Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
The next morning was rainy, but that was forecasted to pass over. We had purchased a spring special ticket to BGW that, for an amazingly low $99, included parking, a day ticket, two meals, AND they’re front of the line access! It was too good a deal to pass up. We got to the kiosks (Love these, wish all parks had them), got our tickets and Quick Queues, and headed in. Isaac seemed to love the park. I figured he would. I love this park too.
We headed to Tempesto first since it’s not on the Quick Queue and I’ve heard horror stories on wait times. We waited 20 minutes for the back.
Tempesto: The ride is really fun. Not sure I’d add it to my large park, but I can see why there are a lot of these going in, and good for Premier. It’s a great ride. Even the vests on this one didn’t bother me. The first launch up is cool, then you launch back all the way to the top of the structure, then come back down and launch all the way around. It’s great. The slow roll at the top is scary good fun. The non inverting loop has airtime. Dropping off the top is fun. It’s just a great little ride. Not worth more than a 30 minute wait at any park, it’s still a neat addition, and actually looks great where it’s at.
We were going to do Apollo, but it had a slight line and we had the QQ for later. We walked thru and saw the new Italian eatery that looked and smelled great (we never ate there tho, maybe next time).
So we walked up to Germany. I liked Verbolten quite a bit from the year it opened and subsequent visits. I still hadn’t gotten to experience all three ‘themes’ in the dark portion. We went to get in line, but decided to wait. Again, we had QQ for later. So we did DarKastle instead.
I wish they’d get the 4k projectors for DarKastle and fix all the non functioning theming thats in there. And the sound. I like the concept better than Spiderman, but it needs some work, and could be easily amazing if they’d update it.
We walked over to New France and finally used our QuickQueue on Alpengeist. Haters think it’s too big or whatever, but I actually like the ride. I think it’s grand. I like the intense B&M inverts, but I like this one for not being quite as intense. I think it still runs great and looks great in it’s surroundings.
We were hungry and I think it’s at this point we walked around a bit and ended up at Festhause to get our first included meal. I had a meat sampler, drink, dessert and a beer. I love that BGW is so liberal with their beer (and that its not ungodly expensive, though it is more than when A-B owned the park). The shows they’ve had in there since I started going have been terrible. Especially since the rest of the shows seem to be decent to good. Oh well.
So we went and watched some Wildlife shows. Isaac is a Birder and so we went into a bird aviary and watched a bird show. We hit up Griffon, my first dive coaster. It is still a lot of fun. We used QQ again, but honestly, the wait for it was never very long. Then we walked around the park quite a bit. We hit up Apollo’s Chariot. I don’t remember if we ever used the QQ for that, because after it got dark we had no waits, and it’s what we ended the nite on. Then we went back around to Germany after finding Ireland.
Verbolten was up next, and eventually we did use our QQ on it, and I finally got the wolf sequence. As it was getting dark, we found the Clydesdale house, rode Loch Ness Monster, and once it was close to closing, had dinner at Trappers Smokehouse for our final included meal (finally), and headed back to Italy by way of a few rides on the skyway.
We decided since Tempesto still didn’t have a terrible line, we would wait for the front. Front, at nite, was really great. I love that ride. Then we finished the nite out on Apollo. It’s not my favorite Beemer speed coaster, but it is better at nite. And I actually got our on-ride photo for once.that's
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