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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:46 am

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:05 pm

coasterbill wrote:^^ They ran out at the place by the front gate by 11am yesterday. We thought we were absolutely screwed but for some reason the gift shop back by Griffin was happy to sell us unlimited Quick Queue even though the website and front gate said that they were sold out. That place was a life-saver.

InvadR and Tempesto were not included.

How long were your waits with Quick Queue with them selling out?

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:58 am

^ I know you asked Bill but since I was there I feel I'm qualified to answer. :lol: Our waits were not bad at all.

We rode Apollo a ton since they were dedicating rows 2 and 8 to QQ folks, so we were basically walking right on/reriding it immediately if there was no one waiting in the QQ line (you just go up the exit). With Alpengeist it dumps you into the station so if you're waiting for any row but the front its only gonna be 2-3 trains tops. Of course we waited for the front so it was an extra 20-30 minutes but so worth it. Griffon is basically the same deal as Alpengeist - dumps you into the station, but you still have to wait for the front (another 10-15 mins?). When we waited for the back it was maybe a 2-3 train wait.

Lochness merges in the queue just outside the station so we were on in 10 minutes. Verbolten dumps you into the station but the crew was atrocious on Saturday anytime we rode it so the station wait was more like 20-30 minutes just because of how slow they were (it was mindblowing that they have two full trains loading at once and the throughput was still as low as it was). But the standby line was up well over an hour, so we still saved some time.

Le Scoot we just walked right on to - again, up the exit. Right in a log. And jumped back in right after we got off one since no one was waiting w/ QQ. As Bill mentioned Tempesto and Invadr are not on the QQ so we hit Invadr first thing and Tempesto at the end of the night. Invadr was maybe 20-25 minutes with a decently filled queue around 11/11:30am but we saw it got up to two hours later. Tempesto we waited 5 minutes for row one on the last train of the night right at 10pm park close.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Married a Canadian » Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:24 am

We are visiting BGW in the first week of June (same week as we do Kings Dominion). It will be quite a nostalgia trip as this was the first US theme park I ever visited after moving to Canada (from the UK) over 10 years ago!. The reason why Apollo's Chariot ranks so highly in my list is it was my first ever B and M hyper and I just remember being blown away by the scenery and how smooth and fun the ride was. I am almost "scared" to go on it again as I don't want to ruin the memories from the past! Pretty sure it will still be great though!
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All the Quick Queue talk has convinced me that this is still the best way to go. I also wanted to ask...are the best beers still sold in the German beerhall area....or are there other places to go for "refreshment" also.
Is Tempesto a good evening ride.....or is better to do earlier in the day (both for capacity and scenery?).

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby defrocker » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:25 am

First off, depending on weather/what day of the week you go, you may not need quick queue. BGW, IMO, is a wait and see decision for QQ. Apollo is still great, and it's still one of my favorites. Where else can you ride a hypercoaster over a river and through the woods? The brewhaus in the Festhaus has a ton of variety, including lots of microbrews. However, for some more "thematic" beers, the German food side of the festhaus has a Hofbrau from Germany that is fantastic. Also, the pub in Ireland has a good selection as well.

As for Tempesto and InvadR, they are really the only ones you need to worry about for capacity. Usually, the Italian section does not open with the park, so if I'm mainly concerned with hitting coasters early I like to walk around and hit InvadR first thing and then head to Italy for Tempesto.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:29 am

Married a Canadian wrote:are the best beers still sold in the German beerhall area....or are there other places to go for "refreshment" also.


This park sells beer literally everywhere. Basically every gift shop sells beer and each area tries to have a few cool foreign or craft beers. The best selection is absolutely in the Festhaus as you remember it but they sort of hide it. You'll see a giant courtyard thing on the right that sells underwhelming pizza... walk right by that towards the back and you'll see the beer room. The selection is absurd (they must have like 30 taps) and they have flights.

Apollo is still great. Ride in the very back and you'll totally fly out of your seat all the way down the first drop.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:41 am

Married a Canadian wrote:We are visiting BGW in the first week of June (same week as we do Kings Dominion).

Apollo is still butter smooth and the scenery/location of the ride is one of the best in the park. I think you'll enjoy it as much if not more than you did the last time you visited. I enjoy it more each time I ride it.

Tempesto has no scenery to speak of lol, its just kinda there. And since its not on QQ just ride it early or late like we did. As I mentioned above, we had almost no wait for the front after showing up at the ride 5 minutes before park close.

But yeah like Bill said beer is everywhere. Literally everywhere in this park. BUT the craft beer room in the back of the Festhaus is the place to be for the best beers - they swap them out often it seems so no telling what they'll have in June but here is a sampling from Saturday.

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defrocker wrote:First off, depending on weather/what day of the week you go, you may not need quick queue. BGW, IMO, is a wait and see decision for QQ.

Agreed 100% with this. This last weekend was my fourth visit in the last few years but only my first time that we had to get QQ, and to be honest with being able to look @ the app for wait times, we didn't really need it but we planned on spending a good chunk of our day... ahem... doing things besides riding, so we didn't want to spend all day in queues. Just budget for it, but definitely do not buy in advance. Just keep in mind if one place in the park (like Guest Relations in the front) is sold out of it, go to another retail location that has it as they give out a certain amount to different spots in the park as we learned Saturday.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:43 am

They have quite a few beer taps in Grogan's in Ireland, too.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:29 am

^ We really need to go there one of these days. We always pass it on the way in, say we'll come back to check it out, and then never do because, well... Festhaus.

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