Wednesday, June 16, 2004 5:13 PM
I am planning on visiting BGW in a few weeks. What is the best plan to get all the coasters in with short waits. Also, what thrill rides are worth a spin.

any other tips or info is appriciated

PS- is there any way to get discount tickets or anywhere away from the park?

Wednesday, June 16, 2004 6:00 PM
Ride everything 15 times. EVerything! Dont pass on anything. EVen ride the ferry and the train! You will not regret it!!
Thursday, June 17, 2004 4:48 PM
The longest queue is usually Apollo's Chariot, but rushing to it in the morning results in a somewhat slow ride as B&M hypers take a while to warm up. Otherwise gueues are pretty uniform, and no great tactics really help.

Crashmando is correct. Do it all, and take the time to enjoy the beauty of the park. Don't skip the shows. They are the best on the east coast.

Friday, June 18, 2004 6:55 AM
this park was one that really shocked me. I saw only 4 coasters and was wondering how good it could be since i live close to SFGAdv and Dorney. answer... It's a park i want to take all my friends to. Ride anything and everything. Another thing is they open different areas as the day passes so rushing through to beat crowds is kinda hard. Some highlights besides the coasters I remember were the battering ram(get on and end seat it goes parallel to the ground or past it) Davinci's carpet and the two movies (goosebumps and corkscrew hill). also Escape from Pompeii had some wild theming and roman rapids is nice on a hot day. I had no problem with lines but I went midweek.
Friday, June 18, 2004 7:46 AM
Have you only been there once dragon? I'm pretty sure they don't open different areas at different times normally.

Like others have said, just go and do everything and enjoy the scenery.

Friday, June 18, 2004 9:28 AM
I'm pretty sure they do open different area at different times normally. I was just there a few weeks ago, and both days that's how it worked. I can't remember what time areas opened, but I do remember waiting by the Clydesdales and taking pictures while waiting for Ireland to open so I could go to Grogan's :)


Friday, June 18, 2004 9:45 AM
To avoid waits I'd say hit Alpengeist first, maybe a few laps since it takes people a while to find their way back there. Then do Big Bad Wolf because its line seems to move slowly, you won't want to wait for an hour to ride it in the middle of the day. Then proceed to Loch Ness Monster, which in my experience rarely has long lines. Lastly hit Apollo's Chariot, even if it has a line down the stairs it still moves pretty quickly. In fact if all these rides are open and you go in the order above, you can probably get one lap on each within the first hour or so. Then you have loads of time to do flat rides, shows, animal exhibits, etc. (or more laps on coasters of course).
Friday, June 18, 2004 10:44 AM
I will be hitting BGW Wed afternoon/nite and Thursday and this is some great info.

Also helpful was the following:

coasterguts said:
Just wanted to mention, if you are traveling in the Mid-Atlantic area, listen to the various traffic reports carefully. Last week I traveled between Hershey, Six Flags America, Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I encountered serious contruction delays on the Baltimore Beltway (Between the I-70 and I-95 Interchanges) and on the Washington Beltway between (I-95 and I-270). An alternative might be to travel I-95 or I-895 and go through the tunnels. Pick up I-97 and U.S. 301/MD Route 3 South. You can pick up 301 about 3 or 4 miles north of Kings Dominion and it's a nice scenic way to beat the Washington Beltway/I-95 traffic.
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Friday, June 18, 2004 12:12 PM
Just got back from my BGW trip. I visited on Wednesday the 16th. There were very short waits all day. Five trains at the most.

Octoberfest and Big Bad Wolf do not open up until 11am. So as mentioned before it makes it difficult to hit the coasters early in the day to avoid the crowds.

There is a McDonalds on Rt. 60, across from the park that has $5 off discount coupons.


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