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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:34 am

Both parks are spectacular. Personally I prefer Tampa since I think they have better rides and a more interesting mix of animals but not by much. Williamsburg is probably a prettier park, though Tampa is gorgeous too and VERY underrated in that regard. Rides like Darkastle, Verbolten and Pompeii are very unique to Williamsburg though.

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Postby TheCoasterKid211 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:35 am

coasterbill wrote:If you have a bad day at either park, you're doing it wrong.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:57 am

larrygator wrote:^They are both great parks. I wouldn't get to worked up on comparing the two parks ride for ride and that is something you can easily look up because the coasters at each park are pretty disimilar after Griffon/Sheikra and Montu/Alpengeist. It's probably just better to tell you the major differences in other areas.

Curse of Darkastle - a fun 3D dark ride even if it doesn't run with one of the original effects.
Escape from Pompeii - a great immersive splash boat
Food experiences - while the smokehouses at both parks are similar I greatly prefer the food at BGW with the Festhaus, Brauhaus and Marco Polo's Marketplace
Their are more musical shows at BGW.
The animals are not as exotic at BGW.
The terrain is much hillier at BGW.
More shade at BGW.

Other may feel differently but I don't find either park to be far superior to the other.


I agree with Larry here. Food is better at BGW, as are operations; that being said, BGT has a stronger coaster line up.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:59 am

Masquerade wrote:I'm of the camp that went to BGW first, so the following year when I went to BGT I was a little disppointed.

I had fun mind you, but to me BGT felt like a mix of stuff you'd find in other Central Florida parks while BGW felt so unique and unlike anywhere else I'd been to before.

Then again, it could all come down to which park popped your Busch Gardens cherry first.


I couldn't have said it better myself. We absolutely loved Williamsburg. Our biggest mistake was going to BGT and hoping for more of a slightly different Williamsburg experience. I feel if we had taken BGT for what it was on its own we would have had a much more enjoyable time.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Clockwork » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:14 pm

I was looking up the animals at BGW. I didn't see anything similar to that of BGT where it is like a zoo setting. All I saw is that there is an animal show. That's about it right? Other than that I don't see other exhibits for animals. Unless I am wrong.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Jcoaster » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:20 pm

Clockwork wrote:I was looking up the animals at BGW. I didn't see anything similar to that of BGT where it is like a zoo setting. All I saw is that there is an animal show. That's about it right? Other than that I don't see other exhibits for animals. Unless I am wrong.


They have an assortment of North American animals including Bald Eagles and Grey Wolves.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:28 pm

Clockwork wrote:I was looking up the animals at BGW. I didn't see anything similar to that of BGT where it is like a zoo setting. All I saw is that there is an animal show. That's about it right? Other than that I don't see other exhibits for animals. Unless I am wrong.


You'll find most of the animals, including the Gray Wolves, on the path between Ireland and France. They also have Clydesdale horses, sheep, and highland cows in Scotland. But their animals exhibits are not nearly as extensive as they are at BGT.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:19 am

Where BGT lacks in the zoo aspect, it makes up for it with a botanical gardens variety. Where at BGT you can go to an enclosure area and watch some Hyenas panting in the heat, at BGW you can see the stable dog trainers interact with the dogs in the fenced in areas near the stable. Or you will walk by a random nicely set field with oxen. It's nothing attention grabbing like the hippo or cheetah display at BGT, but the atmosphere at BGW seems like it blends together much better to provide a scenic and relaxing feel.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:12 am

prozach626 wrote:Where BGT lacks in the zoo aspect, it makes up for it with a botanical gardens variety. Where at BGT you can go to an enclosure area and watch some Hyenas panting in the heat, at BGW you can see the stable dog trainers interact with the dogs in the fenced in areas near the stable. Or you will walk by a random nicely set field with oxen. It's nothing attention grabbing like the hippo or cheetah display at BGT, but the atmosphere at BGW seems like it blends together much better to provide a scenic and relaxing feel.


oh. . disagree completely.

at BGT, the Gorilla/Chimp Path, the Lions/Tiger Path, the Kangaroos/Wallabees, the bird sanctuary, the Crocodiles, and the "hidden path" that features the hyenas & the Hippos you mentioned.

and the biggie.. feeding the giraffes by hand on the safari (upcharge but worth it), and the Serengeti plain that's veritable from train and from the restaurant?

we LOVED BGT.

we also loved BGW.. it's just going to depend on what you prefer, the animals, or the overall feel of the park & Rides.

tho BGW has better rides (in my opinion) and is an absolutely stunningly gorgeous park, we liked BGT just as much, only for different reasons. . the animals.
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