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Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:53 am

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW), this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!


January 30th, 2006 - Changes for 2006 announced
March 4th, 2006 - Balloon test at 210 feet structure with James City County Planning
April 1st, 2006 - Pre-show set-up for Curse of DarKastle tweaked
June 27th, 2006 - LeMans Raceway to close
August 23rd, 2006 - Specs for new coaster announced
September 17th, 2006 - Ground clearing photos for new coaster

May 13th, 2007 - Griffon opens

March 6th, 2008 - new "land" rumored for 2009
August 8th, 2008 - Sesame Street area announced for 2009

July 24th, 2009 - Closure of Big Bad Wolf announced
July 29th, 2009 - "FAQs" about the Wolf's upcoming demolition
Sept. 2nd,-2009 - Howl-O-Scream details announced
Sept. 6th, 2009 - Brochure from BBW's debut year
Sept. 8th, 2009 - Photo TR of BBW's last day
Nov. 4th, 2009 - Christmas Town announced
Nov. 14th, 2009 - More Christmas Town details
Nov. 20th, 2009 - Busch Donates BBW train to The National Rollercoaster Museum
Dec. 2nd, 2009 - Christmas Town Pictures

Jan. 28th, 2010 - New attraction "Europe in the Air" announced
Feb. 18th, 2010 - Follow Busch Gardens on Twitter and you could win prizes!
Feb. 26th, 2010 - Christmas Town 2010 operating schedule extended
March 4th, 2010 - Park adds sheepherding demonstration to Highland Stables
March 16th, 2010 - Media Day for Highland Stables, Europe in the Air, and Celtic Fyre
March 17th, 2010 - Official Highland Stables photos and video
March 18th, 2010 - What's new at Wolf Haven?
April 8th, 2010 - Big Bad Wolf trains delivered to coaster museum
April 11th, 2010 - Robb visits the park!
April 19th, 2010 - Pretzel Coaster Contest returns for a another year!
April 22nd, 2010 - Europe in the Air Update
April 23rd, 2010 - Electronic Hazardous Waste Recycling Day
April 28th, 2010 - Drop Tower on the horizon
April 30th, 2010 - Celtic Fyre & Europe in the Air grand opening photos!
May 17th, 2010 - Park makes its B&M coasters more accessible
June 10th, 2010 - County awards height waiver for new drop tower ride
June 27th, 2010 - Blackstone may buy Kings Mill, BGW open year round?
September 8th, 2010 - 2 year expansion plan teased in new video
September 18th, 2010 - BGW makes their official announcement--and updates their video
December 1st, 2010 - Christmas Town preview photos & video now online!

January 5th, 2011 - BGW clears two more hurdles for 2012 coaster in Oktoberfest
February 4th, 2011 - Busch Gardens Williamsburg expansion research
February 21st, 2011 - Major Expansion Construction Update! Photos & Video!
April 11th, 2011 - Busch Gardens Ramp Jam 2011!
June 12th, 2011 - Verbolten Construction Begins!
June 19th, 2011 - TPR Day at BGW!
July 15th, 2011 - Howl-O-Scream 2011 website launched!
July 19th, 2011 - Summer concert series lineup announced!
August 13th, 2011 - Verbolten Construction Update!
October 11th, 2011 - Water Country seeks permission to double in size
October 30th, 2011 - More Pictures of Verbolten track!
November 22nd, 2011 - Water Country USA gets approval for major expansion!
December 2nd, 2011 - Verbolten: Construction Phase 2 video from BGW!
December 11th, 2011 - Mini Update of Verbolten Construction!
December 31st, 2011 - Last Verbolten Update for 2011!

January 26th, 2012 - Verbolten update from the park!
February 11th, 2012 - Brian Morrow shares new details about Verbolten
March 1st, 2012 - Verbolten Hard Hat Tour!
March 17th, 2012 - Big Verbolten update from Passholder Preview Day!
April 5th, 2012 - Verbolten officially opening on May 18th, 2012
April 8th, 2012 - An Easter Sunday Verbolten update!
April 15th, 2012 - New Verbolten Update!
April 21st, 2012 - Verbolten is testing - Video proof
April 27th, 2012 - BGW press release: Verbolten enters final testing phase!
April 29th, 2012 - Another Verbolten Update!
May 3rd, 2012 - Official Verbolten testing video from the park!
May 9th, 2012 - Verbolten to feature multiple ride story lines!
May 17th, 2012 - Verbolten Blogger Media Day!
June 29th, 2012 - Busch Gardens orphaned wolf pup!
July 23rd, 2012 - New ways to save at Busch Gardens and Water Country!
August 11th, 2012 - BGW's Wolf Pups Media Day! Darling pictures of baby wolves!
August 16th, 2012 - NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman to visit BGW on August 23; special discount admission offer!
September 2nd, 2012 - Prep for Howl-o-Scream 2012!
November 1st, 2012 - BGW expands Christmas Town with "Holiday Hills"!

March 1st, 2013 - Want Busch Gardens to landscape your yard?
March 13th, 2013 - Vote for the winner of the BGW Landscaping Giveaway!
March 26th, 2013 - Landscaping Giveaway winner announced!
August 15th, 2013 - Park releases information on Howl-o-Scream 2013!
September 3rd, 2013 - New pirate-themed store for Howl-o-Scream!
September 7th, 2013 - BGW announces new London Rocks show during Passholder Appreciation Weekend!
September 14, 2013 - Howl-o-Scream opening media night event!
October 29th, 2013 - Video teaser for new Water Country slide in 2014!
November 12th, 2013 - Water Country announces Colossal Curl for 2014!
November 23rd, 2013 - Opening night of Christmas Town!

January 24th, 2014 - Caribbean cuisine is coming to the Food and Wine Festival!
February 28th, 2014 - 2nd annual "Let BGW Landscape Your Front Yard" contest announced!
May 26th, 2014 - Report from the Food & Wine Festival!
August 24th, 2014 - Update: Festa Italia Ground Clearing and Howl-o-Scream Prep!
September 6th, 2014 - Update: Passholder Appreciation Day, blue walls, and more Howl-o-Scream prep
September 13th, 2014 - Blogger Preview Night for Howl-o-Scream!
November 21st, 2014 - Mini construction update of the new ride being built by Apollo's Chariot!
November 22nd, 2014 - Opening night of Christmas Town!
December 5th, 2014 - New ride construction update!

February 26th, 2015 - Tempesto announced
Report from Passholder Preview Day--Tempesto "official" announcement
March 29th, 2015 - Photos of Tempesto Testing!
April 7th, 2015 - Busch Gardens' POV video of Tempesto!
April 18th, 2015 - Tempesto soft-opening photos!
April 25th, 2015 - Tempesto media day!
August 26th, 2015 - Bier Fest coming in September!
September 27th, 2015 - Opening night at Howl-o-Scream 2015!
December 5th, 2015 - Christmas Town 2015!

January 29th, 2016 - BGW posts teaser video for "Project 2017"
February 3rd, 2016 - Second teaser video for "Project 2017"
February 9, 2016 - Third teaser video for "Project 2017"
March 19th, 2016 - Park confirms 2017 wooden coaster in released video teaser
March 20th, 2016 - Report from Passholder Preview Day
May 29th, 2016 - Food & Wine Festival/InvadR Update
July 17th, 2016 - New InvadR update
July 31st, 2016 - New InvadR update
August 28th, 2016 - New Invadr/Howl-o-Scream update
September 25th - Howl-o-Scream opening night
October 10th, 2016 - InvadR goes vertical
November 1st, 2016 - InvadR update
December 5th, 2016 - Invadr & Christmas Town update

January 2nd, 2017 - First InvadR update of the year
February 22nd, 2017 - InvadR Hard-Hat Tour
March 19th, 2017 - Passholder Preview Day and More Invadr
April 7th, 2017 - InvadR Media Day report
May 27th, 2017 - Food & Wine Festival Report
July 14th, 2017 - Prepare to catch Frostbite at Howl-o-Scream
September 4th, 2017 - A look at Bierfest and Howl-o-Scream prep
October 8th, 2017 - Report from Howl-o-Scream
December 3rd, 2017 - Report from Christmas Town

February 28th, 2018 - Battle for Eire hard-hat tour
March 30th, 2018 - Battle for Eire media day
May 20th, 2018 - Busch Gardens starts teasing details for the 20th year of Howl-o-Scream: XX New Era of Terror
May 27th, 2018 - Report from the Food & Wine Festival
July 31st, 2018 - Park releases details about Bierfest 2018
September 5th, 2018 - Park announces Screamin' Swing & water coaster for 2019
September 18th, 2018 - Information about Howl-o-Scream XX
September 27th, 2018 - Media day for Howl-o-Scream: 20 Years of Fears
November 11th, 2018 - Christmas Town "hard-hat" tour
December 5th, 2018 - A night at Christmas Town

January 25th, 2019 - Large piece of Finnegan's Flyer delivered!
March 14th, 2019 - Construction tour of Cutback Water Coaster and Finnegan's Flyer
March 26th, 2019 - BGW announces Summer Nights Lineup
May 4th, 2019 - Media day for Finnegan's flyer
May 7th, 2019 - Finnegan's flyer POV video
July 3oth, 2019 - Pantheon multi-launch coaster announced!
September 18th, 2019 - A stroll through Howl-o-Scream 2019
October 3rd, 2019 - Pantheon track pieces begin to arrive at the park!
November 4th, 2019 - A quick look at Pantheon!
November 17, 2019 - Christmas Town opens!

January 23rd, 2020 - Pantheon Hard-Hat Tour
March 1st, 2020 - Pantheon construction complete, coaster train delivered!


According to today's Virginia Gazette, here's what will be happening at Busch Gardens in 2006:

1. The return of the summer concert series--there was no announcement of any specific performers, but the concerts will be part of regular admission (no upcharge)

2. "Emerald Beat"--the replacement for "Irish Thunder" will be (surprise!) another Irish dance show, but with new music and costumes and improved theming in the theatre, including the lobby

3. "Kinetix"--the replacement for "Imaginique" (another "Cirque-type" show)

4. "Curse of DarKastle"--Busch plans to enhance this already great ride for 2006 with "intensified fire vehicle propulsion" (that is, enhanced movement--perhaps they'll be beefing up that fireplace sequence, eh?)

Busch didn't formally announce what type of attraction they'll be installing for 2007, but they have applied for a "height waiver" for a planned attraction in France. This waiver is needed for structures taller than 60 feet. Let the speculation begin . . .


EDIT: The height-waiver request is actually for "France" (or "Aquitaine") according to the Gazette, not "New France" (or "Fort New France"). This has been mentioned in later posts, but I've finally corrected it here as well.
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Postby ECZenith » Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:38 am

Taller than 60'... ALMOST rules out a family ride. Hopefully it's a new B&M, but really, who knows.

I'm not heading down there until they build a new coaster, but I am looking forward to riding Darkastle, great to hear they CARE about the quality of the ride, and are already adding enhancements.
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Postby ThatFalafelGirl » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:30 am

OOh, Emerald BEAT. i really thought you said "Emerald BEAST" there for a second. :P i was thinking that doesn't sound like the type of show just anyone can get into, new lobby or not. Nudge, Nudge, wink, wink, say no more.

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Postby cfc » Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:09 pm

^Hmm--perhaps "Emerald Beat" is some sort of leprechaun masturbatory fantasy.

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Postby GAcoaster » Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:12 pm

ECZenith wrote:Taller than 60'... ALMOST rules out a family ride. Hopefully it's a new B&M, but really, who knows.

I'm not heading down there until they build a new coaster, but I am looking forward to riding Darkastle, great to hear they CARE about the quality of the ride, and are already adding enhancements.

Keep in mind, they had the same kind of permit for DarKastle, and that was simply because the tower is over 60'.

I think it will be a coaster, but the permit offers no proof.

I'm kind of disappointed that this years new additions are just reworkings of things already there. I was hoping for some really new and original shows to come in as replacements.

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Postby Swimace » Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:13 pm

I heard that BGW was getting a dive machine for New France in 2007, although I can't confirm how accurate the source was.

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Postby coasterfreak101 » Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:36 pm

To keep the speculation going, I heard a while back that there was green track in the Drachen Fire lot. Apparently, it was B&M track with dark green ties and light green rails. Anyone else hear this?

And to go along with the Dive Coaster rumor. OMG I WOULD LOVE THAT! I just got back from BGT and rode SheiKra, the holding brake 200 feet in the air is amazing. If one comes to BGW, I will force my parents to take me!!!
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Postby socalMAN123 » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:08 pm

Sounds like a new coaster to me. But what would it be called and what would it be themed to? Especially because your saying they filed for a height waiver in New France.
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Postby Swimace » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:18 pm

I don't know, but BGW always sparks my interest since it is probably my favorite all-around theme park (combination of atmosphere, coasters, theming, landscaping, etc) right in front of IOA, EPCOT, and Hersheypark.

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Postby cfc » Wed Feb 01, 2006 5:20 pm

Actually, I'm not surprised that BGW is coasting a bit this year. DarKastle was a large investment (that's paying off nicely, I believe). I am pleased that they want to enhance DarKastle.

As for what's going on in New France, I've heard the dive-coaster rumors, too (especially after Sheikra). Works for me, it that's what they're doing. I wonder where in New France. The current location of the Le Scoot log flume would be perfect, I think (it is getting pretty old).


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