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P. 453 - Bierfest begins July 30th

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Happy St. Patrick's Day from Busch Gardens

Begorrah! It's almost St. Paddy's Day and the wee folk be on the loose at Busch Gardens, looking for their Lucky Charms, drinking green beer, and scarfing down corned beef. Wait--that's just the guests at another BGW special limited-attendance event, although you might spy a few leprechauns if you look carefully.

This marks the first time that the entire park has been open since. well, 2019. That's not to say that everything's running. The water rides remain closed, but you can ride all the coasters, except for Loch Ness Monster and Tempesto. My understanding was that Alpengiest was to be closed, too, but it was running last Saturday with both trains. No Skyway or Rhine River Cruise, though.

The Smokehouse is still closed, but the Brauhaus in the Festhaus is back in business--yay for beer and German meatballs! If you want green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and bangers and colcannon, Grogan's is the place to go. But if you want your photo with Clancy the Leprechaun, you'll have to walk to France.

It looks the park has been doing some work on Pantheon. One train (covered with a tarp) was on the track, and the other was in the barn. I haven't heard whether they've done any testing, but there's been some more painting and other "finish" work on the station and queue since last October. It's projected to open this year. For now, we'll have to content ourselves with views from the Apollo's Chariot lift hill, Verbolten's covered bridge, the top of Griffon, and the train.

Let's look for leprechauns and beer, shall we? I think Bill and Brit are around here somewhere, too. You just might see a few of the photos they tagged me in on Facebook here.

 

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Welcome to Busch Gardens . . . who the hell is that looking over my shoulder?

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Everything is green from Big Ben . . .

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 . . . to the traditional tree balls of Italy.

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Pantheon sees you shiver with an . . .

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 . . . tici . . .

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 . . . pation.

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But Apollo’s Chariot is open. Let’s start there.

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Sheesh! They’ll let anyone in here.

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“Aye, they will, me bucko!”

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N-o-o-o-o-o-o-o . . .

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A leprechaun in lederhosen? Has the world gone stark raving mad?

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Look at all these hopeless drunks lining up for beer before noon!

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Well, when in the Festhaus . . .

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What excites Bill almost as much at the Brauhaus being open again?

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Good guess. 

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Here’s a good spot if you want to see a bit more of . . .

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. . . Pantheon. Sigh! Opening this year, I hope.  This ride has some crazy airtime potential.

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Meanwhile, back at St. Paddy’s Day Central HQ . . .

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That’s the biggest freakin’ leprechaun I’ve ever seen.

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If you’re in Ireland, you must have either green Bud Light or Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale with bangers and colcannon. It’s the law (at least until  March 17).

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“When Irish wolves are smiling, they’re about to eat your leg.” With colcannon, no doubt.

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“I’ll swallow your soul, begorrah!"

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All in all, a very nice day with great company at Busch Gardens--just watch out for soul-sucking leprechauns. 

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^ Great visit, Chuck! Glad to see you all had a great time for the season that it is. "Faith and beg ........ go find a greenish pretzel." 🥨

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10 hours ago, cfc said:

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“I’ll swallow your soul, begorrah!"

Sounds like you need to shop smart, shop S-Mart and get yourself a boomstick. ;)

Fun report and it really made me look forward to my visit later this year. Here's hoping Pantheon is open by July.

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New information has been released regarding the upcoming Food and Wine festival...

SIP, SOAR & SAVOR AT THE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

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This popular food festival returns with limited capacity, enhanced health and safety measures and NEW dishes and beverages from around the world.

This spring, flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival. Serving guests April 2 through May 23 with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines. Guests are invited to take their taste buds on an adventure through 11 specialty food and beverage areas as they sample from 25+ international tastes and 75+ wines, brews and cocktails.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival will feature food and beverage items not normally served at the Williamsburg theme park. The festival will take guests on a savory, sweet and scrumptious culinary trip through Virginia; Mexico; Hawaii; Brazil; Jamaica; South Korea; Italy and the Mediterranean. To complement the dishes, an array of beverages will be offered such as frozen specialty drinks like the all-new Honeybee Hurricane, Manta Margarita and a variety of refreshing Sangria choices.
 

MAKE YOUR NEXT DISCOVERY DELICIOUS

Embark on a culinary adventure from cork to fork with more than 75 wines, brews & cocktails and over 25 international flavors - including 8 ALL-NEW dishes and beverages. From Virginia to the Mediterranean, the festival will take guests on a savory, sweet and scrumptious culinary trip around the world.
 

COASTERS & RIDES
FOR THRILL-SEEKERS OF ALL AGES

Soar through the sky on one of our iconic roller coaster or spin & fly on more of your favorite thrill rides: 

Griffon*

Apollo's Chariot*

The Little Balloons*

DaVinci's Cradle

Battering Ram

Turkish Delight

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.

Feel free to the park’s website for more info:

https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/food-festival/
 

 

 

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Unfortunate, though I reckon you know there's some degree of risk with these out of season (esp when its cold still!) events, but that's fair you'd think they would charge less. That said I accidentally went to one of  these food & wine days at BGT, (bc I had no idea it was happening when I went) and it is quite lovely. 

All I wanna know is....do we have aaaaany idea on Pantheon/should I kill any hope it'll be open by late May? 

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Single day tickets are 49.99 for the event, not the normal full day ticket price, just fyi. They technically should have been $39.99 since it's the same ride list as St Patrick's from what I can tell, so it's essentially a $10 cover charge for the food and wine if you want to think of it that way.

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^ Edit: I was incorrect they changed the prices on the calendar from when I looked and bought the other day
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Alpengeist and Tempesto are really the only major losses, but maybe we'll get lucky and they underpromise and over perform on the weekends.

Lots of frozen drinks on the menu this year, typically my wife wants straight up cocktails. Haven't done this event in a long time but I felt like years back they had the non frozen stuff. I could be wrong.

Still bought my 15 taste card lol.

EDIT: oh wait, I stand corrected, they did jack up the prices. On April 2 they are charging 74.99, I bought them for $49 the other day. Other days are less.

Glad I purchased a few days ago [emoji15]



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2 hours ago, coasterbill said:

I'm not too optimistic on the Pantheon opening date since Loch Ness Monster, Alpengeist and Tempesto don't even have an opening date yet. lol

XD I mean I didnt expect it to be with park opening (erm..."real" park opening) but yeah not feeling so good about 2 months from now. Shame bc nothing against the park, would love to go again it's been god...20 years (Im old lol) but if it's not open by then I am almost surely gunna skip this for either Carowinds or KD so I can get another use out of CF pass. Also "less out of the way" for me, with limited time/$ I was only looking to stop here for the new coaster for this trip.

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3 hours ago, coasterbill said:

I'm not too optimistic on the Pantheon opening date since Loch Ness Monster, Alpengeist and Tempesto don't even have an opening date yet. lol

At least it sounds like they'll open Alpengeist if the park gets busy.  I'm deliberately going to visit on an upcoming Saturday to see if I get lucky.  Otherwise I'll keep eating pretzels and plunging 200 feet on Apollo and Griffon.

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9 hours ago, DoinItForTheFame said:

Am I the only one thinking Pantheon might have had an issue... and that’s why the train ended up here... and covered??? 

Im terrible with offseason/testing stuff so just my pure speculation, but agreed? We just stopped hearing about the ride progress, like I can't find even a sliver of anything anywhere...I get some rides are behind others but seems we haven't heard/seen anything in a while. I did wonder if something went wrong, though not sure what I dont think this even got to testing right?

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For starters, the park would just be opening this weekend if it was a normal year (I know its not but still). We also know SEAS had some financial issues that held up the completion of some of these big new coasters and none of us have any idea how much of that has been straightened out at this time. Just because SEAS is seemingly squared away with RMC or Premier doesn't mean they are with Intamin. Speaking of RMC - has there been any activity over at Iron Gwazi? Not that I've heard of.

Also, only one of the five new SEAS coasters has actually opened yet, so its not like Pantheon is the only one that might potentially be having issues, mechanical, financial, or otherwise. Not to mention this is only one photo of the train sitting on the launch track, not a series of observations over an extended period of time, and this is certainly not the first time a new Intamin launcher has potentially had issues leading up to (and beyond) its opening, so is that enough of a reason to freak out that the ride isn't going to open? Nope.

What I am trying to say is everybody calm down. I want it to open more than most, trust me. Pantheon is my most anticipated ride on the planet right now. I'm confident it's going to open. But if you're trying to plan trips at the beginning of the season while Covid is still a thing, parks are still kinda trying to figure this out and how and when they are going to debut their new rides and you're not expecting that you may be disappointed that shit is not open/operations are weird/etc, then you just haven't been paying attention at all and you're just doing this all wrong.

This isn't directly at anyone in particular I feel like I've been seeing a lot of this Is PaNthEoN EveR gOinG TO oPeN posts all over the place lately.

 

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1 hour ago, boldikus said:

For starters, the park would just be opening this weekend if it was a normal year (I know its not but still). We also know SEAS had some financial issues that held up the completion of some of these big new coasters and none of us have any idea how much of that has been straightened out at this time. Just because SEAS is seemingly squared away with RMC or Premier doesn't mean they are with Intamin. Speaking of RMC - has there been any activity over at Iron Gwazi? Not that I've heard of.

Also, only one of the five new SEAS coasters has actually opened yet, so its not like Pantheon is the only one that might potentially be having issues, mechanical, financial, or otherwise. Not to mention this is only one photo of the train sitting on the launch track, not a series of observations over an extended period of time, and this is certainly not the first time a new Intamin launcher has potentially had issues leading up to (and beyond) its opening, so is that enough of a reason to freak out that the ride isn't going to open? Nope.

What I am trying to say is everybody calm down. I want it to open more than most, trust me. Pantheon is my most anticipated ride on the planet right now. I'm confident it's going to open. But if you're trying to plan trips at the beginning of the season while Covid is still a thing, parks are still kinda trying to figure this out and how and when they are going to debut their new rides and you're not expecting that you may be disappointed that shit is not open/operations are weird/etc, then you just haven't been paying attention at all and you're just doing this all wrong.

This isn't directly at anyone in particular I feel like I've been seeing a lot of this Is PaNthEoN EveR gOinG TO oPeN posts all over the place lately.

 

Yes, there's been testing going on and videos of it.  I think the point earlier is that we haven't even seen this thing in action or confirmed riders (IG has had lots of humans riding).

 

EDIT: Same for Ice Breaker at SWO.

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On 3/16/2021 at 7:18 PM, anonymouscactus said:

You can still get a $53 ticket after taxes and fees on tickets at work and its affiliates if anyone is looking for a single day ticket on a peak day through April 30

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Just used this offer and will most likely be there April 2nd!

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Are the free guest tickets with membership time restricted or useable anytime? Useable on the day of registration at the park? Trying to decide which level of pass to get. Thanks.

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