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P. 443 - A Night at Busch Gardens' Christmas Celebration

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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

Before this thread derails off course into a COVID discussion, I’ll just keep it simple:  everyone should follow their state and local guidelines.  This isn’t something up for debate on TPR. Now

The fact they they continued to do it and are continuing to do it.  Businesses don't continue unprofitable operations.  Then again, it is SEAS, so I guess anything is possible LOL.

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^some of the general public is terrified of roller coasters with only lap bars. I know somebody who rode I305 and loved it but flat out refused to ride Fury 325 because of the restraints.

I can totally understand that, when I was younger and first started riding coasters the aspect of a lap bar being the only thing holding you in was terrifying, but once I got over that fear it was all about comfort, and I don't think you can get much more comfortable than B&M hype/giga trains

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I love people who defend the useless, cosmetic-only restraints by saying "well they've never HURT me!" Ok great, high bar there! My friend thought they loosened a tooth after the Tempesto buckle smacked them in the face during the first week of operation there.

 

"They don't hurt" isn't the point and it's a disingenuous point to try to make anyways. We know these rides operate safely without the straps (that for some reason now feature carabiners hanging in your face) so I don't get why people really feel a need to defend them, especially with the low bar of "if they don't injure me they must be fine."

 

I hope you're not talking about my comment where I said I was thankful they don't hurt me vs. defending their existence.

 

Either way, chill out. Tell your friend to wear a mouthpiece.

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Posted this on Reddit, but figured it'd be good to do here as well. Let me know if this should be somewhere else!

 

I will be attending Bassnectar's Basscenter XII event in Hampton, VA for Labor Day weekend (show is Saturday, August 31st + Sunday, September 1st). Many fans, including myself, were expecting it to be a three day event including Friday, August 30th, but as it did not (and I don't want to try and change my hotel reservation), I've started seriously considering going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg that day. Some questions I have:

 

>I figure I'll need Quick Queue, and I'm looking at either Unlimited ($55 for that day) or Unlimited Plus ($68, but also includes Invadr, Tempesto, and one ride on the new S&S Swing). Which would you recommend? Should I buy beforehand to avoid it selling out? Do Quick Queue lines merge before entering the station or do you have to use the exit ramp?

 

>My hotel in Hampton is 23min from the park, do you think it'll be easy enough to uber/lyft both ways? I'm not sure how late I'll stay into the evening if ride back opportunities are sparse towards park closing. There appears (on Google Maps) to be one small road connection from the entrance road to the exit road before the parking tolls that should allow the driver to turn around, will it be easy enough to let me hop out there quickly?

 

>Any coasters/rides that you have to ride with someone? I'll be traveling solo unless anyone wants to meet up from the few coaster groups I'm in on Facebook, and it'd be good to know if I need to find a single rider line for any of the coasters/major flats/log flume.

 

>How much do food/beer cost during Bier Fest? Any good restaurant recommendations?

 

I haven't ever been before (I'm traveling from CO), and this is probably the only time for quite a while that I'd be able to take this detour and visit BGW. Would love any advice/answers! Thanks to anyone that responds.

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>My hotel in Hampton is 23min from the park, do you think it'll be easy enough to uber/lyft both ways? I'm not sure how late I'll stay into the evening if ride back opportunities are sparse towards park closing. There appears (on Google Maps) to be one small road connection from the entrance road to the exit road before the parking tolls that should allow the driver to turn around, will it be easy enough to let me hop out there quickly?

 

I've never had trouble with Ubers at the park. Some of them will drop you off right at the main gate if that's what you want and what I normally ask is to be dropped off right outside the England parking lot. You can just walk through there and head to the entrance from there. It's probably the easiest spot especially if you're going to be there for the opening.

 

After a full day at the park I've never had a problem catching an Uber either and you can just stand outside the main gate and they will come in and get you. Prices are really quite cheap too from my experience.

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That's pretty cheap for QQ, probably because they don't have much demand. Tough call on that day's crowds as Sat will be slammed, but tues-Thur have historically been so slack that some parks (KD) have started closing those days. Depends on weather. Sat. and Sun. are blockout days for budget pass, which means avoid ( https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/blockout-dates/ ).

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One thing to note with QuickQueue is that it does force you into a specific row on some of the coasters (Apollo and Alpengeist at least from what I saw). Because of this, I've always gone without QuickQueue at this park.

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Planning for 3 days in Williamsburg in July. Original itinerary had us spending 2 of the 3 days at Busch Gardens. That said, is Water Country a worthwhile visit? And if so, is it a full day's worth of activity? Any other water parks that it is comparable to?

 

We did the Holiday World water park last summer, I was very impressed.

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Planning for 3 days in Williamsburg in July. Original itinerary had us spending 2 of the 3 days at Busch Gardens. That said, is Water Country a worthwhile visit? And if so, is it a full day's worth of activity? Any other water parks that it is comparable to?

 

We did the Holiday World water park last summer, I was very impressed.

 

They are opening their first water coaster this year: Cutback. Water Country is a very good water park (especially Aquazoid, Big Daddy Falls, and Hubba-Hubba Highway, a fast lazy river).

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What’s the deal with quick queue here? Do they assign rows? Tempesto and InvadR not on unlimited? We’re trying to get in and all of Virginia is here today.

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What’s the deal with quick queue here? Do they assign rows? Tempesto and InvadR not on unlimited? We’re trying to get in and all of Virginia is here today.

 

It's a mixed bag. They assign row 2 on Apollo's Chariot for Quick Queue, but on Alpengiest, QQ gets you into the station and you pick your own row. InvadR has an assigned row, too. They don't assign rows for Verbolten, Griffon, or Loch Ness Monster.

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What’s the deal with quick queue here? Do they assign rows? Tempesto and InvadR not on unlimited? We’re trying to get in and all of Virginia is here today.

 

It's a mixed bag. They assign row 2 on Apollo's Chariot for Quick Queue, but on Alpengiest, QQ gets you into the station and you pick your own row. InvadR has an assigned row, too. They don't assign rows for Verbolten, Griffon, or Loch Ness Monster.

I thought so. I don't remember them assigning rows on anything BUT Apollo. Emily only likes to ride in the front on inverted coasters, so that's one of the reasons I believe this is so. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

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^Yasss I'm going next weekend and I can't wait. This will be my first visit since about 2012 or 2013.

 

A few questions for you guys- I'm still kicking myself for not reserving Time Saver at Dollywood and they ran out. Does BGW ever really run out of Quick Queue? I've never seen this happen at the Tampa park, but you never know. Of course the website says "limited quantities", but just wanted to be sure.

 

Also, their sales website does not list Tempesto or Invadr as being available with Quick Queue, is this accurate? I'm kind of thinking Tempesto is the most likely candidate for a long wait given the capacity, is this the only "Laff Trak" of the park to worry about? Thanks!

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^^ They ran out at the place by the front gate by 11am yesterday. We thought we were absolutely screwed but for some reason the gift shop back by Griffin was happy to sell us unlimited Quick Queue even though the website and front gate said that they were sold out. That place was a life-saver.

 

InvadR and Tempesto were not included.

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Turned out to be a great day, so nice to be back. It really is the best park. Lochness might be a clunker (IMO) but there isn’t a turd in the entire lineup. And anyone that thinks the Sky Rocket IIs is dull are absolutely nuts. Go find a new hobby.

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^^ They ran out at the place by the front gate by 11am yesterday. We thought we were absolutely screwed but for some reason the gift shop back by Griffin was happy to sell us unlimited Quick Queue even though the website and front gate said that they were sold out. That place was a life-saver.

 

InvadR and Tempesto were not included.

How long were your waits with Quick Queue with them selling out?

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^ I know you asked Bill but since I was there I feel I'm qualified to answer. Our waits were not bad at all.

 

We rode Apollo a ton since they were dedicating rows 2 and 8 to QQ folks, so we were basically walking right on/reriding it immediately if there was no one waiting in the QQ line (you just go up the exit). With Alpengeist it dumps you into the station so if you're waiting for any row but the front its only gonna be 2-3 trains tops. Of course we waited for the front so it was an extra 20-30 minutes but so worth it. Griffon is basically the same deal as Alpengeist - dumps you into the station, but you still have to wait for the front (another 10-15 mins?). When we waited for the back it was maybe a 2-3 train wait.

 

Lochness merges in the queue just outside the station so we were on in 10 minutes. Verbolten dumps you into the station but the crew was atrocious on Saturday anytime we rode it so the station wait was more like 20-30 minutes just because of how slow they were (it was mindblowing that they have two full trains loading at once and the throughput was still as low as it was). But the standby line was up well over an hour, so we still saved some time.

 

Le Scoot we just walked right on to - again, up the exit. Right in a log. And jumped back in right after we got off one since no one was waiting w/ QQ. As Bill mentioned Tempesto and Invadr are not on the QQ so we hit Invadr first thing and Tempesto at the end of the night. Invadr was maybe 20-25 minutes with a decently filled queue around 11/11:30am but we saw it got up to two hours later. Tempesto we waited 5 minutes for row one on the last train of the night right at 10pm park close.

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We are visiting BGW in the first week of June (same week as we do Kings Dominion). It will be quite a nostalgia trip as this was the first US theme park I ever visited after moving to Canada (from the UK) over 10 years ago!. The reason why Apollo's Chariot ranks so highly in my list is it was my first ever B and M hyper and I just remember being blown away by the scenery and how smooth and fun the ride was. I am almost "scared" to go on it again as I don't want to ruin the memories from the past! Pretty sure it will still be great though!

I recall getting a kick out of the attempt at Irish accents in the show...a bit like me doing a US accent! I look forward to all the entertainment.

 

All the Quick Queue talk has convinced me that this is still the best way to go. I also wanted to ask...are the best beers still sold in the German beerhall area....or are there other places to go for "refreshment" also.

Is Tempesto a good evening ride.....or is better to do earlier in the day (both for capacity and scenery?).

 

Looking forward to our trip. My son is very excited that he gets to do TWO dive coasters this year...with Yukon Striker and Griffon on the list!

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First off, depending on weather/what day of the week you go, you may not need quick queue. BGW, IMO, is a wait and see decision for QQ. Apollo is still great, and it's still one of my favorites. Where else can you ride a hypercoaster over a river and through the woods? The brewhaus in the Festhaus has a ton of variety, including lots of microbrews. However, for some more "thematic" beers, the German food side of the festhaus has a Hofbrau from Germany that is fantastic. Also, the pub in Ireland has a good selection as well.

 

As for Tempesto and InvadR, they are really the only ones you need to worry about for capacity. Usually, the Italian section does not open with the park, so if I'm mainly concerned with hitting coasters early I like to walk around and hit InvadR first thing and then head to Italy for Tempesto.

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