Well, I have been on TPR for a while as a "guest" one could say, but I decided to finally register for an account here. Why not start out with one of those trip reports?
Yesterday, I went to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for my first time. I only had one day, and of course I want to come back for more. There is so much to do at that place! Even with no lines, it would probably be hard to do everything in one day. I'm pretty booked for the rest of the year, so I definitely plan on coming back next year for at least two days, and I'm sure it will be even better with InvadR being built.
My first stop was Griffon. We got to the park a bit early, so we didn't get there right away. My expectations for the day were lower than normal, as I just returned from Kings Dominion about a week ago. I never rode a dive coaster before, so I knew that this would be different. The long, steep hill lead to a very huge drop. Apparently this thing goes over 70 mph, but I didn't know that at this point. The drop has to be the best drop on any coaster I've ridden. Smooth inversions, nice airtime, and a good splashdown made me ride it a few more times during the day. Definitely a back seat ride in my opinion.
Next I headed over to Alpengeist. With Talon and Great Bear both under my belt, I didn't really know what to expect with this one. The drop is definitely one of the more unique ones, and the inversions left me wondering when the positive G's would end! Probably the most intense of the three inverts, but also the roughest. Wasn't actually as rough as I heard it would be though. Rode in the back and front a bunch of times and neither one were disappointing.
After getting something to drink, I stopped at Loch Ness Monster, only to find out it was closed because of a "technical difficulty." So instead of riding Nessie, we headed over to what would be my first and only B&M Hyper (a lot of firsts for me this day) until I visit Carowinds next week. I rode in the back, as I read that it is the best seat on the ride. I don't know if the trims were being strong or what, but it was definitely very underwhelming for me. Later in the day, I rode it again and got the exact same over-trimmed ride. I wish I could say more, but the only good part for me was the unexpected drop into the last airtime hill.
After riding one of those Himalayan-type flat rides, I headed to Tempesto. The restraints, despite being mildly annoying to buckle, were much better than the painful restraints on Flight of Fear and Backlot. The triple-launch isn't too intense, but the rest of the ride had a couple high-intensity areas, and of course the wonderful barrel roll of hangtime. I still prefer FoF as my favorite Premier, but Tempesto definitely had better restraints, and wasn't a bad ride at all.
The last coaster I rode would end up being my favorite, followed closely by Alpengeist. I never rode Big Bad Wolf, but if it is even half of how good Verbolten is, then I would like to go to coaster heaven and ride it. Even though you cannot avoid the rattle on this coaster, it is still a very good ride in my eyes. The building reminded me very much of Laff Trakk at Hershey, and had a rather intense spot going into the first set of brakes. I wont spoil the rest of the ride for people who haven't ridden it, but the "surprise" was very unexpected and something I never experienced on a coaster before. The launches were solid and the drops make it a back seat ride for me. This was worth a few throughout the day, and a couple rides at night, which make you feel like you'll fly into the river.
The Le Scoot log flume was definitely fun, but it will only be better when InvadR (no real construction yet) gets built. I think I would definitely prefer this one to the one at Kings Dominion, though they are both really fun. We also rode Escape from Pompeii. The heat inside really prepared me for the fresh, cool water that got me evenly wet, but not soaked, which is always great for me.
For lunch, I got some pizza from the Marco Polo Marketplace. We sat down at the tables just in time for a rather interesting musical show, which was an entertaining way for me to waste time to rest my stomach.
After a train ride around the park, I got in ride for Nessie, which inevitably broke down two trains away from me getting on. One of the workers held a trivia session and kept us entertained while they fixed... a button. A button closed an entire coaster for 20 minutes. 5 test cycles later, they loaded the train. I rode in the 3rd to last row and got a rather intense ride. The interlocking loops were great, and I absolutely loved the fact that there was no headbanging. The long helix also really stood out to me. Would've rode it more if it didn't break down so much.
After refilling our drinks for the road, we left the park, right around closing. If you live within the area and have never been here before, all I can say is that you need to go ASAP. On paper, the park doesn't look like much (six coasters), but it's not coasters that make a park good, it's everything. Friendly staff, good food, entertaining shows, and fun rides all mix in to make or break a park. This park is definitely my favorite park now, and I'll only love it more when I get back. I hope you guys enjoyed my trip report, and thank you for reading.