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P. 455: Opening night of Howl-o-Scream!

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Is it possible to get that huge truck and tree into the hilly ride area (especially the inside of the track) after construction is finished?

Are we really debating the logistics of planting a tree at Busch Gardens?

 

It's official - We have run out of things to discuss on the internet.

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Is it possible to get that huge truck and tree into the hilly ride area (especially the inside of the track) after construction is finished?

Are we really debating the logistics of planting a tree at Busch Gardens?

 

It's official - We have run out of things to discuss on the internet.

 

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"Well guys, InvadR's opening day is done. The discussion died down."

 

"...so now what do we talk about?"

 

"Gardening?"

 

"Sure, okay."

We need fully grown trees with full foliage interspersed with the brand new roller coaster now! Blah!

 

Calm down people, it's Busch Gardens, if there is any park that is going to make sure they have trees where trees belong it's Busch Gardens.

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Is it possible to get that huge truck and tree into the hilly ride area (especially the inside of the track) after construction is finished?

Are we really debating the logistics of planting a tree at Busch Gardens?

 

It's official - We have run out of things to discuss on the internet.

 

 

We now interrupt this thread for a video of a cat being a jerk.

 

 

Thank you. We now return you to the BGW thread, which is already in progress.

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I've really been enjoying the backseat POV's of this thing. Cannot wait to try it. Doesn't look insane, just pure woodie fun.

This year, I took advantage of the two-park Fun Card/Silver Pass sale and visited BGW for a couple of hours today. I arrived around 2. By then, they were letting people park for free in the overflow Scotland/Bavaria lot by the brewery. Around 3, they closed the gates for capacity. Nevertheless, I rode InvadR after waiting in an hour-and-a-half line...

Beyond the short ride duration (1 minute), everything else about the ride is fantastic - the intensity, the restraints, the theming, the smoothness, the ejector airtime - it's all there.

8.5/10 - go and ride now, but avoid being a fool like me. Ride first thing in the morning to avoid the numerous queue switchbacks.

 

(Sidenote: does anyone else appreciate the flatscreen in the corner of the station that shows ride capacity stats and a live dispatch countdown? Maybe it's just me...)

Now for some airtime smilies to provide a pictorial description of the InvadR experience:

(Second sidenote: Robb, I look forward to the next "We Are On a Log Flume" rendition involving simultaneous TPR teams on Le Scoot and InvadR. Gotta make use of the interactive rides. )

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(Second sidenote: Robb, I look forward to the next "We Are On a Log Flume" rendition involving simultaneous TPR teams on Le Scoot and InvadR.

Unfortunately it might be a while. At the moment BGW doesn't look to be in the cards for our 2017 or 2018 trips, but we do need to get back there since the last time we visited was the opening year for Verbolten.

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I know that there are issues for Howl-O-Scream and their holiday event, but does BGW ever hit capacity during "Spring Break" around this time?

 

Side note - we had a coaster insiders tour booked for Saturday and they called to say there was a mechanical issue with Griffon's lift sidecar. Kind of stinks - but still looking forward to the tour (they also said you'd get a one-time entry pass for InvadR which will definitely help.

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I know that there are issues for Howl-O-Scream and their holiday event, but does BGW ever hit capacity during "Spring Break" around this time?

It's spring break for many of the local schools....then there's this new coaster too bringing in even more people.

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^ The "thrilling" guess of mine is to add to the excitement and anticipation.

 

My actual guess would be to allow better cycling time between the blocks. I know back when I worked on BBW, we actually had to be careful not to send the train out too early, because the computer would let us dispatch as soon as the train cleared lift 1, but if we sent another out right away, when the next train behind came along it wouldn't be timed right and we'd get a setup to stop a block intrusion. Computer technology has come a long way since 1984 and it's been many years since I worked a coaster, but I'd be willing to be they want the lift going slow enough so that if they send out another train as soon as the block is clear, the one in front has enough time to complete the course without the new train getting stopped. Just a guess!

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but I'd be willing to be they want the lift going slow enough so that if they send out another train as soon as the block is clear, the one in front has enough time to complete the course without the new train getting stopped. Just a guess!

 

Based on the POV, it looks like Invadr has two full blocks (stopping points) behind the station, so even if train 2 never makes it into the station, train 1 should have no problem completing the circuit and stopping on the brake run.

 

I'd lean more toward a slower lift being theoretically "quieter" (given the ride's proximity to residential areas) and also because the ride's so short this makes it seem longer or spend less time on the brake run as others have mentioned.

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Had a great visit to BGW on Saturday.

 

We did the Coaster Insiders Tour - and I was a bit bummed when I got a phone call last week that Griffon's side car would not be in operation for the tour - but we still proceeded to keep our reservation as an "observer" (and got a $25 refund per person) - I'm so glad we did.

 

We arrived around 8:15 to the Toll Plaza - and were not quite sure where to go as they said that is where we would meet to check-in. The confusion may have been caused by the number of cars that were already at the Toll Plaza (which meant it would be a busy day)!

 

Once we finally got through, we headed over to the England parking lot (which was great to get the "preferred" upgrade) and checked in with the group.

 

The tour has two guides - one that is mainly in charge of taking photos of the group, but both were knowledgable about the park and provided insight throughout the tour.

 

We started with going to the maintenance bay of Lochness - which was cool to see the "underground" transfer area where they work on the trains. They have a leftover train from Python at BGT that they use for spare parts.

 

After that, we walked down the gravel path to Griffon and to the maintenance bay here as well. Seeing the underside of a train was really cool - they are absolutely massive. We learned about the anti-rollbacks and more about polyurethane than was necessary, but interesting none-the-less.

 

After we exited the maintenance bay, it was time to ride Griffon. We were put on row 1 for our ride - and just as we were starting up the lift hill, we slowed and then stopped - with a loud clank as the anti-rollback hit. Having just learned about the entire process, it was rather comical when one of the tour guides yelled out "That was the anti-rollback!" from the dock.

 

We were back up and running in about 5 minutes. They let us on for a second ride after they cycled a few trains.

 

After Griffon, we headed over to Alpengeist, which was down unfortunately, but still got to tour the maintenance bay and see a "demo" of the locking mechanism for the restrains and how magnets slow the train down (it was cool to try and push a brake fin through the magnet).

 

Since we couldn't ride, we then headed over to Verbolten. We started out this time riding twice (they didn't want to ruin the "surprise" for those that had not been on the ride). After we rode, they took us up to the operators booth above the station. It was cool to see the cameras in the show house - as they are infrared since it is so dark in the building (the people looked like cartoons on the train).

 

They then took us over to what was IMO the best part of the tour - going in the show house while the ride was operating. We got to see the four different versions of the show and see trains screaming past us (or trying to see at least). We then got to walk up to the second launch area where the train goes up to the "bridge" before the final drop by the river.

 

After this, they took us over to Apollo's Chariot for two rides, then back over to Lochness for our two final rides on the tour.

 

After the tour was over, they gave us a Quick-Queue for Tempesto and a pass to go on Alpengeist later since it was down.

 

They will be sending a CD of the photos they took on the tour as well - which should be interesting.

 

If you're any sort of enthusiast, I HIGHLY recommend this tour. The "observer" price is only $50 - and you essentially are guaranteed at least two rides on most of the coasters and some really neat views of the park that most guests do not get to see. The tour lasted about 4 hours total (they stopped for snack breaks too).

 

InvadR was not a part of the tour (yet) - but we did luck out by hitting the line right after some downtime and got on within 25 minutes. The coaster is a really fun GCI - not the greatest, but really enjoyable. I still don't understand why BGW would put in a low-capacity ride like this with such short trains. But then again, they also put in Tempesto.

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I was at the park yesterday, this was my second visit and my first time with a Busch Gardens platinum pass. I really enjoy everything about this park. One thing I found odd especially cause I was just at 4 other parks in their chain in the last month(Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, adventure Island, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando) was that they weren't using metal detectors to get into the park. I just simply walked straight in cause they were only checking bags. I just found it strange since the other 4 I went to all made everyone go through a metal detector.

 

Wait times weren't so bad yesterday, I expected to wait for Invdr and ended up waiting about 80 mins. I really enjoyed the ride but I wouldn't wait that long again for it. My only complaint is that the overflow line queue really needs some shade. I enjoy Verbolten so much, might be my favorite ride in the park. I can't wait to get back down there for the food and wine festival.

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