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Looking at the weather for Friday, it’s in the 40s, but the windchill barely gets above 40 most the day. Would they even open the coasters in those temps.

They MIGHT get a window from 4-7. But depends on if the sun stays out.
 
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Coming from Ohio! Thinking about making the trek to the park Saturday (and KD sun)! What should I expect crowd wise? I want to get a few rides in all the coasters. Def not opposed to the quick queue or whatever its called. Also, have all the coasters been up and running like normal the past few days? Thanks!
 
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I don’t think(?) this is the proper thread for this, but expect the park to be very busy. Quick Queue unlimited is already sold out for the day, Little River Band is playing that night, and it will be partly cloudy in the mid 80’s for most of the day.

Everything should be open with the exception being Griffon. Nobody really knows the status of it at the moment. If it’s open then it’s a bonus ride for you, just be aware it’s been closed for the past week and a half. Roman Rapids and the Sky Buckets have not opened yet for the year.

InvadR first thing in the morning, followed by Bolt (grab a few rides), then Tempesto is my best recommendation. After that, you’re left with the higher capacity coasters that should be able to eat lines up fairly quickly even on a busier day so you’ll be fine to go at your own pace. If crowds get pretty rough and you need a break, check out Celtic Fyre sometime in the afternoon at 2, 4, 6, or 8.

Come in with the mindset that it’s going to be busy and try to make the most of it. You’ll have a good time. Please report back with how your visit went!
 

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Admin Note: I moved the previous two posts.

Coming from Ohio! Thinking about making the trek to the park Saturday (and KD sun)! What should I expect crowd wise? I want to get a few rides in all the coasters. Def not opposed to the quick queue or whatever its called. Also, have all the coasters been up and running like normal the past few days? Thanks!

Look for an answer to your KD question here:
Post in thread 'Future Crowd Levels'
https://parkfans.net/threads/future-crowd-levels.5611/post-253943
 
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A friend shared this picture from yesterday Alpie out of the queue and down pasted the bridge they reported a 3 and h a lf hour wait for Alpie and said that there were similar lines are every coast with grover even being more the a half hour. I would suggest that Saturdays are not the day to consider going.
 

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A friend shared this picture from yesterday Alpie out of the queue and down pasted the bridge they reported a 3 and h a lf hour wait for Alpie and said that there were similar lines are every coast with grover even being more the a half hour. I would suggest that Saturdays are not the day to consider going.
There is no way in hell I would wait that long for any ride at BGW
 
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How are Friday afternoon/evening crowds? I'm planning to head down 64 this afternoon to get some night rides and watch Spark and Celtic Fyre.
 
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A friend shared this picture from yesterday Alpie out of the queue and down pasted the bridge they reported a 3 and h a lf hour wait for Alpie

One time during opening year I waited for Alp past the bridge from under the Immelman and waited only 80 minutes when they were saying it was going to be at least a three hour wait. The ride-ops were super efficient at moving all the trains in and out of the station that day. I normally wouldn't have waited that long for it but my cousins were visiting from Germany and they wanted to ride it - and yes, they thought the name "Alpengeist" was hilarious!
 
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What have mid-week crowds been like?
I've heard the travel industry is booming this summer, since everyone is making up for their lost vacations last year. Is BGW more crowded than usual summer weekdays?
We went this year, but it was before the summer, and before they had opened all the rides back up.
 
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I have been out on Thursdays and Wednesdays and it was a lot busier than I expected.

I think last time I went they were running Loch Ness with only 1 train and Invader with just 2 operators, which definitely did not help to keep the lines moving.
 
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Agree. This time of year I only go during the week. If you arrive at the park by 9:30 so you are in the gates by 9:45, you should have the run of the park until about 12. After 12 the crowds fill in pretty quickly and the lack of staffing is very noticeable.
 
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I have been out on Thursdays and Wednesdays and it was a lot busier than I expected.

I think last time I went they were running Loch Ness with only 1 train and Invader with just 2 operators, which definitely did not help to keep the lines moving.
Oh rats. That's what I was afraid of.

Agree. This time of year I only go during the week. If you arrive at the park by 9:30 so you are in the gates by 9:45, you should have the run of the park until about 12. After 12 the crowds fill in pretty quickly and the lack of staffing is very noticeable.
Great tip. Thank you!


We just got to town today, and I ran into the park just to get my membership perks. It was scary. I haven't seen it that crowded in a very, very long time. The parking lot (can't remember the country name) was almost FULL. I am hoping that perhaps some of the crowding was due to it being the first weekend of Bierfest... IDK. I'll update when we go later in the week if anyone's interested.
 
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Howdy,
I'm planning to visit in early September. If weather doesn't pick for me, I'm debating either Labor Day Monday (9/6) or Howl-O-Scream Preview Friday (9/10). If lines are short I only need a few hours, and I want to avoid Howl-O-Scream. Before they added the Howl-O-Scream schedule, Friday was a no-brainer. But now I'm worried it will be crowded because of the event, even though I'm only planning to go from like 12-5. Any advice for which afternoon will be less crowded? Thanks!
 
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We are considering breaking the cardinal rule and visiting the park on labor day weekend. Anyone have any insight on how the weekend usually is?
 

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Normally Labor Day weekend is extremely crowded. If the weather holds up, I could see it being pretty busy.

Right now there's a short line of cars getting into the lot (according to Google Maps), but it doesn't look too bad right now.
 
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^^-- um, Google Maps isn't real-time, LOL. That's why it took over a year for Pantheon to show up on it, and it still looks like the surface of the moon around it. They must have shot it right at opening though, almost as many cars in line as in the lot!

I would normally go to a park Labor Day weekend on Monday evening, even with an 8 PM close, but both VA parks are closing at 7.
 

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^^-- um, Google Maps isn't real-time, LOL. That's why it took over a year for Pantheon to show up on it, and it still looks like the surface of the moon around it. They must have shot it right at opening though, almost as many cars in line as in the lot!

I would normally go to a park Labor Day weekend on Monday evening, even with an 8 PM close, but both VA parks are closing at 7.
Have you never tried to use the tool for navigation?

It will show slow-downs on your route - sometimes it's accurate, sometimes not.
 
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