Simply because they can. They announced Griffon around August, because it was VERY obvious at that point what was happening, as the construction schedule had track coming in. There was no way to hide that track coming into the park from the train/Alpengeist short of closing those attractions. The same was true for Verbolten thanks to Mach Tower, so they announced it in September. However, this ride is going to go up so fast, they don't need to start moving track in to the site yet. It looks like they've only just started pouring footers, which are going to need to sit for a LONG time before track comes in. The park frequently puts up a construction wall and says nothing about it. They have a long history of not doing a press release until it's very obvious, so if they can keep track out of the view of the GP, they probably will stay tight lipped about everything.

 

To the coaster nerd community, this seems obvious that it's a premier launch coaster, but to the GP? It's just a construction fence that could be anything, and without following coaster forums, I'm not sure my first guess when looking at that fence would be roller coaster, since the footprint is so small, and it's sitting literally right next to AC.

 

Also, I'm wondering if BGW fans got the name right with their leak, and BGW is re-branding the ride just to spite them for leaking since they are exclusively calling it Tempesto on the BGWfans site with full confidence.

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The Smokehouse is a bit inconsistent. If you get there at the right time, when food has just been brought out, it's pretty good. This is true of the Italian restaurant, too (I like their cannelloni).

 

I agree with this statement. The inconsistency at the Italian place seems to occurs when the food sits a little longer. It's a paradox as that makes it best to hit the place when it is most crowded.

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They'll just settle for much less than $100,000. But I never judge the merit of these cases without knowing what really happened. Was it over-zealous employees, stupid guests, combination of the two?

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Yeah I don't generally agree with these litigious things, you go to a Halloween event, you know things are scary and as insensitive as it might have been for other guests to push this woman over they probably were too scared to notice her and won't have intended to do it. Certainly not something the park could reasonably try and prevent with just not doing the event. Hopefully sanity prevails.

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She might have been communicating park management during those couple of years. They might have left her unhappy. Hell, she might have just realized how expensive a child can be and decided a settlement would help right now. There are a lot of reasons to wait before filing a lawsuit.

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I don't think that's an inappropriate amount of time to wait at all. It's the knee jerk "I'm going to sue your ass!" people that I question. Lawsuits are long, involved, expensive, and taxing emotionally/physically for all parties. In order to go up against an organization as large as BGW, you're going to want to make sure:

 

1) You actually need to.

 

2) You can afford to and/or your case is strong enough that multiple legal experts agree and/or you can get one to work pro bono.

 

3) The damages you have warrant the effort, since your name is going to be tied to public statements like this one.

 

Unless something really obvious happened like getting a foot cut off, you're probably going to want to wait and see how things affect your life.

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I might head to CT this year. I haven't been since their first year and it was amazing. I'm sure a lot has improved since then so I'd really like to check it out this year. Polar Pathway looks neat in particular, which wasn't there the first year I went. Although I wish they'd at least open up one other coaster besides Verbolten like Loch Ness Monster or Alpengeist. After all Alpengeist is snow themed and was open one year for CT.

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^Yes, they did, when it was warm enough. They also had problems with splash freezing as the weather became more "wintry."

 

Christmas Town is more about the atmosphere, shopping, and the food than the rides.

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