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Postby esvadj » Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:25 pm

Just left the park, went today to get my season pass processed. All the rides in the Sesame Street area were operating. I got pictures and video, but have no way to upload from the road.

It looks like it could be open tomorrow for pass member preview

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Postby cfc » Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:42 pm

^I'm pretty sure the 4D movie will be running tomorrow. The Forest of Fun is supposed to open on April 3, but we'll see.

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The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Wes » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:20 am

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW), this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!


January 30th, 2006 - Changes for 2006 announced

July 24th, 2009 - Closure of Big Bad Wolf announcedJuly 29th, 2009 - "FAQs" about the Wolf's upcoming demolition
Sept. 2nd,-2009 - Howl-O-Scream details announced
Sept. 6th, 2009 - Brochure from BBW's debut year
Sept. 8th, 2009 - Photo TR of BBW's last day
Nov. 4th, 2009 - Christmas Town announced
Nov. 14th, 2009 - More Christmas Town details
Nov. 20th, 2009 - Busch Donates BBW train to The National Rollercoaster Museum
Dec. 2nd, 2009 - Christmas Town Pictures

Jan. 28th, 2010 - New attraction "Europe in the Air" announced
Feb. 18th, 2010 - Follow Busch Gardens on Twitter and you could win prizes!
Feb. 26th, 2010 - Christmas Town 2010 operating schedule extended
March 4th, 2010 - Park adds sheepherding demonstration to Highland Stables
March 16th, 2010 - Media Day for Highland Stables, Europe in the Air, and Celtic Fyre
March 17th, 2010 - Official Highland Stables photos and video
March 18th, 2010 - What's new at Wolf Haven?
April 8th, 2010 - Big Bad Wolf trains delivered to coaster museum
April 11th, 2010 - Robb visits the park!
April 19th, 2010 - Pretzel Coaster Contest returns for a another year!
April 22nd, 2010 - Europe in the Air Update
April 23rd, 2010 - Electronic Hazardous Waste Recycling Day
April 28th, 2010 - Drop Tower on the horizon
April 30th, 2010 - Celtic Fyre & Europe in the Air grand opening photos!
May 17th, 2010 - Park makes its B&M coasters more accessible
June 10th, 2010 - County awards height waiver for new drop tower ride
June 27th, 2010 - Blackstone may buy Kings Mill, BGW open year round?
September 8th, 2010 - 2 year expansion plan teased in new video
September 18th, 2010 - BGW makes their official announcement--and updates their video
December 1st, 2010 - Christmas Town preview photos & video now online!

January 5th, 2011 - BGW clears two more hurdles for 2012 coaster in Oktoberfest
February 4th, 2011 - Busch Gardens Williamsburg expansion research
February 21st, 2011 - Major Expansion Construction Update! Photos & Video!
April 11th, 2011 - Busch Gardens Ramp Jam 2011!
June 12th, 2011 - Verbolten Construction Begins!
June 19th, 2011 - TPR Day at BGW!
July 15th, 2011 - Howl-O-Scream 2011 website launched!
July 19th, 2011 - Summer concert series lineup announced!
August 13th, 2011 - Verbolten Construction Update!
October 11th, 2011 - Water Country seeks permission to double in size
October 30th, 2011 - More Pictures of Verbolten track!
November 22nd, 2011 - Water Country USA gets approval for major expansion!
December 2nd, 2011 - Verbolten: Construction Phase 2 video from BGW!


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 24, 2009) – After 25 years traveling at the speed of fright, The Big Bad Wolf will take its last trip through Busch Gardens' Bavarian village Sept. 7.

"We hate to see The Big Bad Wolf go," said John Reilly, Busch Gardens' general manager. "We realize The Big Bad Wolf is a guest favorite. We're making the announcement now so coaster fans can ride one last time before it closes after Labor Day."

The world's first suspended roller coaster took coaster design to a new level when it opened in 1984. And while it cannot claim to be the fastest or the tallest, more than 29 million guests have ridden what has become one of the park's most beloved thrill attractions. Legions of fans—young and old alike—often cite it as their introduction to the coaster experience.

"The Big Bad Wolf offers a thrilling ride experience coupled with aggressive ride dynamics. While it remains a safe attraction, it has simply reached the end of its service life," said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens' vice president of engineering and design.

Park officials are reviewing several design concepts for a new park attraction to replace The Big Bad Wolf, but no announcement is planned at this time.

Busch Gardens is a Worlds of Discovery®. Other Worlds of Discovery® include Water Country USA in Williamsburg; Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fl.; the SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fl.; Sesame Place near Philadelphia; Discovery Cove in Orlando; Adventure Island in Tampa; and Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park, in Orlando.

Here is some Big Bad Wolf B-Roll the park sent me:

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Postby Airtime&Gravity » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:28 am

Well, that is sad to see, but hopefully it is replaced by another good coaster. BGE doesn't really have any family coasters, Loch Ness Monster is debatable, so it would be nice to see one added. Of course, the flying coaster Screamscape mentioned would be nice too.

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Postby rosscoe » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:29 am

Eagles Fortress and now Big Bad wolf, soon there wont being many left.

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Postby kalvin » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:31 am

Why don't they just build something were Drachen Fire was instead of taking out a roller coaster?

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Postby Jakizle » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:37 am

^Did you read the article? There are many valid reasons for the removal of BBW, as sad as I am to see it go...I grew up riding that coaster.

But with the land available from BBW and Drachen Fire (they are/were close by) BGE can easily create a HUGE new land/country...and I would imagine that would include at least 1 major coaster.

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Postby netdvn » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:42 am


I can't believe they're getting rid of my favorite Arrow coaster at the end of the year (and on the 25th anniversary to boot). I guess the rumors of Wolf's days being numbered were true.

Hopefully, Wolf's replacement will be just as good if not better.

- I really need to get to SFMM, KI, and CW before those suspendeds are gone too.
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Postby Mochtroid » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:42 am

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Postby alpengeist04 » Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:45 am

This is very sad news, but understandable.

BBW is and always will be one of my favorites. RIP. :(


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