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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:13 am
by palmerleeberry
PKI Jizzman wrote:Love the promotional content! Probably going to be a BG/SW passholder for the first time next year!


This will be my second time I'm getting a Platinum Season Pass so I can use that pass to visit two other parks in Florida: Seaworld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa, plus a revisit to Watercountry USA that's nearby. The 2020 season is going to be awesome!!! :b

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:47 am
by Coastard69
^I'm thinking something similar if I can plan effectively enough to make it worthwhile (SWO/BGT,BGW/KD/SFA,SWSA/SFFT,SFMM/KBF/SWSD) I'm getting ambitious over here heh.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:40 pm
by cfc
A Stroll Through Howl-o-Scream 2019

Busch Gardens kicked off Halloween a little early by opening Howl-o-Scream last weekend. This is the 21st year for the park's annual haunt. Much of what they did during last year's event is still in place, but there were some noteworthy changes.

For example, the event's old icon Jack, who returned to HOS last season, is playing a bigger role. Like last year, he has his own "No Escape" room--Jack's Twisted Terror. But his old show, Jack Is Back, has returned to Ireland. Yes, get down and boogie with Jack's stilt-walking scarecrows to ABBA and other disco music from the 1970s. It's definitely a family show, and guests seem to love it. There's a photo op with Jack after the show, too.

Fiends is no longer playing at the Abbeystone Threatre. Dr. Freakenstein, Igor, and his naughty nurses have instead taken up residence in the Vault: Overtaken maze in Germany. Speaking of mazes, Cornered (also in Germany) is gone, leaving six mazes. Here's how they stack up (from best to worst):

Distorted Dimensions--a dimensional vortex has scrambled reality in old Sterling Manor. Bizarre creatures now roam a "Wonderland" version of our reality in search of victims (Germany in the old DarKastle building).

Dystopia--a new world order of cyber people have risen after the Apocalypse, and it demands your total obedience. This maze tells a pretty good story, and I like the "cyber monsters." It could use a better finish (Italy, Escape from Pompeii).

Lumberhack--an old lumber camp is full of undead woodsmen with chainsaws who hunger for your flesh! This one was pretty weak last year, but now boasts a bit more action (Germany, entrance on the left of the Festhaus).

Vault: Overtaken--this one is a mishmash of old HOS mazes and icons from past year. It made sense during the 20th anniversary last year, but seems a bit off (too random) for this year. The stuff with Dr. Freakenstein is the best part--maybe they should've given him the whole maze (Germany, old Drachen Fire Station).

Frostbite--this "ice castle" maze has never quite worked, and this is the third time they've redone it a bit. It really needs a strong villain to hold it together, but they did throw in a new big monster this year (Germany, DarKastle building).

Circo Sinistro--this creepy circus maze was a bit weak, but it usually gets better as the season grinds on. Last weekend, it was a bit blah and not much happened in the tents (Festa Italia near the Roman Rapids).

I was a bit surprised that the Terror-tories (scare zones) were better than some of the mazes this year. There was more activity, and monsters, than in past years.

Shall we go in? This will largely be a tour of the Terror-tories, with a look at the shows and the Pantheon construction site. Follow me.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:46 pm
by Nrthwnd
Great "startup stroll" through this event, Chuck! And I would rather see t-shirts like that on some of the local teens who pass by on The Night for candy. They don't even try, at times. A Haunt Shirt would definitely improve things, heh.

And nothing like (somewhat) fresh dirt to bring a smile to a coaster fan.

Looking forward to continuation of the same good stuff from ya. =)

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:16 pm
by cfc
Let's stroll through the Terror-tories as it gets dark, shall we?

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:46 am
by jedimaster1227
I've always been curious as to how Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream compared to the one in Tampa... Your report is getting me thinking about how I could plan a trip to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:25 am
by coasterbill
Tampa's event is significantly better in my mind but Williamsburg puts on a very, very good event for a regional park.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:08 pm
by cfc
coasterbill wrote:Tampa's event is significantly better in my mind but Williamsburg puts on a very, very good event for a regional park.


It's not an "upcharge" event in Williamsburg (unless you spring for Quick Queue, of course), so it doesn't have the scale of the Tampa version. But it adds a fun dimension to a fall day at the park.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:23 am
by boldikus
Track pieces for Pantheon has begun to arrive onsite at Busch Gardens Williamsburg! The park has shared this first look on its social media channels:

https://twitter.com/BuschGardensVA/status/1179757970508455936

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And a couple I took through a fence on Sunday when we were down at the park. You can see it very well from Apollos lift, and even a little bit through the trees from the Verbolten bridge.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:10 am
by coasterbill
I wonder if the new track has been swarmed by wasps yet...