Day 3, Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
BGW is an amazing park, and easily knocked Cedar Point off of my #1 spot. The coasters are incredible, the water rides are great, and the park is just beautiful. The layout is so confusing and I got lost so many times, but it's almost like they do that on purpose because you end up in some other area discovering something else. Even with so few rides, I could (and did) spend all day there and I would have loved to have even more time. Ride operations are fantastic and lines move so quickly.
Grover's Alpine Express - 1
Griffon - 4
Alpengeist - 3
Loch Ness Monster - 2
Apollo's Chariot - 5
Train - 1
Le Scoot - 1
Escape From Pompeii - 1
Roman Rapids - 1
Skyride - 2
After going to Grover at opening (you know you're a credit whore when you get the kiddie coaster that'll have long lines out of the way first!) I headed to Griffon.
Fun coaster, but definitely not Top 10 worthy. It's extremely smooth and re-ridable but just doesn't do much.
Hanging on the edge in the front is great though.
These are pretty uneventful...
After two rides in a row on Griffon, it was time for Alpengeist!
Alpengeist is like a steel, looping version of Voyage. It's fast, forceful, gives you so much, and never ends. I loved it, but it's impossible to ride twice in a row.
Still, the experience it gave is amazing. Back row is a must because you're just being whipped through all these inversions and you have no idea what's going on.
It is also the best B&M Invert I've been on.
Loch Ness Monster is such a fun coaster.
Smoothest Arrow looper I've been on... but that doesn't say much.
Janky drops with air FTW.
This area of the park is just amazing.
I think this area alone just automatically makes BGW the best park ever. Unbeatable. Well, except for Tokyo DisneySea. :P
The skyride gave some great views.
So Apollo's Chariot... Best ride in the park. Solid Top 10 coaster.
It really surprised me for a B&M Hyper. I still stick with my opinion that B&M Hypers are the most uncreative rides ever, but Apollo gave some great floater air that I'd prefer to a lot of ejector air. It's smooth, re-ridable and just a lot of fun. Kills Diamondback and, as I found out later, Nitro. LOL, Nitro... ah...
Great skyline from everywhere in the park.
Le Scoot was short, but had a good last drop. Waited an hour for it.
Walking around this area was really sad. Pretty much the whole Northern Italy/Western Germany area is dead.
As close as it got to night rides. Park closed at 9.
And that's all I have for BGW. Just like all coaster enthusiasts need to ride Beast at night or go to Cedar Point, they have to experience BGW. Find a way to get here, it's worth it.
Next up is Six Flags America. Preview: lol.
Last edited by Austin; 11-25-2010 at 11:55 AM.
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Great TPR and pictures. I can't belive that I went past this park 3 years ago. Even my hotel was right down the street from the park, but I was there one week before opening season. =(
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