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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 11:26 am
by robbalvey
Here's the full video of Finnegan's Flyer with Onride POV:

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 7:51 pm
by BDD27
Here's a little report from this Friday. I got to the park around 11:00am for my first trip to the park since 2016. Started the day with the good ol' Loch Ness Monster. I mean HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE AN ARROW? No,lie I've said it a million times, but I love arrows with all my heart and Loch Ness is one of the best the drops in the back row give some classic out of your seat floater airtime. Not gonna lie though, I miss the color scheme of the old trains.

Next on the list was the shiny new Finnegan's Flyer! This was my first screamin swing type ride, and honestly I really enjoyed it. The ride is in a really nice area and provides a very relaxing yet fun and floaty ride. From there, I ate over near the big bridge, as usual Busch Gardens food is much better than Six Flags/Cedar Fair butt burgers.

The next ride of the day was Apollo's Chariot. As the original B&M hyper I have to say it has held up very well and the new paint job is looking great. I'd put it a bit under Nitro as my favorite B&M hyper, but it is an outstanding ride (plus it has an interesting history thanks to Fabio :lmao:). At this point I made my way to Verboten which is an incredible ride. Verboten definitely has a touch of everything and as much as I will always miss the Big Bad Wolf it is definitely a worthy successor.

Invadr was next, and provided a pleasant ride. Certainly not my favorite GCI, but it is still a good ride and the park needed a good woodie. Invadr is more of a family coaster in my opinion and I'd place it lower than say Mystic Timbers or Lightning Racer. Horse colla.... I mean Comfort Collar the ride was next. I do enjoy this ride, but it would be better off with just the lap bar and the ride is getting a bit over cookie cluttered.

The last two coasters Griffon and Alpengeist did there usual thing and were amazing! Thankfully Alpengeist seems to have let off on the mcbr again a bit.

Once the coasters were done I had to go pin trading because as if it wasn't fun enough in Disney now I can do it with roller coaster pins, Welp there goes my money. Now for some pictures

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 4:24 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Considering how compact these Sky Rocket II's are, I have no qualms if they're cloned like boomerangs. They're really fun rides.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 8:08 am
by FocalRanger
Great pics! FF looks great!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 5:44 am
by Dombot
Nice report! Finnegan's Flyer looks great, and it's nice to see some Nessie love. I, too, enjoy that coaster way more than I should. :lol:

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 9:26 pm
by thrillseeker4552
A few questions for the locals.

We plan on visiting the park for the very first time in late June. They seem to have a good deal on a two-day ticket with food, so we plan on spending two full days there (most likely Mon-Tues the 24th-25th). We would like to avoid purchasing Quick Queue if possible, but I imagine two full days is plenty of time to do everything without it? Especially since they will be weekdays. We care about all roller coasters and probably Mach Tower, Finnegan's Flyer, and any other flats or dark rides worth doing. Is having a "plan of attack" necessary?

I'm also looking for suggestions for places to eat. We are going as a family and I am 19, so no beer recommendations please. Just any good food that can be used with the dining pass! None of us are picky eaters.

Thanks. I'm really looking forward to visiting!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 9:03 am
by defrocker
You shouldn't have any issues with the crowd. As far as a plan of attack, you can mostly be flexible, honestly. They open the park in stages. If you knock out InvadR and Tempesto first thing, you can pretty much do the rest in any order. The B&M's should pretty much never have more than a one to two train wait so hitting them isn't really "priority." If you see Mach Tower running, ride it, or else you might miss it.

Ride Apollo in the back left, Griffon in the back left, and Alpengeist in the front at least once.

Usually when we go here, we knock out some riding early and then just peruse the park the rest of the day, doing things as the mood strikes us, eating and drinking, which leads me to;

Food... omg... when to begin? The German food in the Festhaus is my personal favorite. I love the sausage platter personally. However, Marco Polo's marketplace is fantastic as well. If you were there on a weekend you'd be able to take advantage of the Food & Wine festival, but you will be fine without.

My biggest word of advice with BGW is don't rush! Enjoy the scenery, enjoy some shows, check out the animals. It's a fantastic atmosphere.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:20 pm
by larrygator
A legitimate drop tower in the future????????

https://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-james-city-busch-gardens-0515-story.html

Supervisors table height limitation waiver for Busch Gardens attraction
Jack Jacobs Staff writer

Due to an outpouring of public criticism, the James City County Board of Supervisors decided to hold off on a decision regarding a height wavier for an attraction at Busch Gardens Tuesday.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment LLC, which owns Busch Gardens, requested a height waiver for a project not to exceed 355 feet in height above finished grade, or 435 feet above sea level, according to a staff report.

Kevin Lembke, president of Busch Gardens, cast the new attraction as a critical need for the park, which has to innovate to keep up with competing amusement parks.

“This is a very critical decision going forward for our park,” he said. “This is the first major step to realize that development in future years.”

But supervisors decided to table its decision, owing to criticism of the project by Kingsmill residents and a desire for further study of the attraction’s noise impacts. The board intends to revisit the application June 11.

“Hopefully that will give us some extra time,” Supervisor Ruth Larson said.

But it wasn’t unanimous. Supervisor Sue Sadler voted against the deferral.

“They are a good community asset for us. They help keep our tax rates low,” Sadler said, adding that people should know what they’re in for when they move somewhere.

It’s unclear exactly what the attraction will look like.

“It will be a tall, slender structure,” said Suzy Cheely, Busch Gardens senior leader for design and engineering. She said the attraction will be near the center of the park.

The staff report states the attraction will have a “lattice-type construction.”

The ambiguity rankled some Kingsmill residents, several of whom voiced strong opposition to the project during the public hearing on the request.

High on the list of complaints were a lack of understanding about what the project will be and fears that the project would be an eyesore and create too much noise.

“The nature of the proposed attraction is still not defined, so you must assume the worst,” said Andrew Lloyd-Williams, a Kingsmill resident.

The park had not done a good job in public outreach to the Kingsmill community, and its efforts haven’t addressed resident’s questions, Lloyd-Williams said.

Though planned to be built in an interior area of the park, the attraction is expected to be visible in areas of the Kingsmill development and along Route 143 where the park’s existing attractions can’t be seen, according to the staff report.

Cheely noted that though the park tries to be engaged with the wider community on its activity, it’s a business practice to keep details of new attractions under wraps. That tends to unravel as time goes on and a project develops.

“We can’t keep everything secret because as we get closer there are certain permits that are required,” she said. “We do try to keep our cards close to the vest for competitive reasons. Our business is such that it really requires that.”

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:45 pm
by Canobie Coaster
^ I'm wondering if it could be a star flyer since the Funtime ones have a lattice structure. Whatever it ends up being, the views should be exceptional!

thrillseeker4552 wrote:A few questions for the locals.

We plan on visiting the park for the very first time in late June. They seem to have a good deal on a two-day ticket with food, so we plan on spending two full days there (most likely Mon-Tues the 24th-25th). We would like to avoid purchasing Quick Queue if possible, but I imagine two full days is plenty of time to do everything without it? Especially since they will be weekdays. We care about all roller coasters and probably Mach Tower, Finnegan's Flyer, and any other flats or dark rides worth doing. Is having a "plan of attack" necessary?

I'm also looking for suggestions for places to eat. We are going as a family and I am 19, so no beer recommendations please. Just any good food that can be used with the dining pass! None of us are picky eaters.

Thanks. I'm really looking forward to visiting!


Make sure you get the bacon pretzel at the pretzel place across from Verbolten. It's the best item I've ever eaten at a theme park. I also really like Trapper's Smokehouse for a meal.

For a plan of attack, the three coasters I've seen with the longest waits are Tempesto, InvadR, and Verbolten. But on the weekday, I don't anticipate those lines becoming too unbearable.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:46 pm
by bert425
^ I was just typing that. . . I'll bet it's a tall Star Flyer, since BGW doesn't have anything like that.