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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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10 hours ago, qpb2004 said:

BGW gave me a refund to spend on tickets, etc. in their parks next season so I will be going once Pantheon opens for sure!

It seems silly to say that’s great service since its the right thing to do, so many concert ticket holders are stuck holding tickets for concerts that have been “rescheduled” instead of canceled, so kudos to them!

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any word on the official opening date of pantheon? looks like the park has already posted what days they'll be open in march, but no word on pantheon from what i can see. hopefully they have a special opening/media day and invite ACE members.

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I could see them doing a media day and maybe passholder preview/auction but I wouldn't get your hopes up for a coaster club preview during a pandemic. I'm sure parks are going to be doing everything and I mean everything to be cost effective and make 2021 as much of a bounce back year as possible.

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Rumors have been strong that BGW is going year round in some capacity.  Good to see. Hope to get over there sooner rather than later.

 

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Yeah, this has me leaning towards a full park opening at the beginning of March (so two weeks earlier than normal) and maybe some winter event until then.

I feel like I need to stop dabbing on Cedar Fair so I won't say a word. I'll just wave to Kings Dominion as I drive by on the way to Busch Gardens for the next 6 months before they finally get around to opening on the 4th of July or whatever.

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What is King’s Dominion going to do. They open a splash pad, Busch Gardens opens Pantheon. They stay closed, Busch Gardens stays open Year-round. How can King’s Dominion survive doing that?

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They'll survive just like they survive in Northern California where they run a seasonal schedule and a limited-ride Christmas event for absolutely no reason while letting the competition stay open year-round and run circles around them.

It's not like they won't be just fine but they're letting the competition continue to find new revenue streams in quarters where they were never profitable while they sit around and either do nothing or do something totally half-assed.

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Great news that they may go year-round (to some extent). I love the trend of expanding operating calendars over the last 5+ years.

I did find it odd that BGW is the only major SeaWorld property that doesn't operate year-round, but I never questioned it since they are located quite a bit farther north than the other 4 parks. If they really do this, Kings Dominion better step up their game fast.

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15 hours ago, thrillseeker4552 said:

Great news that they may go year-round (to some extent). I love the trend of expanding operating calendars over the last 5+ years.

I did find it odd that BGW is the only major SeaWorld property that doesn't operate year-round, but I never questioned it since they are located quite a bit farther north than the other 4 parks. If they really do this, Kings Dominion better step up their game fast.

That's because the Williamsburg area is usually a ghost town from January to March each year.

That being said, the park is hosting a bunch of weekend events this year, such as "Winter Weekends" and "Mardi Gras."


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4 hours ago, cfc said:

That's because the Williamsburg area is usually a ghost town from January to March each year.

That being said, the park is hosting a bunch of weekend events this year, such as "Winter Weekends" and "Mardi Gras."


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I personally wouldnt mind going earlier, because its been 97° or hotter everytime I went. Riding Invadr like

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Announces new Special Events and Year-Round Operation

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New! Winter Weekends (Jan 15-24)

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This ALL-NEW limited-capacity January event is sure to delight. Stroll through villages filled with tons of beautiful lights at night, brave the thrills of thirteen rides including three roller coasters and Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™, encounter unique animals not normally featured at the park, participate in special kid activities, and view a spectacular fireworks finale on Saturday evenings.

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See more animals than ever before during Winter Weekends! During the event, guests can enjoy the following animal experiences:

GUEST ANIMAL AMBASSADORS include capuchin monkey, baby kangaroo, lemur, serval, gray fox, vulture, crested porcupine, alligator, plus much more. Guests will be able to see and learn about these amazing animals.

TRAINER TALKS featuring animal ambassadors that call Busch Gardens Williamsburg home, including Clydesdale horses, blackface sheep, gray wolves, birds of prey, border collies and reptiles.

PARTNER KIOSKS around the park offer guests the opportunity to hear first-hand how these wildlife champions and animal advocates are making a difference every day. From education, to conservation, to research, these partners will share how you can join in the cause to support nature.

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Saturday Night Fireworks

Cap off your Saturday Night at Busch Gardens with a spectacular fireworks show! Fireworks begin at 8:30 PM on January 16 & 23.

New! Mardi Gras (Jan 29-Feb 28)

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Guests won’t have to travel far to indulge and get in the New Orleans spirit as Busch Gardens will let the good times roll with an ALL-NEW limited capacity special event, Mardi Gras. Visitors will be transported to where the “Big Easy” meets big thrills as they stroll through eight decorated villages filled with mouthwatering Cajun food, cocktails, and immersive live entertainment and music. Thirteen roller coasters and attractions, including Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ will also be available for guests to enjoy. Mardi Gras will be offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 29 – Feb. 28.

Winter Ride Lineup (Now - Feb 28)

Alpengeist*
Verbolten*
InvadR*
Finnegan's Flyer™
Busch Gardens Railway
Li'l Clydes
Le Catapult
Kinder Karussel
Der Roto Baron
Der Wirbelwind
Prince Elmo's Spire
Oscar's Whirly Worm
Grover's Alpine Express

*Please note that colder temperatures or inclement weather conditions may impact ride operations during the event.

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I honestly didn’t even get everything in the update post, it’s crazy how many things the park announced.

It should also be noted that St. Patrick’s celebration seems poised to be the new “opening day” of the full park which is two weeks earlier than in the past which is also awesome news but that’s probably subject to change with covid and also not official so I didn’t add it in the post above.

Personally I’m thrilled with all of this. Thrilled...

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^I wonder if the leprechaun will be back the the St. Patrick's Day Celebration? He's been a photo-op character in the past.

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Hmmm.
As someone who worked full time at the park 1994-97, this seems strange.  The weather in Virginia in Jan-March can be iffy. Kids are in school. People just don't travel during those months for vacation. And we had a really hard time getting casts for our shows in the early part of the season. 

I know a lot has changed since my days working there, and I wish them the best. Just not sure how successful they will be in getting a crowd for those cold dreary winter days.

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I think the thing to remember is that this year has taught them how to make money with an incredibly low amount of guests based on adjusting staffing, closing a lot of things and driving up in-park-spending. They operated all summer with a guest cap of 1,000 and made money doing it and based on the ride lineup this seems to be similar in scale.

I expect this to succeed and I expect it to send shockwaves through the industry just like the Christmas events have. If they make money with this then I feel like it's only a matter of time before parks like Sesame Place (which I guess is the only seasonal park left in the chain) and parks in the Six Flags chain try it too.

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This makes a ton of sense with reduced capacity. Normally the park wouldn't be able to operate profitably with all rides open, but since most people accept now that the entire park doesn't need to be open. It's much easier to fill events like these on the weekend all year long. As long as they come up with activities such as the lights and things to do around the park when it's too cold to operate the coasters, I don't really see how this wouldn't do well. Something good has finally come from this Covid mess.

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I think they just need to change people's mindsets about visiting parks in the off season.  When I lived and worked in Japan, most parks were open year round. I remember riding coasters at Expoland on my birthday (Jan 14th) with snow on the ground!
And Knotts did show everyone how to run successful events with just food and shopping.  
Hoping for success and a brighter future for all of us!

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21 hours ago, coasterbill said:

 

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See more animals than ever before during Winter Weekends! During the event, guests can enjoy the following animal experiences:

GUEST ANIMAL AMBASSADORS include capuchin monkey, baby kangaroo, lemur, serval, gray fox, vulture, crested porcupine, alligator, plus much more. Guests will be able to see and learn about these amazing animals.

That's awesome that they are adding so many new animals, when I first saw the kangaroo picture I figured that was for Tampa. I wonder where they are going to put the enclosures for all of these. 

The year round operations are awesome, I just wish I lived closer to take more advantage of it, the park is just far enough for me that it makes it impossible to go down and back in the same day otherwise I'd be there way more often than our usual few weekends a year spent down there. 

I don't see myself making it down there this year but I really hope it goes well for them so I can attend in the future. 

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Also if this all does really well maybe a few years down the line they will convert Curse of DarKastle into some sort of family friendly dark ride/shooting game, would be one of the best things to do to get out of the cold for a bit during the colder months of operation. 

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