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Thanks for sweet trip report updating us on the worst kept secret at BGW. But in all seriousness BGW has to be loving it. They spent almost next to nothing on the promotion of this ride, just let enthusiasts and others speculate about it for free and it will probably have the same effect as a full blown marketing campaign but much cheaper. But more importantly Chuck, can you tell us more about the Ghirardelli chocolate you mentioned? Will there be a new Ghirardelli shop? Or are they just going to feature Ghirardelli chocolate at places all over the park where food is already sold?

 

I didn't notice any other Ghiradelli products elsewhere in the park, although I think they were selling Ghiradelli hot chocolate during Christmas Town last year. I'll look into this later.

 

While many here were grousing about the lack of a "campaign" for Tempesto, we did spend a lot of time talking about it. So, I think you might be on to something there.

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He's not wrong about transfert track adding down times.

However, he says the shoulder straps are for confort only, he doesn't mention disable people.

It might just be me but I would be fine with a little bit more downtime if it meant having significantly better capacity. Then again, in the eyes of the park, it may not be worth the extra money.

 

I don't get why they aren't adding a single rider line. I can't watch the videos, do they give any reason for not adding one?

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Busch Gardens doesn't seem to care for single-rider lines. I can't remember the last time those lines were open for Apollo's Chariot or Griffon. Maybe it's a staffing issue.

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Disney has proven that a single rider line does not interfere with efficiency.

Yes, it doesn't interfere with Disney's operations. This is a different company, different ideals, etc.

I'm just throwing out ideas as to why they would do this. Maybe they just don't want to build a separate queue?

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Hey guys, My family is planning a trip to Williamsburg for early May, and I will be visiting BGW for my first time. Any tips that you guys can give to a first time visitor would be great, but the main question I have is what kind of crown to expect. We'll be visiting the park on Sunday May 10th, and I know from experience that most parks are slower before Memorial day, is that the true in this case?

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Hi Scott, I hope you can expect a gold crown as those are the fanciest crowns of them all.

 

As far as crowds go, I usually go to this park in May and have had good luck with the crowds. The only ride that had more than a 15 minute wait on a warmer weekend in May were Pompeii, Roman Rapids, Le Scoot, and Curse of Darkastle. This park is a LOT of walking so going before the summer heat arrives is wise.

 

I would have to reccomend to you as a coaster fan, the roller coaster insider's tour, which allows you to climb Griffon's lift, it was an amazing experience! Check it out on the park's website. Besides getting on all the coasters early, you are also given tours of the coaster's mainenance bays and they let you hold gigantic Griffon running wheels! Definitely worth the money and the tour guides were friendly.

 

I am going this year on the second week of June on a weekday. It will be my first time riding Verbolten and Tempesto so I am pretty excited. Of course Griffon is in my Top 5 and Darkastle is one of my favorite dark rides, I cannot wait for this trip.

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I will be going on April 24th Friday. I will miss Tempesto by 1 day! Unless they do a unannounced early opening. How are the crowds on a Friday early in the season? Weather? I am pretty sure I will be dodging huge crowds for Saturday on Tempesto's opening.

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Darkastle will probably have the longest wait. And depending on how hot it is Escape From Pompeii will have the second longest line. But nothing should be over an hour wait except for Tempesto and maybe Verbolten. Every time I've gone I've waited no more than 20 minutes for a coaster (except one time where Loch Ness Monster broke down, but even that only made it a 45 minute wait).

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Went to the park for a few hours today. Temps started out in the low 40s, and no coasters were operating--but they were all up and running by the time I left (took a spin on Apollo's Chariot and Verbolten). I understand they were testing Tempesto a bit today, but I wasn't in Festa Italia while this was going on.

 

Here are a few photos.

 

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They've moved Tempesto's construction walls back a bit. Here's the flag pole in the ride's entrance plaza.

 

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You can't ride Tempesto yet, but you can shop.

 

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Behind the cash register.

 

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Tempesto rode a circuit of the new ride on his bike. Totally true story!

 

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Official ride mug.

 

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Anyone remember this ride? One of the "historical markers" the park has put up for its 40th anniversary.

 

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As chilly as it was, I had to try the new ice cream parlor today.

 

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Anybody want to share a chocolate mint sundae?

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Well, it did have a lot of technical issues. I never realized it was a Vekoma ride until I read it on the sign today (always thought it was something by Huss). I didn't realize that the queue house for Apollo's Chariot was the original ride pavilion for the old Sea Dragon, either. Waste not, want not.

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Cool to see! I won't be down until later this summer. It's cool that they're showing off their old rides for the 40th anniversary! I think Gladiators Gauntlet was only in the park for two years! It was definitely gone either in or after 1992, and if I recall, it opened the same year as Questor which was I think in 1990. Hard to say now that it's been 25 years! Speaking of years, it's hard to believe that Drachen Fire has been closed for 17 years now. Did you happen to see if they put up a ride sign for it? I'd be curious what they have to say about a coaster that otherwise they seem to desperately pretend they never had I'd also love to see the ride signs for Questor and the Sea Dragon if they have them, I loved those rides!

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They dug up a number of good construction photos for those signs. There's even a sign commemorating Threadneedle Faire, which was a games area between Ireland (or Hastings) and France way back when.

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