Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby chschris1 » Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:36 pm

I am definitely looking forward to this new addition! Busch is going to have a great lineup with this addition.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby TurnOfTheCentury » Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:12 am

Pantheon looks great to me. The layout looks excellent, with lots of cool elements. Intamin continues to evolve and do cool stuff like this (and what they are putting in at Park Asterix and Walabi look nuts).

Now, APPARENTLY on the rumor mill, BGW may have purchased a two-coaster package from Intamin and there may be ANOTHER Intamin coaster going in in 2021 -- they just obtained a ~355ft (forget exact number) FAA height waiver and the distance between the soil bearing tests suggest a coaster, not a tower ride, with work to begin in January 2020. Will use the Drachen Fire station, and possibly a Redforce-like ride with additional things after the launch? Would be unusual for BGW to do back to back major coasters like this, tho, especially two launchers ..... but who knows?

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:48 am

This is probably an unpopular opinion but I'm not sure I like the idea of a 300+ foot monster of a coaster dominating the park's skyline. Every time they add a new coaster, the park seems to become less "pretty", but maybe that's just my changing tastes.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:53 am

The only coaster in the park that I find ugly is Griffon, though I think I have more of an issue with the ride area than the ride itself. It could benefit tremendously from some trees.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby RollerManic » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:46 am

Griffon is one of the most beautiful coasters at BGW in my opinion, but I never saw the France section before it was built. The first thing that took me by surprise when I visited BGW was seeing Griffon from Scotland and how much it dominates it’s plot of land.

InvadR is the only coaster that I think needs more trees. I was underwhelmed by how few trees BGW put back and I’ve never been fan of how much of it you can see from Alpengeist’s bridge.

Count me as one who’s not crazy about a 355 ft anything at BGW ... the idea of it feels out of place.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Dombot » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:54 am

RollerManic wrote:Griffon is one of the most beautiful coasters at BGW in my opinion, but I never saw the France section before it was built. The first thing that took me by surprise when I visited BGW was seeing Griffon from Scotland and how much it dominates it’s plot of land.

InvadR is the only coaster that I think needs more trees. I was underwhelmed by how few trees BGW put back and I’ve never been fan of how much of it you can see from Alpengeist’s bridge.

100% agreed, Griffon is crazy photogenic and it fits into the area beautifully. InvadR, on the other hand, seems to be the sore thumb in BGW's otherwise amazing theming. The bridge coming in from New France is the best example of this; not only can you see InvadR's placement in the barren wasteland that is the train depot, but Le Scoot is perfectly visible and it seems to be above the ride, which just looks awkward IMO. Not a knock to the park at all, but that significant part of the park has always been weird to me. :?r
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby chschris1 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:29 am

I think the whole "New France" section is a bit bizarre as well. As for Griffon I am with the others who think it looks fantastic where it is. I do however think Alpengeist has the best placement as it has a lot of hidden areas you can't see from walking around the park. With all that said this is still one of my favorite parks.

I think Busch knows what they are doing and hey if they get a 300ft+ coaster I don't think it will stop people from coming. I know I will be there day one!

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby TurnOfTheCentury » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:47 am

I love how pretty BGW is.
I think Griffon looks great there.
I haven't been and seen Invadr yet

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby B&MIntaminGCI » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:28 pm

BGW posted a new render of Pantheon on Instagram. It looks beautiful

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:56 pm

Bring on the Intamin! This is still the best-looking 2020 coaster in my opinion. Or at least this and RMC Gwazi.
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