Just to add on to those photos, I shot a construction update video at the park this Labor Day weekend. I know I normally don't post links to my own videos, but if anyone is interested in checking it out, here ya go. http://youtu.be/gdTWb9nKZdc
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Pretty uneventful pass member presentation. A few notes:
-Monster Stomp will be returning. It's in the Globe Theater and will be called 'Monster Stomp on Ripper Row.' It features Jack the Ripper. -Fiends is back in Ireland. -Globe Theater will house a new show featuring Scrooge during Christmas Town. He didn't release any details about it. -Not even a mention of the new ride. When I asked Carl about it afterwards he replied "What coaster?", so clearly they're not ready to give out any official info yet. -They were selling food items in the Festhaus that will apparently be released next year, but I didn't see what they had available.
"Raise your hands in the air if you want some information on the new coaster!
Sucks to suck!"
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Passholder Appreciation Day, Blue Walls, & More Howl-o-Scream Prep
Busch Gardens held its annual "Passholder Appreciation Event" today, which included ERT on the rides in Oktoberfest, muffins galore, and a brief speech from park president Carl Lum in front of the Festhaus. Before discussing what was said there today, let's mention what wasn't said. Carl's remarks did not mention the new attraction for 2015 or address just what is going on behind the construction walls near Apollo's Chariot. The park is still playing this hand "close to the vest," and the only responses you're likely to get regarding any new ride for 2015 range from "Attraction? What new attraction?" to "It could be big."
So much for that. Here's what Carl did mention in his remarks:
BGW will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year, starting with a "founder's event" in May--no details yet.
Howl-o-Scream 2014 will feature a new "Terror-tory"--Wendigo Woods--in New France, and Monster Stomp on Ripper Row in the Globe Theatre. This new version of a classic HOS show will, of course, star Jack the Ripper and use all the capabilities of the theatre, which received substantial upgrades in sound, lighting, and projection systems for London Rocks. Being as the theatre's "4D" seats are still functional, this could make for a very startling Halloween show, indeed. HOS starts on Friday, September 12.
Christmas Town 2014 will also receive a new show in the Globe Theatre: Scrooge No More. This updating of Charles Dickens's classic story "A Christmas Carol" substitutes a bitter, washed-up rock star for Ebeneezer Scrooge. The $25 Christmas Town pass, which gives passholders unlimited access to the event, will be back, as well.
Carl also thanked the passholders for their support, citing the online poll that helped determine the new menus for this year's Food and Wine Festival, which led to the new Carribbean and American Southwest booths. "I think I gained about ten pounds from those hush puppies [in the Caribbean booth]," he said.
That's it for the announcements. Let's take a walk around the park and see what else is happening.
In a break from the past, the park held its ceremony outside, rather than inside, the Festhaus.
Thank you, Busch Gardens.
The morning's itinerary.
The official lanyard, which provided a bit of "foreshadowing" for the park's announcements for next year.
Of course, there were muffins and croissants aplenty for hungry passholders seeking breakfast.
You will believe t shirts can fly!
Carl Lum, the park's president, begins his speech.
He's pretty good at flinging Howl-o-Scream t shirts (with HOS Quick Queues attached), too.
He also threw a few Christmas Town t shirts into the crowd.
Looks like the Casket Club bar in front of the Festhaus is almost ready to dispense liquid courage to Howl-o-Scream guests.
But let's not forget the passholder Oktoberfest ERT. It included Verbolten . . .
. . . and Mach . . . oh, darn! (It was up and running later.)
"Belay them questions about any new ride, mate. Dead men tell no tales!"
What new attraction?
Pay no attention to what's going on behind the blue walls.
I must admit that parks are rather cute when they're being cagey. ;)
Hmm--I wonder if there will be some sort of piratical deviltry on this platform by the Pompeii bridge?
I hope everyone has their subway tokens or fare cards for Deadline.
All we need now are a couple of Naughty Nurses.
"New ride? Me not know. Go away!"
Maybe I'll check out Igor's Fright Feast this year--especially if the menu offers curry wurst, like it did last year.
Please note that Fiends is for "mature" audiences. Do not take small children, then gripe on the park's Facebook page about the skimpy costumes. Thank you.
Spiders and webs and ghosts, oh my!
France is getting "demonized" for HOS.
"OK, people--jazz hands!"
"I'm not hungry at the moment. Come back on September 12. I'll be happy to swallow your soul then!"
Hmm--I'm guess this is for Wendigo Woods?
Wendigo Woods confirmed. Thank you, James City County.
Bats? Why did it have to be bats?
Looks like the Vampire Point Hotel is almost ready to check you in. Checking out is your problem.
"I used to work in the Enchanted Laboratory, but I got a new job now."
England is transforming into Ripper Row. (This was a pretty good "Terror-tory" last year.)
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