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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:10 am

Looks like we have a replacement for Pirates 4D.

It's supposed to be a theatrical-esque show that focuses on British rock music. Being a big fan of classic rock, I'm very interested to see how this show is next year.

Not sure if this is one of the buses from the 70s, but it's still pretty cool.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:56 pm

^Speaking of that . . .

Busch Gardens is holding their annual Passholder Appreciation Weekend, and the first 1,500 passholders to make it to the Festhaus this morning were treated to some announcements about Christmas Town, Howl-o-Scream, and the park's new show for 2014 (London Rocks).

Christmas Town--For the price of a one-day ticket to the event this year ($30), passholders can buy an unlimited Christmas Town pass. In the past, you had to buy a discounted one-day ticket. But between now and October 31, passholders can purchase these Christmas Town passes for $25 online (just login into your passholder account online).

Howl-o-Scream--This event kicks off on September 13 (yes, Friday the 13th). Passholders can bring a friend for free from September 13-16, and these free tickets can be obtained online. That's one free ticket per "active" pass, and only for opening weekend. Although there is one new maze this year (Cut Throat Cove in Festa Italia), the park is emphasizing dining during HOS. Three separate, themed dining experiences are available: Blood Banquet in Germany (with Count Vlad and other bloodsuckers as your friendly hosts), Buccaneer Galley in Festa Italia (with scurvy wenches and pirates, of course), and Fright Feast in Ireland (with a mad scientist and monsters). They're really pushing the four "Terror-tories," as well: Ripper Row (England), Vampire Point (Germany), Demon Street (France), and Ports of Skull (Italy). They've ramped up the "adult" beverage offerings, too. Another new feature of HOS will be "Torture Hill" in Italy, where you can partake of such piratical sports as being placed in the stocks or walking the plank.

London Rocks--This is the show going into the Globe Theatre in England. They gave passholders a little taste of it today.

Jack Hanna was there to do some animal shows, too. Here's a look at what went on at the Festhaus and elsewhere today.
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Yes, it's all about us today.
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First stop, the Festhaus.
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They're setting up for the HOS Casket Club show--no oom-pah-pah today.
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Scott Gasparich, the park's entertainment director kept trying to talk about Howl-o-Scream . . .
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. . . only to be interrupted by pirates, . . .
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. . . a Victorian woman of questionable virtue, . . .
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. . . demonic entities, . . .
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. . . and vixens.
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This is the Demonic DJ, and he'll be calling the musical shots on Demon Street (France).
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Meet the sparkliest vampire of them all . . .
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. . .Count Vlad!
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Orlock, the lord of the Casket Club, is not pleased that the Blood Banquet will also be coming to Germany.
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I imagine you'll be encountering Count Vlad and his bloodsucking guests at the Blood Banquet.
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Finally, they gave us a look at the new show in England. I think these giant balloons look like shortbread cookies--or maybe I'm just hungry.
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Sing it! "I need somebody!"
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They played all sort of British pop and rock while flashing these projections on the balloons.
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Everything from "Hard Day's Night" to "Start Me Up" to "Our House."
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Then something blew up.
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I think the show may have to do with British pop music; of course, I could be mistaken.
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I pity the poor clean-up crew--the UK just puked all over the Feshaus after downing too much Guinness.
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Remember--that's London Rocks.
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This bus did not come from London.
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OK, how about a look at some other HOS stuff?
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Yep--pirates.
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They've put up the set for the "Dig It Up" show in Italy.
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Blow like an Egyptian . . .
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Arr, I think ye can get yer fruity rum drinks here, mateys.
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But beware of scurvy bungee pirates!
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And look out for Count von Count!
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Punkins. That's all.
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You can find jello shots and naughty nurses here.
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No Europe in the Air during Howl-o-Scream--what bad luck.
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Boogie, boogie, boogie!
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France is slowly being transformed into Demon Street.
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Even New France is getting into the act.
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"Velcome to Vampire Point. Haf you been helped--or sucked?"
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Hmm--looks like some scare zone stuff is being set up.
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Here's a piece of Ripper Row in England.
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Terror waits behind this door!
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Why don't we finish up with some of Jack Hanna's adorable animals?
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Always end a report with a cute little kitty--that's all.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:31 pm

The Princess Anne/Virginia Beach tag tells me they borrowed the bus from the air museum.

Also, had you panned slightly more to the right on this shot I would have been in it. I was sitting next to the guy in the "Why I Don't Ride" shirt. :p
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:10 pm

Great update, Chuck. I don't think too many people will miss the Pirates 4D show. ;)

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:54 pm

I can not believe there is no new ride again this year. The last 2 years no new ride or new attraction. Wonder why Tampa is getting a new ride and we get nothing. Where is all our money going???

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:28 pm

^Last three years:

BGW: 1 new coaster and 1 new drop tower
BGT: 1 new coaster and 1 new drop tower

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is already an amazing park. I trust their decision making on when they will add their next major addition.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:55 pm

There are rumors that the tiger side of Gwazi will be heading to BGW. :wtf:

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:05 pm

ernierocker wrote:^Last three years:

BGW: 1 new coaster and 1 new drop tower
BGT: 1 new coaster and 1 new drop tower

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is already an amazing park. I trust their decision making on when they will add their next major addition.


Same. It's not unusual for BGW to go for a few years without a new "major" attraction. These things are planned out years in advance. Entertainment and food seem to be their focus at the moment.

djboss302 wrote:There are rumors that the tiger side of Gwazi will be heading to BGW. :wtf:


Er, dubious, at best.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:36 pm

I think 2015 will be a big year for Virginia... whatever Busch has up their sleeves going big and KD will be due for something fairly large then too.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:58 am

Stewcrew99 wrote:I can not believe there is no new ride again this year. The last 2 years no new ride or new attraction. Wonder why Tampa is getting a new ride and we get nothing. Where is all our money going???


Better to plan out something good and spectacular than just start plopping down rides and coasters anywhere they please. This is what puts BGW above Six Flags in so many ways.
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