Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:51 pm

Tempesto did have a soft opening today; unfortunately, I got there a bit too late and missed my chance. (But my thanks to Jeremiah for alerting me via text.) So, here are some photos of the ride with people other than me on it.

POV Video by Trevor Bondi:
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Behold the main entrance. It looks like one of those crazy loops that stuntmen on bikes used to brave back in early 20th century.
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Where there is an entrance, there must be an exit.
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A place for your stuff--they were having some issues with them today. The credit card system wasn't hooked up.
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The outer queue.
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The inner queue.
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The station.
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One night only? The hell?
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And how, actual people actually riding Tempesto.
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Holy crap!
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The best loops are the non-inverting kind.
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Shall we zoom in a bit closer?
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"I have seen GOD!"
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"Save us Jeebus!"
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Hold on to your churros here.
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This dude rates a private train? Well, la-dee-da.
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"I'm special!"
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"So special! I gotta have some of your attention! Give it to me!"
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"Sorry, folks--special guy was the last rider today. Come back on Saturday, April 25th."
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:54 pm

zachclarke2 wrote:Tempesto is GREAT! Very intense and without a doubt the strongest airtime in the park. The airtime over the first hill in the front row is ridiculous. The line for each individual row moves rather slowly but I imagine the queue out of the station won't be horrible. The ops were hauling. The time it took for a train to come in and then be sent out again was less than a minute on most dispatches. I would definitely prefer the ride just have lapbars but the harnesses are not bad at all.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby RCT3rox » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:16 pm

Man, I really can't wait to ride this on the 25th! I really wish our school's trip wasn't scheduled for the official opening day, crowds are probably going to be crazy. But hey, shorter lines on everything else! :)

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby chadster » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:19 pm

Those colors really go well together, and in the usual Busch fashion the attention appears to be in the details. The entire area looks great. Thanks Chuck.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby KingRCT3 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:36 pm

I have to say the entrance is really really cool!

Your captions are comedy gold Chuck, and thanks for sharing the pics! ;)

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:57 pm

The ride entrance fits in perfectly with the whole "festival" look of Festa Italia. I thought the strings of lights, like you'd see at an old-time circus, were a nice touch.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby TB305 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:59 pm

Rode Tempesto today and it was a blast in the front row! immense airtime when finishing your ascent before the roll... which was absolutley nuts. I'll have a legal (Got a special card thingy for my gopro from a manager allwoing me to shoot on ride video) POV up in about an hour!

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby tanthonyam » Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:36 pm

There is an event on April 24 for winners of a contest to be among the "first 500 . . . to ride Tempesto" (8:00 to 10:00 pm). Perhaps the media will be included for that.


Well they have already started letting people on it, so those first 500 won't feel so special now I guess. So I glad I will be avoiding the 25th and those crowds.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:45 pm

^The media event has been confirmed for April 24.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Woodie Warrior » Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:55 pm

Tempesto looks like a great addition, even if the capacity is going to be a small issue. The forces (both negative and positive) look to be even better than those on the 2-car versions. :b The theming looks pretty awesome as well. I LOVE the loop around the entrance, and the lights over the plaza are a nice touch.

It definitely looks like a nice, solid addition to the BGW. I hope to make it out to the park within a few years.
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