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P. 459: Pantheon opening on March 25!

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Hey everyone!

 

BGW was pretty busy yesterday from what I heard from the guests (both overflow lots were filled). I wasn’t able to explore the rest of the park outside of Oktoberfest because I was working, but I did see some pretty heavy crowds at the rides I ran all day.

 

Mach Tower is confirmed to open Memorial Day weekend!

 

If you guys spot Dan (Arizona) working rides, stop by and say hey! I'm working next Saturday so I'm looking forward to seeing some local TPR members.

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^Though overjoyed by this news, I feel that BGW may pull a fast one like what BGT did...

 

Cheetaka ---> Cheetah Hunt

 

With our luck...

 

Verbolten ---> Uber Bahn

Launch Fast? Many Launch Coaster? Launch Hunt? Wolf Hunt? Dragon Fire Hunt? Mach Launch?

 

Or maybe they make it Virginia related. Dogwood Tree Chop? Colonial Cruise? President Assassin? Chesapeake Chase? James River Jaunt?

 

My vote is still on Das Piggehs, a Three Little Pigs launched coaster adventure, but since they didn't go with Der Fallinfast, I'm not holding my breath.

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I'm going next weekend, how should crowds be? I don't mind too much as long as they aren't insanely packed. Anything else I should know, like what rides to head to first?

I was also thinking of going on Saturday, and was curious how the crowds would be. It's opening weekend, so I expect it'll be crowded, but it's also early in the season and supposed to rain, so I'm not sure. Probably I'll just stick with the historic triangle things.

 

As far as what rides, I'd probably head to the back and hit Alpengeist and DarKastle first, as those usually have the longest waits for me. Griffon and Apollo I've never waited over 30 minutes for, but I also usually make use of the single rider line for those when I can.

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KDcoasterMAN wrote:

^Though overjoyed by this news, I feel that BGW may pull a fast one like what BGT did...

 

Cheetaka ---> Cheetah Hunt

 

With our luck...

 

Verbolten ---> Uber Bahn

 

Or more like "Super Fast Ride" or something equivalently inane.

 

If I were Busch Gardens (Either one) I'd fire the person who named the freakin' thing. I mean, Cheetah Hunt? I picture the name being mutated in the next few months as they gain sponsorship by Frito Lay... (wait for it)

 

CHEETOH HUNT! Sponsored by FRITO LAY! Join Chester Cheetah as he searches for snack food...

 

Verbolten could go the same route, I'm afraid- but I will admit: If they DO use this name, it will be one of the -single- greatest ride names at BGE today.

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Visited the park today, had a blast. Got on every ride, with the exception of the three water rides.

 

Alpengeist got stuck on the lift and Apollo's was down for a while, but overall it was a blast! The Festhaus was lacking today, both in food quality and guest participation in the show. Although, this college kid got up to go dance with one of the girls, and pushed a little girl aside so he could grab the hand of the preformer. She then switched places with her male counterpart, which was quite hilarious to see.

 

Great visit overall, can't wait to go again later this month, and I guess I'll close with a quick picture of Mach Tower. Sorry for the crappy angle, but hey, no watermarks!

 

Mach Tower.bmp

Mach Tower Construction

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Does anyone know why you give SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment $300 for a platinum pass they only give you a piece of paper, is there a way to get one that is like a credit card?

Trust me, there's no way in hell you can rip that "piece of paper." You can break one of the plastic cards from Cedar Fair or Six Flags, but it's near impossible to destroy a Busch pass.

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Does anyone know why you give SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment $300 for a platinum pass they only give you a piece of paper, is there a way to get one that is like a credit card?

 

Yes, go to guest services and ask for one. You make a donation to the wildlife fund and get a credit card style pass.

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There is a sign on a locked gate next to the bumper car house that says something along the lines of "Restricted Ride Access area for *insert awesome German word that I forgot here* Verbolten". You can see the sign when you stand next to the kiddie bumper cars, facing BBW's old station (I believe the gate is underneath the awning so it may be a little easy to miss).

 

I don't have pictures since I'm normally working when I'm at BGW, but maybe on one of those days when I'm let off early, I'll be able to take a pic of the gate.

 

Could this be a clue to the possible real name of the ride?

 

BTW: I noticed light streaming from BBW's old station behind the tarp after the park closed. Looks like some sort of magic is going on back there.

 

I got a better look at the sign this morning while running the bumper cars. The word is Zuttrit Verbolten. It's a yellow sign right on a gate next to the bumper cars. It' s underneath the awning so it's kinda easy to miss.

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How is Mach Tower supposed to compare to Drop Tower at KD?

 

They will both be drop towers.

 

Kind of hard to say, being as Mach Tower isn't ready yet. It isn't as tall as KD's, but it's taller than Griffon and is supposed to feature a revolving platform so all riders will enjoy the same great view. The park also mentioned some other "surprises," such as some sort of lighting package at the top of the tower. Time will tell.

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