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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:48 am
by SLCHeadache
*watches the video*

Eh, it's a huge step up from the same old Larson Loops and StarFlyers popping up everywhere.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:40 am
by DoinItForTheFame
StarWars wrote:I think this awesome looking ride would be a good addition to BGW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmQ-Ha-aLEY&t=1s


Could you imagine the lines on that thing?? BGW attracts a decent amount of people... And that rides capacity seems pretty low. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 4:28 pm
by cfc
2018 BGW HOS Logo.jpg


BUSCH GARDENS® SCARE-RAISING EVENT CELEBRATES XX YEARS IN 2018

New Howl-O-Scream® Details Released the 20th Day of Each Month


Click here for 2018 Howl-o-Scream video.


WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (May 20, 2018) – Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® may be months away, but the Williamsburg theme park is preparing for the scariest and most exciting Howl-O-Scream yet when it kicks off a New Era of Terror in September. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the popular fall event and that means more scares than ever before.

With so many new Howl-O-Scream attractions on tap, Busch Gardens will reveal new scares on the 20th day of each month beginning May 20 through Aug. 20 until the full line-up is announced.

New scares coming in 2018 include:

3 Haunted Houses- 7 total

3 Bars- 5 total

2 Terror-tories™- 6 total

2 Party Zones

1 No Escape (Escape Room Experience)- 2 total

Plus more frightening fun

May 20 Reveal – Howl-O-Scream 20th anniversary logo

June 20 Reveal – A haunted house and one Terror-tory

July 20 Reveal – Another haunted house, a second Terror-tory and the No Escape Room

August 20 Reveal – A third haunted house, party zones, bars and other frightening features

Consumers are encouraged to stay tuned and check back on the 20th day of every month for the next haunting Howl-O-Scream reveal. Details can be uncovered at HOWLOSCREAM.COM/VA

Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 15 and will run on select days through Oct. 28.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 5:13 pm
by larrygator
DoinItForTheFame wrote:
StarWars wrote:I think this awesome looking ride would be a good addition to BGW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmQ-Ha-aLEY&t=1s


Could you imagine the lines on that thing?? BGW attracts a decent amount of people... And that rides capacity seems pretty low. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


This will never happen in a major US park, without a steep upcharge. It's a great ride, but extremely low capacity, less than 200 riders per hour.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 11:51 am
by cfc
Cuba, Brazil, Japan, and South Korea on the Menu: What's New at the Food and Wine Festival

OK, who's up for some beef and chimichurri sauce? This guy! Yes, Busch Gardens kicked off their annual Food and Wine Festival last Friday, and (as usual) I went there after work to check out the new menu offerings. A number of booths from last year have returned, such as Hawaii (for all you spam fans) and the Carribbean (for all you Jamba Fritter fans); some are sporting some new items, such as Hawaiian Mac and Cheese; and others have departed, such as Germany (but you can still get a Schnitzelwich in the Brauhaus).

But the big news is that the new booths for 2018 are great. Here's what I sampled:

Cuba (located in France)--Ropa Vieja (very tasty shredded beef with rice and beans)
Brazil (located in Fort New France)--Churrasco (grilled beef in a very nice chimichurri sauce)
South Korea (Festa Italia)--Korean BBQ Pork Ribs (sauce has a nice bite and the slaw that comes with it is surprisingly good)
Japan (located in Italy)--Matcha Ice Cream (green-tea ice cream with a sweet soy glaze and a sesame cookie, which was both sweet and savory)

There are a number of wine-tasting opportunities, and you can sample Scotch in Scotland (appropriate) and tequila in Germany (well, I guess Germans like Mexican liquor, too). You can find more information here.

The festival runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until July 1. I imagine I'll be going back a few times. Go figure. ;)

Here's a look at what I ate. Well, before I ate it.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 12:42 pm
by Nrthwnd
Awesome report on this year's festival, Chuck.
Everything looks delicious. But....

....no Canada booth? :( Oh well. Such is the way with food festivals.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 12:55 pm
by michaellynn4
Awesome photos, Chuck! Those hush puppies look amazing!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 1:11 pm
by boldikus
Me after reading any food + wine TR:

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Awesome report, Chuck! Thanks for sharing. I want it all.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 1:34 pm
by Philrad71
^ LOL!

Everything sounds and looks amazing...thanks for sharing, Chuck!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2018 8:05 am
by Satans Hockey
Food and wine festival was awesome as usual, we tried so many different things and enjoyed basically everything. A few of the samples could have been bigger considering the pricing , the portion size of the muffuletta at the French Quarter was so small I have no idea how they even managed to cut it that small lol and also the crepes just weren't good this time, the line was one of the longer ones and they just seemed swamped and were rushing them out and screwing up the orders. Those were the only actually bad thing we had the entire time and since we had almost 40 things that's pretty good ratio lol

Some of our favorites were the German meatballs, the Mac and cheese at Hawaii, the lamb burger at the Mediterranean, the dumplings at Japan, the beef stick at Korea. Drink wise we had so many frozen drinks and beers, can't say we had one that tasted bad lol

Haven't seen a lot of people here talk about the battle of Eire but we really enjoyed it. It's a massive upgrade over Europe in the air. The queue was out to the front of the entrance but it took about 25-30 mins to get to the point when you get the head piece. It was a nice break from the heat. Both pre-show rooms were themed very well to me and one setup the story.

I've seen a decent amount of people complain on other places online about the plot being non-existent but it was a very easy, simple story to understand so not exactly sure what a lot of people were missing here. A lot of people have been saying the ride is a complete disappointment, blah, blah, blah. It's well themed, has a decent action story, and uses VR better than all the rides I've experienced VR on before.

We had no issues with the headsets, it wasn't fuzzy and didn't make either of us sick. The only slight complaint I can see is that the piece that you clip on to the headset is a bit heavy so I can see how that would be uncomfortable for a decent amount of people.

The crowd walking out seemed to enjoy it and we did as well so I think Busch Gardens did a great job with this new addition.

The place was mobbed this weekend so we actually didn't ride a ton of other things since we mainly went for the food and booze but it was a fantastic weekend.

Also went to water Country USA for the first time and the place is excellent, it's definitely up there in my favorite water parks I've been too now. It seemed extremely crowded but the lines for the slides were never that long and some were still walk ons and the weather was perfect.