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P. 453 - Bierfest begins July 30th

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1 hour ago, coasterbill said:

lol honestly 35 degrees at a park (if the rides are open) sounds incredible, you can dress for that. An Orlando park in July? There's just nothing you can do.

I've always had the motto: "You can always put more on, you can only take so much off!"

So give me a park in the cold any day over extreme heat and humidity!

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15 hours ago, coasterbill said:

 

Pantheon looks great but the closest view we got was from Germany so I’m not sure how far along it is.

You can get a good look at Pantheon from the Verbolten bridge, and the layout looks great (especially where it drops toward the Rhine River). 

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5 hours ago, coasterbill said:

lol honestly 35 degrees at a park (if the rides are open) sounds incredible, you can dress for that. An Orlando park in July? There's just nothing you can do.

Hell, Hersheypark or BGW in July is stifling. Ive never experienced a more miserably hot day than 99° on a Saturday concert night in July at Hershey. The wave pool (and the pools at Water Country on the same trip) were like swimming in piss.

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On 2/8/2021 at 6:25 PM, prozach626 said:

It will be cool when Pantheon finally opens, because all of the trees will have grown up through it.

Fixed. 😉

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On 2/8/2021 at 10:50 AM, coasterbill said:

lol honestly 35 degrees at a park (if the rides are open) sounds incredible, you can dress for that. An Orlando park in July? There's just nothing you can do.

Precisely why I avoid parks in July (and when I went to Hershey this last July I was reminded why) though I am sensitive to heat. Orlando?? Man I felt like I was dying 8 months of the year in Tallahassee, and there it actually had some relief from the oppressive heat and humidity lol 
 

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I didn't get charged for January so looked into it more, I never get membership emails from Busch despite being subscribed and having the correct email address but apparently they sent this email out and since I kept my payments going the entire time I'm getting 12 free months.

I do appreciate it from Busch since I haven't been able to attend during all this and highly doubt we'll be attending this year either so at least it feels like I'm not totally wasting money and still able to support the parks a bit but I really don't agree with them kicking in the free months now since it's not like anything has returned to remotely normal yet in terms of being able to visit the parks.

I just wish parks would give an option of opting out, I'd opt out of 2021 and have my pass carry over to 2022. For example, I would have renewed my Universal Orlando passes with the discount for paying in full if it activated whenever I went again. They would have had my money and made some interest but instead I just let it expire and don't know when we'll be back down there at this point. I doubt I'll be renewing our Cedar Fair passes for the same reason. It is what it is. 

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We have more information on the Busch Gardens Saint Patrick's Day event...

BUSCH GARDENS® ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION

Why limit St. Patrick’s Day to one day when you can celebrate all month long? Irish spirit, luck and festivity fill Killarney village at Busch Gardens® St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, an ALL-NEW limited-capacity special event on select dates from March 5-28, 2021.

MEMBER DAY is March 13 and is exclusively for active Basic, Unlimited, Premier & Platinum Members. Reservations required.

Stroll through all ten of the park’s decorated villages, with nineteen of your favorite rides and coasters, authentic live entertainment, family-friendly activities, classic pub fare and a St. Patrick’s Day staple-- green beer. Celebrate twenty years of Irish dance at Busch Gardens in Das Festhaus, with a tribute performance honoring Irish Thunder, Emerald Beat and Celtic Fyre®. Younger guests can enjoy a themed scavenger hunt, snapping a photo with Clancy the Leprechaun, and saying hello to their favorite Sesame Street® friends in Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™.

Join us for Busch Gardens St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, a limited-capacity special event experience. Reservations required.

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Ireland Village Celebration – Ireland comes to life for St. Patrick’s Day in a true Irish celebration complete with music, merriment and some of Killarney’s most iconic characters. Snap a photo with festive stilt walkers and townsfolk, sip on an Irish stout and rejoice in wishing good fortune for all!

Celtic Celebration: a busch gardens tribute to irish dance – Celebrating 20 years of Irish dance at Busch Gardens, this tribute on Das Festhaus stage honors favorite performances through the years such as Irish Thunder, Emerald Beat and Celtic Fyre. Sing along to classic tunes celebrating Irish tradition and immerse yourself in the thunderous sound of step dance.

Emerald Ensemble – Sláinte! Prepare to be serenaded by this interactive group of strolling vocalists singing contemporary songs with a unique Irish twist. You won’t be able to resist clapping along to these charming performers! 

St. Paddy's Dj – Your favorite Irish jig band is back in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Sing along to traditional folk tunes such as Danny Boy and The Wild Rover as you sip on your favorite pub fare.

local Irish Dance Schools – Support Virginia’s Irish Dance Schools as they show off their amazing local talent on Saturdays in San Marco Theatre.

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Ride Lineup:

NEW! Griffon*

NEW! Apollo's Chariot*

NEW! The Little Balloons*

NEW! Battering Ram

NEW! Flying Machine

NEW! DaVinci's Cradle

NEW! Turkish Delight

NEW! The Trade Wind

Verbolten*

InvadR*

Finnegan's Flyer™

Busch Gardens Railway

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.

Visit the park's website for more information.

 

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So, the main takeaway is that Griffon and Apollo's Chariot will be open along with the flat rides in Italy BUT Alpengeist will be closing.

The Alpengeist thing is a bit of a shame but not a huge deal, We'll probably still go as we have no doubt that the event will be great and I mean... is there a better drinking park anywhere for Saint Patrick's Day? No, no there is not.

(Also, apologies to the person who I just told that there was no reason to double post ever. I just want to keep the opinion post different than the press-releasy post but this won't matter for most people. I do fully acknowledge what a hypocritical douche I'm being though so sorry. lol)

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1 hour ago, coasterbill said:

So, the main takeaway is that Griffon and Apollo's Chariot will be open along with the flat rides in Italy BUT Alpengeist will be closing.

The Alpengeist thing is a bit of a shame but not a huge deal, We'll probably still go as we have no doubt that the event will be great and I mean... is there a better drinking park anywhere for Saint Patrick's Day? No, no there is not.

(Also, apologies to the person who I just told that there was no reason to double post ever. I just want to keep the opinion post different than the press-releasy post but this won't matter for most people. I do fully acknowledge what a hypocritical douche I'm being though so sorry. lol)

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Hi all, I have planned a trip to BGW in March 20th and 21st. Just out of curiosity does anyone know if Busch Gardens is still at a 1000 person capacity limit? And also whats the story with covid rules? I imagine by this point in the pandemic most people who go to amusement parks have figured out how to wear a mask and social distance but who knows... lol. Thanks in advance! 

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As of tomorrow they can operate at 50% capacity.  We are heading to BGW just after March 28th.  With it being spring break week I’m curious if they will have an expanded offering of rides.

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47 minutes ago, mulfdog said:

As of tomorrow they can operate at 50% capacity.  We are heading to BGW just after March 28th.  With it being spring break week I’m curious if they will have an expanded offering of rides.

The ride lineup is literally posted 4 posts above yours. 

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No worries!

Does anyone have details on the Food and Wine festival that starts on April 2nd?  We will be in Williamsburg from March 29th through April 2nd with one day planned for Busch Gardens and the rest for sightseeing.  I’m trying to figure out if it would be better to schedule our BGW day during the week or hold out until April 2nd.

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I was planning on going the 2nd, and it looks like that day will have a full session from 11-9 as opposed to the evening and night slots. The lineup has not been announced, but it will probably look similar to what it is now. I wouldn't be surprised if they close Apollo or Griffon and open Alpengeist back up. 

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Looks like April 2nd Busch is the place to be, lol. That was also my plan; it would be my first park in about 17 months; I hadn't realized that spring break was happening in the area, but I love me some food and wine so that's an added bonus for sure and why I'm holding out as long as I am. If they aren't expanding their ride options I may wait a few weeks given it's a long trip for me. I guess we'll see.

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On 3/2/2021 at 12:46 PM, JJLehto said:

Im just hoping Pantheon will be open by Mid May-ish as that is when Im hoping to travel on through. 

What is the likelihood of this?  I was hoping to be there the first weekend of June and really hoping Pantheon would be open by then but with absolutely no news I'm worried it won't happen.  It seems to me that with vaccines rolling out at a much higher rate now and with the summer months coming we would begin hearing some news about capacity going up but so far it's been crickets.  Ugh 

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11 hours ago, coasternut79 said:

What is the likelihood of this?  I was hoping to be there the first weekend of June and really hoping Pantheon would be open by then but with absolutely no news I'm worried it won't happen.  It seems to me that with vaccines rolling out at a much higher rate now and with the summer months coming we would begin hearing some news about capacity going up but so far it's been crickets.  Ugh 

No idea! I'm terrible with following offseason stuff and I always rely on forums/locals. Yeah it's a little concerning there's been no news at all. So many are testing, even with people etc deff I'm on edge. If its not open by then I'll likely be skipping the park. Itd be more convenient for me to do Carowinds as Id not have to deviate from the highway at all but I went 2019 and ofc I wanna do the new ride. If it aint though yeah Im prob skipping here. We shall see! Fingers crossed for you. 

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