PKI Jizzman wrote:Love the promotional content! Probably going to be a BG/SW passholder for the first time next year!
This will be my second time I'm getting a Platinum Season Pass so I can use that pass to visit two other parks in Florida: Seaworld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa, plus a revisit to Watercountry USA that's nearby. The 2020 season is going to be awesome!!!
Busch Gardens kicked off Halloween a little early by opening Howl-o-Scream last weekend. This is the 21st year for the park's annual haunt. Much of what they did during last year's event is still in place, but there were some noteworthy changes.
For example, the event's old icon Jack, who returned to HOS last season, is playing a bigger role. Like last year, he has his own "No Escape" room--Jack's Twisted Terror. But his old show, Jack Is Back, has returned to Ireland. Yes, get down and boogie with Jack's stilt-walking scarecrows to ABBA and other disco music from the 1970s. It's definitely a family show, and guests seem to love it. There's a photo op with Jack after the show, too.
Fiends is no longer playing at the Abbeystone Threatre. Dr. Freakenstein, Igor, and his naughty nurses have instead taken up residence in the Vault: Overtaken maze in Germany. Speaking of mazes, Cornered (also in Germany) is gone, leaving six mazes. Here's how they stack up (from best to worst):
Distorted Dimensions--a dimensional vortex has scrambled reality in old Sterling Manor. Bizarre creatures now roam a "Wonderland" version of our reality in search of victims (Germany in the old DarKastle building).
Dystopia--a new world order of cyber people have risen after the Apocalypse, and it demands your total obedience. This maze tells a pretty good story, and I like the "cyber monsters." It could use a better finish (Italy, Escape from Pompeii).
Lumberhack--an old lumber camp is full of undead woodsmen with chainsaws who hunger for your flesh! This one was pretty weak last year, but now boasts a bit more action (Germany, entrance on the left of the Festhaus).
Vault: Overtaken--this one is a mishmash of old HOS mazes and icons from past year. It made sense during the 20th anniversary last year, but seems a bit off (too random) for this year. The stuff with Dr. Freakenstein is the best part--maybe they should've given him the whole maze (Germany, old Drachen Fire Station).
Frostbite--this "ice castle" maze has never quite worked, and this is the third time they've redone it a bit. It really needs a strong villain to hold it together, but they did throw in a new big monster this year (Germany, DarKastle building).
Circo Sinistro--this creepy circus maze was a bit weak, but it usually gets better as the season grinds on. Last weekend, it was a bit blah and not much happened in the tents (Festa Italia near the Roman Rapids).
I was a bit surprised that the Terror-tories (scare zones) were better than some of the mazes this year. There was more activity, and monsters, than in past years.
Shall we go in? This will largely be a tour of the Terror-tories, with a look at the shows and the Pantheon construction site. Follow me.
This Grim Reaper gets around. He was on the road to the parking lot one year, and also spent some time in France.
Looks like the Red Skull found a new gig. Hail Hydra!
Sheesh! How careless, leaving your body parts just anywhere.
Ripper Row is not quite open for business.
Is he now?
Oh--there he is!
And he's brought a few fiends, er, friends with him.
All will boogie in Ireland under pain of death!
Night Beats: Revamped is a jukebox show in the Festhaus (mostly 1980s-90s stuff).
The maze formerly known as Cornered.
Get yer HOS merch here!
Aw, aren't they adorable?
Teenagers can use this shirt in lieu of a costume when trying scam Halloween candy.
The path to the Garden of the Souls (Italy).
Here's the soul of an old Italian gondolier. He even speaks to you in Italian.
Another lost soul.
OK, is everybody clear on which way to go?
Welcome to Sideshow Square in Festa Italia.
Not even the park staff is safe from the evil clowns!
"Ya wanna bite of my sucker? It's soooo good!"
Shall we have a look at the Pantheon site before it gets too dark?
The Festa Italia train station was closed for a few weeks, but it's open again. They ripped out all the plants behind this construction wall, though.
They also cut this path in the hill on the other side of the station.
Here's a closer look at it.
A big crane in the sunset.
Lots of dirt . . .
. . . and lots of footers, which look kind of spooky in the dark. More to come.
Great "startup stroll" through this event, Chuck! And I would rather see t-shirts like that on some of the local teens who pass by on The Night for candy. They don't even try, at times. A Haunt Shirt would definitely improve things, heh.
And nothing like (somewhat) fresh dirt to bring a smile to a coaster fan.
Looking forward to continuation of the same good stuff from ya.
I've always been curious as to how Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Howl-O-Scream compared to the one in Tampa... Your report is getting me thinking about how I could plan a trip to check it out. Thanks for sharing!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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