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P. 455: Opening night of Howl-o-Scream!

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"Spashy Bullet", Wait what? Well at least my coaster name beats Superman "Krypton Woodie" So SFMM wins this round if you ask me.


So no announcement yet? Kind of expected that (I cut myself lose form this thread during construction I simply had to much project I followed). I did see the trains and wanted to say: those restrains look weird as hell. I will try to visit this thread more frequent again, the no announcement fascinates me enough to find out whats going on. For the rest it looks good.

The official announcement is tomorrow.

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Found a video of the announcement.


They make it sound pretty good, even addressing some of the complaints people had like its location in the park, and the ride's length.


"Doesn't seem like it's that big of a ride, why should I get so excited about it?"

"Well, I can tell you this, Tempesto's probably gonna be our most intense ride in the park."


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Just seen this on youtube.......credit to whoever posted it......(Behind The Thrills)



Good to know that it will have the three-car train. Should help with capacity at least a little bit.

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"Found a video of the announcement.


They make it sound pretty good, even addressing some of the complaints people had like its location in the park, and the ride's length."


When did they address it's location? I didn't see it in the video.


EDIT: The quote messed up, so I just put it in bold

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Nice to know it has three cars. Now I wonder if the OTSRs have something to do with this. I mean, longer trains with the same layout = greater forces in the back and front which might have resulted in these restraints, no?

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I'm glad that the park is using a three car train and I wouldn't be surprised if the restraints allow for quicker loading than the retrofitted seatbelts on Six Flags's Premier coasters, but this is still going to have major capacity issues. I'd be surprised if the capacity ends up being more than about 500 riders per hour. That said, Tempesto will be a fun ride, I just have a feeling a lot of visitors will be disappointed after waiting two hours for it.

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I still find this to be one of the most confusing and odd situations with marketing I have experienced. But OK, what ever, tempesto looks nice. I don't necessarily feel it was appropriate for BGW, but it should be enjoyable if in the area.

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Speaking of Tempesto . . .


Busch Gardens Passholder Preview Day 2015

Springtime in Williamsburg. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and Busch Gardens is ready for a new season. And, at long last, we will have our answer to a long debated question. I am referring to, of course, . . .


the refurbished restrooms at the Festhaus! Yes, new tile, fresh paint, and Dyson Airblade hand dryers! O joyous day!


Well, as important as infrastructure is, I guess more people are wondering whether they will finally admit that the big new structure in Festa Italia actually exists. They were having some fun with this right before rope drop this morning: "Are you folks excited about the new ride we can't talk about?" (Yes, a cast member actually said this.)


Well, talk about it they did during a brief presentation at the restaurant in San Marco. Carl Lum, the park's president, and Larry Giles, attractions, did finally spill the beans about Tempesto, the park's new ride for 2015, which will open on April 25. The new Premier coaster even has a back story. Famed Italian daredevil Tempesto visited Busch Gardens, and left behind his "greatest stunt" to challenge future daredevils at the park. In fact, the park will be sponsoring a contest for passholders to see who will be the first 500 daredevils to take on Tempesto (details to come later).


Many of you have probably already seen the "leaked" Web page with the ride's vital statistics--which is now "official." Larry Giles promised that this "154-foot high-speed inversion" ride would be "the most intense ride in the park." Based on my experience with Premier rides, I think he's probably right. They were testing the ride a bit today, too--just "rocking" it back and forth.


So, besides Tempesto and the spiffy new Festhaus toilets, what else is going on in 2015? The park is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and there will be signs all over the place telling the park's history (for example, marking where old rides used to be). There's a new ice cream parlor in France with a greatly expanded menu and Ghirardelli chocolate (this is nearly as exciting as Tempesto ). And, of course, let's not forget the new booths at the Food and Wine Festival (French Quarter and Far East). No details on Howl-o-Scream or Christmas Town yet, although Carl did mention that the latter event was a huge success last year. The Festhaus's two shows, Entwined and This is Oktoberfest, are being replaced with something called Roll Out the Barrel. Speaking of Germany, the park will be holding a German beer tasting event this fall, too (I'm sure this will interest many TPR members--they know who they are).


Let's take a look at Passholder Preview Day.


What's that hiding behind Apollo's Chariot?


Happy 40th Anniversary, Busch Gardens!


There was quite a crowd waiting to see the presentation in San Marco. They opened Forest of Fun a bit early (at least there were people riding the Elmo's Spire frog-hopper).


Hmm--a mystery basket.


Carl Lum joked around with the crowd: "It's a cellphone tower, not a ride!"


But Larry Giles set everything straight.


They also threw 40th-anniversary t shirts into the crowd. They had the logos of old attractions, such as the Big Bad Wolf, printed on them.


And we got free gelato--yay!


So, what about this Tempesto character?


He seems to be a very mysterious figure . . .


. . . much like the Ghost Rider.


Construction walls are still up.


You can see what appears to be an entrance plaza with a flag pole from Apollo's Chariot. The whole area should be very nice once they've finished it. In addition, the nose cone for the train hasn't been attached yet (it was sitting in the station).


Tempesto has the power to make the sun explode!


If you have some rosary beads, you might be clutching them very tightly at this point.


I'm rather fond of non-inverting loops. Nice to see one in Williamsburg.


That looks so wrong--yet so right.


Larry Giles promised that you'll be terrified here . . .


. . . especially if you're in the front row.


This ride does seem to have its share of "OMG" and "WTF" moments.


What if you're not daring enough for Tempesto's intensity?


Well, there's always Verbolten, which is plenty intense itself.


Easter eggs? Mad King Ludwig will be displeased!


Griffon doing its thing.


"Tempesto? Who is this upstart? The Loch Ness Monster will not yield!"


"Don't mind Nessie, Tempesto. She's kind of old and grouchy."


You could take a nice, relaxing boat or train ride . . .


. . . oh, screw that! ;)


I didn't try the new ice-cream parlor today, but it drew a pretty good crowd.


Looks nice inside, too. There's extra seating out back (none inside). The sundae menu looked very enticing, and I'll definitely try it later this season--like maybe next week. ;)


Bye bye, old ice-cream shop. I wonder what will move in there?


Of course, you might want to have your ice cream after riding Griffon


Well, see you later, Tempesto.


Looking forward to feeling that intense launch in April.


"Hello? I'm here, too. Hello?"


"Yes, I, the Escape from Pompeii, exist as well!"


Can Tempesto do this? I think not!"


Time to head home via England.


I'm sure they'll find plenty of daredevils.


Tempesto says, "Y'all come in April." Only he says it in Italian ("Venite tutti"). Thanks for reading.

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Thanks for the photos, they're well done. Tempesto looks nice out of context, but the last shot of it crowding Apollo's lift makes me cringe - I fail to understand why this was the prime location to plop down a ride clone with a diminutive footprint. Excuse me while I pray for a fresh coat of paint on Apollo's Chariot.

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April 25th opening? Hmmm, Well I plan on being there Friday the 24th. Maybe there will be a soft opening? Has Busch ever done this?


Almost never.


^I think Tempesto fits in pretty well where it is (I'm curious to see the ride's entrance plaza when they finish it). I agree that Apollo's Chariot could use a fresh coat of paint, though.

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Thanks for the update as always, Chuck!


Put me in the category that isn't fond of Tempesto's location - it just makes the 'most beautiful park in the world' look like a Six Flags from the parking lot with coasters stacked on top of each other.


However, hopefully Tempesto will bring a repaint for Apollo's Chariot and a whole refresh for the Fiesta Italia area as it has really needed a general spruce up lately.

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Only had a short time to take pix in Festa. Ride looks fantastic in person.


The park's repainted a lot of the murals and fixed the Rhinefeld clock up. The Bistro Ice Cream shop looks amazing too. Looks like the park is taking a few notes out of KD40's playbook.


Do you have what it takes to challenge the daredevil's new creation?


Park is reusing the Dasher's Diner billboard for the 40th.





Different angle


From the ice cream shop


The banners look a little too tiny for their own good


Daredevils wanted



The queue line is just behind this wall.

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I've never been to BGW so I can't really speak on if Tempesto really fits in, but I do really like the color scheme, although it seems like it would've made more sense to have blue supports and orange track. Unless the park's goal was to make it stand out as much as possible. I do like the logo as well, and the name is started to grow on me.

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...it seems like it would've made more sense to have blue supports and orange track


Hmmm, you may be right. I think that would have complimented Apollo better, but perhaps they didn't want to venture into Goliath/Titan/Rougarou territory. Maybe it isn't quite such a visual assault in person.


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