This was the only park on the trip that I'd been to before and it's a pretty good place to repeat. Especially when you have a day of extensive backstage tours to start off your day!
Seriously, the access that the park gave us to see how things run from a geeky behind the scenes perspective was really cool. The tour of Curse of Darkastle in particular was fantastic!
BGW really is a beautiful park with some really solid rides. We had some excellent ERT on all the B&Ms, which was much appreciated!
We’re at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and what better way to start than with Apollo’s Chariot ERT?!
Looks like Ash had a late night last night.
Apollo’s Chariot is one of the better B&M Hypers in my view. Certainly better than what we rode at Carowinds the other day.
Look at all those empty seats. I love TPR ERT!
After ERT we started our even more exclusive section of the day – here we are behind the scenes at Curse of Darkastle!
Layout blueprint! How cool!
It was really cool to see such an advanced ride with the lights on.
Even with the lights on this wall still looks pretty INTIMIDATING!
We got a look at one of the control rooms. It looked very techie and sophisticated. I'm sure TPDave needs to calm down after looking at this again.
When Busch Gardens met Lost…
Some CRAZY things go on in the Fog Room!
This lamppost looked fine before Dave Fudge rode this ride.
Nothing to see here, move along…
Hey look, coasters! We’ll get to them later!
First we’ve got a behind the scenes tour on Escape From Pompeii!
We’re special, so special!
Steve’s probably lucky he didn’t drink yesterday seeing as there was a few ladders to climb on this tour!
And now for a tour of a ride very close to my heart…
Loch Ness Wheels!
TPDave seemed to be getting aroused in here.
Good to know there’s plenty of spare restraints for Loch Ness Monster!
TPDave is pointing out something incredibly boring and of no interest to anyone.
Don’t miss out on BGW’s entirely authentic Irish Nachos!!!
In 2010 BGW introduced You’re Up In The Air! Oh sorry, Europe In The Air!
It’s kind of like Soarin’, except that it’s nothing like Soarin’.
Europe In The Air also has this nice tribute to Lost’s Swan Hatch.
Our next tour was at the B&M Dive Machine, Griffon!
Our tour let us get some photos from geeky angles.
Steve’s feeling really special right now!
TPDave may need to get some tissues looking at this photo.
Griffon has some BIG wheels!
TPDave looks like he’s just about to reach out and pet the ride. In fact he did!
One last shot of Griffon, we’ll be back for ERT tonight!
Our last behind the scenes tour was at Alpengeist!
The entire ride is built around this gigantic tap next to the station!
Looks like all the trains are out in force today!
Bad sleeves! Go to your room!
Free burns for everyone!
At lunch Tyler was struggling with the concept of actually consuming beer. Look at TPDave staring on in pure jealousy.
This is new since my last visit!
Sesame Street just turned 41 recently. Over the years they’ve added a lot of new characters, like who’s that girl on the top here? She wasn’t on Sesame Street in my day!
Sesame Street’s kind of like TPR, they’re both full of puppets!
I don’t believe the rumours about these two. (You know the rumours - like Oscar isn’t the only one who likes it in the can.)
Our Sesame Street dinner offered a the all-to-common opportunity to eat Elmo’s face!
Did you notice that Big Bird walks around bare arse naked all the time? Kind of like Southern Steve. They call him Big Bird for a reason too! His junk is covered in feathers. Kind of like Southern Steve’s!
Whilst Tyler and Robby have just turned 21 Cookie Monster has recently turned 41. That’s right kids, C is for colonoscopy!
Tyler and Robby are feeling the Sesame Street love!
Is TPDave thinking about soaking the rapids riders by pushing this button or by some other method?
It’s a lot of fun spraying over a boatload of TPR members!
Looks like we got them good!
For my money, the BEST named theme park game out there! Hi Scottish Steve!!!
Soft toy orgy! Nice!
Tyler still hates beer. TPDave is still incredibly jealous.
We finished off our day at Busch Gardens with ERT on Griffon!
Look at all those empty seats. You literally could sit wherever you wanted each time you rode!
At the end of ERT it was up to TPEnforcer to lay down the law.
On the bus ride after ERT Scott gave out his renowned Pointless Awards! Thanks to Steve letting down everyone with his 24 hours of sobriety I was able to snag the Booziness Award! Thanks Steve! Thanks to Scott too!
This was a fantastic day! There was so much great behind the scenes stuff and we didn’t have to wait in any lines all day! Love it!
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