Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2006 11:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff
For its 2006 season, Busch Gardens Williamsburg will feature improvements to the "Curse of DarKastle" ride, a new Irish dance show to replace "Irish Thunder" and a new cirque-style show to replace "Imaginique." The theme park also will put on a family-friendly summer concert series, which hasn't been part of the amusement park's mix for a decade.
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What's with all of this "family friendly" talk. ;)
Tweaking DarKastle doesn't bother me. Removing it would bother me since that would deem it a flop.
I wish I got to see Irish Thunder but I went to the park before it was open. Since it only ran summers and I usually hit the park in the spring. Oh well maybe I will get to see the new show some day.
Imaginique.... not my cup of tea.
While DarKastle was a lot of fun, it was really hard to follow because once you rounded the corner into the second scene it seemed the whole thing went into hyperdrive! You were constantly being bombarded from all angles by elements. This made it hard for me to follow. Plus, as BG Nut said, it's timing was a bit off.
Also Spiderman can scare the crap out of you with the speccial effects!:):):):)*** This post was edited by Hamster Boy 2/1/2006 10:03:30 PM ***
Anywho, I don't think a new woody, if built, would ever go in DF's old spot. DF's location was one of the reasons it wasn't very popular.
Spiderman has had the same timing issues in the past. I see it as something that is constantly reworked.
Irish thunder is leaving BGW, thats means their last performance will be at BGT in march... if you need it bgtguide.com might get a video of it up in a few weeks.. just got to video tape and edit it myself.. then give it to them...
Spiderman on the other hand was truly amazing. I loved it.
For all of you exspecting BGW to get a wooden coaster, FORGET IT!
Kingsmills, a gated residential development next to BGW won't allow that. Kingsmills features homes ranging from $250.000 to several million dollars. The residents have protested against the noise that roller coasters and riders make at the park. They have a major hand in the future development of BGW.BGW have found ways to quiet their latest B&M instalations, but the only way they can quite a woodie is to put it in a concrete building.
Apollo's Chariot will be the tallest and probably the most intence thing BGW will get for a long time, maybe even ever.
In my opinion BGW need to desperately start appealing more to families. Consentrate less on beer consuption and more on family freindly rides and themes. Update or haize The Land Of Dragons and add a Seseame Street themed section complete with characters. Break this whole 3D/4D cycle. DarKastle, The Haunted Lighthouse, and Corkscrew Hill are all depressing and morbid rides, and shouldn't or don't appeal to families.
A page needs to be taken from the Paramount, Disney, and Universals book.
*** This post was edited by Airromeo4Ever 2/4/2006 10:39:17 PM ***
As far as Kingsmill goes - doesn't Busch own that property? And how close is the nearest home anyway? I've stayed at Kingsmill and driven all over that place, and it's a good mile from any ride.
Having said that, I don't see BGW adding a woodie either, for the same reason Disney and Universal won't - the upkeep. I just get the feeling the resort parks see their maintenance as too much of a headache. But whatta I know ...
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