Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 12:18 AM
BGW is known as one of America's favorite parks and it's easy to see why, it's beautifully landscaped, has lots of theming, and some world-class coasters.

I went midweek and was not impressed with waiting over 30 minutes to get my ticket, fortunately, this was the longest line all day.

I headed straight back to Alpengeist, but I had difficulty finding it, so I ended up riding the Wild Maus and Big Bad Wolf first.

The Wild Maus that started off okay, but after the first set of hairpin turns there were trim brakes on every corner, and the car almost came to a complete stop on two occasions. There was nothing Wild about this Mouse, in fact it was one of the worst I had ridden.

Next the Big Bad Wolf. I had two rides on this, and it was one of the best suspended coasters I've been on. The theming through the Bavarian village was excellent, but the final drop into the ravine was spolied by trims. Still a good ride.

So I finally made my way to Alpengeist. This massive inverted coaster has some cool theming and some wonderful landscaping. The first drop is simply the best on any invert and the first part of the ride is superb. Sadly, the second part was a bit slow and made for a disappointing ending.

I could only manage one ride on the Loch Ness Monster because the restraints were so uncomfortable. The shoulder harness was so low, my shoulders were hurting before the ride even started. Shame because the layout was good, and I really liked the enclosed helix, although the rest of the ride was a bit bumpy.

Finally, I had two rides on Apollo's Chariot. Already a great fan of Raging Bull and Nitro I was so looking forward to this. What a disappointment, I was stapled in both times by the ride operator, and I had very little airtime, despite them saying "enjoy your massive airtime". It's still a good ride, but having ridden Nitro, it just didn't compare.

Because I'm from the UK, I was not too taken with all the European theming, but it was a good effort nonetheless, especially on the rides. For an all round park experience, BGW is very good, but since there were only three rides that appealled to me, there was not enough there for me to spend the whole day - too many shops, and not enough rides.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 7:59 AM
my same thoughts except for AC

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HurricaneGeauga- Just in case
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 8:07 AM
So which coaster do you like better:

Raging Bull
Nitro
Apollo's Chariot

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"Duff Man Says... Ohhhhh Yaaaaa!"
Current Favorite Coasters:
1)Raging Bull 2)Millennium Force 3)Medusa (SFMW) 4)Vertical Velocity (SFGAm) 5)Dueling Dragons (Ice)
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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 7:19 PM
Nitro
Raging Bull
Apollo's Chariot

Nitro has so many more drops, and so much more airtime, plus the wonderful s-curve and hammerhead elements which if you're sitting on the outside seats you'll think you're going to fall out.

Raging Bull is great too, but I prefer the L-shaped layout of Nitro out into the terrain.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2001 7:48 PM
Yet another person who couldn't find the Alpengeist queue at first. Thank goodness I'm not alone. And you know there's something terribly wrong when an enthusiast can't find a queue for such a massive coaster. I agree there could be more rides, especially some modern flats.

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