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P. 445 - Busch Gardens' Mardi Gras Celebration

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An RMC would be perfect at this park, well at any park for that matter

 

I'd like to see an Intamin pre-fab.

 

Either (or both) of these would be nice.

 

As for me, I'm looking forward to Howl-o-Scream at the moment.

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A wooden coaster is something BGW could definitely benefit from. Are there any noise restrictions?

 

Kingsmill. Both Intamin pre-fabs and RMC's are significantly quieter than traditional wood coasters.

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Well I finally ended up going to the park this weekend for the first time and it was probably the best decision I have made in a long time. My friend and I left Pennsylvania around 8pm on Saturday night and drove a little north of Richmond and stayed at a hotel for the night. We left the hotel a little before 9am and got to the park around 10:15am. I have been to both Sea World Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa and wasn't too impressed with these parks, but upon entering the park I was completely blown away with how different the Williamsburg park was going to be! I love the height check stations disguised as phone booths! We ran straight for Tempesto to get it out of the way since it was low capacity. The line was about 60 people deep and we waiting about 10 minutes. The operators moved very quickly to get trains dispatched. I thought the ride was fun and was glad to knock one of these Premier creations off of my list, but I wouldn't run to reride it. The public RAVED about this ride all day though.

 

From here we hit Apollo's Chariot in the back. This ride was fun, but it isn't as intense as I was hoping. After Apollo we headed towards Verbolten, but I wanted to ride Davinci's Cradle after missing Buzzsaw at SFNE. This ride was run and looked to have a more tame cycle than the one at SFNE, but I'm glad I finally got to ride one of these flying carpet rides.

 

We hit Verbolten in the Back of the Green train. The ride was a lot of fun, but it was very rattle heavy after the show building. Great fun and the building caught my friend by surprise

 

Next we hit MachTower and had a nice view of all of the Howl o Scream props being built and staged in the fenced off Areas. We hit Verbolten again in the middle of the train with no wait and then we decided it was time to have a Pretzel.

 

After this we headed to Alpengeist which had our longest wait of the day because somebody decided to have too much beer before riding and spew it all over the station. We were in row 5 and I thought this ride was great and really wanted to ride it in the front. We decided to come back later when the line was shorter and wait for the front.

 

After this we rode Le Scoot with a 20 minute wait and then headed towards Griffon. We ended up in the third row and we both enjoyed this ride tremendously. After this we ran to Loch Ness Monster where I had my clavicles destroyed by the restraint since I'm 6'3", but I really enjoyed the theming and the charm to the ride. After this we decided to hit Pompeii twice which was a lot of fun and try Roman Rapids, but the line for the rapids wasn't moving so we decided on lunch.

 

After lunch we took the train back to the back side of the park and did some shopping and hit Griffon in the front which was absolutely incredible. It was about 3:30pm at this point so we decided to do the wine tasting in France which resulted in us doing the tasting in Germany and England as well. After that we decided a glass of wine would be great and then we rerode Verbolten and Mach Tower a little tipsy They were both great fun. After both of those we decided on a pretzel and a beer and ventured to Alpengeist which we rode in the front with a one train wait. This ride is AMAZING. The elements, the speed, and height are crazy. I will easily put this over Banshee as my favorite invert!

 

Following Alpengeist we rode Le Scoot twice in a row and then ran to Griffon at 7:45p with no wait. We rushed off the ride and ran to Ireland to catch the last showing of Celtic Fyre for the day. After the show we ran to Loch Ness for a night ride, Griffon for two night rides, and then over to Alpengeist in the back row for 3 rides in a ROW! On the third ride we were treated to the fireworks show going up the lift.

 

After the ride we watched the end of the fireworks show, hit Mach Tower again, and then rode Verbolten in the dark. Verbolten is a completely different ride in the dark!

After verbolten it was about 9:54. From Verbolten we SPRINTED (just like all of the BGW advertisements) over to Appolo's Chariot to get the last two rides of the night in the back row! This ride was also much better at night.

 

Needless to say I was very impressed with this park and their commitment to their guests. Every employee was friendly and willing to help. One thing I really liked was the headsets the operators had on allowed them to communicate without having all of the guests hear their conversations. Six Flags America could benefit from this so I don't have to hear Darnell complaining that he can't put his two weeks notice in because McDonalds won't hire him back over the microphone on Roar (This happened at my last visit to SFA) I think we encountered one rude employee and she was the tram driver yelling at people walking in front of the tram so I don't blame her.

 

Yesterday 8/31 we went to Water Country USA. It was drizzling when we arrived at 10:15am and continued to do so until about noon. The park was not crowded and what could have been a miserable day for guests and operators was not. All of the operators were very pleasant and ready to make a conversation with you. The park was great and we were fortunate enough to ride everything multiple times with minimal waits. We ended up leaving at 1:30pm which got us back into Pennsylvania at 6:30. Callosal Curl was a lot of fun and unexpected since it was my first wave wall slide like this.

 

I unfortunately took very few and very POOR quality pictures or I would post them. I smell a return visit happening next year for sure!

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After this we headed to Alpengeist which had our longest wait of the day because somebody decided to have too much beer before riding and spew it all over the station.

 

I walked into the station shortly after this incident.

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^ & ^^Hmmm...I wonder how Bier Fest will be then?

 

Speaking of which, I just got our discount Club TPR tix bought and printed for our visit to check out said Bier Fest on the 12th...can't wait!

 

Edit: Just saw the revamped beer list on their website. My local beer, Southern Tier will be represented with their awesome IPA - YAY!

 

Also like how they put Bud Lite down as a "Crisp & Fruity Bier" - probably because they didn't have a section for "Crap Bier"?

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A wooden coaster is something BGW could definitely benefit from. Are there any noise restrictions?

 

Kingsmill. Both Intamin pre-fabs and RMC's are significantly quieter than traditional wood coasters.

 

Not at all true for El Toro...

 

Extreme negative gs + lots of friction = distinct, beautiful sounds

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A wooden coaster is something BGW could definitely benefit from. Are there any noise restrictions?

 

Kingsmill. Both Intamin pre-fabs and RMC's are significantly quieter than traditional wood coasters.

 

Not at all true for El Toro...

 

Extreme negative gs + lots of friction = distinct, beautiful sounds

 

They are still considerably more quiet than traditional wood coasters

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I just got back from my first ever visit to BGW.

 

I can definitely say that Verbolten was by far my favorite coaster in the park. I rode that baby four times.

 

I didn't ride Tempesto because I don't care for going backwards on a coaster.

 

Apollo's Chariot was ok, but the trims ruined it. Nitro is much better since it doesn't have the trims on.

 

Alpengeist was fun, but seemed to have quite a rattle in the back.

 

Loch Ness Monster is not friendly to people with long torsos. I rode it in the back and my shoulders hurt a bit when I got off.

 

Griffon was fun, if a bit short.

 

I love how clean and well-landscaped the park is as well as the level of themeing. They had a fireworks show tonight which was also very nice.

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Apollo's Chariot was ok, but the trims ruined it. Nitro is much better since it doesn't have the trims on.

*Trim* One trim, on the third hill/dive into helix. It is hardly notcieable, and I would never consider the trim to ruin it. At most it diminishes airtime on one hill, the other hills haul ass and own in the airtime department. To each their own I guess...

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Is this park ever going to build a wooden coaster? Now that RMC has proved it can build a smooth and quiet wooden coaster, do you guys think it's possible that we may see a custom topper track RMC in 2017 or 2018? The parks landscape would be perfect for a terrain RMC in my opinion!

 

I couldn't agree more!!! This park is just screaming for a wooden coaster. It would be the perfect fit.

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It's close between the 2 coasters. While I love the helix and 2 bunny hills at the end of Nitro, I could almost fall asleep on the first half of the coaster. ...very average. While Apollo I feel is slightly above average for most of the ride. Both are good coasters IMO, but not top 25 worthy. I think Goliath (SFOG) and Diamondback are both better, while Raging Bull and Intimidator bring up the rear when it comes to the U.S. B&M hypers.

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It's close between the 2 coasters. While I love the helix and 2 bunny hills at the end of Nitro, I could almost fall asleep on the first half of the coaster. ...very average. While Apollo I feel is slightly above average for most of the ride. Both are good coasters IMO, but not top 25 worthy. I think Goliath (SFOG) and Diamondback are both better, while Raging Bull and Intimidator bring up the rear when it comes to the U.S. B&M hypers.

I almost black out on those helixes and bunny hills. I also like the drop on Nitro better than Apollo.

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