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Postby Homeboy23 » Sun Aug 30, 2009 4:56 am

I was also there last night and the longest line I had was 20 minutes but that was for the front row of Big Bad Wolf for my last ride on it.

The others were about 10 minutes which surprised me for a Saturday, even it was the evening.

As the others have said the drive is worth it.
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Postby Pufferfish » Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:31 am

I was just there yesterday and I couldn't have asked for better crowds. Everything was about a 15 minute wait or less, save for Corkscrew Hill. I got my final rides in on BBW and let me tell you, if they do put a flyer in its place it had better be as good if not better than Manta. BBW was my first "big" coaster and I still love it very much. It's ending is one of the best finales on any coaster period. If whatever replaces it isn't up to this standard, I am going to be very unhappy with the park.

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Postby DATman » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:29 pm

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It's just sad because it was my first coaster.

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Postby Spideyfreak » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:02 am

I got my last ride in on Friday. Wolf was running great, although the crew was consistently stacking all 3 trains which caused a bit of a line. Luckily Quick Queue fixed that for the most part. I ran into several members of ACE, then I saw guys wearing "National Roller Coaster Museum" shirts in line. Then I was asked by a college student who was interviewing fans for a documentary class if I would like to interview. I took my last ride, and agreed to interview. I thought it was a great way to say good bye.

I also did the behind the scenes coaster tour. When we asked them about Wolf they explained by giving us the usual "It's at the end of its service life blah blah blah."

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Postby cfc » Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:33 am

I was there on Sunday night and waited about 20 minutes for a front-seat ride on BBW. I heard that they had to e-stop Wolfie earlier--seems that the train was coming into the station too quickly (they had it going again in about 45 minutes).
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Postby cfc » Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:45 pm

OK, I know that we've all be a bit fixated on the the last days of the Big Bad Wolf--the old boy has but a few left.

But what else is coming up at BGW this month? How about . . .

Howl-o-Scream!

Yes, my personal favorite time of year at Busch Gardens! Unlike the Tampa version, BGW's event isn't an upcharge--it's just part of your regular admission (or season pass). The Williamsburg park appears to be ramping up this year's event a bit with six mazes and seven scarezones--all of which stick to the park's European theming.

Here's this year's maze lineup.

Bitten: Well, it's the late 1800s in Eastern Europe, and you probably know what that means. Yep. Vampires. Lots of 'em. Explore the "Bitten" house yourself, but take plenty of garlic (or at least eat a large Italian dinner over in San Marco).

Catacombs: It seems that BGW has a cemetery. With a tunnel. Which has a "history more terrifying than that of France's revolutions." Hmm . . . I wonder if this is what's going on in the Royal Palace Theatre?

Cavern of Darkness: Sheesh! First, it's catacombs, but now we got a freakin' cavern full of "magical beings" who used to hold "dominion over the Earth"? I don't imagine they'll be very happy to see us. (Just a feeling.)

Cursed: BGW is really into subterranean lairs this year. Now we have a "cracked cave" full of witches and their poor victims (the aforementioned "cursed")--"where the veil of consciousness is at its thinnest." (Sounds like Woodstock or something.)

The Hunted: OK, we're back on the surface now, checking out the wrecked cabin of a family of werewolf hunters in 17th-century Germany. I can't imagine that this will turn out well for us.

Revenge of Pompeii: Back to the depths again, where "ashy corpses wreak havoc" among the ruins of Pompeii.

BGW has been a bit weak with scarezones in years' past. 2008's Beaten Path was one of the best they've ever done. Let's see how serious they are this year.

Harvest Hollow: A stroll through the fields and the woods could cost you your head--watch out for the Axemen!

Mischief & Mayhem: Face a little "Irish magic" between Killearney and France (that is, trolls and goblins).

The Moors: The ghosts of Scottish highlanders haunt their old battleground.

Spellbound: Watch out for witches near Festa Italia!

Werewolves: They're in Rhinefeld. No further explanation necessary.

Strangers Beware: Now here's an interesting idea--the villagers are the "monsters"! Yes, angry peasants have banded together to fight the forces of evil. and if you're a "stranger, you will perish!"

The Watchers: "Spectral figures" will be swooping from the trees in New France.

Monster Stomp will be back as, of course, will Jack. But there's no Starfright Orchestra this year (it was getting a bit long in the tooth); they'll be showing old black-and-white horror flicks on the Italian stage instead. Frankenrock replaces Fiends in the Festhaus this year.

And for you Count von Count fans, look for him in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun.

So, come on down to Williamsburg this Halloween--if you have the guts! Howl-o-Scream runs on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 25 to November 1.
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Postby PAL » Thu Sep 03, 2009 4:36 am

Huge thanks for the advice to dash down from DC to BG. We're thrilled we squeezed it in, such a beautiful park with first rate attractions. DarKastle? Corkscrew Hill? E tickets! We loved Alpengeist, Griffon and Apollo's Chariot. Good ops everywhere, fast dispatches, helpful and cheerful staff, and virtually no lines. BG will be the highlight of the trip. Again, thanks!

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Postby peteb » Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:27 am

I still can't believe they're taking out BBW. It's still running great after all these years and it's such a good ride I can't imagine any replacement would be better. This ride is so unique and works so perfectly with the terrain I just don't know how you can do better than maybe a modern replacement of the same ride (not a flyer, please !)

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Postby The Noid » Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:49 am

Newbie to HOS, planning on going October 2nd and 3rd. Have been to BGE probably 4 times over the last 20 years, but all during the summer.

Any advice on:

- Lines/crowds that early in October, for both regular attractions and HOS?
- Are there any HOS things going on at all before 6pm?

Any other tips for a first timer?

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Postby cfc » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:42 am

^In the past, some mazes have opened in mid-afternoon on Saturdays. Last year's Curse of Pompeii actually offered a "family-friendly" version (no show effects or scareactors) early in the day (not sure about the times). Saturday is the busiest day and night for Howl-o-Scream (especially late in October). Scarezones won't get going until 6:00 pm. The park map should include a schedule of maze openings.

Last year, Quick Queue included not only the major rides (such as Griffon), but also all the HOS mazes. So, if you're at the park on a busy Saturday, you might want to snag a Quick Queue pass.
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