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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby bill_s » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:30 am

Saldek wrote:^Yes, all you need is your pass.

Now if the weather is nice that day be sure to get there EARLY! The parking lot entrance can get gridlocked all the way up the ramp to I-64.


On pass member preview day or just some Saturdays? That's some "special" if that's the case ;( ... but then I think Opening Sunday was bad enough in 2009 that I didn't go back until August ...

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:33 am

^I'm not sure what you mean by "That's some 'special.'" If you get there before opening, you'll be fine. And, yes, if you wait until, say, noon on a Saturday, you'll probably encounter the parking-lot traffic jam.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby ToTheMax012 » Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:58 am

I'm really excited about going this year. I usually go during Richmond race weekend in Sept. and its usually dead.

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby netdvn » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:35 am

cfc wrote:
PayneTrain wrote:Protip: sometimes, the old, old entrance/staff entrance off of Route 60 will have someone staffed there, and if you have a Platinum Pass or are willing to pay for preferred parking in England, it's a safe bet. I never had to try it last year, so I don't know if that closing was a trickle-down from ownership change.


I wouldn't recommend doing this. The old entrance is meant for staff and tour buses (they also use it for media days), and I doubt the park would look kindly on others trying to use it.


Really? I've seen cars parked in there as late as Howl-O-Scream last year, so I know BGW is still using that lot for preferred parking/overflow (at least up until last season).

Can't remember if there were any cars for Christmas Town, but the every time I went by BGW for that, the main lot was barely full.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:16 am

^I take it that you're referring to the England lot? Yes, they do use it for preferred parking, but you still enter via the main entrance. The attendant by the France lot (also preferred parking) will direct to the England lot if that is where you're supposed to go. (You also leave via the old entrance from the England lot.)
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Saldek » Sat Feb 12, 2011 9:05 am

bill_s wrote:
Saldek wrote:^Yes, all you need is your pass.

Now if the weather is nice that day be sure to get there EARLY! The parking lot entrance can get gridlocked all the way up the ramp to I-64.


On pass member preview day or just some Saturdays? That's some "special" if that's the case ;( ... but then I think Opening Sunday was bad enough in 2009 that I didn't go back until August ...



I'm talking about Pass Member Preview Day.

The event has gotten really popular with passholders over the last few years and if the weather is nice they will flock to the park in droves. A couple years ago when I went i arrived at the I-64 exit at 10 a.m. and waited almost an hour just to park as the line of traffic was sequestered all the way up and down the ramp.

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby PayneTrain » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:57 am

cfc wrote:
PayneTrain wrote:Protip: sometimes, the old, old entrance/staff entrance off of Route 60 will have someone staffed there, and if you have a Platinum Pass or are willing to pay for preferred parking in England, it's a safe bet. I never had to try it last year, so I don't know if that closing was a trickle-down from ownership change.


I wouldn't recommend doing this. The old entrance is meant for staff and tour buses (they also use it for media days), and I doubt the park would look kindly on others trying to use it.


There are two times I have used it. I used it for the Jack Hanna breakfast (which is a special event) in 2008 and once in 2009 when I was at the McDonalds eating breakfast and remembered the entrance. It doesn't seem like it's eve a difficult transaction: no money ever changed hands. A showing of the right pass and a green England hanger is given. Now, I'm not saying that everyone is going to use it now that they know, or that everyone should use it, but in my prior, but limited experience in doing this, there have been no quarrels. As I also said, I do not know that this was/is an allowable practice now.

If you choose to disagree with me, ok. Feel free to never try it. I'm not saying I have some overblown sense of entitlement that says I can go in through that entrance, but there was a will and a way, and it worked rather swimmingly. For the record, on the hundreds of other times I visited the park, I used the main entrance, because it usually is not backed up across the bridge when I arrive, I just get sucked into the line through traffic flow, or prior lack of knowledge of the old entrance still being in use.

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:52 pm

PayneTrain wrote:**On another note, I would appreciate if I can be spared public shaming for a disagreement.**


I'm sorry, but the cat-o-nine-tails is out of the bag, and the rules require a flogging. ;)

I've no doubt that the park makes allowances for using the old entrance from time to time (hence, why they had passes handy for preferred parking), but I would not recommend doing this on a regular basis. But you have made me more curious, so I think I might ask the park about it.
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby KDcoasterMAN » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:02 pm

*WARNING* *RUMOR* * Prepare to take with a grain of salt*

A "source" who I know to be apart of the rides department at BGW has come out and said spoken about what the supposed "themed bridge" will do...

griffonluv on BGEscape.com wrote: This is hard to explain without giving anything away directly. Basically, from what we were told, the entire train will move backwards onto a platform that will rotate you 90 degrees, shoot you up, stop you, flip you on your stomache, hold you for 5 seconds, then let you drop and continue the ride.


I am... perplexed...

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:22 pm

^Well that just sounds bizarre. :omg:
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