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    2020 Taste of the Season

    Yeah, Busch absolutely lucked out—although it seems like the daytime sessions have been pretty sparsely attended (hence the expansion of offerings to try to drum up sales/interest), the weather was really perfect for the past couple of weeks, and my guess is they performed slightly better in the...
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    Project 2021: Pantheon

    If we take the park at its word from back in the summer, they were willing to fully open with roughly 5000-7000 guests, and if they were to open the entire park they would under the current rules be allowed to reach that number based on the 50% capacity designation. So, accounting for major...
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    2020 Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

    Note that they’ve also added some additional options ticket wise for December: there’s both a Christmas Celebration Fun Card for multiple visits and a “Friends and Family” ticket for members that members can buy to get any session down to $45. They have advertised the existence of neither of...
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    Coronavirus Crisis

    Correct! So basically different vaccines will be useful in different contexts: the Oxford vaccine will be particularly valuable in developing countries, for example.
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    Coronavirus Crisis

    Moderna is normal FREEZER temps. Pfizer is cold storage temps. Oxford/AZ is refrigerator temps.
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    2020 Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

    I found the daytime session on yesterday (Saturday) to be pretty light, but I did notice that when I went back at like 2:30 to maybe ride Griffon again the line was backed up to the bridge, and that’s the kind of situation where a breakdown of distancing/mask-wearing would feel much greater than...
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    2020 Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

    Yeah, I'm curious to see if it holds when things do eventually get colder (although this mild streak has definitely been a boon for the park). I'm curious to know what volume of customer service complains were necessary to get them to make this call, or whether it might have been something...
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    2020 Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

    ...right, that's a meaningful distinction. I mean the bridge between Rhinefeld and Heatherdowns.
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    2020 Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

    Just saw someone posted a photo on the Rhine River Bridge in one of the Facebook groups, and an employee suggested they intend on opening the bridge when the park is sold out/at capacity. So I guess we discovered the point at which “if we make then walk back through the park they’ll buy things”...
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    2020 Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

    This is heartbreaking. Clearly one of us should livestream a walk through the park so you can complete it remotely. Who has unlimited data? It's definitely telling that they chose this as their response to low ticket sales instead of, you know, offering discounted tickets. It's a clear effort...
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    2020 Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

    This is really interesting: they must have realized that the morning sessions weren't drawing the level of reservations/ticket purchases due to the lack of lights. I have a reservation for Saturday that I was considering skipping, but I'll probably go and ride Griffon now.
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    COVID-19’s Impacts on BGW

    The 4000 comes from the SEAS earnings report. Others have suggested the actual number is closer to 3000 for Busch, potentially, but we technically have no idea what KD is doing based on what’s opening there.
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    COVID-19’s Impacts on BGW

    Update: No one asked about it. So I guess those headlines weren't enough to trigger a significant demand for clarification.
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    COVID-19’s Impacts on BGW

    At the very least, he’s going to be asked about it, and so we’ll see a clear sense of whether the parks have any runway to work with here.
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    COVID-19’s Impacts on BGW

    The optics are definitely not ideal. Either way, they’ve lost the military audience, as the bases have gone into a new protective mode that explicitly prohibits amusement park visits...
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    2020 Taste of the Season

    I realize I am literally the first person in this thread who noted disappointment at Twisted Timbers not being open, but just to be clear: this event is not for an enthusiast audience, and thus I don’t think it is a requirement even if it does make me less likely to make the trip.
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    2020 Taste of the Season

    I made a Carowinds reservation that I may not end up using, so I had already been through this system, and my sense is that it is annoying not but the fact they’re doing it this way means that the reservation will be automatically loaded onto your membership, which is a convenience compared to...
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    2020 Busch Gardens Christmas Celebration

    Yeah, I think what this event captures well is the basic ambiance of immersing yourself in a Christmas environment: there’s an absence of specific shows/attractions (like the train) that achieve this same goal, but there’s enough lights to basically create the effect, and the stages help make it...
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    Membership Program

    UPDATE: The inbox has had a change of heart.
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    COVID-19’s Impacts on BGW

    There will absolutely be hundreds of instances where people might not perfectly follow the rules, but how many people are going to be in close proximity to those people for an extended period of time during such instances? The fact is that while there will never be 100% compliance, there really...
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