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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:03 am

On the snowy day I mentioned, the only coasters operating were the Big Bad Wolf and Loch Ness Monster. People were riding the Escape from Pompeii, too.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:07 am

If I had the chance to ride a water ride in the snow and I didn't do it then I'd be severely disappointed in myself as a person. That sounds like a ton of fun.

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Postby cfc » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:32 am

I dug up a few photos from that snowy day.
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No skiing today due to snow.
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Yep--Le Scoot is open.
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First you're hot, then you're very cold.
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The Big Bad Wolf doesn't care about a little snow!
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Postby cfc » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:36 pm

Getting back to Christmas Town, here's a taste of the O Tannenbaum show in front of the Festhaus.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:36 pm

No skiing today due to snow.


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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby DrachenfireOP » Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:34 pm

mike541x wrote:
Philrad71 wrote:Christmas Town looks like it keeps getting better every year. Now if they could open up a few more coasters, that would be uber nice. I have never been on any of the coasters at BGW at night and would imagine that any of them would be a blast - especially in the colder weather.


Couldn't agree more. Christmas Town is great, but it would be nice to open another coaster or two like Nessie or Alpengeist, especially since it's already snow themed. I guess the lack of coasters being open is due to maintenance, weather and staffing so it's kinda understandable. I went to Christmas Town last year and was able to marathon Verbolten since it was raining and it was a complete walk-on. The Christmas trees at the bottom of the last drop was a nice touch as well.


First, great photos Chuck! I made it opening weekend and will have some pictures to add in a few. As to Phil, you might be interested to know Alpengeist is open this year! I was really shocked to see an Alpengeist height restriction at the front of the park when entering, but thought I better not get my hopes up since it wasn't listed on the map, but then BAM! She was running! It was particularly awesome because the normal "lit" areas during night rides for Alpengeist were closed and dark (such as the rhine river, log flume etc) but the lights where on everywhere else. So going up the lift you got a great view of all the lights in the park, then an old-fashion BBW style experience night ride for the rest of it! Best Alpengeist night riding I've ever had, which was a real treat for me since it's my favorite ride at the park.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby DrachenfireOP » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:12 pm

So these pictures are a few weeks old now from opening weekend of Christmas town, but now that I'm back home from visiting family I wanted to share them!

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Train decked out. Went ahead and did a daytime lap and a nightime later.


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England looking good day or night... though best at night of course!


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Wait, what's this? That's not on the map!?


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I have a soft spot for the bald eagles, so I always go see them.


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I also have a softspot for the highland cows. That skyride station is going to look great at night!


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New resident moved in on Griffon now that it's closed.


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I always find the floating santa heads to fit better with hallowscream... maybe it's just me.


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Meant to come back at night for this and forgot, glad Chuck got the shot!


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I love the old fashion feel of some of the signs.


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Trade winds renamed and with white/blue lights for the season.


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Well, I tried to get a good shot anyhow.


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For all the complaints I see of others, Mach Tower is somehow working every single time I go.


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I don't remember this from other years. Maybe it was there, but I don't recall.
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Festive arches. Ok, now I seem to remember seeing a certain coaster open that wasn't on the map.
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Well I'll be, she's running! Best ride in the park. Also the weather has apparently been so warm in VA that not all the trees had changed.
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Actually for this opening weekend it was a nice warm 65 degrees, with a high earlier in the day at 71!
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Ok, one lap on the skyride before it gets dark
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Love these cows man
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This will look great at night
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Getting darker...
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...by the minute!
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So exciting!
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I love how each area of the park has a dominant color of lights.
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And the trains of course are pimped out too.
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I don't remember there being lights on the Drachen Fire site in previous years, but here they are now!
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The animal reserve area actually looked a little creepy, but it was a very pretty green, and the fresh pine smell was amazing!
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England is my favorite at night though
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So pretty!
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Nice blue while entering Scotland. More to come!

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby DrachenfireOP » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:20 pm

Here's the rest!

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France looks great.

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Didn't get many or good shots of the new ice show, but it's great and highly recommended!

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Classic CT spot

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Blue bells of Scotland

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Ok, I lied earlier. THIS is my favorite spot of the park at night.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:45 pm

^ For myself, I think the best part of the visit would be riding the skyway above all those beautiful lights.

I remember the skyride at Disneyland being just awesome, when it was dark, above all of Fantasyland
and then Tomorrowland (or the reverse way). :smile:

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:51 am

^The Flight of Lights is very nice, as is Nacht Tower (Mach Tower in "elevator mode").
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