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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:17 am
by CoasterAuditor
How is Busch Gardens on Easter Sunday usually? I am playing with the idea of heading down there Sunday afternoon since I haven't been since 2012 which is insane to me.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:33 am
by Satans Hockey
CoasterAuditor wrote:How is Busch Gardens on Easter Sunday usually? I am playing with the idea of heading down there Sunday afternoon since I haven't been since 2012 which is insane to me.


I went last year and besides Invadr which just opened the lines weren't bad at all.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:20 am
by boldikus
Off topic, but has the England section ever had a fish+chips place? If not, why not? :lol:

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:20 pm
by cfc
boldikus wrote:Off topic, but has the England section ever had a fish+chips place? If not, why not? :lol:


You can get fish and chips in the Squire's Grill in England. But, yeah, they could use a pub there.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:32 pm
by boldikus
:nina:

I don't actively remember smelling it but I did have a sudden craving for fish+chips while leaving through England. A nice little pub with some F+C would be perfect.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:07 pm
by cfc
Yes, I'd like to see them serve traditional British pub food, like bangers and mash and shepherd's pie. But some people just have to have cheeseburgers and Philly cheesesteaks.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:55 pm
by cal1br3tto
thrillseeker4552 wrote:Could someone please describe to me the difference between the old and new LNM trains? Aside from a slightly different paint job, am I just blind? Usually I’m pretty geeky and can point out small differences, but I’m stuck on this one...

This is from an early Instagram post about it: "Taller headrests. More room. Different shade green. No fenders. Removal of the orange stripe. Sharper nose. They’re quite different." @coaster_square

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:24 pm
by cfc
Battle for Eire Media Day

Busch Gardens Williamsburg presented its new VR simulator adventure, Battle for Eire, to the media on Friday, March 30. Located in Killarney, the park’s Ireland section, guests will help Addie, the last remaining fairy of Ireland, and her dragon Ollie recover the Heart of Eire from the clutches of Balor, an evil Cyclops, and his horde of Sluagh (insect-like minions). If Balor gets the Heart of Eire, all the magic of Ireland will be destroyed! Oh no!

But to do this, you need to be able to see and enter the “Otherworld.” Fortunately, a handy old castle, and the former home of Europe in the Air, Questor, and other simulator attractions, houses a gateway. But you’ll need the proper “Magical Equipment,” first.

You enter via a stone-lined path (this hasn’t been changed from past attractions), and pick up an “Emerald Mask,” which is fortunately adjustable (those fairies think of everything). There’s a well-made preshow in a castle hall (complete with a hearth), and you receive more instructions in the “Leprechauns’ Workshop.”

After you take your seat and fasten your safety belt, you’ll be told to put on your “Magic Lenses.” These will be in a holder to your right. Just grab the lenses as your would a pair of binoculars and hold them up to your face--magnets in the lenses and masks will grip the lenses and hold them in place. Now you’re ready to fly on the back of Ollie and save Ireland!

Battle for Eire is a distinct improvement over Europe in the Air. It’s good to see Irish mythology back in Ireland--it’s been gone since the park removed the Corkscrew Hill simulator. The voice work in the simulation is very good (they used Irish actors), as is the music, and it’s pretty cool to look around and see the wings of the dragon and other sights as the adventure gets going.

There are some issues with eyeglasses, though. The park recommends not wearing them as they could get scratched, so everything looked rather blurry to me. (The park is working on making the masks and headsets more “glasses friendly.”) You can can also ride without the VR, as the adventure is projected on the simulator’s big screen. I felt a bit queasy toward the end, but not quite as bad as I did on Europe in the Air or Corkscrew Hill.

The ride isn’t open yet. They have some “tweaks” to make, and the park will announce a firm opening date later. I think guests, particularly kids, will enjoy Battle for Eire. They’ve made a few other changes in Ireland, too. Let’s have a look.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:00 am
by Mrlittle
The last time I was at BGW, I got pretty tipsy at that bar. Good to see they added more beer on tap.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:50 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Battle for Eire looks really cool! This might be the first VR ride I'm actually excited about. Maybe they've finally found a way to do it right. And equally important, O'Tators. :nina: