Just an observation... probably has been discussed before.Before Hastings became Ireland, there were two England hamlets too.
My never-gonna-happen wish list would see New France become Switzerland, Rhinefeld become Austria, and Festa become Greece, with Greece extending more fully into the fields (i.e., not just one big ride in that Festa Field space). And a new ped bridge between Greece and Festhaus Park, which would become Spain.
The trouble with additional hamlets, though, is that the park would become notably more expensive to operate -- not just from an infrastructure and utility standpoint but also with required headcount. I doubt very much that the incremental admissions and in-park revenue opportunities tied to new hamlets would "pay for themselves" in perpetuity, which really means "more than pay for themselves" in perpetuity. Average admission prices would need to rise. I'm not sure how/if they could realistically expect to substantially raise admission prices and permanently improve, much less maintain, financial performance vs. a no-expansion scenario.
And that's one reason why I personally think the park is willing to drop big rides in both of its open fields in the near future. They could someday decide to build hamlets around those rides, but there are no realistic scenarios under which they see major footprint expansion as a winning financial play in the foreseeable future. So the opportunity cost associated with using those areas for sprawling rides is notably lower than it otherwise would seem to be.
But yeah, I'd want Switzerland, Austria, a big Greece, and a completely new Spain. Personally I find it hard to imagine something like a Belgium or Norway hamlet without a lot more water interaction than the available land area + watershed regulations allow.
Not sure if hotels will ever prove to be feasible. But adding more hamlets certainly would make the full park experience a multi-day endeavor, at least for slower walkers and busy-day visitors.Just an observation... probably has been discussed before.
It’s not likely there will be a significant step-up in park attendance and new hamlets until a very big play occurs - perhaps when the island adjacent the golf course is developed. That’s when the hotels get built (possibly buffering park from golf course), and BGW transforms from 1-day experience to 3-day destination resort.
I think that’s a great reuse of an area not being used. IMO the queue areas of unused attractions during CT and HOS is something that could be done a little better.Ok, so bc I was thinking Friday night while walking through the employee smoking area to get to the tree trail....what if they used the Alpen queue? They could decorate the trees in the queue with lights, and use the entire queue and not the shortcut. Then when you get to the station house you just go straight through, out the fence there and bam your right there at the tree trail queue. That would add a huge addition to the tree trail and it’s already decorated with snow.