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Photo TR: Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Howl-O-Scream

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:20 pm
by jedimaster1227
A few weeks ago I had a wedding in Virginia to attend, and I figured if I was going to be in Virginia, it would be worth setting aside a day to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I hadn't visited the park since the 2008 East Coast Trip with TPR, so with 11 years having, I was fully expecting to explore lots of new experiences... Plus with it being October, Halloween season meant Howl-O-Scream, which unlike at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, this event is included with daytime park admission.

We debated paying for Quick Queue, but knowing we were visiting on a Friday with limited park hours (the park opened at noon that day), we figured we'd chance it and buy in person if needed. This ended up being a wise call, as we waited for almost nothing with the exception of Loch Ness Monster and Tempesto... Loch Ness only because it was running one train and Tempesto being in a similar (yet more efficient) situation. We did find the queues for the Howl-O-Scream houses to be a little longer and while we probably could have waited, we had a 3 hour drive into the mountains ahead of us that night, so we paid for the Quick Queue option for the houses and were able to get through all six houses and three shows in the span of 3.5 hours.

I'd honestly forgotten just how much I loved this park from all those years ago... And to revisit it now, I was just taken aback by the charm of the themed lands, architecturally and with the variety of attractions within. I'm also in love with the uniqueness of the park's layout and landscape, with hilly terrain and a sprawling footprint that easily had us surpassing our step goals for the day. I was surprised to find that the park had less in the way of animals than Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or even the SeaWorld parks, though seeing the Clydesdales was a treat that brought back my childhood memories of visiting the Clydesdale Hamlets at the Florida parks.

It has always interested me to see the sibling relationship between the Williamsburg and Tampa parks, between the parks choosing rides of a certain style first or even the way the Festhaus echoes the Dragon Fire Grill's setup. Revisiting this park after so many years, it was fun once again to connect the dots between coasters like Sheikra & Griffon, Montu & Alpengeist, Gwazi & Invadr, Mach Tower & Falcon's Fury.

There's so much to love about this park, between its great lineup of coasters, solid flat ride options, shows, animals, beautiful decor, and during the right season, Howl-O-Scream. Having as great of a time as we did, I have no doubt that we'll be back for more well before another decade has passed!

Photo TR: Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Howl-O-Scream (2)

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:20 pm
by jedimaster1227
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Re: Photo TR: Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Howl-O-Scream

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:34 pm
by Electerik
A wonderful park. It's also been about 10 years since I was there. Should probably rectify that. Thanks for reminding me!

Re: Photo TR: Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Howl-O-Scream

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:59 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! One train operations on Loch Ness Monster sounds like an nightmare. Fortunately everything else at this park is awesome.

I'm glad someone else enjoys Mach Tower. I don't get all the hate that ride gets (aside from the reliability). It has a fantastic view and I find the drop itself to be quite good.

Re: Photo TR: Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Howl-O-Scream

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:59 pm
by cfc
The "Fiends" show at Williamsburg was called "Fiends in the Festhaus," and it was part of the first Howl-o-Scream (it eventually moved to the Abbeystone Theatre in Ireland). People complained that the show was too "dirty," so they toned it down a bit, only to raunch it back up in later years.

No "Fiends" this year, probably because they revived the "Jack Is Back" dance-party show in Ireland. That's why Dr. Freakenstein and his Naughty Nurses ended up in the Vault.