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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:59 pm

themeparkologist wrote:So, will it be in Rhineland, considering there's a big open spot there?

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Postby themeparkologist » Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:25 pm

^^I find it ironic that that flutist is playing a modern, silver-plated western concert flute in C, whilst Celtic flute/fife/oboe related instruments were made totally of wood, had no keywork (only holes) or were reeded without keywork. Why name it Celtic Fyre if they can't even convincingly theme it to the average 14 year old?

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Sat May 01, 2010 11:18 am

The new webcam is online now.

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I love the angle!

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby Vigil » Sun May 02, 2010 9:16 am

So time for a mini TR.

I went to BG yesterday and it was mostly the same. The rides were running well. Props to the AC crew as they were blazing through the lines. And on my last ride in the back row none of the trims or even the brakes in the MCBR engaged...such a fast ride. Anyway as for the new attractions, I thought Celtic Fyre was good. I am a little partial to the more traditional music but BG has a good show.

Europe in the Air I did not end up riding because when I took a friend on Griffon for the first time (she did not look happy at the holding brake) the rest of my group rode EITA...and none of them liked it. They said it was jerky and gave them headaches...and they just compared it to Soarin'. My sister also said the screen lit up the walls revealing "wheels and things" which ruined the effect. I also don't really like where the attraction is at all. It is still in a castle and the line is still in a cave. I thought it was supposed to be like an airplane thing. Anyway it was a popular attraction: at some points the line was out of the castle.

Other than that not much has changed... Oh except for the gaping hole in the landscape where BBW (God rest its soul) used to be. That and the huge chocolate chip muffins they had in the England bakery/fudge shop are now just regular size.

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Postby esvadj » Sun May 02, 2010 12:56 pm

Another mini trip report:

I went to the NASCAR race in Richmond this weekend and on the way home I ran into BGW just to ride Europe in the Air. My wife and I arrived at the park at 11am and sailed right through the gate with no waiting. This was my third trip to the park this year and it was the least crowded I had seen it.

We went strait to Ireland and got in line. First, they added some additional lighting to the cave like entrance so its not as dark as it was with Corkscrew Hill. When you get to the first part of the pre-show there are pictures of Europe all over the walls, it looks nice and still smells of fresh paint. You then went into another pre-show where you learn about the ride you are about to take over Europe.

As for the ride, I liked it. The screen was huge and the pictures were crystal clear. They had huge fans mounted on each side of the screen to help with the illusion of flight. The ride was smooth, it wasn't a jerky as I remember Corkscrew Hill being. It also seemed to be a long ride.

We left and headed right out to the parking lot, the entire trip lasted about 35 minutes. In my opinion its a great ride. Soarin' it is not, but as for a replacement of an existing ride Busch Gardens did a great job.

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby KDcoasterMAN » Sun May 02, 2010 7:32 pm

Europe in the Air is a "safe" addition to the park. Its very low on the thrills and caters to a low thrills seekeing audience.

As for Mystery Tower 2011, nothing of any significance I could see around Octoberfest...

My idea. They could be removing the bumper cars building... The bumpercars can be built anywhere in the park and that location needs to draw more attention to that part of the park...

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon May 17, 2010 8:47 am

http://buschgardensva.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/making-coasters-accessible/

Busch Gardens is pleased to announce the purchase of a separate harness, from ride manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard, that will allow some guests with amputations to ride three of our biggest roller coasters.

In the past, Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot and Griffon have had rather restrictive manufacturer requirements for guests with amputations. In previous seasons, guests could not ride Apollo’s Chariot if they had an amputation above the ankle. Guests who had an amputation above the knee could not ride Alpengeist or Griffon.

These new separate harnesses will allow some guests with disabilities and amputations to ride where they couldn’t before. With the assistance of the harness, guests are able to ride Apollo’s Chariot if they have an amputation at or below the knee. Guests with a single amputation above the knee are now capable of riding Alpengeist and Griffon.

Our pursuit of and investment in this harness emphasizes the commitment of Busch Gardens to safety, while allowing us to accommodate guests who have been unable to enjoy the thrill of these three roller coasters. While not all guests with disabilities will be able to ride, we hope that the installation of these harnesses will allow more to enjoy the thrilling drop on Griffon, the inversions on Alpengeist and the hair-raising airtime on Apollo’s Chariot.

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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Mon May 17, 2010 8:51 am

^Very nice. BGW has made another accomodation to disabled guests by moving their wheelchair and stroller rentals to a new building just behind the ticket booths (it used to be just past the turnstiles of the front gate in a rather congested area).
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Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thread

Postby hobbit » Wed May 19, 2010 1:31 pm

Great new for people with no arms or legs...! They have elivator for evacuation, (no stairs) Hope that they will do this by more rollercoasters

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Re: Re: The Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) Discussion Thre

Postby taleilad » Fri May 21, 2010 7:49 am

by themeparkologist » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:25 pm

^^I find it ironic that that flutist is playing a modern, silver-plated western concert flute in C, whilst Celtic flute/fife/oboe related instruments were made totally of wood, had no keywork (only holes) or were reeded without keywork. Why name it Celtic Fyre if they can't even convincingly theme it to the average 14 year old?

My little criticisms...I might require mental help.


The silver flute pictured here is not from Celtic Fyre.
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