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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby netdvn » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:36 am

Now that the season's finally over, I'll give my final thoughts on this year's HOS.

Mazes
Bitten: 5/5 - Done 5 times - I can definitely see why this maze keeps coming back year after year. The theming is good, the actors are always on point, and the scares are fantastic. I don't understand why everyone knocks this maze because it's consistently good.

Catacombs: 5/5 - Done 3 times - Another solid maze with some really good scares. The theming isn't as elaborate as Bitten's, but the great actors totally make up for it's shortcomings (a short maze with pretty minimal theming). Luckily it felt a bit longer this year than it did last year.

Deadline: 5/5 - Done 3 times - This maze was definitely improved from last year. They had some fantastic actors and the theming is top-notch (even better than Bitten's). The additional props, special effects, and scareactors really make this one of the most improved mazes from last year.

13: 3/5 - Done 2 times - This maze really needs a bit of tweaking done. The actors are pretty good and some of the rooms are really well-done, but the empty rooms, plus some of the odd scares (waiting room? seriously?) really bring the maze down. I remember it being better last year, but not by much.

Root of All Evil: 3/5 - Done 5 times - This started out as the weakest maze of the season, but underwent some major improvements as the season progressed. I still think some of the scares were really creative and well-done (Am I the only person that likes the water splashing? It's no different from getting spewed with toilet water in an abandoned subway), while others were a bit of a miss. If the park really wants to improve the maze, they should ditch the cheap makeup and come up with some more elaborate props/costumes.

Fear Fair: 1/5 - Done once - I unfortunately was only able to do this once this year, but this maze was pretty weak this year and last. I hear it's improved, but I was only really able to do this maze early in the season. Maybe next year I'll get to do this maze a few more times later in the season.

Roaming Hoards: 4/5 - Like the scare zones last year, the hoards started out pretty weak, but got stronger and stronger as the season progressed. I still think they need to add more people to the groups along with the scare zones sorta like last year's (at least change the makeup for the people in the zones so they don't look like the hoards. The bungee people were awesome though, especially the one in New France.

I guess I can't say much about the shows other than they were all amazing. BGW really pulled out all the stops this year for HOS shows.

Dig It Up: 5/5 - seen once - Like I said before, anything that combines Queen with Star Trek is a winner in my book. The actors are great and the show itself is a lot of fun to watch.

Night Beats: 5/5 - seen once - Fantastic music combined with fantastic acting all make for a great show.

Fiends: 5/5 - Probably the best show IMO. I think moving the show to Ireland was a great idea. It definitely made gave the show a little more of an "adult" feel that the old show didn't seem to have (and I guess that made it a bit more entertaining). I kinda miss Frankenstein though. Maybe they could make him part of the roaming hoards.

Overall, I'd have to put this year's event on par with last year's. The park still needs to tweak the event a bit (starting with closing the children's areas earlier for HOS prep), but I really enjoyed this year's event just as much as I did last year's.

I unfortunately missed out on KD's event though due to some unforeseen circumstances (I couldn't get a ride home), but there's always next year for that.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:44 pm

netdvn wrote:Root of All Evil: 3/5 - Done 5 times - This started out as the weakest maze of the season, but underwent some major improvements as the season progressed. I still think some of the scares were really creative and well-done (Am I the only person that likes the water splashing? It's no different from getting spewed with toilet water in an abandoned subway), while others were a bit of a miss. If the park really wants to improve the maze, they should ditch the cheap makeup and come up with some more elaborate props/costumes.



I think they needed a more coherent "story" for it. The first greenhouse isn't a bad start, and I liked the bit with the pond, but there were too many stretches where nothing happens; the plants themselves are, well, just plants; and the finish was weak (yet another building filled with strobe lights). I was glad to see the "Lady of the Gardens" character in there, but they needed to do more with her. Perhaps they should change it up next year to a possessed garden that's trying to claim your soul (that way, they could still keep the zombie groundskeepers and give the Lady more to do).
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:09 pm

Now that Howl-o-Scream is over for 2012, guess what's next at Busch Gardens Williamsburg . . .

One of the Largest Holiday Displays in the Country Opens Nov. 23

Williamsburg, Va. (Nov. 1, 2012) – The world’s most beautiful theme park is about to transform into one of the largest Christmas events in the country as Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. celebrates its fourth season of Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration.

This year guests can have themselves a very retro yuletide as the sights, sounds and nostalgic good cheer of a vintage Americana Christmas comes to life. Holiday Hills welcomes guests to a time gone by when holiday traditions were bold, flashy and warm as apple pie. Holiday Hills will open in the park’s Festa Italia section. The new area expands Christmas Town’s footprint and offers guests additional ride and restaurant choices this Christmas season. See below for additional details about Holiday Hills.

With the one million lights added to the park to create the new area, Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration now features more than six million twinkling lights that adorn nearly every building and tree in the 100-acre park. The light count makes the Williamsburg park one of the country’s largest Christmas light displays.

The entire family will get in the holiday spirit with dazzling shows, Santa’s workshop and gift ideas for holiday shopping. The parks’ signature 50-foot-tall, animated Christmas tree boasts nearly a quarter-million twinkling lights that dance to a musical score.

Many of the park’s world class rides and attractions are also open (weather permitting), including the all new Verbolten, an indoor/outdoor, multi-launch roller coaster which debuted this past spring. The park’s tallest ride, Mäch Tower, will operate in observation mode for Christmas Town so guests can take a leisurely 240-foot ride above the park for a Santa’s eye view of the park. In observation mode, Mäch Tower will then slowly lower guests back to the ground.

It takes a 70-person team thousands of hours and just over three weeks to install and transform the park to a winter wonderland. More than 1,500 fresh-cut Christmas trees are placed throughout the park’s pathways and hills, 700 wreaths decorate doors and windows and 20,000 ornaments are carefully placed on trees.

Christmas Town opens November 23, 2012 and will continue on select days, through December 31, 2012. For more information, including an operating schedule, visit: http://www.ChristmasTown.com.

Holiday Hills (Located in Festa Italia)

Holiday Hills adds a nostalgic element to Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration. Taking inspiration from the mid-20th century Christmas Traditions, the park is transforming its Festa Italia section into an Americana Christmas. The list below provides descriptions of the main features guests will experience when visiting Holiday Hills.

Reindeer Run: Have a rockin’ retro ride with the little ones aboard a sized-down sleigh that isn't sized down on fun.

Snowman Summit: The winter wind will flow through guests’ hair as this ride spins them to smiling around a snowman and dazzling lights.

Jingle Junction: Hidden in the beautiful Holiday Hills, guests can climb aboard one of Busch Gardens’ three steam-powered locomotives at Jingle Junction. Bundle up with the family to enjoy a 20-minute trip through more than 200 acres of lush landscaping with stops in Scotland, New France, and Holiday Hills.

Peppermint Twist: No trip to Holiday Hills is complete without a ride on Peppermint Twist. These antique teacups are perfect for the entire family as guests control the whirling, twirling pace around Santa Claus at Busch Gardens’ special version of this classic ride.

Frosty Friends Photos: Storefront windows glisten during the holidays, decked out and ready for a photo, step inside our own retro version with the Frostiest of Friends.

The Stocking Stop: Take home a holiday gift, ornament for the Christmas tree, or a souvenir to make this a Christmas Town experience never to be forgotten.

Dasher’s Diner: Christmas is a wonderful time for tasty holiday treats and a family feast. Dasher’s Diner will feature many Christmas goodies including an old-fashioned, home-cooking-inspired buffet and other holiday treats. This warm and welcoming environment will bring guests back to a simpler time.

Fun Facts About Christmas Town

Six million Christmas lights adorn the 100-acre park
Eighty-five percent of the lights used at Busch Gardens Christmas Town are energy-saving LED lights
More than 1,500 fresh-cut Christmas trees are placed throughout the park’s pathways and hills
The fresh-cut Christmas trees are turned into mulch at the end of the season and used in the park’s planters and flower beds
25 miles of cables provide power
The park is wrapped in more than three miles of garland
More than 700 wreathes and artificial trees decorate inside areas, doors, and windows
800 lit snowflakes and stars twinkle
20,000 Christmas ornaments are carefully placed on the trees
900 window candles and luminaries light the night sky
Thousands of hours of installation completed by 70-person team
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Christmas Town opens on November 23 and runs on select days through December 31.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Oryp » Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:12 pm

I'm glad to hear Verbolten is going to be open this year, although I kind of wish it were Alpengeist. I'm definitely going to have to try to get to the park for Christmas Town this year!
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:12 pm

They ran Alpengeist last year, but there is one issue--it can't be operated if the temperature drops below 42 degrees F (which is rather ironic for a ride themed to a chair lift in a ski area). I'm not sure what the cutoff temperature is for Verbolten, but it makes sense for BGW to run their "New Hotness" for Christmas Town.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby grimby » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:24 am

Oryp wrote:I'm glad to hear Verbolten is going to be open this year


Hell yeah! Great to see lil Boltz' get some time in the lime light, especially after its teething problems for its first few months.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:54 am

Verbolten has been running consistenly well since July. Mach Tower, however . . . ;)
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Homeboy23 » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:01 am

^ I was actually kind of surprised that it was running on the last Friday, Mach Tower that is.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:12 am

As I recall, they were planning to run Mach Tower in "observation mode" during Christmas Town 2011, but used it for drops, instead.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:14 pm

BGW is also offering a "Bounce Ticket" that's good for not only Christmas Town, but also three days at Colonial Williamsburg. You'll find more information here.
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