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Behind the Scenes of InvadR! BGW’s Newest Roller Coaster

There is a Viking invasion coming to Busch Gardens in 2017. InvadR, the new roller coaster, currently being built, is slated for a Spring 2017 opening. Last Monday, we were invited by Busch Gardens to check out InvadR’s lead cars before they head to the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo for the full reveal next week.

About the Trains

IMG_20161031_142832817If any of you have visited Busch Gardens Tampa, these trains may look a little familiar….they are the trains from the now torn down Gwazi wooden coaster. Gwazi opened in 1999, and was the first “Dueling Coaster” in Florida. It had 2 separate tracks and the 2 sides would “race” each other. As the years went on the ride got a little too rough, so in 2011, BGT revamped the ride and replaced the original trains with these brand new Great Coaster International “Millennium Flyer” trains. Apparently that still didn’t fix the rough issue and due to maintenance costs and guest lowered interest, the ride was closed for good in early 2015. Instead of scrapping these new trains, they sent them up to BGW in April of 2015 for storage.

Worried about them using recycled trains? Well don’t be, everything on them has been upgraded, refurbished or replaced. Here’s a list of everything that has been done:

1. Refurbished Chassis – The chassis were stripped down, sandblasted and re-painted. They also went through non-destructive testing to ensure the integrity of each car.
2. New Seats – The old upholstered fabric seats were removed by BGT before they were sent up to BGW. The new seats are form molded seats and are very comfortable.
3. New Wheels and Carriers – The wheels and the wheel carriers are brand new on these trains. The also added a maintenance “Lift Off” wheel, which will allow maintenance to lift the whole car off the track for wheel maintenance.
4. Harness Monitoring System – This is an upgrade that the original trains did not have.
5. New lapbars – The lap bars also will lock into place when in the upright position which will allow for the guest to use it to pull themselves up out of the seat.
6. Original Teak Wood Refurbished – The original teak wood around the front of the car has been beautifully reconditioned by BGW’s paint shop.

There will be two, 8 car trains that will hold 16 passengers per ride. There is also a front “Zero Car”, which will hold some of the ride’s themeing.

Most of the refurbishment is being done in house by the BGW crew. They are also getting assistance from GCI, the manufacturer of these trains. GCI sent a rep to assist in assembling the first two cars seen in the pictures. This shows that BGW takes their coaster builds serious and brings in technical experts to ensure there are no mistakes are made when building this new coaster.

In these pictures, you can see a lot of the new and refurbished parts for the InvadR cars. The first image shows the chassis on the right, and what looks like the seat uprights in the center. The other pictures show various parts, like the wheels, axles and more chassis parts.


Here are various images of the GCI “Millennium Flyer” train cars. It’s the two front car along with the “Zero Car”. The two colors I believe are to denote the “Vikings” car(Teal) and the “Villagers” car(Tan).

About the Coaster

Coaster lovers have long complained that the only type of coaster missing from Busch Gardens collection is a wooden coaster. Now that complaint is being answered. With Kings Mill being so close to the park, loudness was a critical part as to why a wooden coaster has never been built. Wooden coasters are known for being loud due to the lift hills and the way the wheels ride on the steel track. When I asked about the noise levels, Wayne Shelton, Supervisor of Rides responded with: “We have a system on ours, that’s going to limit the noise when the train goes up the lift. It’ll be somewhat traditional, but it’ll not be as loud.”.

This will not be a full wood coaster, it’s a hybrid. It’ll have the same wood tracks as a normal woodie, but it will have steel support beams. This hybrid gives you the feel of a real wood coaster, but saves a ton on maintenance costs.

InvadR is a family coaster, with a height requirement of just 46″. So this really will start to fill the gap between Grover’s Alpine Express(42″ HR) and the LMN(48″ HR). It has a 74′ drop through an underground tunnel and 9 “bunny hills” which will give you that weightlessness feeling most people enjoy on roller coasters. I have a feeling this will become many kids first coaster.

Some constructions photos of the track. The first is the station building with the track heading down toward the lift hill. The forth is a shot of drop that heads down into the tunnel that goes under the service road. The 5th, is hard to see, but it’s the exit track coming out of the tunnel. That’s back behind Le Scoot’s sawmill.


Invadr_Concept_ArtThis coaster and it’s theme will fit perfectly into the Trapper’s log cabins and wilderness feel. It’s story concept is that the people of “Trapper’s Village” and huddled into their fort trying to ward off an invasion by Viking “InvadR’s”. They must defend themselves against the Vikings or they will perish. It seems as though the colors of the trains will denote the Vikings(teal) and the villagers(tan).


The first photo shows the exit area. The long structure will house the lockers, the tall building will be the ride photo building. You can also see some of the pointed logs of the villager’s “fort”.


Something Unearthed During Construction

Scarlett’s Unearthed House is not the only thing found at the back of the park. (2015 HOS Reference)

While we were talking near the construction site, Suzy Cheely shared an interesting story with me. During the digging of some of the foundations, the contractors found a “wooden structure” that no one knew was in that area. They called on one of the long time maintenance guys who was able to identified the structure as the “Ball Crawl” from the old Eagles Nest Village kids play area. The Eagle’s Nest area was a child’s play area that consisted of a ball pit(Ball Crawl), Cloud Bounce(bounce house) and the Punching Bag Forest. In the late 70’s, early 80’s this area was housed underneath the log flume. I’m not sure when it was removed. I guess parts of it weren’t really removed, but just plowed over and covered. Before the renovation of Le Scoot, some of the area paintings could still be seen at the base of the flume’s posts.

Here’s a pic of the 40th Anniversary sign for Eagle’s Nest(courtesy of Nora @ bgwmemories.com). There are some more pics of the Eagle’s Nest on BGW Memories FB page here. Also a few pictures of the Eagle’s Nest paintings from a few years ago, courtesy of Gary Terrell.

We want to give a big thank you to Nathan Warter and Ron Vample for setting up this visit. We truly appreciate all that you do for us. We also want to give a thanks to Suzy Cheely and Wayne Shelton for taking the time to speak with us about the ride.

Busch Gardens Announces $16 Christmas Town Tickets and Variable Pricing


$16 Christmas Town tickets go on sale tomorrow… November 1st




WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Oct. 27, 2016) – Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ may be a month away, but consumers will soon have a chance to lock in the best deals of the season for tickets to the popular holiday event.

The key, according to park officials, is to buy early when the lowest prices are available and before daily prices start increasing.

For the first time, Busch Gardens will offer daily ticket prices for each day of Christmas Town, with prices starting as low as just $16 when ticket sales begin on the park’s website Nov. 1. The price reflects a discount of more than 55 percent off the gate price of $38. Advance-purchase savings are available for other days of the event as well.

“We want to give guests the flexibility to choose the date and the value that best fits their needs,” said Dan Dipiazzo, vice president of marketing. “But the key is to buy as early as possible. As the availability of tickets for a particular day decreases, the price will go up.”

Guests who purchase tickets on the day of their visit at the park will pay the full general admission price of $38. Daily ticket prices and availability can be found only on the park’s website at www.christmastown.com/va.

Visitors looking for the ultimate flexibility, and the freedom to enjoy Christmas Town again and again, can purchase the Christmas Town Fun Card.

For the same price as general admission, the Fun Card offers unlimited visits throughout the event. The Fun Card is available on the park’s website, or may be purchased the day of visit.

In addition to the new value-pricing plan, the park is touting this year’s Christmas Town as the biggest in the event’s history, with more attractions and more time to enjoy it all.

For starters, Christmas Town boasts more than 8 million lights – more than any holiday event in North America. Additions this year include Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland, an entire area where guests can meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ and his friends. The park will also operate a second major roller coaster, Tempesto®, and will open Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ with a special holiday atmosphere.

Christmas Town starts Friday, Nov. 25, and will be open on select days through Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please visit www.christmastown.com/va.

New Circus Themed House for 2016 Howl-O-Sceam at Busch Gardens Williamsburg


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 18, 2016) – Summer thrills make way for frightening chills when Howl-O-Scream® returns to Busch Gardens® Williamsburg this fall.

In addition to the haunted houses and Terror-tories™ you’ve come to expect, Busch Gardens urges you to “Step right up,” and see what’s new. This year marks the debut of the new haunted house, Circo Sinistro, where only the truly disturbed are allowed to perform in its tents of terrors. New Terror-tory Sideshow Square™ will make your jaw drop on the way to the big top.

And in a new twist, Busch Gardens is asking fans to be the ringmaster and help them choose the theme for a room in the park’s newest house.

Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 23 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 30. Busch Gardens opens at 10 a.m., but becomes a seriously scary place at 6 p.m. when the Howl-O-Scream haunts come out. Guests should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding whether Howl-O-Scream is appropriate for young children.

Howl-O-Scream features seven haunted houses this year, and five Terror-tories that transform Busch Gardens’ quaint villages into dark and sinister places. Guests can quench their thirst by visiting a Howl-O-Scream-themed bar, such as Demon Drinks, or go shopping at Blood Haus and see a live performance like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row®.

In Circo Sinistro, guests encounter a big top experience unlike any they’ve ever seen before. Adding to the experience is the chance for guests to choose the theme for one of the rooms of the house. Theme ideas can be submitted online here from July 18-24. The best of those will be selected for a final vote online from July 26-31.

Circo Sinistro will be located in Busch Gardens’ new Terror-tory in Festa Italia, Sideshow Square, where every step could add to a guest’s three-ring nightmare.

With seven haunted houses, five Terror-tories, three live stage shows, themed dining options, shopping experiences and behind-the-scenes tours, there is something for every Howl-O-Scream fan to explore.

Visit www.howloscream.com/va for additional information.


NEWSideshow Square™ (Festa Italia): Your jaw will drop on your way to the big top. What was once only in your imagination is now a frightening reality full of haunts, curiosities and plenty of scare to make you shriek. So step right up and brave Busch Gardens’ newest terror-tory if you dare.
Ripper Row® (England): Things are looking a bit unsettling in England; a murderer is on the loose plucking unsuspecting victims from the city streets to satisfy his grizzly curiosity. No one knows what Jack the Ripper looks like or who he will strike next. Authorities hunt furiously among the crowds in search of the killer nabbing anyone who looks at all suspicious. Keep your head down and your wits about you or you might not make it out alive.
Vampire Point™ (Germany): Even vampires need a vacation once in a while and Vampire Point™ is the perfect destination for bloodsuckers. Watch your step and your neck or you might end up the main course. Dawn is hours away, your last salvation lies in escaping the vampire village before the inhabitants sink their fangs into you.
Demon Street™ (France): Paris is burning. Can you escape before the city is engulfed in flame? Let the smoldering ruins light your way, but beware, fiery fiends lurk around every corner ready to put you on the coals. The smell of a burning inferno fills the air and rumor has it unsuspecting souls will be roasted on a spit. It’s about to get very hot in Paris, so stay cool or you may find yourself going up in smoke.
Wendigo Woods™ (New France): Wendigo Woods™ started out as a state-of-the-art facility where researchers could study the flora and fauna of the northern reaches of the continent’s forests. The camp was named after a terrifying creature, the Wendigo, which was thought to be only a legend … until now. Sightings of mysterious creatures stalking through the woods have prompted a security team to shut down the compound and contain whatever is out there. Either unravel the mystery of Wendigo Woods or fall prey to the terror in the trees.
Haunted Houses

NEWCirco Sinistro: No one knows when or where the tents will rise, but all who see them are drawn to find out what lies inside Circo Sinistro at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Howl-O-Scream. The park’s new haunted house is not of this world and not of this time – but beware, what you see, you soon will be.
Catacombs: Through a ruined cemetery filled with statues lies a tunnel that leads to an underground city. Its history is more terrifying than that of France’s worst revolutions. Deep within these tunnels lie mile after mile of bones—the final resting place for those who are buried here. But all is not as quiet as it appears. As guests venture forth into the dank, dripping corridors of rat infested remains, the voices of the dead begin to speak, and some have taken shape.
Bitten: Suspicion, darkness and mind-numbing fear surround the “Bitten” house which is set in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s. Full of legends and lore of vampires and the undead that preyed on the innocent, this manor sits by the road upon which all travelers must pass but few return.
Dead Line: Deep underground, construction of the newest line of the Pompeii Metro was moving smoothly until an ancient pipe was accidentally struck. At first, it seemed like steam. Then the mist became thicker, more sinister. Now the strange gas is leaking quickly, and everyone trapped inside is infected. The difficult decision was made to cut off all communication to the outside world. The Dead Line is off the grid.
Cornered: It’s 1977 and a picturesque farming community is in an uproar over the ongoing disappearances of its residents. Each time someone goes missing, an intricate corn husk doll is left behind leading many to suspect local corn-farmer Jasper McCobb. The McCobb farm has fallen into disrepair since the death of Jasper’s mother. Could the missing townspeople be somewhere in the maze of maize? Join the search party and find out.
Lumberhack: Hikers beware: The woods hold a terrifying secret. More than 50 years ago a logging camp was abandoned after a horrific accident where saws ripped into human flesh instead of tree bark. Tragically, the loggers perished … only to inexplicably awaken from death sometime later filled with inhuman rage. The undead loggers rampaged until every living thing in the camp had felt the bite of their axes. Now the forgotten lumberjacks lie waiting for unsuspecting campers to stumble into their den of the damned.
Unearthed – Scarlett’s Revenge: During maintenance at the park, an excavation crew uncovered a centuries-old house buried deep beneath the ground. Upon opening its door, a sinister force was unearthed—Scarlett—a furious demon who wields a deadly deck of magical cards she uses to summon her evil minions. Journey below to experience the splintered labyrinth of horrors and the revengeful wrath of this demon scorned.
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Food & Wine Festival 2016

Matt and I have no allusions to how lucky we are to get to be involved in awesome mediafwf 2016 32 days at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and our favorite has to be the Food & Wine Festival. We brought our wives along to this event and got the opportunity to taste everything at the festival’s two newest kiosks, Virginia and Hawaii. We were also very fortunate to have front row seats to see the ice carving show in Ireland. I will go through each kiosk and let you know what we thought about what we tasted.


Chef Justin met with us at the Virginia kiosk, located where Pig in Kilts usually sits in Scotland. He explained the menu and some difficulties he had along the way. He started out in November with ten dishes, knowing he would have to significafwf 2016 3ntly narrow it down. He wanted to do grit fritters, but there were issues with them falling apart, thus he decided to scrap that idea and make cheddar bacon hush puppies.  When planning for their ham tasting thefwf 2016 2y had chosen Smithfield Ham and Edwards.  Unfortunately, just before the menu was completed, Edwards Smokehouse burned down, so they went with 3 types of Smithfield ham.  All five dishes were so good.  We had trouble finishing them, but we definitely tried!







The Hawaii kiosk was so well done and everything on the menu was delicious.


Bangors and Colcannon are a must have!

Crepes and Coffee

The Cordon Bleu Crepe is a year round delight!


Coq a Vin will melt in your mouth


You have to try the Mac n Cheese..YOU HAVE TO!

American Southwest

If you like fish tacos, you will love the ones they have prepared here


The Schnitzelwich and Schinkennudel were amazing


The scallops were killer good


Mushi Gyoza has a ponzu sauce so good, I was looking for other things to dip in it!


Souvlaki has a very good tzatziki sauce

French Quarter

There is nothing bad at this booth, and this season they added beignets.


The food art is always so cool, plus they added an ice carving show this season







All for One Cast Listing – Full of Stunts and Theatrical Combat

We’re really excited about Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new production All For One. It’s a high energy and big stunt recreation of the classic The Three Musketeers. Parkour, high falls, rappelling and theatrical combat are all requested in the audition calls. One of the stunt roles is “a tavern guest who swings on a chandelier and falls to the ground”. We came across the call for audition with the listings of the roles that we’d like to share with you here:

All-For-One-LogoMilady de Winter: the beautiful and deadly mastermind behind the plot to ruin the monarchy; seeking strong female actor with stunt experience and fight training that can command the stage with an exotic allure and powerful presence.

D’Artagnan: the dashing, young newcomer to the Musketeers whose innocence and naivety, coupled with an eagerness to fight, complicate the story; seeking a young, dynamic actor with excellent fight skills; athletic experiences, parkour, gymnastics, or previous stunt experience a plus.

Athos: the elder statesmen and proverbial leader of the Musketeers; seeking an experienced theatrical actor combatant with stunt training.

Porthos: the extrovert of the Musketeers; seeking an experienced theatrical actor combatant with stunt training.

Aramis: an ambitious and unsatisfied soldier who yearns for truth and who values friendship above all else; seeking an experienced theatrical actor combatant with stunt training.

Planchet: the comic servant of D’artagnan; well-intentioned and loveable, his antics complicate matters for the Musketeers; strong comedic timing and athletic experiences a plus.

The Queen: harbors a secret, that, if discovered, would ruin the monarchy; seeking strong female actor with stunt experience and fight training; seeking a dynamic actor who can command the stage with a powerful presence and commanding tone.

All-for-One-Stage_CropHigh Fall Ensemble: The King’s guards, tavern guests, and dock workers who make up the story; high fall experience a must; extensive stunt training and fight experience required; will play multiple characters.

Chandelier Swing Ensemble: a tavern guest who swings on a chandelier and falls to the ground; also plays guard and dock worker within the story; fall experience a must; stunt training and fight experience required; will play multiple characters.

Ensemble: The King’s guards, tavern guests, and dock workers who make up the story; fall experience a must; stunt training and fight experience required; will play multiple characters.

Pass Member Preview Day 2016: A year until Vikings invade

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2016 Pass Member Preview Day came on March 19th this year with much anticipation surrounding Project 2017.  The announcements were begun with the new President of BGW and Water Country USA, David 12443391_10208589410749820_632053496_oCromwell.  David told us about the new Marco Polo’s Marketplace in San Marco that will serve Italian, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, as well as a build your own cannoli bar.  He announced the KIDsiderate and Glory at the Gardens concert series, you can read about those here.  We were also there to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Ireland section of the park with performances by local Irish rock band, The Fighting Jamesons. IFThere was also performances of the Killarney Village Duo out in the hamlet.

The Food and Wine Festival is returning with two new kiosks, Local Virginia and Hawai’i.  We reported on Pass Member Appreciation day last year that there would be a new show in the Royal Palace Theatre, that show is All For One.  No, not the 90’s R&B group, but a action packed Three Musketeers show. All For One opens July 1st.

Larry Giles, VP of Engineering, came on stage to announce Project 2017.  He let us know that it will be BGW’s first wooden roller coaster, being built by Great Coasters, hitting speeds of 48 mph, a drop of 74 ft and have 9 airtime hills.  Oh, and it’s viking themed…yes, VIKINGS.  We are really stoked about this.  Before we get a history lesson and there are arguments about the timeline of vikings landing in North America, remember, BGW is supposed to be fun.  We believe this will be an awesome addition to New France.  The main theme is vikings invading Trappers Village. Talking with Larry Giles afterword he confirmed it will be a hybrid wooden coaster. (Full announcement video below)

VP of Marketing, Dan Dipiazzo told us this will be the first crowd sourced roller coaster in the world, allowing park guests to vote for the name, along with other elements of the ride, including theming.  We cannot wait!

All in all, 2016 is shaping up to be a historic year, going in to 2017!  Keep up right here on BG Cabana.

Keep it positive. Keep it fun. Be excellent to each other!

Busch Gardens Announces New Wooden Roller Coaster for 2017!

Ahead of their pass member preview day on Saturday March 19th, Busch Gardens Williamsburg released the updated site plans for their upcoming Project 2017. If you’ve haven’t been following, BGW marketing “leaked” the first set of site plans back on February 3rd. On those plans, the only real info was about the queue area and coaster buildings. In this latest release we can see the entire coaster path with an abundance of footers throughout the whole length. What does this mean?! WOODIE!

Busch Gardens will be getting it’s first wooden roller coaster in 2017. Park goers have been clamoring for a wooden coaster for years, but everyone believed it would never happen due to the relatively loudness of wood coasters and the parks close proximity to Kingsmill Resort. Apparently they have overcome those issues. Below is an updated graphic with the full coaster path. Also an overlay of how it will fit into the area. We’re working on getting more information and we’ll post more on the announcement over the weekend.



Virginia Zoo Launches a $2.6 Million Campaign

Press Release via The Virginia Zoo:

Norfolk, VA – The Virginia Zoo is launching “Defining Moments,” a $2.6-million capital campaign for the renovation of the Zoo’s reptile house.

Renovations will use the building’s existingVirginia Zoo Reptile Building Exterior footprint, reconfiguring the internal space to double the number and complexity of current exhibits. The updated building, presently being described as the “World of Reptiles,” will feature more than 60 individual environmentally controlled exhibits. The campaign will raise all Zoo facilities to a matching high standard. The Zoological Society board has already raised more than one million dollars toward the campaign and is now asking the public to support the project by donating the remaining $1.6 million.

Since the reptile building’s construction in 1974, visitors to the Virginia Zoo have greeted reptiles, amphibians and nocturnal creatures in this space. The campaign will fund the complete renovation of the Zoo’s oldest building, creating a new 13,000-square-foot exhibit space. “Animals such as reptiles, amphibians and other small creatures are uniquely tied to our world, yet they are commonly overlooked,” says Virginia Zoo Executive Director Greg Bockheim.

“Each ‘defining moment’ that is discovered and observed by a child has tremendous value to our world, and it is our mission to create a fun and educational experience for children and adults at every exhibit at the Zoo.”

The 52-week construction timeline will reconfigure the space to increase the number, size and complexity of the exhibits. Other components of the new facility will include a frog laboratory, reptile nursery, venomous snake and diversity of life galleries, a conservation education classroom and a family restroom.

DSC_0031The Zoo plans to also extend the building to accommodate crocodiles with underwater viewing and add other improved visitor amenities. Exhibits will be constructed in a manner that is immersive and natural so that viewers can see and learn about rarely observed animal behavior.

Approximately 500,000 people visit the Zoo every year.  The Zoo estimates that the World of Reptiles will bring in an additional 30,000+ guests annually.

To support the project, the Zoo is asking those interested to contact the Development Office at 757-441-2374 ext. 220 or email [email protected]


I have personally always loved taking my kids to the Zoo, and have also spent many tranquil hours there on my own.  I very much look forward to creating new “Defining Moments” with my children in this new and exciting renovation.

The Virginia Zoo has been a staple day-cation for my family, it is an inexpensive and educational trip.  After many years of visiting we have gotten to know many of the animals, and after the Trail of the Tiger exhibit opened we were able to see our new animal friends adapt to their new homes and see babies grow before our eyes.  The staff has always been pleasant and knowledgeable.

Stay tuned here for more updates on this awesome project!

Keep it positive, keep it fun, be excellent to each other! 


An Off Season Day at the Busch Gardens Williamsburg

March 3rd, 2016

Matt and I drove up to Williamsburg on a chilly day to see what goes on at Busch Gardens in between seasons.  We met our contact who took us to their office, and then made the mistake of telling us to make ourselves at home.  They then left us there alone…unfortunately for us, we couldn’t find a folder or binder labeled “Project 2017”.  We did look.

We had a meeting set up at Tempesto, and after many detours on the golf cart due to construction and maintenance projects going on throughout the park, we made it by taking the long way around.  It was quite an adventure, and the conversation kept us going.  Many jokes were made, and we asked about the top secret happenings in every sneaky way we could think of, but they were ready.

Upon arriving at Tempesto we met Greg Thacker, the Director of Maintenance.  Greg has the all important job of making sure annual, monthly, weekly and daily inspections and maintenance are being handled, and to ensure the maintenance is top notch.  We immediately noticed the front and rear cars of Tempesto were on the tracks, but the middle car sat on blocks, awaiting to join the train.  The cars were stripped down to the steel, missing seat, leg restraint and comfort collar padding, plus all of the decorative pieces like side walls and the nose cone.  Greg and his crew began the task, and you can watch that in the video below.

We were told, after filming, that the comfort collar has been improved with new material inside the padding that is more durable.  This was a really cool experience that few outside of maintenance get to witness.

Upon leaving Tempesto, we grabbed our hard hats and began making our way on foot to catch some more footage.  A lot of work was going on from pouring concrete to painting and new construction.  Our edited walk through can be seen below.

IMG_20160303_134312410_WMNew paint around the park could be seen in the Pompeii pool, Apollo’s Chariot, and the area in San Marco where the eatery renovation is taking place.  Le Scoot also got some visible love, with an new sign painted above the drop, seen here.IMG_20160303_142756361_WM

All in all, we had such a good time conversing and joking with park staff.  It is odd walking through the park with no guests and no sounds of wheels on steel.  The testing of Mach Tower was a welcoming sound as we passed Pompeii.  Not too much longer before we can strap in and speed through the world’s most beautiful theme park.

Keep it positive, keep it fun, be excellent to each other!


Just announced by Busch Gardens Williamsburg:

Williamsburg, Va., Mar. 4, 2016 – Busch Gardens Williamsburg, voted the world’s most beautiful theme park for 25 consecutive years, today announced the promotion of David Cromwell, current Vice President of Aquatica San Diego, to Park President Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, effective April 1.

Prior to assuming his current position, Cromwell served as Vice President of Water Country USA from 2010 to 2012. He succeeds Carl Lum, who was recently davidcromwellnamed San Antonio Park President.

Cromwell began his career with the company in 1997 at SeaWorld San Diego. He has led teams in a variety of positions across the company, including the information technology group where he aided in the development of new guest arrival technology. In 2006, he became SeaWorld San Diego Director of Park Operations and was then promoted to Vice President of Park Operations and held that role from 2008 to 2010. More recently, he successfully led the project team for the opening of the Aquatica park in California.

Cromwell attended San Diego State University (SDSU), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in political science. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from SDSU. David is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and the World Waterpark Association.


We here at BG Cabana would like to welcome David back to the area, and we look forward to seeing his vision for Busch Gardens in the future.