Busch Gardens Williamsburg announces Christmas Town details

Posted Friday, July 10, 2009 1:04 PM | Contributed by ridemcoaster

The theme park's newest attraction will be set up like a Christmas version of the park's popular Howl-O-Scream attraction, with decorations, themed characters, shopping opportunities and rides focusing on the holiday season. Opening on weekends beginning Nov. 27, this is the first time the park will have a winter schedule since it opened in 1975.

Read more from The Daily Press and The Times Dispatch.

Saturday, July 11, 2009 1:31 AM

It is nice to see more parks open for the Holidays and even better that a coaster might actually be open. I wish this would convince Hershey to open 1 or 2 coasters for Christmas Candylane.

Last edited by YoshiFan, Saturday, July 11, 2009 1:31 AM
Saturday, July 11, 2009 6:28 AM

Hershey is 5 hours north of BGE, that is an entirely different weather area. You will be lucky to go above 40 degrees in late November and December up there.

Saturday, July 11, 2009 7:26 AM
ridemcoaster's avatar

Darn it Vater!

I do this sort of thing at work to people.. You would think I would learn.

Saturday, July 11, 2009 10:58 PM

I wondered whether I was in my right mind one December when I rode the Wave Swinger at Hershey-- wearing 4 layers, gloves and balaclava. I'm not sure I'd want to try even Comet or SDL in those temps, let alone any of the other coasters. Hell, with that many layers on, I wouldn't be able to click the seat belt on Comet anyway.

Sunday, July 12, 2009 12:12 AM
DaveStroem's avatar

RatherGoodBear said:
Hell, with that many layers on, I wouldn't be able to click the seat belt on Comet anyway.

I resemble that comment.

So far, I have not had to do a walk of shame, but I have been with in 1/2 inch on Millie.

Sunday, July 12, 2009 10:11 PM

Colonial Williamsburg draws big crowds at Christmas and I'm surprised BGE hasn't cashed in on that before now. My guess is those patrons, though, will not be thrill seekers but rather Christmas fans that enjoy the atmosphere, shopping, and shows. Kings Island ran Winterfest succesfully for years with only the train and the carousel operating as far as rides go, so we know there's revenue in Christmas events. Yes, Ohio weather is different, and if BGE runs one or two rides then it's a bonus. I think Mom and Pop won't care.

In 1994 I spent my 40th birthday in Chicago, and had lovely weather until Saturday Oct 8, our day for Six Flags, when we woke up to freakish bitter cold and snow on the ground. We went up to the park unsure if they'd even be open, but sure enough they were. They seemed ready for it, bless their hearts, with sweats, gloves, hats and hot chocolate for sale everywhere. It was my first time to the park, so I got my first B&M invert, and every other ride, with the temps in the 30's. Pretty miserable, but somehow fun, too. The only one we missed due to the cold was Iron Wolf. One thing for sure, the lines weren't long!

Sunday, July 12, 2009 10:21 PM

Ive been to CP when the temps dipped below 20 degrees once the sun went down and everything continued to operate. However, I have zero desire to replicate that experience ever again. For one thing its just not comfortable wearing the amount of clothes needed to stay warm on a coaster at that temperature and two its just not the same when the only thing the wind whips is your face.


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