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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby ripleybl » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:10 am

Looks like I'm going to have to buy the platinum pass to Busch Gardens in 2020! Holy expensive, but worth it for the new speculated spiked multi-launched giga! And then get to travel to BGT for RMC Gwazi! BG has officially stepped their game up on top of already stepping their game up. This new BGW 2020 coaster might turn out to be a top 10 as well as RMC Gwazi... I'm so shocked and excited about 2020

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby hoppedup » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:17 am

ripleybl wrote:Looks like I'm going to have to buy the platinum pass to Busch Gardens in 2020! Holy expensive, but worth it for the new speculated spiked multi-launched giga! And then get to travel to BGT for RMC Gwazi! BG has officially stepped their game up on top of already stepping their game up. This new BGW 2020 coaster might turn out to be a top 10 as well as RMC Gwazi... I'm so shocked and excited about 2020


It's not for everybody, but I planned a trip to Texas to pick up a platinum pass at SWSA. It was $132.99, 1/3 the price in Williamsburg, Tampa, or Orlando. Not worth it to make a special trip to SWSA just to get a pass, but it worked out for us, as we were going to go to SFOT and SFFT eventually anyway. We now have trips to BGW, BGT, and SWO in the works this year.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:09 pm

A Look at Cutback and Finnegan's Flyer
Busch Gardens Williamsburg will be open for the season soon, and you know what that means--a backstage tour of new attractions! This year marks the rare occasion when both of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment’s Virginia locations--Busch Gardens and Water Country USA--have new attractions opening.

Our first stop was Water Country for a look at the progress on the only Proslide RocketBLAST coaster on the East Coast and Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster.

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The new Cutback Water Coaster will use water jets to propel riders in toboggan-like rafts up and over roller-coaster-like hills and through tunnels and saucer-shaped turns. Here are a few stats:

Track length: 856 feet, with 3 launch sections
Maximum speed: 35 feet per second
Total drop: 76 feet
Number of riders: 4 per raft

The park considered hyrdro-magnetic propulsion, but went with water jets, said Suzy Cheely, senior leader of design and engineering, because they think riders will appreciate the extra soaking the jets will give them on those hot, humid Virginia summer days. And, for coaster lovers, this ride offers the “best of both worlds”--the thrills of a coaster and the refreshing splash of a water slide. The ride’s height requirement will be 48 inches.

Cutback is on the site of the old Meltdown water slide, which also used toboggan rafts, but depended on gravity for propulsion. Cutback will be on a whole new level of thrill. They expect to start testing Cutback in April.

We then headed to Busch Gardens to see the progress on Ireland’s new attraction.

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This new S&S Worldwide Screamin’ Swing will let riders “swing out over the cliffs of the Celtic coast.” Thirty-two riders will soar more than 80 feet at a maximum speed of 45 mph on this ride, which is located near the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster. The ride should be a nice addition to Ireland.

Busch Gardens is hoping to open both rides in May. Let's have a look. First stop, Water Country USA.
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Yes--you will get wet!
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Based on all the powder-blue hard hats, I think I'm in the right place.
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Bye bye, Meltdown! Hello, Cutback Water Coaster!
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Suzy Cheely talks about the ride's construction. Once Meltdown was removed, Proslide came in, and Cutback went up pretty quickly.
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Only Meltdown's conveyor and tower remain as part of Cutback.
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The view from the top. Nitro Racer is in the background, while Hubba Hubba Highway (fast lazy river) is off to the right.
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You start up here in one of these rafts.
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You get dumped into this tub.
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Then down--and up--you go!
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Here's where you shout either "whee" or "holy crap!"
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Down and up again.
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You'll hug the walls of the saucers pretty closely as you zip through.
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And here's where you'll end up--exhilarated and refreshed. On to Busch Gardens!
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Looks like there might be a little airtime on this ride.
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I think Ireland is preparing for some special Irish day . . . thingy? What's it called again? ;)
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Oh, yeah, St. Patrick's Day, when no snakes will be allowed in the park.
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Remember . . .
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. . . this is a working construction site! Wear those hard hats and don't play with the saw.
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The park's thematic painter went to S&S in Utah to paint the towers.
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Here's a closer look.
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The queue will wind around on this platform.
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Those in line will get good views of Griffon and Alpengeist while they wait.
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Men at work.
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Here's a view from across the bridge in Scotland. The ride is already 30 feet above the ground on a platform.
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Another piece of Finnegan's Flyer awaits installation. Yeah, that's all I got here.
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Let's look at the new ride from the train tracks.
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Get ready to swing back over that platform and stare straight down, folks.
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A close look at the compressed-air tanks that will propel you at 45 mph out over Ireland.
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A Clydesdale's view of Finnegan's Flyer.
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Time to go. Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone.
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Don't forget your official Finnegan's Flyer cups.
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Sounds like this leprechaun just belched. Thanks for reading.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby boldikus » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:00 am

Thanks for the update, Chuck. Lookin' good.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:29 am

Great update! This may be enough to convince me to visit Water Country next time.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Too Fast For Comfort » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:30 am

hoppedup wrote:
ripleybl wrote:Looks like I'm going to have to buy the platinum pass to Busch Gardens in 2020! Holy expensive, but worth it for the new speculated spiked multi-launched giga! And then get to travel to BGT for RMC Gwazi! BG has officially stepped their game up on top of already stepping their game up. This new BGW 2020 coaster might turn out to be a top 10 as well as RMC Gwazi... I'm so shocked and excited about 2020


It's not for everybody, but I planned a trip to Texas to pick up a platinum pass at SWSA. It was $132.99, 1/3 the price in Williamsburg, Tampa, or Orlando. Not worth it to make a special trip to SWSA just to get a pass, but it worked out for us, as we were going to go to SFOT and SFFT eventually anyway. We now have trips to BGW, BGT, and SWO in the works this year.


The problem with running the hustle at SWSA is that you don't get level benefits anywhere but Texas with that pass. Hence why its so cheap. You only get free admission and free general parking. You may get a courtesy discount on merch and food, but I'm not sure of that (mainly as a way to get you to spend more).

No preferred parking, no guest passes, no 50% off, no photokey, no preferred seating, no animal encounter, and most importantly no ride again privileges. Those ride again privileges at SWO and BGT are wicked. Best part of the Platinum and more advantageous than the Quick Queue. It takes so long for them to load their coasters and for you to get off and walk around, getting two rides in for the price of one wait is pretty valuable. I see that you're out of state, but if you go to the Florida parks often, its worth it to splurge.

Maybe if you plan on 5-6 visits to a Florida theme park or water park, that might be the break-even point where it makes sense to get Florida Plat over a Texas Plat (ignoring travel costs to get to Texas). Just figure that the ride again privileges are more valuable than a Quick Queue, and those can be between $30-70, you get the premium parking... that's about a $10 upgrade if you just get general, the passkey will cost you money otherwise (but you might not care about it anyway), you can't really value the preferred seating -- so it just matters if you care about it or not, and I'm not sure if you get discounts with the Texas Plat, but if you don't, the 15% could save you $5 a visit or so. Animal encounters might be a wash, as you can just use yours in Texas. Don't forget about the friend of friends for free and 50% off. Those are more valuable in Florida parks than the Texas one (and you can't use it for your check-in visit anyway).

Oh yeah, passholders get a better deal on the Seven Seas punchcards. I'm not sure if you get the sweet deal with an out of state pass (20 punches for the price of 15, so a 33% bonus).

So all in all, if you're taking a few visits to Florida, make sure to pay the extra $200 and get it in Florida.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:30 am

I'm just going to keep my old busted paper Busch Gardens Williamsburg platinum pass that's on auto-renew until they stop renewing it and the party stops. It gets us double rides at BGT (usually, though sometimes the ride host doesn't even know what it is since it's so old and busted so we never go in expecting it and always ask first), preferred seating at SeaWorld and preferred parking everywhere. :lol:

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:48 am

I never realized double rides were even a thing. Granted the lines at the Busch parks are usually low enough I basically can ride them to my heart's content anyway.
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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:52 am

I usually feel bad doing it. It slows the ops down and it screws up everyone's plans who are trying to line up to ride with their friends (and none of them understand why it's happening). I never even bother except on Cheetah Hunt or something where we actually waited awhile.

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Re: Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW BGE) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:56 am

That's how I felt the few times I got the Platinum Flash Pass back when they did double rides. I felt terrible doing it. I'm sort of glad they did away with it to be honest.
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