Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:14 pm

Speaking of Verbolten, I spent a few hours of this very pleasant Easter Sunday at the park. Although I have no idea what's been going on in the show building, the park has been adding more touches to the station's elaborate theming, as well as some landscaping.

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"Officialness" of opening date confirmed.
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Noted!
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So, what is new over at Verbolten?
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Looks they've been planting a few trees.
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Gotta keep their reputation as the "World's Most Beautiful Theme Park," you know.
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These trees and shrubs will look very nice after they've grown a bit.
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Looks like some more theming is waiting to be hung in "Gunter's Creepy Office."
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Hi there, water-filled dummies. How's it going? They treating you well?
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Looks like the painting of the station is finished.
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They've added some new signs since our last update, too.
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The station looks great.
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The CM working by Verbolten mentioned that the office, which was a empty shell during the hard hat tour, is now full of interesting stuff that adds to the ride's backstory.
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Uh oh! Looks like the Black Forest is creeping up on the station!
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More of Gunter's creepy collection of stuff from abandoned cars he's found in the Black Forest.
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Hmm--don't mind if I do.
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So far, so good.
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You can get a closer look at the wrecked car now.
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I think Gunter's gonna need to keep this one in the shop for a few extra days.
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I understand that car-eating trees are a common hazard in Germany. So, they need their own sign.
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Here's a look at what I think is the ride exit (fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo are behind the tarp on the left).
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They've added more stuff under Gunter's creepy car, as well.
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Hmm--I don't think those barrels contain beer.
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Not even this poor bike can escape the wrath of the Black Forest.
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Nothing can, it seems.
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Looks like they've planted some new trees over by the second launch section.
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The station is looking more and more like a particularly bizarre garage.
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One last look at the station . . .
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. . . and another "Black Foresty" detail.
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Here is the backside of Verbolten. Nothing much to see here.
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Men at work in Gunter and Gerda's garage.
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Verbolten is starting to appear on shirts now.
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Here's a particularly interesting new park shirt that you can scan with your iPhone.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby netdvn » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:11 pm

I saw those new t-shirts yesterday in the Alpengeist gift shop. I kinda thought they'd bring back "Defy the 5". I do love those designs though. The QR one looks interesting.

I also caught a glimpse of Entwined. It was a nice show, although I wish it was a bit darker. Feels like a replacement for "Castle O Sullivan" instead of "This is Oktoberfest"
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby megametal » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:37 pm

Looks like another winner for BGE! Looks like they're doing better with the landscaping than they did with Griffon, which to me, in comparison to other rides in the park, looks like it was just plopped down. Still greatly landscaped compared to pretty much any other park though. Hopefully I'll get there this year to ride Verbolten. I only live two hours away, but with 9 other parks on my list for this year, and general admission being so much at BGE this is the lowest on my list still.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:18 pm

I can't remember what my excitement level was last time there was an update on this ride (I think it was 12). It's up to about 15 now.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Pun_Machine » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:11 am

Thanks for the photos CFC! Progress photos of this ride have been my drug lately... Every day i go online and can't find new pictures i exhibit withdrawal symptoms! I absolutely cannot wait for the 18th!

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby BeemerBoy » Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:51 am

Nice update, Chuck.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:03 am

^As I recall from the hard hat tour, the park is using "real cars" in the theming, but I think they were just shells of old Euro sports cars. From what I've seen of the animated videos BGW has posted online, I imagine there's some classic sports car tangled up in some evil tree or bush in the show building.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:35 am

This project just gets more and more impressive with every update, can't wait to hear some reports from opening day and maybe even get up there sometime this season if I'm lucky.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Meteornotes » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:56 am

This ride does indeed look impressive. Looking forward to riding it later this year.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby andybarnes84 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:33 am

Great update Chuck many thanks! The station building colors still look far too childish for my liking but otherwise looking fantastic, can't wait to ride in June.

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