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

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Now if you could get a one time line skip for ALL of the roller coasters for $25, that would be a great deal. But $25 for just one coaster, absolutely not!

 

This isn't unusual for BGW to do this for a new coaster. They offered a "one-off" Quick Queue for Verbolten during its first season, too. That being said, I wouldn't pay $25 for the privilege.

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I wouldn't pay that much either. I rode once and really enjoyed it but not enough to pay.

 

On a side note, I was frustrated with the queue design. On the day we visited it was typical Virginia weather and the heat & humidity was crazy. There wasn't much airflow in parts of the queue and we were drenched. Lol

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I went to this park for the first time on 7/23 with a long time ACN friend of 15 years. We finally met irl and had a blast at BGW and Carowinds! Overall we had a great time at the park, lines were pretty much walk on with the exception of the log and rapid rides. Food was great, atmosphere & employees were perfect and the scenery was beautiful! Great Park but I think I liked Tampa better.

 

Quick Review

Alpen 2x- Took me 20 years but I finally got to ride this massive thing. It was a solid ride but not my favorite Invert. Some of the transitions are crazy. (Cobra Roll and Entrance to break run) but still a dope coaster, I like it better in the back seat rather the front.

Griffon 3x- My Second Dive, loved it, better than Sherika!

Tempesto 1x - such fun compact ride, considering I grew up on Mr. Freeze at SFOT, it reminded me so much of it. Those OTSR rubber band straps gotta go though.

Apollo 2x - I loved it so much, reminded me of Nitro. Loved the entrance into the helix, and the uphill ascent into the last bunny hill.

Loch Ness 1x- A lot smoother than I thought it was going to be and the indoor helix, had no clue about it! Keep this thing forever!

Verbolten 2x - OMG such a great ride full of unique elements. Only thing I disliked was the super tight turns back into the station after the drop. But The way I screamed on the drop track!

Invadr- 1x. Solid new addition, gave me RMC feelz and I loved the theming in the station! Airtime machine!

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Well that's certainly interesting. It's hard to see them adding a large coaster right after building Invadr, and they already have Mach Tower so I doubt it's a drop tower. Maybe some sort of large swing ride like a Star Flyer?

 

I'm certainly curious to see what comes of this.

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Clearly must only be decorative, because not only are there aircraft hazard lights on BGW attractions (for obvious reasons), but a coaster without lift lights would be super unsafe during a night evac!

 

I checked a few (terribly shot) night POVs of the coasters in this park and it does appear that the lift lights remain off during normal nighttime operation on all of their coasters. They have them obviously, they just don't seen to turn them on unless they need to climb the stairs or perform an evac.

 

The only coaster that seems to have any lights at all is Loch Ness Monster. The loops are illuminated, but they're down in a valley and can't be seen from outside the park.

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I remember someone posting here a few months ago about seeing the balloon while they were at BGW. Since they have three years to build it, more than likely it would be a new attraction in 2019. May not be a new coaster, though. Could we see a clone of Falcon's Fury, @ BGW?

 

Correction: they have 36 months to start construction after approval is granted. And as for the park adding an Intamin SkyJump, the park already has a drop tower in Mach Tower. My guess remains it will be a Starflyer-type attraction, though I'm upset that it would likely lack a light package.

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One of the local papers is reporting that the new attraction will be a roller coaster.

 

Virginian-Pilot: "Busch Gardens Wants to Build the Tallest Roller Coaster in Virginia"

 

The location appears to be behind Italy. The name "Madrid" is mentioned, so perhaps a new country, as well.

 

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^The other local papers are still referring to this ride as a "315-foot attraction"--nothing specific. Maybe the Pilot read the planning documents more thoroughly or had an inside source.

 

I've posted this for discussion, and while it sounds promising, I wouldn't take it as a "done deal."

 

As for your giga question, why not build one, Kings Dominion or not?

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^The other local papers are still referring to this ride as a "315-foot attraction"--nothing specific. Maybe the Pilot read the planning documents more thoroughly or had an inside source.

 

I've posted this for discussion, and while it sounds promising, I wouldn't take it as a "done deal."

 

As for your giga question, why not build one, Kings Dominion or not?

 

I was just thinking it would be harder to market, but then realized it may not be so hard after all if they're going to advertise it as bigger and badder than I305. Like you said right now it is all here-say. If it ends up being a giga who the hell knows it could be something we have never seen on a giga before.

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^ Wow, I never thought I'd see the day where BGW would go for a coaster so large in height. This is an interesting development.

 

Also would they go for a giga coaster when KD already has one only an hour and change away?

 

To compete with competition? Giga's make such a powerful statement for any park.

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Wow I wouldn't have guessed a coaster for this with Invadr and Tempesto so recently. Let's just cross our fingers its an Intamin and not a B&M!

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To compete with competition? Busch has always competed with KD in different ways than just building the most extreme ride. They've always tended to offer unique more immersive experiences.

 

Well, the name "Madrid" suggests that a new country may be coming to the park. Time will tell.

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I was just thinking it would be harder to market, but then realized it may not be so hard after all if they're going to advertise it as bigger and badder than I305.

 

Bigger? Sure.

 

Badder? Not in a million years. I305 is easily in the top three most intense coasters on the planet (#1 being Karnan imho). Knowing Busch's manufacturer relationships this will more than likely be a Beemer snooze fest.

 

Edit - And before anyone goes off on an "lol but why two beemer hypers," just look at Carowinds. Now shush.

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