- Dec 23, 2011
So in reply to the responses I got from my initial announcement of changing the event entirely, I am trying to rewrite the idea clearly and include as much logistical information as possible to give everyone a clear and crisp idea of what is floating around in my head.
Instead of the park opening during October and late September. Have the park close at Labor Day, and then from Mid-September into October, have the park transform into a very large haunted house. That is the original thought. Now I will expand on that and provide logistics.
As a guest, you will wait in line at the turnstiles in England, (England parking lot can be used as a queue should it be required), and from there you and 999 other people in your group (or some other magic number of guests) will be let into the park, andin this order, go through England, turn left and go past Pompeii, into Festa and then back out to DaVinci's Gardens of Invention, through San Marco, into Oktoberfest, through Rhinefeld, into New France, into France, through the Wild Reserve, then into Ireland, through Scotland and back into England. Throughout their journey in the park, they will encounter scare actors themed to each country with top notch theme decor, while all the attractions, shops, etc. are all closed it would be like walking through the park after closing. Ideally, any pathway that detracts from the main path will be blocked off with some sort of benches, rope, planters, etc. to keep guests following the main path.
So basically, turning Busch Gardens into one giant haunted house. Another way to look at this is the Christmas Town 8K Dash. That is a special event where everything is closed, but the guest participating travel through the park when closed. Do the same thing but make it haunted and scary. Charge anywhere from $30 - $60 per person (lower than regular admission due to the fact this is not the park being open but a special event).
In regards to lines and all that, they can let in 1,000 or so guests, (whatever number is fit to keep the amount of guests in park down but keep lines flowing), at a time and then once all those guests reach a certain point like lets say Oktoberfest, they let in so many more, etc. and depending on the size of each group and how often they are let in, the line would not be too expected. Also note that since this is not the park being open, but a special event like the CT 8K Dash, guests should expect a long-ish line to get in. Also, they can issue tickets by time, let so many people in at certain times, so your know what time to be there on what day.
I would like to say, the decision of hordes vs scare zones mixed in with the CT 8K Dash, is what brought me to this idea. I am not voicing an opinion for either or nor supporting the CT 8K Dash, but using it to support my idea.
Certain areas in the park can be safe buffer zones, to be used as breaks, which can have some snack stands open for those who wish to take a quick bite before carrying on, of course this will affect when people can be let into the park, and therefore they should only be limited to snack stands that sell food on the go and not full entres.
Since this should be advertised as the park not being open, but one single haunted attraction only, it should be expected and indicated clearly to all those who plan to attend that nothing wil be open.
Like I said, this idea is not perfect, it can be perfected and I do look at the responses and try to adjust my idea to either go with something, or change to where that something would not be an issue. But please no bashing, just polite responses. Thanks.
*This post was edited to reflect my thoughts clearly, as well as in response to feedback and not to confuse anyone.*