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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:36 pm
by defrocker
While I do think Darkastle is a really cool setting for something like this, I also kinda hate that it means the ride not being open. Granted, I'm not a halloween kinda guy, but I still think that parks have a pretty cool vibe around that time of year. That being said, when a ride closes because of halloween attractions, I find that... annoying.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:57 pm
by cfc
Odd--nobody complained when they closed Europe in the Air for Unearthed. ;)

If it's a good maze, I'm OK with using the DarKastle building for it.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:51 pm
by jarmor
So are you walking the ride path?

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:32 am
by cfc
^That's what I assume. I wonder if they'll use the ride's projection screens, as well. They can certainly make it cold in that building.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:01 pm
by Chrischucktown
I am heading to Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion on August 14th. I was trying to get any specific tips that might make the trip more of a success. Do you think that it is necessary to buy fast passes at either of these parks? I will be at Busch Gardens on Tuesday August 15th and Kings Dominion on Wednesday August 16th. Any advice would be appreciated!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:24 pm
by DorneyKid14
Chrischucktown wrote:I am heading to Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion on August 14th. I was trying to get any specific tips that might make the trip more of a success. Do you think that it is necessary to buy fast passes at either of these parks? I will be at Busch Gardens on Tuesday August 15th and Kings Dominion on Wednesday August 16th. Any advice would be appreciated!


Everytime ive been to Busch Gardens, everything was about a 10-15 minute wait. I highly recommend eating at Das Festhaus in Oktoberfest. Not only if the food wonderful, but you also get a wonderful show to watch as well!!!

Kings Dominion was the same way. Waits werent too long, I305 had the longest at i think 25-30 minutes.

Fast passes should not be needed, and you can always wait to see how lines are when you get there to see if you need it or not.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:27 pm
by defrocker
You should be fine without any sort of fast passes. Weekdays are generally fairly light. Even if BGW seems crowded, often the rides won't have really long lines. I'd wait until you get the to decide. Your typical advice will follow:

KD:

Go to Volcano first, ride front row if possible
I305 rarely has a line, but if you want to ride the front, you should probably do it first thing
Don't pass up on Grizzly or Anaconda because of the haters, form your own opinion
If you like log flumes, this one is one of the better ones
Dominator back row
Rebel Yell Second to last row

BGW:

InvadR and/or Tempesto early to avoid waits
Alengeist is smoothest in the front, more intense but a little more aggressive in the back. It's worth a ride in both places.
Griffon - first ride in the front for the views, but the ride is in the back.
Nessie is smoother towards the back of the train, even in the last car
Apollo - back row, back row, back row
Food and drinks here are amazing. I love the Festhaus for German food, some prefer Trappers for BBQ, Marco Polo's is great as well.
Don't pass up on shows. All of them are very good. I personally love Mix it Up and Celtic Fyre best. If you love animals, the animal shows are cheesy, but cute and funny.

I'm sure I'm missing something, but if you aren't rushing, but taking your time and enjoying the sights, that will be the best way to experience BGW.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:11 am
by alilstronger
Are the haunts here actually scary? I always skip them at Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks because they send too many people through at once and they are never scary.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:54 am
by cfc
^I wouldn't call them particularly scary, but they are fun. I am curious about the new "Frostbite" maze in DarKastle.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:48 pm
by Jman0477
They may also being doing the maze in darkastle while they do refurb on the other parts of the ride I love this attraction but maybe a little bit of TLC on paint and what not would be a good thing or maybe it will be open for Christmastown this year