Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

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Postby defrocker » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:13 pm

Sorry, tonight until 8.

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Postby Fooz » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:18 pm

Yes, I can confirm since I just rode it. Airtime is low end floater.

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Postby redfoot12 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:28 pm

My friend rode it and seemed to like it. I probably won't get around to it until next weekend.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby VACoasterdude » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:52 pm

Rode InvadR during the soft opening tonight. Awesome family coaster. First drop better than expected and decent floater air in front seat. Very smooth and I enjoyed it overall. Night rides in the dark will be even more fun. Only complaint would be the station is really compact limiting the number of riders that can enter the station, so the line will grow really fast.

Other than waiting 25 minutes for InvadR rest of park was not crowded at all, every ride was a walk on

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:44 am

I took a front-seat and a back-seat ride on InvadR during the media event today (report and video to follow later). Overall, this is a solid GCI wooden coaster that's a lot of fun for families. There's a nice pop of air after the initial drop (which is very good), and the train keeps a steady pace throughout the course. It's best to ride in the back seat (more air back there).

Should be a hit for Busch Gardens.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:46 am

Guys, please do not cross post content from other sites. It's rude. Chuck is working on his report and he will have it up soon enough. We have already posted a POV of the coaster as well a few days ago:
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:11 pm

Fooz wrote:Invadr is pretty fun. Great great for families.


Fooz wrote:Airtime is low end floater.


VACoasterdude wrote:Rode InvadR during the soft opening tonight. Awesome family coaster.


cfc wrote:Overall, this is a solid GCI wooden coaster that's a lot of fun for families.


So this is what I really don't understand about BGW and their coasters: Everyone is saying this is a great "family" coaster, except with a 46" height restriction, it's starting to get outside of the "family coaster" category.

If Test Track, which goes 65mph, Tower of Terror, which has insane airtime, and Big Thunder Mountain, which actually has a decent amount of airtime for what it does, can all be 40" at Magic Kingdom, explain to me why a ride like InvadR is 46"?

There is no explanation, IMO, only poor excuses.

This will always frustrate me with parks that open rides that are great for one demographic but carry a height restriction for another. BGW is, IMO, one of the most unbalanced major parks in the country (maybe even the world) when it comes to height restrictions. It promotes itself as a "family" park, yet it doesn't have any coasters with a height restriction lower than 46" outside of the kiddie area, and most of them are between 52-54"

Of course the only other park that immediately comes to mind that is even more unbalanced is SeaWorld Orlando. Explain to me why a park that REALLY caters to smaller kids has three giant roller coasters with a 54" height restriction that most kids that go to that park can't even ride. (Not even Kristen who is ten years old now is tall enough to ride any of SeaWorld's coasters!) So perhaps this is a higher-level corporate issue where they just don't value the importance of having a true "family" ride at their parks?

This coaster SHOULD have been their 42" ride that filled that gap which was created when Big Bad Wolf was taken down. One can only hope they'll realize this and try to do something to modify it.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:40 pm

Since everyone is so impatient. Here's the video that Chuck got today. He'll add it into his report when he finishes it later...

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby AstrumSpark » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:50 pm

robbalvey wrote:
Fooz wrote:Invadr is pretty fun. Great great for families.


Fooz wrote:Airtime is low end floater.


VACoasterdude wrote:Rode InvadR during the soft opening tonight. Awesome family coaster.


cfc wrote:Overall, this is a solid GCI wooden coaster that's a lot of fun for families.


So this is what I really don't understand about BGW and their coasters: Everyone is saying this is a great "family" coaster, except with a 46" height restriction, it's starting to get outside of the "family coaster" category.

If Test Track, which goes 65mph, Tower of Terror, which has insane airtime, and Big Thunder Mountain, which actually has a decent amount of airtime for what it does, can all be 40" at Magic Kingdom, explain to me why a ride like InvadR is 46"?

There is no explanation, IMO, only poor excuses.

This will always frustrate me with parks that open rides that are great for one demographic but carry a height restriction for another. BGW is, IMO, one of the most unbalanced major parks in the country (maybe even the world) when it comes to height restrictions. It promotes itself as a "family" park, yet it doesn't have any coasters with a height restriction lower than 46" outside of the kiddie area, and most of them are between 52-54"

Of course the only other park that immediately comes to mind that is even more unbalanced is SeaWorld Orlando. Explain to me why a park that REALLY caters to smaller kids has three giant roller coasters with a 54" height restriction that most kids that go to that park can't even ride. (Not even Kristen who is ten years old now is tall enough to ride any of SeaWorld's coasters!) So perhaps this is a higher-level corporate issue where they just don't value the importance of having a true "family" ride at their parks?

This coaster SHOULD have been their 42" ride that filled that gap which was created when Big Bad Wolf was taken down. One can only hope they'll realize this and try to do something to modify it.

*sigh*


What's wrong with a less intense experience for once? We already have several high level coasters at BGW. Adults are enjoying the ride regardless so I don't see how this is an issue.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:53 pm

Did you read his post at all?

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