I'm curious - how has the yellow train been affecting Verbolten's line speed? It was already moving very quickly with four (a full queue is only 40 minutes, which for the amount of people that line fits is nothing short of amazing), so I'm wondering if there's a noticeable difference with five? Seems like it would make a slight one, though nothing crazy.
Seriously can't wait for ERT on it at East Coast Bash, hopefully at night! I really love this ride for some reason. Well, a lot of reasons.
1. Skyrush | 2. Maverick | 3. The Voyage | 4. El Toro | 5. Outlaw Run 6. Millennium Force | 7. I-305 | 8. Medusa: SC | 9. X2 | 10. Phoenix
^I was at the park for a few hours early this evening, but I didn't time the wait for Verbolten with five trains. It broke down long enough for me to grab a pretzel dog and a beer (about 15 minutes). Mach Tower was down again, and Alpengeist was out of action, as well, with a train stuck on the lifthill.
BGW and Water Country USA are running some new promotions for the second half of summer.
BUSCH GARDENS AND WATER COUNTRY USA INTRODUCE NEW SUMMER SAVINGS Williamsburg, Va. (July 23, 2012)—Busch Gardens and Water Country USA announced two offers today featuring even more ways for Virginia residents to save while visiting the Williamsburg theme parks.
For a limited time, Busch Gardens is offering an online only $50 twilight ticket, a complimentary dinner entrée and a non-alcoholic beverage good after 3 p.m. through Sept. 3. It is the perfect opportunity to visit Busch Gardens during the evening to enjoy cooler temperatures and experience the park’s summer celebration event, IllumiNights, a nightly extravaganza featuring live performances, music and special effects that culminates in a park-wide firework spectacular [IllumiNights closes for the season Aug. 19]. Park guests also can brave the Black Forest aboard Verbolten, the park’s new multi-launch roller coaster.
“The twilight offer is a great way to visit Busch Gardens when the temperatures are cooler and the lines are shorter,” said Dan Dipiazzo, vice president of marketing for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “Guests can enjoy all the park has to offer, plus a delicious dinner at one of our signature restaurants, and get it all for the lowest price of the season.”
Virginia residents can cool off and save $20 on a single-day ticket to Water Country USA. The mid-Atlantic’s largest water park features resort-style amenities, up-close animal encounters and more than 30 state-of-the-art water attractions including Vanish Point, where riders choose between two wicked-wet ways to drop out of sight.
“We’re fortunate to have one of the top 20 water parks in the world right here in Virginia,” Dipiazzo said. “We want to give all of our neighbors the chance to experience it during these hot summer days at a great savings.”
Consumers wanting to purchase the Busch Gardens’ twilight ticket and entrée, or the Water Country USA summer savings offer must visit buschgardens.com/va or watercountryusa.com.
Wolf Valley at Busch Gardens Williamsburg has three new pack mates this year—pups from Colorado and Idaho named Boise, Beo, and Kaya. The park gave the media an up-close look at their new additions, providing access to the two of the pups, Beo and Kaya, in their Wolf Valley habitat on Friday, August 10, 2012.
This is the first time the park has let someone other than trainers walk around in Wolf Valley, and it was a very enjoyable experience getting close to the pups as they played and circled around us. “Wolves are an incredible animal,” said Jay Tacey, the park’s manager of zoological operations. “But they are also one of the most misunderstood.” For example, despite the wolf’s reputation in fairy tales and folklore as a sinister, vicious predator that threatens young children, there is no known instance of a wild wolf killing a human being.
Wolves were also found to be a "keystone species" when they were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park. Many species of plants, which had been long absent, started flourishing when the wolves returned. Why? Because the wolves kept other animals (their prey) on the move, rather than allowing them to overgraze areas of the park.
Beo and Kaya are, indeed, very inquisitive, friendly pups who seem to enjoy the company of humans. They came to the park from an animal-care facility in Colorado, and according to their trainers, were very happy to meet new people when they were adopted by Busch Gardens. This is notable, as wolves tend to develop a fear of humans when they reach 10 to 14 days of age, according to Jay Tacey.
Boise wasn’t with his new pack mates today, but his story is a bit different from theirs. Boise is a rescue animal who was found, in poor health, wandering down a road in Ketchum, Idaho. Some passersby, thinking he was someone’s dog, took him to a local vet. The average lifespan of a wolf in the wild is about four years.
Boise is comfortable among his pack mates, but still a little skittish around people. He’ll eventually join the others in Wolf Valley, once he becomes more acclimated. Wolves are a social animal and tend to be more successful in groups.
My thanks to BGW for this close-up look at their newest residents.
Kevin Crosset, the park's head of public relations, welcomes the group to the wolf pups' very own media day.
Hmm . . . Unless I miss my guess, we will encounter wolves somewhere in this vicinity.
Jay Tacey told the group a bit about the wolves and the park's animal exhibits. They were "elated" that the three pups got along so well when they first met-as though they'd always been members of the same pack.
"OK, here are your wolf pups. Now I gotta take some baby elephant with big ears to the circus."
Noted. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment has "one of the largest animal collections in the world." It's been interesting watching BGW expand their animal exhibits over the years.
This way to Wolf Valley.
Megan Golsson, a trainer in charge of Wolf Valley, took the group in to meet Beo and Kaya.
But first she had to get two bags of treats (aka, "postive reinforcement"). All the SeaWorld parks use positive-reinforcement techniques when training their animals.
Say hello to Beo and Kaya.
Animal care specialist Kendell Thomas with Mia, a German shorthaired pointer who acts a a "mother" to the pups. Wolf pups tend to exhibit "alpha" behavior, so a domestic dog is used to make sure they learn proper "submissive" behaviors, which will make it easier for the rest of BGW's pack to accept them.
"Your destiny is to be the wicked ruler of a corrupt kingdom . . ." Oops! That's DarKastle, not Wolf Valley.
Sniffing up anything interesting, guys?
"Am I not adorable? You must admit it is true."
"Holding still is one of the hardest things you can ask a wolf to do," said Megan.
"May I have some more 'positive reinforcement,' please?"
"Best take this pic now, folks. It's tough for us to stand still!"
From the wolf's point of view--humans are so entertaining.
The wolf stalks its "prey."
Here's your last chance to touch a wolf.
"Goodbye, folks! Thanks for all the positive reinforcement!"
And my thanks, again, to Busch Gardens for this chance to meet their new wolves.
And in case you're curious, this is Boise. Thanks for reading.
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