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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby mike541x » Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:57 pm

^Agreed. Last time I rode Transylvania Express was ten years ago, such a great HOS attraction! Six Flags America used to do the same thing with their train ride, even since the Adventure World days but they no longer do that anymore. What a shame...

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Postby coneyislandchris » Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:31 am

Came across this post via Consumerist:

http://www.13newsnow.com/story/features/2015/10/19/chesapeake-man-denied-entrance-to-busch-gardens-for-attire/74211046/
Kilt-wearing man denied entrance to Busch Gardens

A Norfolk man claims he was denied entry at Busch Gardens for wearing a kilt.

According to Hex Nottingham, Busch Gardens employees told him he could not wear a "costume" inside the park at Howl-O-Scream.

"I've been a customer for decades and a regular pass holder, and this has left a terrible stain on the honour of my culture as well as my ethnic pride," says Nottingham.

The following is the official costume policy for Busch Gardens:

"For the safety of our guests and performers, we do not allow costumes in the park any time of the year, but especially not during Howl-O-Scream.

This policy is in place to ensure the safety of guests and team members who want a safe and enjoyable experience. The park does not wish to alienate anyone who wears traditional clothing representing their culture or heritage. However, if the clothing could confuse guests into thinking the wearer is part of the official Howl-O-Scream experience then we will not allow it in the park."


Before leaving the park, Nottingham recorded a video of himself and posted it to Facebook. He also formally wrote to Busch Gardens in hopes of getting answers to his complaint.


There's also a video on the click-through.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:42 pm

coneyislandchris wrote:Came across this post via Consumerist:

http://www.13newsnow.com/story/features/2015/10/19/chesapeake-man-denied-entrance-to-busch-gardens-for-attire/74211046/
Kilt-wearing man denied entrance to Busch Gardens

A Norfolk man claims he was denied entry at Busch Gardens for wearing a kilt.

According to Hex Nottingham, Busch Gardens employees told him he could not wear a "costume" inside the park at Howl-O-Scream.

"I've been a customer for decades and a regular pass holder, and this has left a terrible stain on the honour of my culture as well as my ethnic pride," says Nottingham.

The following is the official costume policy for Busch Gardens:

"For the safety of our guests and performers, we do not allow costumes in the park any time of the year, but especially not during Howl-O-Scream.

This policy is in place to ensure the safety of guests and team members who want a safe and enjoyable experience. The park does not wish to alienate anyone who wears traditional clothing representing their culture or heritage. However, if the clothing could confuse guests into thinking the wearer is part of the official Howl-O-Scream experience then we will not allow it in the park."


Before leaving the park, Nottingham recorded a video of himself and posted it to Facebook. He also formally wrote to Busch Gardens in hopes of getting answers to his complaint.


There's also a video on the click-through.



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This guy's garb might've been a problem a few years back at Howl-o-Scream. One of the TERROR-tories was "The Moor," and it was haunted by big Scottish warriors in kilts.

I hope he enjoys his 15 minutes of fame.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:57 am

Update to the "Kilt Controversy" from the park's Facebook page:

There has been some debate on our Facebook pages about distinguishing true costumes vs. attire worn for cultural reasons. Our theme parks are inclusive and welcoming to guests of all cultures. We must adhere to a strict no-costume policy during our Halloween events to ensure guest safety, but we also recognize and accept guests wearing traditional clothing that represent their heritage. That differentiation can sometimes be subjective, as with this instance.
We regret any confusion this has caused, and have clarified that kilts are permitted in our parks during these special events, just as they are on a typical day. We welcome our kilt-wearing friends out to enjoy Howl-O-Scream.


But ye better be wearin' something under your sporran, laddie.

And in other news (also from the park's Facebook page):

Dear Italian lovers, Howl-O-Scream will be the last time you'll be able to enjoy the restaurant in Italy as it is now. We're revamping it and turning it into something spectacular next spring. Be on the look out for insider updates.


The word is that they're switching from the old cafeteria set up to a "marketplace," which will offer Italian, Mediterranean, and Asian entrees (in honor of Italian explorer Marco Polo's trip to China). Sound good to me--we'll see how it turns out next season.
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Postby TyRush » Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:37 pm

Their PR department had to be laughing in tears while writing about accepting kilts into the park :lol:
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby mike541x » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:46 am

Any idea of what the crowds should be like on the last day for HOS, Nov 1st? I'm planning on making a trip somewhere and ride some coasters before the season ends. I plan to do some houses as well, if the crowds aren't bad.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:44 am

^That's a good question. In the past, HOS has ended earlier than November 1. I'm thinking it'll be fairly busy, but not outrageous.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby dakota381 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:43 pm

Can anyone tell me how crowded/busy BGE will be on opening day of Christmastown? Hubby and I are passing through and thought we'd stop to check it out on Black Friday. Hope everyone will be shopping so we'll have the park to ourselves. :p

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:50 pm

Speaking of BGW's holiday event . . .

Christmas Town 2015

I missed the opening weekend of Christmas Town this year because I was celebrating Thanksgiving with friends in western North Carolina. It was unseasonably warm and dry in the Smokies most of the weekend (rain didn't roll in until Sunday), and you could walk around in shirtsleeves as temps hit the low 60s during the afternoon. I understand the same was true in Williamsburg that weekend.

That was not the case last Friday night when I visited Christmas Town for the first time this year. Yes, it was definitely Christmas cold after the sun went down and the thermometer dipped to the high 30s. But that's good. It merely adds to the festive atmosphere when you can see your own breath.

The park was pretty busy that night; this Sunday is the the annual Grand Illumination in Colonial Williamsburg, so there are a lot of tourists in town, and BGW was using all its parking lots except for the overflow lots down on Rt. 60. Still, it was pretty manageable, even though I was "run over" by some poor old lady on an ECV. As usual, the park was beautifully decorated, with Holiday HIlls (Festa Italia) and the Polar Pathway (Escape from Pompeii) standing out. There were two big changes this year:

    1. No live-penguin walk-through exhibit (although you can still get your photo with a guy in a penguin suit over by Apollo's Chariot); and
    2. Twas that Night, a new ice show starring Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko, in the outdoor theatre in France (this explains what happened to the penguins--they used to be in the theatre's backstage area).

I'm not a big fan of ice shows, but I checked out Twas that Night because it's new for this year. It's a version of the classic poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (aka, "Twas the Night Before Christmas"), with a some of the Nutcracker thrown in. Elvis and his family return from shopping, the kids go to bed and dream up "visions of sugar plums" (the Nutcracker bit), Elvis gets into a "dance off" with Santa, and the kids wake up and open gifts. The show is pretty well staged (Santa has a good entrance), and they even throw in a bit of pyro. All in all, a good Christmas show and a nice fit for BGW's Christmas Town audience. Still, for my money, Scrooge No More (Globe Theatre) is the best show (I'm a sucker for Christmas Carol adaptations). Gloria (Abbeystone Theatre), Miracles (San Marco Theatre), Deck the Halls (Festhaus), and O Tannenbaum (in front of the Festhaus) are running this year, too. Quick Queue is available for shows (and Santa), you can still enjoy a nice turkey dinner at Santa's Fireside Feast in Ireland, and reserved seating is available in the Festhaus for Deck the Halls.

Here's a bit of O Tannenbaum.



The only coaster running during Christmas Town is Verbolten (temperature permitting), and I think all the flat rides were running, too (Forest of Fun is closed). I know that I'll be going back to partake of more of the park's great Christmas fare.

Here's a look at Christmas Town 2015.
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Hard to believe that Christmas Town is seven years old this year. It really has become a tradition in Williamsburg.
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If these snowflakes were real, they'd cut you in half as they fell.
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The traditional Christmas Town tree . . .
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. . . with really big balls.
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Hmm--have to check these out sometime.
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Nothing says "Christmas" like a wagon full of salt, tomatoes, and squash.
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Cheesesteak sandwiches are, it seems, "traditional Christmas fare."
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This friendly fellow will be happy to serve you a nice Sam Adams Fezziwig Ale or Blue Moon Gingerbread-Spiced Beer at Cobblestone Ale & Spirits. He has some other very nice adult beverages, too.
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Instead of the big snowflakes hanging over Scotland as in past years, the park is using these snow globes with "holographic" snow flakes in them. They look much nicer in person.
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But they're still having a "Blue Christmas" in Scotland.
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"Sit on me! I dare you!"
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The Claus exhorts his followers to kneel before his majesty on the Polar Pathway.
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I really like these golden Christmas trees on the path to San Marco. They smell great, too.
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One of the prettiest sights at Christmas Town.
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This food stand was all themed up as the Crow's Nest Grill for Howl-o-Scream but was never open. Well, you can get a nice sausage-and-peppers sandwich there during Christmas Town.
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"Enjoy Me-mas Town!"
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"No one ever talks about me during Christmas."
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"Oh, Joesph sweetie, don't be so whiny. Why don't you go to the nice store next door . . .
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. . . and get us all some nice cookies, and maybe a little wine?"
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Gunther loves Christmas, and I hear that he and Gerta are offering special rates on car rentals in Germany. Of course, you may take an unexpected detour and never return, but what a bargain.
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Let's see what's happening over at the Festhaus.
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Well, there is "Deck the Halls," . . .
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. . . but I'm here for a roast sirloin sandwich and a glass of Fat Tire Accumulation White IPA
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They've gussied up the model train set in the Germany gift shop.
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Not for sale, of course, but it looks cool.
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Don't worry--there are plenty of other ways to spend your money here.
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For someone on your "sort of naughty" list.
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Nothing says "holiday cheer" more that glasses for booze.
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For the person who has everything--a Shamu nutcracker.
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Don't forget the oh-so-sexy leopard-trimmed caps.
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It's definitely getting colder . . .
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. . . and no wonder!
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"Die the Death of a 1,000 Antler Pokes, elf scum!"
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"Oh, boy, Santa's gotta use the little elves room bad!"
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"I will bide my time, then strike in the name of my true master, the Ice Cream Bunny! Hur, hur, hur!" (That joke was for all the Rifftrax fans out there.) More to come.
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