Williamsburg (BGW) Later this week?

Sunday, July 11, 2004 9:45 PM
Never having visited Busch Gardens Williamsburg, how easy would it be to do in a single day (open to close)? Line length? Crowd level? With only four coasters, I can see that being two options - long lines because there are only four, or shorter lines because it's a smaller park. Any advice would be appreciated! We're looking to go possibly later this week - likely Friday, maybe Saturday.

Thanks much!

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Sunday, July 11, 2004 9:58 PM
Hey let's get out the magic 8 ball and check how the lines will be .... hmmm it says try again later. ;)

Use your noggin, Saturdays are always busy at ANY park. The middle of the week is usually the LEAST busy at ANY park. With 4 coasters, how could you not ride them all? I can ride all the coasters at CP in one day, so I would assume that you could surely ride 4 in one day. Am I right? Go enjoy yourself then post a TR when you get back. :)

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Sunday, July 11, 2004 11:26 PM
I'm well aware that Saturdays will have longer lines (I didn't work at CP for 5 seasons for nothing), but I don't know what that translates to for this specific park. After all, a CP Saturday line may be 3 hours or so, depending on the coaster and when during the season, while one at a smaller park may be only 1 hour or less. Those are the types of comparisons I'm interested in, thanks!
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Sunday, July 11, 2004 11:38 PM
I've been to BGW even on BUSY days and found that the lines really almost never get to an hour...

One of the benefits of parks like Dollywood and BGW is that even though there aren't a lot of thrill rides per se, they also don't draw heavily from thrill-seekers for their demographic....hence, shorter lines for bigger thrill attractions, whereas the nature shows and such might be the bigger draws, crowdwise.

Nonetheless, do *all* that you can to get there on Friday...;)

Really, the longest waits, unless you go EARLY or very late, will likely be for the flume and rapids rides...

Go and have FUN!

Finally, although BGW lost their fifth coaster to BGT, at least here in FL it runs with MUCH less braking...:)

edit: D'oh, acronym dyslexia, LOL....:)
*** Edited 7/12/2004 2:58:18 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Monday, July 12, 2004 10:45 AM
The lines for Alpengeist do not get too long (well, not outlandishly long). And the trick for Appollo's Chariot is to get there right before they close the line for the nite (10pm when I was there). If you get on the ride once the line closes and there is no one else waiting in your line, and you pick a seat other than the first or last rows, you can continue to ride AC until the last of the waiting peeps get their rides in. I was able to get extra ride time without getting off for at least 5 runs on both a Wed and Thurs nite a few weeks ago. I can say though that Wed the park was empty, and by Thursday it started to fill up quite a bit. I can just imagine what a weekend would be like.
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Monday, July 12, 2004 11:14 AM
I certainly wouldn't call BGW a small park. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, unless you take the train or skyway.
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