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Sep 24, 2009
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Does anyone know the weather policy for Busch? Mainly rain issues--I am thinking that rides will close if lightning is in the area but will stay open if just rain.

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Fur Dozy

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It depends on the ride. The faster it goes the more it hurts to ride in the rain. I know that the policy for thunderstorms is to close 15 min. before the storm hits. I don't know the policy for rain but I do know from experience that it hurts to ride Apollo in the rain.
 

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Fur Dozy said:
It depends on the ride. The faster it goes the more it hurts to ride in the rain. I know that the policy for thunderstorms is to close 15 min. before the storm hits. I don't know the policy for rain but I do know from experience that it hurts to ride Apollo in the rain.

When you say it hurts to ride it in the rain, do you mean the ride is a little unsafe or do you mean that the actual drops hitting the passengers hurts? I've never ridden in the rain before, but man it sure gets cold on an otherwise moderately cool day!
 

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Merboy said:
Fur Dozy said:
It depends on the ride. The faster it goes the more it hurts to ride in the rain. I know that the policy for thunderstorms is to close 15 min. before the storm hits. I don't know the policy for rain but I do know from experience that it hurts to ride Apollo in the rain.

When you say it hurts to ride it in the rain, do you mean the ride is a little unsafe or do you mean that the actual drops hitting the passengers hurts? I've never ridden in the rain before, but man it sure gets cold on an otherwise moderately cool day!

I mean it hurts. If you have ever got shot by an air-soft gun, you can relate.
 
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On the coaster tour I was told that the weather policy depends on each ride individually and they all have their limitations. I can tell you that the coasters have their own temperature/ weather notifier and in fact when the Griffon computers since the weather is too cold to operate it will not run at all. The only think operators can do is back the coaster up (backwards) and move them in the station.

It was much more high tech than I would ever thought and I feel completely safe that BGW is looking out for safety!

Go on the coaster tour folks!! Amazing fun!
 

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Nora said:
On the coaster tour I was told that the weather policy depends on each ride individually and they all have their limitations. I can tell you that the coasters have their own temperature/ weather notifier and in fact when the Griffon computers since the weather is too cold to operate it will not run at all. The only think operators can do is back the coaster up (backwards) and move them in the station.

It was much more high tech than I would ever thought and I feel completely safe that BGW is looking out for safety!

Go on the coaster tour folks!! Amazing fun!

Ooooo I wish I could go on the tour too!!!! And yes, that makes me feel very safe now!!!! That's really reassuring and will heighten my enjoyment now, lol.

Has BGW ever actually had a park-related death? I mean besides the odd person with a previously unknown heart condition or something. Nothing bizarre like people falling off or something, yes? Maybe this question deserves its own thread.
 
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Merboy; BGW has never had a "ride responsible death" due to operational failure. There have been deaths at the park due to rides - a suicide, previous health conditions from the individual, worker negligence, etc. There have been a few injuries - again due mostly to the people not following directions (wiggling out of harnesses) climbing up on railings and acting stupid, that sort of thing. The only ride accident I can recall is a gust of wind broke a large branch on the Loch and the car was unable to break completely and hit the limb. Minor injuries were the only result which is amazing when you think of it. I read a daily press article about it years ago and this accident was completely due to mother nature and bad timing.

I would venture a guess that BGW has one of the lowest accident and death rates in the country. The park's safety standards are top of the line and it is the park's number one priority. Not to mention the security of the park (employees there to ensure guest safety) is outstanding.

A couple of things I have seen: A young man jumped off the train (yes - jumped off the train) approaching Tweedside station because he wanted to ride the Loch ness without having to disembark the train at the station house. Within seconds I saw about four secret security people accost the young man and no doubt escort him out of the park.

One woman, who was obviously mentally disturbed, was beating her child senseless, while rambling some very psychotic remarks.. I personally found a BGW team member and informed them of the situation. Within moments, security defused the situation and she and the child (kept separate) were quietly escorted out of the range of vision. I sure hope social services was called on that one. People were about to wrestle the woman down as I have never witness child abuse to that level. One of the worst things I have ever seen and I still pray for the safety of that poor little boy.

If you ever wish to be banned from the park and have your passport revoked, then by all means do something to harm yourself or others. I will guarantee security IS watching and you will never know what happened as they will swoop down on you within seconds.
 
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Nora said:
On the coaster tour I was told that the weather policy depends on each ride individually and they all have their limitations. I can tell you that the coasters have their own temperature/ weather notifier and in fact when the Griffon computers since the weather is too cold to operate it will not run at all. The only think operators can do is back the coaster up (backwards) and move them in the station.

It was much more high tech than I would ever thought and I feel completely safe that BGW is looking out for safety!

Go on the coaster tour folks!! Amazing fun!

thats kinda creepy thaat griffion has a mind of its own.
 
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