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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby redfoot12 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 5:45 am

^Ha--thanks for the advice. Can passholders bring a friend who's non passholder?
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Postby Saldek » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:08 am

^Technically, no. That day is suppose to be strictly for passholders but I was able to buy a one day ticket for a friend a couple years ago. The park won't turn away business like that.

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Postby redfoot12 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:12 am

^Word. I have a buddy who would probably get a Fun Pass.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Saldek » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:29 pm

The local ABC station went behind the scenes at BGW to show the maintenance work that goes on in the off-season.

http://www.wvec.com/news/behind-the-scenes-Busch-Gardens-115668119.html

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby DJeXeL » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:19 pm

I didn't know that the rides operate 24/7. ;)
In all seriousness, I love videos like this that educate the GP on what goes on during the off-season.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby PayneTrain » Wed Feb 09, 2011 8:28 pm

Protip: sometimes, the old, old entrance/staff entrance off of Route 60 will have someone staffed there, and if you have a Platinum Pass or are willing to pay for preferred parking in England, it's a safe bet. I never had to try it last year, so I don't know if that closing was a trickle-down from ownership change.

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby T-BONDIcoasterkid » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:54 am

I am going to BGW in march or april! I wonder if Mach Tower will be open? Either way I will get 2 new coaster credits!(Alpengeist and Griffon) I will then have 25 credits!!!
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:59 am

PayneTrain wrote:Protip: sometimes, the old, old entrance/staff entrance off of Route 60 will have someone staffed there, and if you have a Platinum Pass or are willing to pay for preferred parking in England, it's a safe bet. I never had to try it last year, so I don't know if that closing was a trickle-down from ownership change.


I wouldn't recommend doing this. The old entrance is meant for staff and tour buses (they also use it for media days), and I doubt the park would look kindly on others trying to use it.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Saldek » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:55 am

^I wouldn't recommend it either.

There is usually one person checking staff/employee ID's and another for bus parking. And many times just one person doing both.

They don't need a bunch of passholders thinking they have the privilege to use that entrance. That could end up being a traffic gridlock on busy days preventing key employees from getting to work. I have a friend that worked there the past two years that I've given rides to work and that one gate can get busy just for employees, especially around park opening.

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:58 pm

cfc wrote:
PayneTrain wrote:Protip: sometimes, the old, old entrance/staff entrance off of Route 60 will have someone staffed there, and if you have a Platinum Pass or are willing to pay for preferred parking in England, it's a safe bet. I never had to try it last year, so I don't know if that closing was a trickle-down from ownership change.


I wouldn't recommend doing this. The old entrance is meant for staff and tour buses (they also use it for media days), and I doubt the park would look kindly on others trying to use it.

Agreed.

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