^HOS is a big draw for the park; naturally, they want to get it started as soon as they can (although this does seem a bit early). Heck, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando start just a week later.
Fair enough. I guess they want to maximize their opportunity for people to come in and experience it. I still think its too early though. You know what this reminds me of? Christmas. The stores start advertising it wayyy in advance before anyone is even thinking about it yet.
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Not to mention that HoS pushes Busch to capacity as it gets closer to the end of October - makes sense to a) try to spread those crowds out a little by starting as early as possible and b) try to make even more money by getting more new/repeat visitors in the gates.
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I have some pictures of the Diavolo/Tempesto/Pasta/whatever construction I got later last week. I went again today, but the only noticeable differences I saw were the tree stumps had been removed and the Deere was digging a rectangle hole; for what I am not sure.
A couple of new Apollo views were opened up by the removal of the trees.
Apollo's queue got that wonderful decorative dark green mesh that has accompanied the bumper car line for 3 years now.
Hopefully this will be temporary, however. I believe the mesh in Oktoberfest is meant to more or less block Verbolten's show house, which imo is one of the ugliest structures in the park, if not the ugliest.
All of these tree stumps have since been removed.
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