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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby BG Noeit Al » Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:53 am

^^Thats very interesting and neat.

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What is there to update other than, I saw it doing full tests! That does seem to be the new phrase everyone is saying other than, it will open in [insert # or few] weeks. Labor Day openning has been rumored now, so we will see it open anywhere from next weekend to Labor Day weekend, hopefully.

netdvn wrote:I got a firsthand look at what goes on behind the green walls today and it was definitely really cool to see what went on behind the scenes. I won't go into too much detail since it's unnecessary at this point. So to answer the questions...


Don't forget my question! If originally, it was supposed to open memorial day weekend and they only had about at most two weeks to test it before said opening date and it is fine, how long is testing supposed to take? I am just saying, before Memorial Day, they didn't have much testing time that is until now where they seem to be spending more time testing than actually fixing something. Maybe they are taking their time with testing is all I am saying at this point.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Austin11KD » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:12 pm

I think it would make more sense to just to open Mach Tower and Verbolten next year together. Something else can go wrong before Labor Day, and if nothing goes wrong, the ride will only be open for not even two months!
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:51 pm

^It could operate during Christmas Town, as well--if there are no limitations due to weather.
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Postby braztaz » Thu Aug 11, 2011 2:10 pm

I sure hope Mach Tower can run in the cold! Imagine looking down on all those Christmas lights and decorations...
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Swiftman » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:39 pm

New Mach Tower testing video:

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby netdvn » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:10 am

Testing is gonna take as much time as it needs to. I can't tell you how long the testing is gonna last because I was told that was still unknown at the time (remember, the ride needs to pass a battery of tests AND the ride still hasn't been fully inspected yet). Contrary to popular belief, Moser is still working on the tower and it hasn't been given to the park yet. Despite that, training has already started (me and a few coworkers operated the tower a few times on Wednesday).

Again, I'll keep you posted on any updates that I get.

The tower is scheduled to operate during Christmas Town as an observation tower if the park can get it up and running by then.

Construction is moving forward on Verbolten. You can see what looks like concrete footers being placed in the big pit.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby T-BONDIcoasterkid » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:20 am

Well, it looks like Mach Tower won't open before labor day. :( I probably wont get to ride it this year.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby BG Noeit Al » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:22 pm

Yeah my supervisor told me told me today that Mach Tower will be an observation ONLY tower during Christmas Town which makes sense since you are supposed to admire all the lights and decor.

I got a glimpse of the new maze taking over Cursed, I am OFFICIALLY CONFIRMING that it will be a fair themed maze n that area. You can even see the carnival style tents from the train, there is even a ticket booth at the gate just on the inside. I know it was confirmed by inside sources for BGWFans.com however this just me saying I actually saw it so you know its all cool.

I also saw a Howl-o-Scream golf cart. It was entangled in vines with red flowers that had eyes and the slogan The Dark Side f the Gardens was posted on it, maybe we can be seeing a new permanent theme???

Sorry all you Mach Tower fans, the gift shop that was loaded with Mach Tower merchandise was torn down completely and is no longer there, I guess you have to get your shirts and mugs in England for now on.

Employee Ride Time for Mach Tower (which we get paid almost minimum wage for as extra hours) will be Wednesday 9am-5pm. Want to see people scream their heads off? You probably should visit then.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:09 am

I went over to the park after work last night for a few hours. There was a decent-sized crowd, yet the longest line was for the Loch Ness Monster--go figure. I got a pretty good look at the old Cursed area from Apollo's Chariot. It does look sort of "carnival-like" down there (lots of tents).

My main objective was to check out this new "teaser" signage everyone had been talking about here and to get a few pictures of the work on Verbolten. As for Mach Tower, I did see it test once: It went up and plunged down successfully--yay!
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The "big dig" continues (as seen from the bridge over the Rhine River).
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Looks like these poor trees could use a hug.
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The old Big Bad Wolf station--as reported earlier, the waterfall is gone (or at least shutdown for the duration, I guess).
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This looks like something Dr. Frankenstein would have in his lab.
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Hmm-a promise of things to come, perhaps?
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This certainly looks ominous.
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Feelings of dread growing . . . (Is that a logo I see on the left?)
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We are?
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Yep--I guess we are at that.
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Even more dangerous that the road between Franklin and South Hill, Va.? If so, that's pretty dangerous!
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Let's have a look at this construction, shall we?
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Even this dragon fly is curious about Verbolten.
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That's a pretty good sized hole. But it seems that this area's role in Howl-o-Scream will contunue this year. (On the left is Drachen Fire's barn; the old station, which has been infested with vampires in the past, is on the right.)
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Looks like rebar-and-concrete time.
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Remember, when working on Verbolten, do not drink the water!
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The construction site--through the bumper cars!
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Noted! That's all for now.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby T-BONDIcoasterkid » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:48 am

Thanks for the update Chuck!
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