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P. 453 - Bierfest begins July 30th

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CFC- Thanks for the pictures. Looks like a day well spent.

 

Trevor Hamilton- Griffon is a favorite. Love the view over the river after the lift hill. Front row hang is just right. Last 4th of July (Lee Greenwood!) we had no lines and I gave in before the ride did. I rode four times, my 12 year-old went another two, did another together, and she went another three. It's a proud poppa moment when your daughter says, "I'm done eating. Can I get another ride on Griffon while you finish, meet you there? Can I ride again since mom and sister are in restroom? After Loch Ness Monster can I hit Griffon one more time?"

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Awesome report Chuck! I love all the stuff that's "going on" on the first drop. You have the tunnel on the drop, then there's another piece of track crossing over and then there's another tunnel. Should provide plenty of headchoppers and add a lot to the sensation of speed on the ride.

 

Ha! Love the fake Viking Beard!

 

I'm disappointed we didn't get to see any pictures of Chuck wearing it...

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This ride is looking fantastic. I just watched a video of the hard hat tour also and it is looking great. I know I'm not making it to BGW this year which stinks but I look forward to hearing how everyone says it rides.

I love getting to see all the progress on the coasters as they go up. I look forward to seeing how the scenery is when they are all done.

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Man this thing is looking great. I love when "small" coasters look like they'll pack a punch. I hope the structure itself does a fine job of making the place look good with all the trees gone, but if I know BGW, in 3-5 years, the landscaping there will look fantastic! Just look at how bland the Griffon area looked opening year compared to the last few seasons once the new foliage had time to grow in a bit!

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Great update!

 

New France might actually be my favorite area of the park, so between this and the Le Scoot refurbishment I'm thrilled to see that part of the park getting so much love lately (without compromising the overall feel of the area).

 

It is obvious it is your favorite as that is where the log flume lives

 

Chuck, thanks for the update! This looks like it will be a lot of fun and definitely changes the look and feel of the area!

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It is obvious it is your favorite as that is where the log flume lives

 

This is totally true, but once I'm fully immersed in BGW and have a nice buzzed worked up I absolutely love sitting in the shade, having a drink and watching Griffon and Alpengeist go by while I gorge myself on a Trappers sampler platter. I don't even mind that this involves listening to the same 2 Gordon Lightfoot and Alan Mills songs on loop, indefinitely, forever. It works... I'm cool with it.

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Thanks for sharing, Chuck!

 

Michael's son and two grandkids from Virginia were up last weekend visiting him at the hospital and we were talking about InvadR. Both of the kids were stoked for it, which is cool considering his grandson is at an age where the bigger coasters like Apollo, Griffon and Alpengeist intimidate him.

 

I believe the only coaster that he has ridden during multiple visits has been Verbolten - and he has even backed out of that a couple of times. I have a feeling that he will enjoy this one once he rides it.

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Great photos, Chuck! Well done, mate. The detailed update is appreciated. Height not withstanding, InvadR is shaping up to be the perfect transition for emerging "tweens", not quite ready for "FULL ON" excitement of Alpengeist or Griffen.

 

Although, having said that, the burning question I have is will Busch Gardens Tampa be receiving a similar treatment or will they decide to kick it up a notch by adding a customised original, RMC creation, think Wildfire at Kolmården, but will perhaps feature RMC's firs vertical loop on a woodie... Wishful thinking, I concur. Although, having said that, it could happen. That is if they are fortunate enough to receive a new wooden coaster, which hopefully they are.

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Is there an exact opening date yet? I plan on being there April 20. Also why are they testing Alpengeist in February?? Weird...

 

All they said was "April." Rather cagey of them, eh?

 

As for Alpengeist, the park opens in late March, so testing it now makes sense.

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My mind is blown that anyone can pick just one single favorite place at BGW. I wouldn't want to make myself do it!

I can't do it. The whole park is so well done. It feels impossible to just pick one spot.

I'm trying to think of just one right now and my mind is bouncing to so many different countries in the park and all of them are great in their own way.

Happy for the ones who can pick, but I can not.

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