Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

P. 1052 - A night at Christmas Town
Users viewing this topic: Google [Bot] and 2 guests
Discuss theme parks, roller coasters, and mules!
2 + 2 = donkey!
User avatar
 
Posts: 457
Joined: 14 Jul 2017
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Gender: Male
Age: 27

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterAuditor » Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:26 pm

^Yeah I'm still having my issues with being too big for RMC as this year was devoted to passing the CPA Exam instead of the gym. But I'm optimistic about next year. At least I got to add Tempesto, InvadR, PHOENIX, Twister, Impulse, Flying Turns, and Black Diamond to my coasters ridden this year.
I'm an accountant that's obsessed with roller coasters
Knoebels > Everywhere

1. El Toro 2. Intimidator 305 3. Phoenix 4. Millennium Force 5. New Texas Giant

118 Coasters
16 Parks

I've gone pantless!
User avatar
 
Posts: 33820
Joined: 21 Sep 2005
Location: In the lair of the Huge Hummel Boy (which is conveniently located near Williamsburg, Va.)
Gender: Male
Age: 58

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:59 am

Christmas Town “Hard-Hat” Tour

It’s hard to believe that Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Williamsburg starts on November 17 (next Saturday). Sheesh! Didn’t they just finish Howl-o-Scream? Come to think of it, I remember seeing “Christmas trees” during the last night of HOS. They were wrapped in lights, just not illuminated. Such is the change of seasons in the theme-park world.

This is the tenth anniversary of Christmas Town. It’s interesting to consider how this event evolved. Much like the first Howl-o-Scream, Christmas Town originally involved a small portion of the park (Italy and Forest of Fun weren’t part of it). All of Busch Gardens is part of Christmas Town now.

The park gave us a backstage look at some of the work being done by the their 200+ team of decorators, who perform around 10,000 hours of work transforming the park from a realm of doom and darkness to a land of winter fantasy. It takes a lot of work to put up 10,000,000 lights; 20,000 ornaments; and all the other decor unique to each village in Busch Gardens.

So, what’s new for Christmas Town’s tenth anniversary season?

Christmas Town Express: Guests can sing-a-long to their favorite carols on this 1.5-mile train trip, which starts at Caribou Station in Fort New France. The ride will feature 2,000,000 Christmas lights and “themed holiday vignettes” ( round trip--no stops.) It’s nice to see the train being used as a “show,” rather than just a transportation system.

000a.jpg
Concept photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg.


Wilkommenhaus: Enjoy the “sweet smell of Christmas treats” as you watch a new Christmas spectacle (via projection mapping) in the park’s German village. The show runs every 15 minutes on the clock building near Land of the Dragons and the carousel. I think this will be a nice addition to the O' Tannenbaum Christmas-tree-light show in front of the Festhaus.

000b.jpg
Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg.


Elmo’s Christmas Wish: Rosita, Grover, Zoe, and Cookie Monster help Elmo find his Christmas wish in this new show at the Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

The park’s other Christmas shows will be back: Gift of Harmony (Italy), 'Twas that Night (ice show in France), Deck the Halls (Festhaus in Germany), Scrooge No More (Globe Theater in England), and Gloria (Abbey Stone Theatre in Ireland). You can still, of course, visit Santa’s Workshop (and dine at Santa’s Fireside Feast) and visit Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends. And there’s all the great holiday food and beverages (particularly the adult ones).

Looks like the elves are getting excited.

000.jpg
"Oooo! I see people in Santa hats!"


Let’s have a look at how Christmas Town is coming along.
001.jpg
The elves can’t wait for Christmas Town to begin.
002.jpg
But they hate getting wet while they wait.
003.jpg
“Sheesh! I feel like I’ve strung more than half those 10,000,000 lights myself, I tell you what!”
004.jpg
Our first stop was the Festhaus.
005.jpg
Yep. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” in here.
006.jpg
They’re rehearsing “Deck the Halls.” This show looks a lot like one of those old-school TV Christmas specials.
008.jpg
This is where the “O Tannenbaum” show is held (about every half-hour or so). The tree’s lights are synchronized to music. It's a local favorite at Christmas Town.
009.jpg
I think the elves like this show, too.
010.jpg
A little hot soup might’ve been good today.
011.jpg
They opened Santa’s Workshop in NewKastle (formerly DarKastle) last year. It used to be in the building where they house the HOS “No Escape” rooms (that’s where the new projection show is this year).
012.jpg
Speaking of Howl-o-Scream, maybe they should leave this shop as it is for those who wish you a very METAL Christmas.
013.jpg
This little Christmas tree was in “stealth mode” during the last weekend of HOS.
014.jpg
In through Santa’s Magical Quick Queue entrance.
015.jpg
Matthew, of the park’s entertainment division, dressed appropriately to fill us in on this year’s Christmas Town.
016.jpg
There’s still some work to be done . . .
017.jpg
. . . and the elves are busy doing it.
017a.jpg
Hmm--presents? For whom, I wonder.
018.jpg
“I am the captain of the guard. Welcome to the presence of . . .
019.jpg
. . . the Claus and his wife!"
020.jpg
Santa hanging out with his elves, Holly and Jolly. Santa, you rascal!
021.jpg
Should I get a photo with these characters?
022.jpg
Why not?
023.jpg
Look at all these geeks in their silly hats . . . wait, never mind.
024.jpg
Here are the photo options when you visit Santa.
025.jpg
It’s the merriest equipment storage area ever!
026.jpg
Of course, there was hot chocolate.
027.jpg
Mrs. Claus supervised the making of s’mores.
028.jpg
A huge scnickerdoodle with chopped graham crackers, marshmallows, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. It was good, but I couldn’t finish it.
029.jpg
Time to get our presents! Yay!
030.jpg
Here’s one last look at part of the workshop queue. It winds through other rooms themed to Santa’s home and workshop at the North Pole, too.
031.jpg
Elves give the big tree some more love.
032.jpg
Here’s how my picture with Santa turned out.
032a.jpg
Thanks for the present and behind-the-scenes tour, Busch Gardens! See you at Christmas Town.
Image
Image

Online
Open Up Happiness
User avatar
 
Posts: 8212
Joined: 21 Jan 2006
Location: Orlando, Florida
Gender: Male
Age: 27

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:17 am

I loved Busch Gardens Williamsburg during the normal season when I visited years ago... I'd love to experience their Christmas Town event at some point, knowing how beautiful the park is on a regular day, that it's natural beauty lends to such a great decor-filled event.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!

Image

I've gone pantless!
User avatar
 
Posts: 33820
Joined: 21 Sep 2005
Location: In the lair of the Huge Hummel Boy (which is conveniently located near Williamsburg, Va.)
Gender: Male
Age: 58

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:38 am

My favorite Christmas Town spots are both in Italy: the Polar Pathway (Escape from Pompeii) . . .

Image

and Holiday Hills (Festa Italia).

Image

The latter reminds me of the decorations they used in my hometown when I was a kid.
Image
Image

If the donkey is rockin, don't come knockin!
 
Posts: 962
Joined: 22 Mar 2014
Location: Maryland
Gender: Male
Age: 42

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Highridin » Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:03 pm

Hey, I just bought Christmas Town tickets for Sunday the 23rd. I saw a picture last year that showed traffic backed up to kingdom come. Can't remember what day that pic was taken on. Last year, were Sundays a very crowded day? If so, should I just get there when it opens, instead of waiting until about 4pm? Thanks.
The top 3: Twisted Timbers, El Toro, Volcano

I've gone pantless!
User avatar
 
Posts: 33820
Joined: 21 Sep 2005
Location: In the lair of the Huge Hummel Boy (which is conveniently located near Williamsburg, Va.)
Gender: Male
Age: 58

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:48 am

^I expect the park will be insanely busy that close to Christmas (many people have Christmas Eve off work, too). They've been known to reach capacity during Christmas Town, so I'd get there early.
Image
Image

Jizzy jizz jizz jizz jizz
User avatar
 
Posts: 5298
Joined: 16 Sep 2006
Location: Managing realistic expectations @ SFGreat America
Gender: Male
Age: 27

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:54 pm

Looks like a beautiful holiday event. Thanks for the photos Chuck!
Chi-livin. @adultswim @cartoonnetwork | World traveler, concert attendee, salsa connoisseur, comic reader, and theme park nerd.
Snaps: photoboothezizi

Can I park my donkey here?
 
Posts: 43
Joined: 24 Jul 2008
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Gender: Male
Age: 32

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby ViperGTS500 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:45 pm

I went there this summer for the first time in 10 years! I had so much fun, I was so mad that I waited that long to go back!

If the donkey is rockin, don't come knockin!
 
Posts: 962
Joined: 22 Mar 2014
Location: Maryland
Gender: Male
Age: 42

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Highridin » Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:37 pm

cfc wrote:^I expect the park will be insanely busy that close to Christmas (many people have Christmas Eve off work, too). They've been known to reach capacity during Christmas Town, so I'd get there early.


What I had figured. Will get there at 145.
The top 3: Twisted Timbers, El Toro, Volcano

2 + 2 = donkey!
User avatar
 
Posts: 457
Joined: 14 Jul 2017
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Gender: Male
Age: 27

Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterAuditor » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:07 pm

Okay RCDB has posted an Intamin LSM Launch Shuttle coaster coming to BGW for 2020.

Not sure where this stems from? Hopefully not that leaked PowerPoint BUT if it is in fact a nice Intamin coming to BGW I am fully game. :airtime: :airtimer:
I'm an accountant that's obsessed with roller coasters
Knoebels > Everywhere

1. El Toro 2. Intimidator 305 3. Phoenix 4. Millennium Force 5. New Texas Giant

118 Coasters
16 Parks

PreviousNext

Return to Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & Donkeys!

Who is online

Users viewing this topic: Google [Bot] and 2 guests

These pages are in no way affiliated with nor endorsed by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Cedar Fair, Legoland, Merlin Entertainment,
Blackstone, Tussaud's Group, Six Flags, Universal Theme Parks, the Walt Disney Company or any other theme park company.

All onride photos and videos on this website were taken with the permission of the park by a professional ride photographer.
For yours  and others safety, please do not attempt to take photos or videos at parks without proper permission.

Disclaimer!  You need a sense of humor to view our site, 
if you don't have a sense of humor, or are easily offended, please turn back now!
Most of the content on this forum is suitable for all ages. HOWEVER!
There may be some content that would be considered rated "PG-13."
Theme Park Review is NOT recommended for ages under 13 years of age.

cron