Busch Gardens Williamsburg effectively nears year-round operation with events

Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:54 AM | Contributed by Jeff

For the first time ever, Busch Gardens Williamsburg will be open all year long for 2021, including January, February, and March. The Williamsburg theme park will offer three new “limited capacity” outdoor special events: Winter Weekends, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:21 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

I was coming here to share this. I was just there for Christmastown with the capacity increased to 4k. The had all of Italy closed including the bridge from Germany which resulted in crowds that seemed almost normal, especially in Germany and France.

If I lived nearby I would be pretty excited about this.


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Friday, January 8, 2021 8:03 PM
kpjb's avatar

So they're limiting capacity, but also closing areas? Seems counterintuitive.


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Monday, January 11, 2021 12:48 AM

Sounds like a typical coronavirus response to me. Cut capacity then concentrate the crowds. Whether by cutting hours (especially cutting hours by Government directive so everyone is using the same reduced hours) limiting points of access, creating crowd control bottlenecks...it’s pretty much what I have come to expect.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 3:11 AM

That makes very little sense to me. I thought the point in COVID capacity cuts was to allow people to socially distance?


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Monday, January 11, 2021 5:22 AM
99er's avatar

It makes zero sense and I would guess that any park doing so likely is doing it at the direction of someone who just doesn't understand. The complete opposite of that happens at the Disney parks (maybe Universal too?). The park opening time is a soft time because if a crowd large enough gathers waiting for the gates to open, the park will just open up to allow the crowd to spread out.


-Chris
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Monday, January 11, 2021 8:45 AM

eightdotthree said:

...with the capacity increased to 4k. The had all of Italy closed including the bridge from Germany which resulted in crowds that seemed almost normal, especially in Germany and France.

Normal in what regards? 4,000 people in the balance of the park seems like a really small crowd.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 9:33 AM
eightdotthree's avatar

Of course it's a small crowd compared to a normal day. But like I said, it seemed very busy in places like Germany because of the narrow pathways, dead end, and only a few attractions being open.


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Monday, January 11, 2021 6:14 PM
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"Paging Rideman. Rideman, clean up on aisle 7."


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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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