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I'd like to see the return of an evening summer show like Imaginique in the RPT. I still think that is the best show BGW has produced over the last several years. Plus, I just really like that venue, especially with its proximity to Griffon and the great view it offers.
 
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Ideally, they should do one large show at the RPT, Street performers instead of small shows, and Fireworks on the weekends. Minimal decorations throughout the park because the park is (was) beautiful on its own.

That being said, we're getting gaudy crap instead.
 
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Ding Dong, the witch is dead! The witch is dead! The witch is dead! Ding Dong the Tacky witch is dead!!

I would love something like what Tampa has, with a good show in the RPT!
 
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Have one show in RPT, small village bands, street performers, no decor, and fireworks on the weekends. That is what I would want, but of course, that won't happen. Let's use a semi-famous quote:

"[...] will sparkle this year!" :dodgy:
 
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This isnt a rumor. Its official, as it was announced an entertainment "event". Instead of all these fireworks shows, it will be a few very extravagant fireworks display. Plus new nighttime entertainment
 
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Bigfoot said:
This isnt a rumor. Its official, as it was announced an entertainment "event".

Please show me the press release or tell me where this was announced to the public.

Bigfoot said:
Instead of all these fireworks shows, it will be a few very extravagant fireworks display. Plus new nighttime entertainment

Hmm, this sounds interesting. Very similar to Illuminights; however, I take it the firework displays would be different.
 

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I'm a complete sucker for fireworks, so I hope they put together a better display. If we can get back an Imaginique style and quality show I don't need them to add anything else for summertime entertainment, I'll be planted in RPT every night.
 
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Party Rocker said:
Bigfoot said:
This isnt a rumor. Its official, as it was announced an entertainment "event".

Please show me the press release or tell me where this was announced to the public.

Bigfoot said:
Instead of all these fireworks shows, it will be a few very extravagant fireworks display. Plus new nighttime entertainment

Hmm, this sounds interesting. Very similar to Illuminights; however, I take it the firework displays would be different.

It was an unofficial thing told to the entertainment department by Scott himself. I've got eyes on the inside, at least during howloscream season, I did.
 
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I'd love for Imaginique to come back! :) I also like the small groups of musicians they have like in Ireland and England for Christmastown, so keeping that small musical element would be nice. Also, be open until midnight like when I was a kid!

I'd also like them to cut back on the "famous" musical acts. I know they weren't part of Illuminights; but, I really don't go to theme parks to see music acts that aren't made for the park. I know even Disney does it at their Food and Wine festival, but it's irritating and quite frankly a copout. A theme park should have their own original programs, not bring in the tween sensation of the month.
 
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I actually think the concerts are great for those who can't afford or can't travel to see their favorite artist in concert. Yes, the concerts probably deserve a venu separate from the park, or not so "in the park" but I honestly enjoy them and I hope they keep getting a diverse lineup. I am sure if they were able to build a stadium or something to house the concerts, that would be a great all year round thing they could do.

But I do love Imaginique just as much, if not more.
 

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Jacques said:
This isnt a rumor. Its official, as it was announced an entertainment "event".

Jacques said:
It was an unofficial thing told to the entertainment department by Scott himself. I've got eyes on the inside, at least during howloscream season, I did.

Which is it "Official" or "Unofficial," you're contradicting yourself. Point is I don't care if Scott walked over and told me or Zachary himself. Until its released by the park it is a rumor.
 
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I've been looking through these IllumiNights replacement threads a bit, and I think Pretzel touched on something important that I would like to clarify a bit more.

IllumiNights was supposed to be about an enchanted garden of light, a graceful event full magic and dazzling lights. When I first heard about IllumiNights, I was very excited because it meant I was going to see my favorite, beautiful park in a new, even more magical form. One only needs to reference the IllumiNights logo in order to figure out what the event was supposed to be like. And while even the first years failed to meet my original expectations, it still more or less fit the overall theme of the event.

It quickly dove away from that, though, and became more of just a big cheese-fest, totally abandoning the "magic" and "grace" and "garden of light" theme. First, we had Wunderbarn, a show so gaudy that to this day it still horrifies me and makes me *thankful* for Glow Tree 2013. (Note that I actually didn't mind Clocktoberfest, event though it killed the look of the Festhaus.) Then, we had the lightning bugs and our French snail friend--which, in all honesty, could have had the potential to embrace the "enchanted" feel, but instead only upped the cheese factor (not to mention the "WTF?!" Factor). Soon after we had Killarney Kommotion, the most horrific and cheesy show I've ever seen Busch Gardens show, second only to Wunderbarn. Finally, aside from the IllumiNights theme song (which I think fits what the event should have been perfectly), and where they had the potential to play very uplifting, enchanting music throughout the park (a contrast to the subtle music normally played in the hamlets), they instead chose modern pop music from the hamlet's represented country, which would be a much better fit at Kings Dominion. With the exception of Giardino Magico, the park pretty much lacked anything reminiscent of the original theme of the event. This gaudiness was a total misfit from the classiness and natural, mystical beauty of the park by itself.

But you guys already knew that. But here is my fear: I fear that Mr. G will take IllumiNights' death as an opportunity to take a direct approach at the true theme behind IllumiNights 2013: a gaudy, "cool" attempt at showing the least-common-denominator-population that the park is still "hip" and to pay no attention to the old country theme behind the curtain. I fear an entire event actually meant to be FOCUSED on the likes of Killarney Kommotion, Wunderbarn, the Glow Tree, and pop music will take the place of what was supposed to be a magical event. Of course, there is always the chance of something good coming out of this: maybe with this new event they'll really try and focus harder on a more graceful event, really bring to light* the "garden of light" theme. *No pun intended! :p For instance, I'm not sure if Mr. G gets all the credit for this, but Food & Wine Festival was a great, classy event that did a fantastic job introducing a new approach towards experiencing such a great, classy park. Unfortunately, I fear that Door Number One is the more likely approach, which makes me weep for the future.

I'm certain that, one way or another, that man is going to drive this once-thriving park crashing to the ground.

Joe out.
 
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It is nice to have a logical look at things Joe. Thank you for your post.

I have always hoped that Busch Gardens Illuminights would be more of a European Carnival style with more illusions, acrobats, puppetry, and like you said- garden magic.

These are things you cannot see anywhere else. I loved the acrobats and jugglers. It would be so easy to theme and so beautiful if done with class.

I love that closing music of Illuminights when you are walking out after the fireworks. It is so peaceful and calming.

All the departments should also be included with the park's events. Special meals and treats for the seasons~ beverages. Merchandise, and entertainment.

Pass members would appreciate more than just glitter and fireworks. It needs to be something special that brings people back each season.

If only.
 
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http://seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-williamsburg/Park-Info/Events

While this is still very early, it looks like Illuminigts is still on the schedule as of right now.

Edit: I was viewing it on the mobile site, the main site doesn't list it. Everybody can breathe again.
 
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If the new event resembles this, CK gots to get paid!! :cool:




 

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