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Postby SuperShawn » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:10 pm

Appreciate the great look at the event since it's not looking like I'll make it down to see in person. While it doesn't seem as scare heavy as some of the other Halloween events out there it does look like a fun night.
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Postby cfc » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:39 pm

One interesting request they made during the reception--they asked that we stress in our reports that Howl-o-Scream is not meant for small children. Although it isn't as "intense" as Tampa's event, they have stepped things up a little this year (more aggressive scareactors in the "Terror-tories," for example).

Yet you still see a lot of kids in strollers at BGW's Howl-o-Scream.
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Postby pianojohn » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:46 pm

That video clip was PAINFUL. I knew that Live Entertainment was going downhill (see Mix It Up and the ensuing walk-offs), but those vocals and staging of "I Am What I Am" were straight out of BAD community theater. Here's hoping the other forms of entertainment aren't quite so abysmal. :?r

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Postby cfc » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:30 pm

^I prefer my theme-park shows to be accompanied by big explosions. ;)
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Postby netdvn » Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:55 pm

Hit up the event all three days. Compared to previous years, opening weekend has been fantastic. All the actors were on their A game and it showed. I'm really hoping the trend continues as the event gets better and better.

Mazes and scare zones did seem a bit understaffed at points. The pirate scare zone in Italy was pitiful despite the bungee dude. They need to expand it. Festa is completely unthemed which is unfortunate considering that's where the new maze is. I love what the park did with France and the rest of the scare zones. Other areas were pretty well done compared to opening last year.

I'll probably post a more extensive review once the event really kicks in. Doing this on a phone is a pain.
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Postby cfc » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:41 am

^Yes, most of the pirate theming is on the Oktoberfest bridge and in DaVinci's Garden, with the maze and "Buccaneer Galley" in Festa Italia; still, I prefer this to the "evil clown" stuff they've been doing there.
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Postby netdvn » Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:45 pm

A quick rundown of the all the scare zones (now called Terrortories) over the weekend. I wasn't sure how it would work out, but most of them came together well with a few issues.

Ports of Skull - 2/5 - The weakest of the scare zones, they really need to expand this one beyond that little corner. Have it take up the entire garden and the Festa bridge or Pompeii path. The bungee dude was pretty awesome and the actors were alright.

Ripper Row - 3/5 - Actors were pretty good and I loved the headless ladies. I wish they kept the kidnappings, but I can see how it would cause problems. I liked the sets but they looked a tad on the cheap side. They should bring the Scavengers costumes back and add a few victims to the mix.

Vampire Point - 4/5 - This scare zone suffers from a staff issue. I saw a handful of people roaming around but with a scare zone this big, there should be more roamers. The actors were excellent. I love the hotel, Vlad, and his crew. Blood Banquet should be cut back though. Even on Saturday, there weren't many people eating there plus it creates a huge bottleneck.

Demon Street - 5/5 - Like Widowmakers before it chainsaws always win out. Combine that with cool special effects and DJ Satan cranking out awesome jams and you have a fantastic scare zone. I just wish they had a few more of those fire dancers on a few more rooftops and grim reaper wasn't changed into smiling demon. Add some stuff to Griffon's area too.

Overall the scare zones were pretty good for opening weekend. I only hope they continue to get better as they usually do throughout the season. Howl O Scream started off really weak in 2011-2012 and those years ended up being among the best. Maze reviews coming later.
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Postby cfc » Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:48 pm

I think my biggest complaint regarding mazes at HOS is the very slow line for 13: Your Number's Up. The path through the Europe in the Air building is very narrow in spots, and you end up being stuck in a conga line.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Mrlittle » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:10 pm

cfc wrote:One interesting request they made during the reception--they asked that we stress in our reports that Howl-o-Scream is not meant for small children. Although it isn't as "intense" as Tampa's event, they have stepped things up a little this year (more aggressive scareactors in the "Terror-tories," for example).

Yet you still see a lot of kids in strollers at BGW's Howl-o-Scream.


They been stressing the same thing for HOS at Seaworld San Antonio on their Facebook this year as well. Sounds like they are trying to get all 3 of HOS events at the same level of BGT. It looks like they will have a great event this year at BGW.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Uberbluedragon » Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:27 pm

I thought for a second that out of the three HOS parks that BGT is highest level and then it hit me that Universal and Disney are a hour and half drive away. Also when they want to retire that red dragon from demon street I'll gladly take that off their hands. That dragon is totally awesome! :devil:

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