Jump to content
  TPR Home | Parks | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Instagram 

Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

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

Recommended Posts

  • Replies 11.1k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

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

A Night at Busch Gardens' Christmas Celebration Busch Gardens Williamsburg is pushing on with its limited attendance/reservations-only events schedule with an abridged version of their extremely

Posted Images

Folks at SFoG was using long tongs to hand out candy last week. These slides or chutes look more fun.
That's such a Six Flags thing to do, lol.

 

In the words of Sisqó...

 

366b0b48f70d65d23a87f748ecaea490.jpg

 

Those tong-to-tongs-tongs-tongs.

 

This is the stuff the world needs today

 

(how did this end up in the BGW thread? The world may never know.)

Link to post
Share on other sites
"Contactless trick-or-treating"

 

Oh God... Is that another new COVID term?

 

I really hope they're just throwing candy at children!

 

I think they should launch the candy across the park with a catapult from InvadR--Halloween done Viking style! They could call it the "candypult."

 

THIS. All of this!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

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 Lite,” with kid-friendly activities during the daytime session (11:00 am-3:00 pm) and slightly scarier stuff in the evening (5:00-9:00 pm).

During the day, the park offers “contactless trick-or-treating” and a scavenger hunt, in addition to a selection of rides, such as Apollo’s Chariot, Tempesto, and the attractions in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun. But in the evening, monsters also take over Festa Italia! It’s a rather motley crew, too, representing Howl-o-Screams past--for example, Jack the Ripper, fiendish clowns and ringmasters, and a reaper or two. (They were pretty active, particularly as you crossed the bridge into Festa Italia.) There are no mazes.

The food selection isn’t as strong as during “A Taste of Busch Gardens” last month, but Marco Polo’s Marketplace is open, and you can get the same German meatballs they serve up at the Brauhaus at the Vesuvius Grill across from Escape from Pompeii. France, Fort New France, and part of Oktoberfest are closed, though (but you can ride Verbolten). And, yes, Jello-shooter syringes and other Halloween cocktails are available.

Halloween Harvest has proven popular, so the park has added extra days (Wednesday-Sunday).  Who wants to join for "Howl-o-Scream Lite"? Maybe we can seek a peek at Pantheon while we're at it.

 

001.thumb.jpg.e252b5b057bf44a8fe91558460181456.jpg

This photo perfectly illustrates visiting parks during the pandemic. Wear your masks, people!

 

002.thumb.jpg.e9a59011f1c4d9ea631866c38ce3f8d5.jpg

No Ripper Row in England this year.

 

003.thumb.jpg.c2542fb012f8a379ca2d3d02d86e0319.jpg

Here’s where you can go. No France or New France for you!

 

004.thumb.jpg.3816afb5ddd246335fb280985459b64b.jpg

The horror . . . the horror . . .

 

004a.thumb.jpg.d4a64f4de9121e67449939e21c72302d.jpg

If you want a nice snack, I recommend the German meatballs at the Vesuvius Grill. If you want some good beer, go to Grogan’s in Ireland.

005.thumb.jpg.4b31fdfbfa6ac38fcea3857da7bd5aa7.jpg

Spookiness level increasing.

006.thumb.jpg.a4fb85db0072fd3233108c4666891234.jpg

“So, I ain’t scary enough for you in broad daylight, eh? Well, come back later.”

007.thumb.jpg.9cef4787c129ff7ddef5cf62bff692ab.jpg

Who wants a look at Pantheon?

008.thumb.jpg.d4671fc2ba516a641cc0646c64a5a8d8.jpg

Those who would gaze upon Pantheon . . .

009.thumb.jpg.07945f30dbbc2304e50d5722ca0c43df.jpg

. . . must get past these fiends . . . why, hello.

010.thumb.jpg.c98f83107a98f6987ee148ef93800bfc.jpg

Behold the “Most Anticipated Attraction of 2020, er, 2021”!

011.thumb.jpg.021862e7e7ece95b35424374f6c76638.jpg

The bridge spans the Festa Italia Train Station.

012.thumb.jpg.491c52c7e59ca7d64f5634daa5f5c353.jpg

The steps to Mt. Olympus!

013.thumb.jpg.47739df409f66c99a4e5df8d8865a667.jpg

Even the gods must comply with the ADA.

014.thumb.jpg.51249277658cbc43508b35da3076d41e.jpg

Here’s a look at the station. Not sure if it’s “finished” yet.

015.thumb.jpg.cb3f58ee4eb4557bb837d1d7e8f547da.jpg

Sigh! I hope we'll get to experience that Intamin airtime next spring.

016.thumb.jpg.4db10657ec52f944db35290111a314ab.jpg

I’m not sure what this little structure is, but it appears that something has yet to be installed. Maybe lockers?

017.thumb.jpg.bf4ce779f39997f8b740255490814759.jpg

Well, at least we can ride Tempesto--in every other row. I didn’t notice any such restrictions on Apollo’s Chariot, but they were using a grouper (you couldn’t just queue for any row you wanted). They did this for Griffon and InvadR last month, too. The lines moved pretty well for Tempesto, Apollo's Chariot, and Verbolten that night.

018.thumb.jpg.aa5c97bb8249b307dd31541063cd4f9e.jpg

Why is that Victorian-era prostitute giving me such a dirty look?

019.thumb.jpg.2762825ac3db416d468c6d207db57768.jpg

The Headless Hearseman is in Italy this year (he’s usually in England). Gaze upon him while you eat a sloppy Italian dinner with lots of red sauce sauce for that Halloween feel.

020.thumb.jpg.7c0c0fe72bc7f895281d9aac0a1e83a7.jpg

The weather was perfect that evening.

021.thumb.jpg.68a0f1aefb18a42fdfa60205c3b87c72.jpg

Yep--if you’re gonna plunge to your doom in the Rhine River, it may as well be during pleasant weather, right? (Seating was in every other row--like on Tempesto.)

022.thumb.jpg.384b3e9c4de7abab2e50167529c992f3.jpg

OK, now it looks a little more “Halloweeny.”

023.thumb.jpg.38b156c46b2545c7d9da68f2c19c9091.jpg

“Yoo hoo! Who’s up for some unspeakable evil?”

024.thumb.jpg.fb361db3e9f422bb2631ce2af9b6bc14.jpg

“Now I scare you good, right?”

025.thumb.jpg.06ab2b367003b6ab1bfd41a96ea848e1.jpg

One last walk over the spooky Oktoberfest bridge.

026.thumb.jpg.10272ce7ccf73dd414be3bd3ff34e923.jpg

By the power of the full moon, I invoke thee, Pantheon! 

027.thumb.jpg.1b227d8cabc050c4cfc9861316c254c6.jpg

The Red Skull says, “Visit us again, soon. And tell Captain America I will totally kill him someday!” Thanks for reading.

  • Like 8
  • Thanks 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, SharkTums said:

It's so weird seeing the park map like that, but at least a half open park is better than a closed park!

True--My guess is that staffing has a lot to do with deciding how much of the park to open, as well as state pandemic guidelines. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Great update. It’s a shame about the stupid rules being imposed on them but I really admire the park’s ability to creatively work with them.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Despite the fact that the daily case count in Virginia is higher now than it was all summer, the state of Virginia has given theme parks the go-ahead to open at 50% capacity on the traditional closing day of the theme park season because they’ve got jokes...

I guess that’s good for Christmas Town if they don’t shut down again...

If I were a Virginia theme park I would be so pissed.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

A Night at Busch Gardens' Christmas Celebration

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is pushing on with its limited attendance/reservations-only events schedule with an abridged version of their extremely popular Christmas Town: A "Christmas Celebration." I was there on opening night, and felt the same about the park as I did during their earlier "abbreviated" events: They're making the best they can of state-required restrictions. One big difference is that the state is now allowing 4,000 guests, as opposed to the 1,000 the park was allowed during earlier events, such as "Halloween Harvest."

I'm pretty sure there weren't 4,000 guests there on November 13, but the park was using the France parking lot, which holds more cars than the England lot they've been using since late summer (you can pay extra to park there). The same restrictions apply. Guests must wear "face coverings" (except when eating or drinking) and social distancing is required. For the most part, guests complied. (However, they weren't taking temperatures when I went in).

The park is, indeed, decked out for the holidays, only not as heavily as it was during pre-pandemic Christmas Town. England, with its large wreaths and garlands, looks about the same, but there's no "Polar Pathway" by the Escape from Pompeii, and no "Holiday Hills" in Festa Italia (those sections are closed, but the Sesame Street Forest of Fun is open). The trains are running, but not the Skyway. You can also ride Verbolten, Alpengeist, and InvadR, as well as some of the flat rides (such as Finnigan's Flyer in Ireland). The Festhaus is open and serving their usual Christmas fare, such as a turkey dinner and sirloin sandwiches. No Brauhaus (it's being used as the entrance to the Festhaus serving area), but you can score some craft beer and holiday cocktails at Grogan's Pub in Ireland (there's some indoor seating available there, too).

No big shows this year, but there are some "street performers," such as carolers in England, to create a festive atmosphere. You can get a socially distanced photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa's Workshop in Germany, along with some Sesame Street characters in the Forest of Fun and Frosty the Snowman in France.

Who's ready for a bit of pre-Thanksgiving Christmas cheer?

001.thumb.jpg.fa1bf55710572ce91e946dffe1ef70f0.jpg

All masked up and ready to get festive.

001a.thumb.jpg.2bb09a650b835303c14bc4257252ff80.jpg

The tree with big balls is a familiar sight.

002.thumb.jpg.4c4501d467697dcb9f41fd83f778edac.jpg

England looks pretty much like it does during Christmas Town. There were carolers, too. It wins the Christmas-decorating contest this year.

003.thumb.jpg.3f759629a7fe6094877660cb2707a2bf.jpg

“I’ll have a Blue Christmas in Scotland, without you.” My grandmother always liked blue Christmas trees, too.

004.thumb.jpg.034d4db5e0ed532d33a1e2dade78488a.jpg

No Griffon during the Christmas Celebration. Looks nice at sunset, though.

005.thumb.jpg.84f116c4594ee61ab551bd520c79a3d2.jpg

There’s no big Christmas show in Ireland this year . . .

006.thumb.jpg.466419d95d61c56c4da8c613e14859be.jpg

. . . but they have a good band.

007.thumb.jpg.554d2ab6d4adc4e9d13e9c57798a8fe6.jpg

The path from Ireland to France is always very pleasant this time of year. Just some nice lights, acoustic music, and . . .

008.thumb.jpg.d2aa01e192b3afd371a044da847ce608.jpg

. . . OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT?

009.thumb.jpg.b03312ec9f48d990a8c996410c5183f8.jpg

Mrs. Claus will keep the insane elf in check.

010.thumb.jpg.3630b090acaac4030521cfb8fa7aba42.jpg

The giant snowman in France has a fancy new scarf this year.

011.thumb.jpg.a1d2e710bef62ef5d30da1fd4aa5a96b.jpg

“‘Allo! I am a French android, as you can tell by my beret.”

011a.thumb.jpg.feb1a15411539350adaa100e2da0bbb7.jpg

“Frosty the Snowman was a socially distanced soul.”

012.thumb.jpg.ae876ba4910da453deb3aa86e2522b66.jpg

The Three Rivers Smokehouse is closed, but you can score some ribs here.

013.thumb.jpg.a488b7246ea0349854c67491e4fc6f78.jpg

“And there’s no Christmas lights on the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"--a classic Canadian carol.

014.thumb.jpg.e3765e13bf8368a616e59da03e001186.jpg

Even bears are festive in Canada.

 

015.thumb.jpg.517bbfaa4fa5edac69f897e5adf206df.jpg

Wait a minute! Who’s that I see in Germany?

016.thumb.jpg.2ad05d0372ce92be0ffba2971743a102.jpg

Why, it’s our old buddy, Creepy, the Candy-Cane-Sawing Elf!

017.thumb.jpg.4889961d44cf5cfbf55cc734127d789c.jpg

The Christmas store in Germany can fulfill all your holiday needs.

018.thumb.jpg.13535359bb3fb20563c677005480a7a5.jpg

It’s not just a nutcracker. It’s a MAJOR AWARD!

019.thumb.jpg.eb998e68097ec479adc7db7c4a6bcb1e.jpg

I'm glad the projection show is back. Who wants cookies?

020.thumb.jpg.4e500826db493af0167965899c1a8740.jpg

Run! It's an ornament-a-lanche!

021.thumb.jpg.d2322d84cb365cd82d4a560c2f54db13.jpg

I guess they’re not doing the “O Tannenbaum” light-and-music show this year, but the tree looks nice. You can play the carnival games, and there are some craft booths, as well.

022.thumb.jpg.48d1c4687eb09149fe334b18b4b7c88e.jpg

Social distancing in the Festhaus.

023.thumb.jpg.4e5a0ec8e152cd8558aae37c8273da09.jpg

“Hey, remember when you said you wanted a new Porche for Christmas? Well, we had a bit of a mishap . . .”

024.thumb.jpg.f37da8e024529074e210ed209285b3d5.jpg

All the cool kids are getting Pantheon merch from Santa this year.

024a.thumb.jpg.e15484c4630367c2aeab85322c157f99.jpg

This fire is handy for warming yourself before you head to your car.

025.thumb.jpg.c995fa8e4f1bd4cf957ee224e554e694.jpg

Have a Merry Little Christmas Celebration, Busch Gardens! Thanks for reading.

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites

Hopefully Northam's new COVID restrictions don't put an end to this (or a premature end to KD's event).

Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's a taste of the projection show in Germany. Yeah, it's not exactly Disney-level stuff, but it adds to the atmosphere.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Well looks like I won’t be going to the park next week, as here in PA Gov. Wolf has tightened out of state travel restrictions to a 14 day quarantine upon return.

Link to post
Share on other sites

LOL.  Don't let that affect your travel plans.  It's unenforceable.  If you're legitimately scared of the virus with a .0007% kill rate, by all means stay home, but don't let silly edicts with no consequences that defy logic determine your behavior.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
26 minutes ago, Mike240SX said:

LOL.  Don't let that affect your travel plans.  It's unenforceable.  If you're legitimately scared of the virus with a .0007% kill rate, by all means stay home, but don't let silly edicts with no consequences that defy logic determine your behavior.

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 back to your regularly scheduled BGW discussion.

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 1
  • Haha 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Mike240SX said:

LOL.  Don't let that affect your travel plans.  It's unenforceable.  If you're legitimately scared of the virus with a .0007% kill rate, by all means stay home, but don't let silly edicts with no consequences that defy logic determine your behavior.

The thing is, my work knew I was planning on going, and if I went I would have to stay home for 2 weeks under their guidelines as well. Didn’t seem worth the risk.

Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, qpb2004 said:

The thing is, my work knew I was planning on going, and if I went I would have to stay home for 2 weeks under their guidelines as well. Didn’t seem worth the risk.

It's a good event but a long trip and you have good parks in PA if they stay open. However, actual social distancing is better at BGW ! 

Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

If you're legitimately scared of the virus with a .0007% kill rate, by all means stay home...

Just doing my duty to fact check this:
2110622985_ScreenShot2020-11-19at7_37_37AM.png.457ed44387853121741502b942967df3.png

250K deaths out of 11.6M cases in the United States = 2.15% "kill rate". 1.34M deaths out of 55.6M cases worldwide = 2.415% "kill rate". Both are several orders of magnitude off from Mike's quoted ".0007% kill rate".

To bring this back on topic, my family has already made the decision to skip the out-of-state Christmas events such as BGW's Christmas Town and and Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas this year, even though they're our usual holiday traditions. But no matter what you end up doing, please be as responsible as you possibly can to safeguard yourself and your loved ones.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use https://themeparkreview.com/forum/topic/116-terms-of-service-please-read/