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Halloween Harvest, or “Howl-o-Scream Lite.” Busch Gardens is sticking with its “reservations only/limited attendance” events with Halloween Harvest during October. This is sort of “Howl-o-Scream

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A Night at Busch Gardens' Christmas Celebration Busch Gardens Williamsburg is pushing on with its limited attendance/reservations-only events schedule with an abridged version of their extremely

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Not sure if anyone has seen/noticed this yet, but there is now a new pov video of InvadR up showing off where that second tunnel will be placed. (For those wondering the second tunnel mentioned in the ride description will be covering the first drop)

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^ Thanks for the video.

 

This looks like such a solid addition to BGW!! I love the tunnel on the top of the first drop, as well as the bottom of the first drop. . . Just makes you wonder, why they didn't just make the tunnel the entirety of the first drop. Not that it matters at all, just found myself wondering that when I watched the POV!

 

Anyway, I can't wait to make it back out to the park to give it a try! Sadly, I think my visit this year will come before the InvadR opens!

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^ Thanks for the video.

 

This looks like such a solid addition to BGW!! I love the tunnel on the top of the first drop, as well as the bottom of the first drop. . . Just makes you wonder, why they didn't just make the tunnel the entirety of the first drop. Not that it matters at all, just found myself wondering that when I watched the POV!

 

Anyway, I can't wait to make it back out to the park to give it a try! Sadly, I think my visit this year will come before the InvadR opens!

My guess as to why they didn't tunnel the whole first drop is they want you to be able to see the element where the track goes over the drop. Just my guess though. I'm excited for this coaster even though I don't think I'll make it back to BGW this year.

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Got an email from Busch Gardens to join the Brauhaus Stein Club for 2017. $99+ tax gets you 1 free draft and $5 drafts each time you visit.

Become a member of the Brauhaus Stein Club and receive a special edition stein today! Your stein will be carefully stored and displayed in the Brauhaus Craft Bier Room. Enjoy $5 refills in the Brauhaus, where you can choose from 30 different local craft and international beers. Stay tuned for Brewery Talks where will have a variety of local craft breweries come to show off their best brews in the Brauhaus. Guests may come to the park at their leisure to use their stein. Guests do NOT have to come opening day to receive their stein.

 

$99 seems steep to me, can't remember what the price was last year, but I do remember they offered 300 steins on passholder preview day and they were all claimed within the first couple of hours!

 

I did enjoy the Brauhaus several times during my visits last year. Great place to kick back, watch a ballgame, drink a brew while recharging my phone!

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Anyone know if you get to keep the stein at the end of the season? I believe you do but want to confirm.

 

Update: I called and did confirm you get to keep it at the end of the season.

 

Could you post the email where it mentions free refill each visit? Called them and they said different but, being that it's kind of new they may not know all the details yet.

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I just searched the thread apparently it was 40 bucks last year.

 

I purchased 2 platinum passes this year. I had originally thought you also got discounts for quick queue and the animal tours at all the other parks but apparently that doesn't seem to be the case. I just emailed them to confirm. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Anyone know if you get to keep the stein at the end of the season? I believe you do but want to confirm.

 

Update: I called and did confirm you get to keep it at the end of the season.

 

Could you post the email where it mentions free refill each visit? Called them and they said different but, being that it's kind of new they may not know all the details yet.

 

The wording in the original post led me to believe you get ONE free draft upon purchase and the $5 drafts from then on.

 

Got an email from Busch Gardens to join the Brauhaus Stein Club for 2017. $99+ tax gets you 1 free draft and $5 drafts each time you visit.

 

Otherwise wouldn't it say "$99+ tax gets you 1 free draft each time you visit and $5 drafts the rest of the day"?

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^Me too but haven't gotten the email myself yet sadly so was hoping to actually see it.

 

Either way, I've signed up as I loved this idea last year but wasn't able to partake in it. Now I'll have my own stein waiting for me everytime i visit the park! Yes the cost is a bit high but I feel it's a great value to be able to keep it at the end of the year!

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Doesn't mention here so it seems to be conflicting

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When do they allow you to take the Stein home? I'm about 5 hours away and I plan on coming for the Halloween event but might not be back after that.

 

I am not sure. The customer service rep just said at the end of the season.

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Probably heading down to BGW this fall for the first time in about 2 years. I say probably because we were supposed to go in 2016 but decided not to because of a hurricane. So out of curiosity, how is Tempesto? Is it really better than its clones at SFDK and Holiday Park?

 

And also out of curiosity, anyone else's favorite coaster Griffon?

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So out of curiosity, how is Tempesto?

 

I personally LOVE LOVE LOVE Tempesto. It's a great ride, and I can'tell wait to ride it again. The backwards launch is crazy powerful, and the slow roll at the top is at lot of fun. Not too mention the pop of air you get cresting the first hill on the front row!!

 

And also out of curiosity, anyone else's favorite coaster Griffon?

 

Favorite coaster ever?? No. Favorite coaster in the park?? By far. In fact, I enjoyed it so much my last visit I rode it 23 times! Now that was a great day!! Such a great ride!!

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Hard-Hat Tour of InvadR

 

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s first wooden coaster, InvadR, is supposed to open in April 2017, and so far, the ride is on schedule said David Cromwell, the park’s president, at the beginning of a hard-hat construction tour today (February 22). This is appropriate as the day InvadR was announced last year was Cromwell’s “first day” on the job, as well.

 

Besides being BGW’s first wooden coaster, InvadR will be unique in the way it interacts with not only the park’s natural landscape, but also the LeScoot Log Flume and the Busch Gardens Raliway, which it crosses four times. It’s also the second wood-tracked coaster with a steel structure to be designed by Great Coasters International. The steel structure should make it easier to maintain than an all-wood structure, thus ensuring that InvadR provides a smooth ride for years to come.

 

Here are the vital statistics.

 

Location is the park’s Fort New France village

74-foot initial drop

9 airtime hills

Max speed of 48 mph

2 tunnels

2 trains

46-inch height requirement

 

As for how much airtime those 9 hills will provide, it’s tough to say. The proof will be in the riding.

 

As many of you are aware, the Millennium Flyer trains used on Gwazi, the dueling wooden coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa, have been stripped down and rebuilt by the park’s technical staff (with help from GCI) and re-themed for InvadR. The trains will feature 8 cars instead of 12, which (according to GCI’s Adam House, who conducted the tour) will give the trains more “snap” as they crest the ride’s hills and whip into banked turns. Gwazi provided more than just trains to InvadR; for example, the steel rails in the ride station were also part of the Tampa coaster.

 

Here’s some more of the nitty gritty, for those of you into nails and concrete:

 

96,000 bolted connections

Over 10,000 pounds of nails (5.4 tons)

360,000 pounds (180 tons) of steel

10,000 cubic feet of lumber (not including building walls and roofs)

2,500 cubic yards of concrete

 

New coasters tend to “re-invigorate” the areas of the park that get them, and this is the first big new attraction for Fort New France in some time. The ride is themed to a “Viking invasion” of the village, and the ride’s entrance is a log fort complete with a stockade. Viking paraphernalia will be installed soon. Sound effects will also play a role at the beginning and end of the ride.

 

My thanks to Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s staff for being such gracious hosts. Let’s have a look at InvadR.

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We had to give us the ever-so-stylish hat and vest after the tour.

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InvadR towers over the Caribou Station in Fort New France.

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Some anxious guests have bought the merch and queued up early.

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Noted!

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Par president Paul Cromwell welcomes us to the tour of the first new ride under his watch.

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Looks like LeScoot has lost its snazzy new sign until InvadR is finished.

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Yes, the skyline of Fort New France is definitely changing for the better.

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Let's have a look at the station, shall we?

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This is for all you coaster geeks out there. You know who you are--and I know what you want!

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GCI's Adam House fills us in on InvadR. A number of the parts, other than just the trains, came from Gwazi, . . .

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. . . such as these rails.

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Here's the barn and transfer track.

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Looking back toward the station.

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Adam House explains the operation of the transfer track.

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Let's head deeper into the bowels of InvadR. (OK, that sounded a bit weird.)

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Here's a good look at the ride's steel structure.

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The view from railroad tracks, looking through Caribou Station.

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The "deep breath before the plunge," as Gandalf might say.

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An oh-so-sexy side view of the first drop.

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This ride isn't lacking that GCI "twistiness." The steepest banked turns are about 55 degrees.

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One of the "9 airtime hills."

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The circuit isn't quite complete yet, but they're getting close.

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This looks like a butt-out-of-the-seat moment.

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Looking from the RR tracks to InvadR's "Valley of Twistiness." I like how the coaster will interact with the train.

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The backside of InvadR. You're welcome.

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We arrived in time to see a new bent being put into place.

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Almost there. It is now part of the "Valley of Twistiness."

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Here's a view of the first drop you won't be able to get on opening day.

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And here's a bonus shot of Alpengeist testing.

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Here's another view of one of the ride's first tunnel. Should be a cool feature.

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One last look at the construction zone . . .

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. . . and at some guys doing actual construction. Thanks for reading, and be sure to head to Williamsburg to ride Invadr this year.

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