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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:55 am
by Sluggo77
Very cool to see BGW come up with a way to open at least some of the park this season. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:34 am
by cfc
bert425 wrote:interesting they didn't move the open area just a smidge more to allow for Le Scoot, or Alpengeist to run. . but as has been noted: some coasters are better than none.


Funny you should mention LeScoot. As I was getting out of my car, I overheard an argument between two parents and a little girl. She was insisting on bringing a bathing suit to change into later, even though her dad kept reminding her that none of the water rides were open.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:36 am
by DJeXeL
Smart move incorporating opportunities for retail sales themed to COVID. Glad to hear they didn't throw in the towel and opened what they could. Thanks for the report.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:41 am
by prozach626
bert425 wrote:
interesting they didn't move the open area just a smidge more to allow for Le Scoot, or Alpengeist to run.

You would have had additional cost to operate two rides with the same amount of money coming in.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 11:45 am
by coasterbill
This sounds like a really great night out for locals. It's a shame the state isn't letting them open fully but I'm glad they're getting creative.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 1:49 pm
by Guy T. Koepp
Great TR Chuck. It must be weird walking around that area of the park and seeing it so empty. good that they are trying to open as much as they can under the circumstances.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:17 pm
by CarolinaJay
They're having the event go for another week due to the great response from it!! So now, it'll go on until the 23rd.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:00 am
by cfc
08-29-20 Taste of BG.jpg

Busch Gardens is bringing back it's Food & Wine Festival for September! You can experience a Taste of Busch Gardens on select days from September 2-27.

From the park's website:

Sip, sample & soar at this ALL-NEW specially ticketed outdoor event!

Enjoy a fusion of flavor and fun as you indulge in a selection of Food & Wine fan favorites pared with an array of NEW park experiences from coasters like Verbolten & Alpengeist, to Le Scoot, more villages & other fun-filled rides!


Italy remains closed, but more rides will be open (check their website for more details).

Some favorites from past Food and Wine Festivals will be offered, such as Bangers and Colcannon, Gamba Fritters, and Steak Chimichurri.

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:47 am
by grsupercity
If its profitable then keep it going!

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:42 pm
by cfc
A Taste of Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens bounced back a bit in August with their Coasters and Craft Brews event, which was held on selected days and inspired (somewhat) by their annual Bierfest. Now they're offering the "greatest hits" of their annual Food and Wine Festival: A Taste of Busch Gardens.

This month's event seems a bit more "festive" than Coasters and Craft Brews, in that they really are offering something beyond their usual dining menu (the "Craft Brews" thing last month meant that Grogan's Pub was open in Ireland). More of the park is open (Forest of Fun and Italy remain closed), and now you can ride Griffon, InvadR, Alpengeist, Verbolten, and Le Scoot, in addition to a few more flat rides (no Loch Ness Monster, though). You can enjoy some unique food, such as Gamba Fritters and Mushroom Risotto, in Ireland, France, and Fort New France. Tasting cards are available, too: five samples for $30.00 and ten samples for $60.00.

The park offers two separate sessions on select days (11:00 am-3:00 pm and 5:00-9:00 pm), and you have to reserve the day and time you wish to attend (check the park's website for details). Admission to a Taste of Busch Gardens is part of your park membership; otherwise, it's $44.95 per person.

I went there after work on Friday, September 4--here's a look. And remember: Masks must be worn, except when eating and drinking, and rides are run at lower capacity (but there will only be 1,000 people at the park, anyway).