CoasterAuditor wrote:^some of the general public is terrified of roller coasters with only lap bars. I know somebody who rode I305 and loved it but flat out refused to ride Fury 325 because of the restraints.
I can totally understand that, when I was younger and first started riding coasters the aspect of a lap bar being the only thing holding you in was terrifying, but once I got over that fear it was all about comfort, and I don't think you can get much more comfortable than B&M hype/giga trains
i305isdaddy wrote:I love people who defend the useless, cosmetic-only restraints by saying "well they've never HURT me!" Ok great, high bar there! My friend thought they loosened a tooth after the Tempesto buckle smacked them in the face during the first week of operation there.
"They don't hurt" isn't the point and it's a disingenuous point to try to make anyways. We know these rides operate safely without the straps (that for some reason now feature carabiners hanging in your face) so I don't get why people really feel a need to defend them, especially with the low bar of "if they don't injure me they must be fine."
I hope you're not talking about my comment where I said I was thankful they don't hurt me vs. defending their existence.
Either way, chill out. Tell your friend to wear a mouthpiece.
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I will be attending Bassnectar's Basscenter XII event in Hampton, VA for Labor Day weekend (show is Saturday, August 31st + Sunday, September 1st). Many fans, including myself, were expecting it to be a three day event including Friday, August 30th, but as it did not (and I don't want to try and change my hotel reservation), I've started seriously considering going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg that day. Some questions I have:
>I figure I'll need Quick Queue, and I'm looking at either Unlimited ($55 for that day) or Unlimited Plus ($68, but also includes Invadr, Tempesto, and one ride on the new S&S Swing). Which would you recommend? Should I buy beforehand to avoid it selling out? Do Quick Queue lines merge before entering the station or do you have to use the exit ramp?
>My hotel in Hampton is 23min from the park, do you think it'll be easy enough to uber/lyft both ways? I'm not sure how late I'll stay into the evening if ride back opportunities are sparse towards park closing. There appears (on Google Maps) to be one small road connection from the entrance road to the exit road before the parking tolls that should allow the driver to turn around, will it be easy enough to let me hop out there quickly?
>Any coasters/rides that you have to ride with someone? I'll be traveling solo unless anyone wants to meet up from the few coaster groups I'm in on Facebook, and it'd be good to know if I need to find a single rider line for any of the coasters/major flats/log flume.
>How much do food/beer cost during Bier Fest? Any good restaurant recommendations?
I haven't ever been before (I'm traveling from CO), and this is probably the only time for quite a while that I'd be able to take this detour and visit BGW. Would love any advice/answers! Thanks to anyone that responds.
IronWolfman wrote:>My hotel in Hampton is 23min from the park, do you think it'll be easy enough to uber/lyft both ways? I'm not sure how late I'll stay into the evening if ride back opportunities are sparse towards park closing. There appears (on Google Maps) to be one small road connection from the entrance road to the exit road before the parking tolls that should allow the driver to turn around, will it be easy enough to let me hop out there quickly?
I've never had trouble with Ubers at the park. Some of them will drop you off right at the main gate if that's what you want and what I normally ask is to be dropped off right outside the England parking lot. You can just walk through there and head to the entrance from there. It's probably the easiest spot especially if you're going to be there for the opening.
After a full day at the park I've never had a problem catching an Uber either and you can just stand outside the main gate and they will come in and get you. Prices are really quite cheap too from my experience.
That's pretty cheap for QQ, probably because they don't have much demand. Tough call on that day's crowds as Sat will be slammed, but tues-Thur have historically been so slack that some parks (KD) have started closing those days. Depends on weather. Sat. and Sun. are blockout days for budget pass, which means avoid ( https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/blockout-dates/ ).
One thing to note with QuickQueue is that it does force you into a specific row on some of the coasters (Apollo and Alpengeist at least from what I saw). Because of this, I've always gone without QuickQueue at this park.
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Planning for 3 days in Williamsburg in July. Original itinerary had us spending 2 of the 3 days at Busch Gardens. That said, is Water Country a worthwhile visit? And if so, is it a full day's worth of activity? Any other water parks that it is comparable to?
We did the Holiday World water park last summer, I was very impressed.
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