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I'm making my first trip down to BGW on the 16th of June. We're figuring it's early season so the crowds won't be too bad. Can anybody comment on average queue length? We're planning on driving down early morning, spending the whole day there open to close, then driving back the same day (10 hours(!!!) of driving total) so if lines are bad we'll probably spring for quick queue.

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Now I'm even more excited about going on June 11th! The Food and Wine Festival is a big plus for me since I love trying different foods. (Most likely going to get that pass for 35 dollars).

 

I haven't been to the park since BBW's last year so excited for the few credits I need!

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I'm making my first trip down to BGW on the 16th of June. We're figuring it's early season so the crowds won't be too bad. Can anybody comment on average queue length? We're planning on driving down early morning, spending the whole day there open to close, then driving back the same day (10 hours(!!!) of driving total) so if lines are bad we'll probably spring for quick queue.

 

I haven't been to the park in June, so I can't say anything about that. However, if you're going to do QuickQueue, do the QuickQueue Unlimited. The regular QuickQueue only lets you skip to the front of the line once for each ride that has QuickQueue.

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I'm making my first trip down to BGW on the 16th of June. We're figuring it's early season so the crowds won't be too bad. Can anybody comment on average queue length? We're planning on driving down early morning, spending the whole day there open to close, then driving back the same day (10 hours(!!!) of driving total) so if lines are bad we'll probably spring for quick queue.

 

I haven't been to the park in June, so I can't say anything about that. However, if you're going to do QuickQueue, do the QuickQueue Unlimited. The regular QuickQueue only lets you skip to the front of the line once for each ride that has QuickQueue.

 

We were only planning on getting it if the park is slammed. Sounds like quickqueue unlimited is the better deal if you're planning on hitting anything more than once.

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Last minute and we plan to visit Busch Gardens early in the morning as its a 3 hour drive. They are closed and Id like to see if anyone here had a similar issue. Back in March I purchased fun passes for several family members. Here it is June and two members expressly do not wish to go. I have the pass printed with the barcode and never used. Will BG transfer the pass to another family member like Kings Dominion? Id hate to drive all the way up there and they wont take the passes. Thanks

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I'm making my first trip down to BGW on the 16th of June. We're figuring it's early season so the crowds won't be too bad. Can anybody comment on average queue length? We're planning on driving down early morning, spending the whole day there open to close, then driving back the same day (10 hours(!!!) of driving total) so if lines are bad we'll probably spring for quick queue.

 

Crowds will be light to moderate since you'll be going on a weekday. And next week is the last week of school for area public schools so the park won't be too crowded with locals. The longest I've waited for rides around this time is ~10-15 minutes for Alpengeist. Griffon, AC and Bolt were all 5-10 minute wait times on average and much less towards the end of the day. If you can arrive by opening, go ride Tempesto first and get that out of the way since that has the worst capacity of all the major coasters.

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I'm making my first trip down to BGW on the 16th of June. We're figuring it's early season so the crowds won't be too bad. Can anybody comment on average queue length? We're planning on driving down early morning, spending the whole day there open to close, then driving back the same day (10 hours(!!!) of driving total) so if lines are bad we'll probably spring for quick queue.

 

Crowds will be light to moderate since you'll be going on a weekday. And next week is the last week of school for area public schools so the park won't be too crowded with locals. The longest I've waited for rides around this time is ~10-15 minutes for Alpengeist. Griffon, AC and Bolt were all 5-10 minute wait times on average and much less towards the end of the day. If you can arrive by opening, go ride Tempesto first and get that out of the way since that has the worst capacity of all the major coasters.

 

Thanks for the insight! I'm totally unfamiliar with this park, haven't even looked at a map yet. What's the best way to hit everything? You said start with Tempesto and I know it's pretty much right next to AC, so we'd probably hit AC immediately after. From there, what's the best way to go around the park?

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You said start with Tempesto and I know it's pretty much right next to AC, so we'd probably hit AC immediately after. From there, what's the best way to go around the park?

 

If you're trying to knock all of the coasters out right away, you can head to Oktoberfest after riding AC and hit up Bolt, and from Oktoberfest you can hit up Alpengeist in Germany and Griffon in France. After Griffon, you can either walk back to the front of the park to ride Nessie or catch the train in New France, which is a short walk from Griffon. The train will drop you off near Nessie's entrance.

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You said start with Tempesto and I know it's pretty much right next to AC, so we'd probably hit AC immediately after. From there, what's the best way to go around the park?

 

If you're trying to knock all of the coasters out right away, you can head to Oktoberfest after riding AC and hit up Bolt, and from Oktoberfest you can hit up Alpengeist in Germany and Griffon in France. After Griffon, you can either walk back to the front of the park to ride Nessie or catch the train in New France, which is a short walk from Griffon. The train will drop you off near Nessie's entrance.

I would hit Nessie first so that it doesn't feel outdone by the other rides. Nessie has some very good forces and a batsh!t awesome first drop.

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LNM is a great legacy to Arrow, we are all thankful that it is still around delivering great rides....Hopefully for many more years to come.

 

Everyone knows there has been a purge of Arrow coasters the past couple years so I like to savor all we have left

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Was at the park the last two consecutive Saturday's for the Food and Wine Fest, I cannot say enough good things about this event. I wish I could have tried everything, but even over 2 Saturday's it was almost impossible. I will guess and say that I tried over 1/2 of all the offerings. I feel that Epcot's Food and Wine is still better, but BG is catching up fast.

 

My two food favorites by far were : Sonoran Spice Pork in the American Southwest, and Bananas Foster Cheesecake in the French Quarter.

 

Rode most everything, Verbolten is getting rough or I'm getting old.

 

Noticed a TON of land clearing, not on the Invadr site but over by Drachen Fire (Festhaus Park) The concrete pad that sat between the station and the maintenance building is completely gone and has been pushed toward the back side of Verbolten. All the land between the Drachen Fire and Verbolten has been stripped.

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I was at the park this Saturday and the Food and Wine Festival was amazing! My favorite food was the Dumpling from Asia. The day started off great with only a 20 minute wait for Tempesto which was a great ride. We tried a bunch of food and rode a few other rides.

 

We THEN headed over to Verbolten and did a huge mistake by putting both cellphones in my pocket. As a coaster crazy person, this was me being an complete idiot. BOTH phones were gone once the ride stopped but long story shot, they found them and are being shipped back to us. I had no idea that ride was that crazy and the person in lost & found said that ride has the most lost items/phones. The park was very helpful but I know we are facebook post somewhere about two stupid people who both lost their cellphones

 

Anyway the park was amazing as I hadn't been there since 2011 when I rode BBW!

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I was at the park this Saturday and the Food and Wine Festival was amazing! My favorite food was the Dumpling from Asia.

 

 

Two other people told me the dumpling was their favorite also. I think I tried it late in the day on Saturday and the dumpling had been in the steamer for a while, it was very rubber-ey. Still good though. Glad they found your phone.

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^Most rides will run in the rain, unless there's lightning in the area. High winds will close the Skyride. It all depends on how strong the storm is.

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I am heading to the park for my first ever visit on Tuesday and Wednesday. Any pointers? I'm certainly going to hit all of the coasters but are there any 'can't miss' flats?

 

Don't miss Escape from Pompeii (you barely get wet on it and the effects are amazing) or Curse of Dark Kastle.

Of course I love Le Scoot and the Sky Ride too but that's a personal preference. It's a very unique Sky Ride though as it's a triangle with 3 stations.

 

Also, ride the back row of Apollo. Not one from the back, the back. You get awesome airtime on the first drop in that seat thanks to the B&M pre-drop.

 

Europe in the Air sucks. You've been warned. Also, I highly recommend the Predator show over by the wolves. The birds are pretty cool and hearing the wolves howl is awesome. Plus they're pretty damn cute even though they'd happily rip your face off.

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After our visit yesterday, all I have to say is "WOW."

 

This park completely blew me away, some of the best staff outside of Knoebels, not a single bad coaster in the lineup, operations were amazing, the food was incredible, if I had to pick something to complain about it'd either have to be the layout of the park (It's absolutely awful! Never been lost in a park until yesterday, even with a map we still got lost at least three times) or the amount of food they give you in Festhaus. Felt like such a waste to buy a 25 dollar platter and only eat about 1/4th of it.

 

Tempesto was probably the biggest surprise of the day, decently forceful, lots of very surprising airtime, and an overall fun ride. Griffon (my first dive coaster) wasn't nearly as intense as I was expecting, it was still a ton of fun, I just figured it would be more forceful and/or terrifying to ride. Loch Ness Monster is by miles the best arrow I've ever been on, that first drop in the back row really is surprising. Apollos Chariot has dethroned Nitro as my favorite B&M Hyper. Alpengeist was pretty good, but it was somewhat rattly, and the transitions into the entry of the cobra and into the mid course brake run threw me around in some pretty bad ways, kinda detracted from the ride a bit. Verbolten was shockingly forceful and a very fun ride.

 

Other than the layout of the park I really can't complain about anything. It seems like BGW really is doing everything right, I can't wait to go back.

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After our visit yesterday, all I have to say is "WOW."

 

This park completely blew me away, some of the best staff outside of Knoebels, not a single bad coaster in the lineup, operations were amazing, the food was incredible, if I had to pick something to complain about it'd either have to be the layout of the park (It's absolutely awful! Never been lost in a park until yesterday, even with a map we still got lost at least three times) or the amount of food they give you in Festhaus. Felt like such a waste to buy a 25 dollar platter and only eat about 1/4th of it.

 

Tempesto was probably the biggest surprise of the day, decently forceful, lots of very surprising airtime, and an overall fun ride. Griffon (my first dive coaster) wasn't nearly as intense as I was expecting, it was still a ton of fun, I just figured it would be more forceful and/or terrifying to ride. Loch Ness Monster is by miles the best arrow I've ever been on, that first drop in the back row really is surprising. Apollos Chariot has dethroned Nitro as my favorite B&M Hyper. Alpengeist was pretty good, but it was somewhat rattly, and the transitions into the entry of the cobra and into the mid course brake run threw me around in some pretty bad ways, kinda detracted from the ride a bit. Verbolten was shockingly forceful and a very fun ride.

 

Other than the layout of the park I really can't complain about anything. It seems like BGW really is doing everything right, I can't wait to go back.

 

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