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Hey every one we are taking our family vacation again to Busch Gardens, last time was in 2010 a year after the wolf was gone, before Mach Tower, and Verbolten. My intention is to ride every coaster there this time, didn't get any as lines got in the way. Were heading down the next to last week of august. Arriving the 18th or 19th for a week. Any things i should do this time around? Of course coasters for sure but anything else new and cool?
 
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Hey man, you have got to check out the new shows at Das Festhaus. Hopefully you like adult beverages. Also, Nessie is always excellent, as is the train. :)
 

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I think you could do without Entwined. :p

This is Oktoberfest & Celtic Fyre are well worth your time though. Mix it Up would be good to catch while eating if you're eating in Italy anyway but it's not something I'd recommend going out of your way for. Also, the Rhine River Cruise, Skyride, and, as ChickenKing said, the train. All three of those are often overlooked by non-regulars.
 
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We caught this is Octoberfest, and Celtic Fyre last time and intend to make it again this time. Looking forward to it actually! We fell in love with the place last time around something for everyone, and im salivating to try Verbolton, and well Nessie and the rest of the gang too! Somehow its worth the 14.5 hour drive!
 
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How many days are you spending at the park?

If you have time and budget for it you should look into doing one of the behind-the-scenes tours.

http://seaworldparks.com/buschgardens-williamsburg/Attractions/Exclusive-Park-Experiences
 
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We will be splitting a week between Water Country and Busch Gardens. Im really considering the tours, haven't had much time as of yet to research, but am thinking about it.
 
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My favorite tour was the Rollercoaster Insider Tour. It might be a little pricey for a whole family to go on though.
 

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If you're looking for a great tour on a budget, do the Verbolten Tour. It's down to about $15 this year which, for what you're getting, is absolutely insane.

By the way, I took a look at the park's calendar and, just so you know, you're missing IllumiNights by one week so if that's something you're interested in, you may want to keep that in mind.
 
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We saw alot of the IllumiNights stuff last time,so unless its changed a whole heck of a lot since our last trip in 2010 its not a deal killer for us. Really i'm the only one not scared by being scared haha! The kiddo and the wife are not roller coaster lovers like me, I have to know everything about em, even though i have a huge fear of heights usually once i'm strapped in i'm good. Water Country is for them mostly. There's like 2 things i like to do there, but being the kiddos birthday trip, gotta do some things for her. I've read reviews on coaster insider so that might be an option how in depth is Verbolten's tour?? Im just looking forward to enjoying the beauty and the downtime we get when were there.
 
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On things to check out I forgot to mention the SHRUBBERY. BGW is very beautiful all year, but particularly in the Spring. Bring a camera. :D
 
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The Knights and I will keep our eyes out for SHRUBBERY. we went the same time of year the last time we were there, stayed in a hotel less then like 5 mins from the parks, and i couldn't get over how beautiful it was. This time i want to conquer the steel beasts. Its strange, I wont do a Ferris wheel or the SkyRide, due to heights, but will do the coasters..
 

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I believe all the IllumiNights shows have been swapped out since 2010 and hamlet theming will be dramatically changed as well. I don't know what you're working around, but it is a pretty worthwhile event if you can bend your plans at all. Also, 10pm closings vs. the 8pm closings you'll have on the week you're going are a nice plus as well. As for the Verbolten tour, you get to go up into the control booth, down into the event building (lights off but still very cool), and then back around the back side of the 2nd launch and the bridge. They say it's a 45 minute tour but mine ended up taking closer to an hour and a half. It is, honestly, worth every cent.
 
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The week is pretty much set in stone, Oh well one more reason for another trip down the road :) Ill check into that tour as well. I Just cant wait to get a ride on Verbolten to begin with, why not get to see some other behind the scenes stuff! Were pretty excited to head down. its like our go to trip not to expensive, and within reasonable driving distance.
 

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If you're in the area for a week, you might as well check out some of the cool historic stuff around town (if you haven't done so yet). Even outside CW, Jamestown, Yorktown, there are plantations, battlefields,and cool museums all over the area you could visit.

Plus VA Beach and the OBX aren't too far away either if you're into that kind of stuff.
 
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The beach might be family fun, and its like an hour away,..maybe..OR i can have them drop me at the park and go to the beach for some alone time :)
 
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Last time around we did the 3 park deal, and did colonial williamsburg one day. I love history it was actually really great!
 
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