Good lord, that's what Backlot Stunt Coaster looks like now?
Other than that, East Coast Bash looks pretty great so far, and as always, I'm extremely jealous that I couldn't get out there for this one. I haven't been to Kings Dominion since well before Intimidator 305 was built and I'm dying to try it out for myself... So in the meantime, I'll continue to live vicariously through you and your trip reports... Thanks Chuck!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
They even gave up on the sound effects and fire, Adam. You just stop for a moment, then "take the tunnel."
Part 2: Busch Gardens Williamsburg I live about 20 minutes from BGW, so I can go there pretty much whenever I please during the season; yet, I still enjoy TPR events there. Why? ERT, my fellow TPR members, and the backstage tours. I've been backstage a couple of times over the last few years, and actually thought about passing on it this year, figuring there wasn't much that I'd hadn't already seen.
But I was wrong about that. Even though I've been inside Escape from Pompeii, Verbolten, Loch Ness Monster, and Griffon before, they showed us some stuff and areas I still hadn't seen. Definitely worth the time! Once again, my thanks to Busch Gardens, Robb, and Elissa for another great day!
ECB Day 2 began bright and early with ERT on Verbolten (the "New Hotness") and Mach Tower (the "Old Hotness"?). Here's a look.
Yep--it's nothing but glamor behind the scenes at ECB, Day 2! Where else do you get to rip tickets with Robb and Erik?
Larry wants everyone to know that you will never see the Mr. Grumpy shirt again. He has officially retired it--although he promises to remain grumpy.
And hordes swarm over BGW for ERT on . . .
. . . Verbolten!
"Don't look back, as you brave the Black Forest!" (Even though you are told countless times not to go there. Wouldn't be much of a ride if you didn't take a wrong turn now, would it?)
Let the backstage tours begin!
First stop: Verbolten. The Black Forest is in that green building on the left.
Oh no! Those poor people are in the EVIL YELLOW TRAIN OF DOOM!
As Gerta says (about 1,000,000 times a day), "Auf weidersehen!"
They didn't even take us back here during the Verbolten Media Day.
Well, Gerta warned them that the "Black Forest ist verboten!"
Not a good sign.
You fools! Can't you read German?
The Drachen Fire station may not be haunted, but it has been infested with vampires in the past.
This is most sophisticated control room at BGW.
Here's what the operator sees when a train enters the drop section. (Oh, darn! Did I give away the surprise?)
Next stop, the ruins of Pompeii.
Rumor has it that there's an abandoned subway line in here that's infested with homicidal Italian zombies.
You know, considering the volcanic eruption and the passage of about 2,000 years, that door looks to be in pretty good shape.
These ancient Roman stairs have held up well, too.
See those two big black buttons in front of the operator? Those are for FIRE!
Here's where a ride op monitors the top of Pompeii's big drop.
Just wait for a boat, jump out, and go "boogieboogieboogie"!
If you could open this window, you could drop water balloons on passing boats--just to add insult to injury.
Time to go behind the scenes at the park's last remaining Arrow coaster. Some may weep.
"Now, these are what we call 'wheels' in the trade."
Yes, that is a wheel. We coaster enthusiasts are rather savvy that way.
This is the "mole hole," which technicians use to inspect the underside of a train. I'd show you a close-up picture of the hole itself, but such coaster porn would violate the site's Terms of Service.
Welcome to a somehat-less-sophisticated-than-Verbolten set of controls.
I think people should wear indicators like this--just so you know they're OK. One more set of pics to come.
Great TR, even if I wasn't there I can see what you got up to. Love the photos almost made me wish I had joined Amber for the tour. That was Amber who was injured Quest, but hey you play the game, you take the risks. I would have really enjoyed the backstage tours. thanks for all the great shots.
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