Yea, I didnt realize there would be no ice show tonight. Santa wasnt there either.....although I agree with that.We got there around 3 pm and at that point the parking lots looked so empty, as did the park. About dusk the park really seemed to start filling up quickly, as you'd expect, but though it was far from empty I think last Sunday was busier. Great day -- waited too long for the train, though, and Twas that Night was not scheduled, and I'd hoped to see it again -- but very glad the park was open and I hope they continue keeping CT open til the weekend after New Year's in the future. We weren't ready to close out the holiday season before today for various reasons, and this felt like a great way to cap it off. Looking forward to 2019, and thrilled to think Preview Day will only be a little over two months from now!
This weekend was a late add. Elvis already had a previous commitment that required him to head home fairly quickly and was not willing to extend his contract passed the first.Yea, I didnt realize there would be no ice show tonight. Santa wasnt there either.....although I agree with that.
I wasnt espically dissapointed but maybe the park could have conveyed better what would and would not be open for the final weekend.This weekend was a late add. Elvis already had a previous commitment that required him to head home fairly quickly and was not willing to extend his contract passed the first.
On busier nights they usually have someone at the end of Gloria's line holding asign with arrows showing the line on the right and pathway on the left. I have been told that Saturday's crowd far exceeded their estimates so they were staffed lower numbers.I was surprised how busy CT was on Saturday. I do hope they continue keeping it open past Jan. 1 next year. It was nice to be able to go since it was technically still Christmas.
Some general observations...I'd love to see more BGW team members stationed in the high traffic areas, especially after it gets dark, to help with wayfinding. The path between France and Ireland became a huge bottleneck every time I was there when it was crowded. It was dark, there were many people there that were unfamiliar with the general layout of the park and then people got confused with the line for Gloria and would stop, thinking that traffic itself was at a standstill.
There seemed to be less stands open that provided popcorn this season and my kids LOVE to get the popcorn bucket filled up. I felt like they could reasonably have the stand right outside of Alpengist open for popcorn and hot chocolate and get enough traffic there.
My 3 yr old pointed out that the boats should be running and I agree with him. Now that Santa has moved and they don't need the pathway down to the Rhine River Cruise for the Santa queue, I think they could throw some lights on the boats and open that ride. It would be lovely to go out on the water and view the lights from that perspective.
Not a popular opinion but we watched Gift of Harmony 4 times and loved every time.
The cookies at Cookies and Cocoa stink. Hard little hockey pucks. Wish they would serve better cookies there.
Overall, I was thrilled to have CT included in our membership this year and visited five times.
We joked aboyt that Sunday night. I think the novelty of being open that late would wear off, plus once the Christmas stuff is gone what is there really to do? Very few rides run and there really arent many shows till the busy summer season. I do think it could work though. If they opened on say just saturdays and had special events each week to draw pwople in, things like special menus at the Festhaus and local bands and possibly local brews. With Darkastle empty that too could be used for indoor space for something. The list of rides would be very short though. I would even be happy to see old shows like Pirates shown in the Globe.This is a bit off-topic, but with the higher than expected attendance on Saturday, nearly 2 weeks after Christmas, would the park ever consider remaining open year-round?
They probably already considered it. But it will never be so until climate change turns our weather into Florida weather.would the park ever consider remaining open year-round?
Yes, I could see that being the case when it's cold. The train and sky buckets are no fun when it's cold either due to the wind once you are moving. I would appreciate it though when it's mild days as another "ride". A couple of our visits this year to CT my kids never put their coats on and one visit we were in short sleeves almost the whole time!The boats would not be that comfortable on a cold night especially with a breeze blowing and there are safety issues with their decks icing over on cold nights. Also while extremely unlikely if something where to happen I imagine that water is quite chilly which would add significant risk. I believe those factors are also why the bridge down there was also closed.
For most parks that are year round, they order 1-2 extra trains and take them out of rotation for a month or two at a time. That way once a quarter it’s time to rebuild a car.Also, BGW does their mandatory yearly full ride inspections during the off-season, e.g. disassembling the coaster cars and such. It could be done to reschedule how they do this, but I am sure they would just rather not bother.
I wasn't doubting there was an alternative. I am just saying I doubt BGW wants to deal with it.For most parks that are year round, they order 1-2 extra trains and take them out of rotation for a month or two at a time. That way once a quarter it’s time to rebuild a car.
I agree entirely.this has nothing to do with attendance the last weekened, this is all about the parks ambition to actually be open year round