Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Haymaker » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:39 am

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Mike240SX wrote:You might be too young to ever have experienced it. It wasn't as bad as the modern pundits make it out to be. Rough? Sure. But not as bad as many coasters that still exist today.


I beg to differ on this point. When I rode during its first season, Drachen Fire left me with a throbbing headache, an upset stomach, and a huge bruise on either shoulder. It was simply wretched.

They re-profiled it, which helped some--but it was too little, too late. It looked pretty, but felt foul.

Yes, Drachen Fire has its fans. As you've probably guessed, I'm not among them.


I rode it in 1997 so not sure if thats after the reprofiling. I was 15 yrs old so able take a beating more than I am now. My friend and I rode it was and had zero desire to go back to it, and this was when they only had 4 coasters.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:20 am

Yeah, '97 was after they removed the first corkscrew (1994). I'm pretty sure that's the only "reprofiling" the coaster ever got.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Eyebrows » Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:28 am

Sort of changing the subject here, but do you guys think Pantheon will open with the park now?

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:33 am

^That would be my best guess. They were shooting for this spring.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:55 am

Eyebrows wrote:Sort of changing the subject here, but do you guys think Pantheon will open with the park now?


I’d guess yes given how delayed the park opening is going to be.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby fraroc » Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:25 pm

If this park isn't going to open til mid-June like it seems like it's gonna be, I can bet you that Pantheon will definitely be primed and ready.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Jason Maier » Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:27 am

I remember riding Drachen Fire when I was 12 or 13, so I do recall the infamous corkscrew after the MCBR.

And I also recall one of the safety rules was "Remove earrings".

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:32 am

fraroc wrote:If this park isn't going to open til mid-June like it seems like it's gonna be, I can bet you that Pantheon will definitely be primed and ready.


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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:13 pm

Drachen Fire was so tolerable that Busch Gardens decided to remove it in just a few seasons.

bill_s wrote:I still think -- KNOW -- the restraints on Drachen Fire were its worst problem

They thought the same thing about T3.

fraroc wrote:If this park isn't going to open til mid-June like it seems like it's gonna be

This year or next year?

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:11 pm

^^-- I never felt like a possible broken neck on an SLC, so much pain from one tap. Nor have I ever been able to ride one almost never touching the horse collar, which was a must on DF, though not easy. I rode it a couple hundred times after my moment of great fear, I don't give up that easily. It had a rare combination of intensity and short lines for the time, but with reasons.

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