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

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^ Even Tampa isn't too much of an issue from a crowd perspective. Cheetah Hunt is the only ride with a consistently long line there. Sand Serpent, Cobra's Curse, Falcon's Fury, Scorpion, and SheiKra can all get up to a half hour, but that's not really bad for a park like Busch Gardens.

 

Might depend on when you go. I've seen it empty, and I've seen it very crowded. Cobra's Curse actually does usually have a line that's about as long as Cheetah Hunt in my observation. ShieKra gets some long lines too. Montu can easily get to an hour when its hella crowded. Scorpian usually has a long wait as it only has one train ops. And Kumba can get up to a half hour when it gets packed -- I think mainly because frustrated guests just want to get on something. Kumba (other than the wild mouse and the kiddie coaster) is usually the last coaster to get a line, and is usually a walk-on if they run two trains.

 

I think that the crowds will only get more robust as Tigris and Twisted Tigers go in. I personally think that BGT gets the longest lines for any park in Florida outside of Disney.

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I'm planning on visiting Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the first time sometime this year. Right now I'm thinking about going sometime during the week before Memorial Day (May 20-24). How busy does the park usually get on those days? I see the park is open 10am-6pm those days, is that enough time to ride everything/experience the whole park in one day?

 

We went last year in the middle of August and lines were fine, the only one that had any real wait was Invadr due to its lower capacity and being the "family" coaster draws in more people. Even Verbolten wasn't bad, for a front row seat I only waited maybe 20-30 minutes, and they were running four trains which helped. The only other ride to have a bad wait was Le Scoot due to the heat, but Pompeii was always short. I have also been in the early part of May and lines were non-existent.

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No one posting about the big intamin coming next year?

 

Seems like a whole lot of speculation to me.

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^&^^ Exactly. This is a slightly more professional site and we like to post about things that are more concrete or have been officially announced or aren't quite as much click bait.

 

At least there will be balance in Virginia with one Intamin launch removed and one put in!

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^&^^ Exactly. This is a slightly more professional site and we like to post about things that are more concrete or have been officially announced or aren't quite as much click bait.

 

At least there will be balance in Virginia with one Intamin launch removed and one put in!

 

Now if they could get a handle and some balance on the rampant racism in their state government.

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Is the park pretty crowded on the first weekend of the food and wine festival? Will Le Scoot be open this time of year?

 

This will probably be our last trip to BGW for quite a while and it's one of our favorites. It's our fourth visit in the past few years, but we've never been during an event. Will we benefit from getting Quick Queue, or are we talking a complete waste of money? Our max wait time before purchasing fast passes is usually 15-20 minutes.

 

Thanks.

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I am too because they're awesome rides. I honestly never expected them to sell another one of these after the Skyhawk incident.

 

is this one the same design/size as Skyhawk? (thought this was a smaller model)

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Steve here from Give Kids The World! Thank you so much for being such strong supporters of Coasting For Kids over the years! We are hosting our first event of the year at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with an incredible ERT schedule:

 

7:30am - Registration

8:00am - Reception with light refreshments

8:30am-10:00am - Exclusive Ride Time on Loch Ness Monster

9:00am-10:00am - Exclusive Ride Time on Griffon and Alpengeist

9:30am-10:00am - Exclusive Ride Time on Invadr

9:55am-10:00am - Exclusive First Ride on Verbolten

10:00am - All-day access to Busch Gardens Willamsburg

 

Theme Park Review (Team TPR) Link: http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?team_id=6867&pg=team&fr_id=1872

 

Look forward to meeting you all - I'll be at almost all 16 of them events this year - woohoo!

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I am coming to Busch Gardens on Sunday, June 16th. I am a newbie to this park, but I already know to go to Tempesto first. Any other tips would be greatly obliged, such as Quick Queue, and food options.

 

The areas (countries) don't all open at once. When we went, Festa Italia was the next to last area to open at 10:30 a.m, IIRC. So you'll want to check the schedule before you try to rush to Tempesto first. I'm pretty sure it was on the park map we picked up at the entrance.

 

We ate at the Trapper's Smokehouse in New France and the $16 sampler was enough for my daughter and I. In our limited experience on an overcast Wednesday in August, the only terrible lines were for Invadr and Verbolten. I stayed on Griffon for 7 laps at one point. We got so many coaster rides that we actually did the Skyride and the train just to take a break.

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Is the park pretty crowded on the first weekend of the food and wine festival? Will Le Scoot be open this time of year?

 

This will probably be our last trip to BGW for quite a while and it's one of our favorites. It's our fourth visit in the past few years, but we've never been during an event. Will we benefit from getting Quick Queue, or are we talking a complete waste of money? Our max wait time before purchasing fast passes is usually 15-20 minutes.

 

Will Le Scoot typically be open this time of year?

 

Thanks.

 

Can anyone help me out?

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I’m visiting Busch Gardens Tampa on March 23, opening weekend, for Coasting for Kids. How much crowds should I expect? What are some great things to do there besides the coaster creds (I’m shooting to ride the train and skyride because I love those things ). But I know as soon as I say this everyone will hate me, but I’m not going for Team TPR... I’m going for someone else

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Is the park pretty crowded on the first weekend of the food and wine festival? Will Le Scoot be open this time of year?

 

This will probably be our last trip to BGW for quite a while and it's one of our favorites. It's our fourth visit in the past few years, but we've never been during an event. Will we benefit from getting Quick Queue, or are we talking a complete waste of money? Our max wait time before purchasing fast passes is usually 15-20 minutes.

 

Will Le Scoot typically be open this time of year?

 

Thanks.

 

Can anyone help me out?

 

We have gone the last couple years in early June and we have never had any issues with the crowd. I feel like Le Scoot is hit or miss on being open. The food and wine festival itself is fantastic. The booths do not open until noon so you have time to rope-drop the park and do a lap hitting all of the coasters then transition into Eat-and-drink-so-much-that-you-can't-see-straight mode. So long as you get your Tempesto and InvadR rides in early, I would not give quick queue a thought at all. Enjoy yourself, though it's hard not to at BGW, and this event makes the park that much better IMO.

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