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Howl-O-Scream 2021 Details Begin to Bubble to the Surface

Details Ooze Forth Regarding the Upcoming Resurrection of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Signature Halloween Event, Howl-O-Scream

Earlier today Busch Gardens Williamsburg pushed a handful of blockbuster changes out to the Howl-O-Scream website. Most notably among them was a basic skeleton for this year’s event. Howl-O-Scream 2021 Lineup Howl-O-Scream 2021 is slated to feature five houses, four terrortories (read: scarezones), and four shows. Of those five houses, three will be new with […]

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Project  ♊︎

Newly Revealed Plans Depict Water Country USA's Next Big Attraction Addition

Back in February we published a story outlining the early signs indicating to us that something notable was in development for the current site of Water Country USA’s Aqua Skoot, Rampage. In the months since, Water Country USA has reopened for the first time since 2019 and both Rampage, and its neighboring tube slide, Wild […]

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Enormous Event Building Proposed Near Festhaus Park

The Single Most Interesting Article About a New Warehouse Imaginable

I know this article isn’t short and the title sounds like a snooze-fest. Give it a shot though. I assure you, there’s something for everyone in here. Howl-O-Scream? Project Madrid? Pantheon & Drachen Spire? This piece has it all. Part I: Background Busch Gardens Williamsburg has morphed a lot over the years, but there are […]

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Our Comprehensive Review of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's 2021 Food & Wine Festival

We Sampled, Rated, and Photographed Every Dish & Non-Alcoholic Beverage at BGW's Annual Food Event

It is that time again: BGWFans’ annual foodie adventure. For the 2021 “Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel” edition, Zachary and I were joined by my friend Renee and ParkFans Co-Admin Gavin. In one hectic afternoon, we sampled every dish and non-alcoholic beverage at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s annual Food & Wine Festival. The […]

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COVID Compensation Complications

Busch Gardens Williamsburg's New Coronavirus Membership Upgrade Plan Introduces Issues

In this weird pandemic-induced dystopia, I was not expecting to find myself sitting down to write an article about park passes for BGWFans. Everyone in the world is self-isolating, deaths across the country continue to climb, and theme parks are ghost towns. But this week, some interesting news arrived in our inboxes, setting off a […]

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Newly-Leaked Document Depicts Project 2021's Station

Leaked Floor Plan Supposedly Depicts Plans for a New Roller Coaster Station in Festhaus Park

This is not a normal BGWFans leak. Typically, our coverage of unannounced attractions proceeds fairly formulaically—we identify internal park activities and patterns that suggest an upcoming attraction is on the way, we track public filings, and then, if the stars align, we leak as many actual, legitimate, confirmable documents as we possibly can from sources […]

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Pantheon Cheat Sheet

Everything We Know About Busch Gardens Williamsburg's 2020 Roller Coaster

Pantheon Basics Pantheon is a new Roman-god-themed, Intamin-made, steel roller coaster which is slated to open in the Spring of 2020. Notable features of the ride include four launch experiences (three forward, one backwards), a fast-track switch which will change the layout of the coaster while the train is in motion, a 180 foot, 95° […]

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Test Review; Please Ignore

? This is, quite literally, the worst thing I’ve ever done… That said, I promised I’d do it… So here goes nothing… ? As we were planning for our annual, comprehensive Food & Wine Festival tasting, one of our tasters made a joke about how no one actually reads our painstakingly-crafted and incredibly-expensive-to-create reviews. That […]

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Project 2021 Height Waiver Vote Happens Tomorrow

James City County's Board of Supervisors is Slated to Consider BGW's 355ft Height Waiver (Again)

June 11th, 2019 Update: At tonight’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting, James City County approved the 355 foot height waiver Busch Gardens Williamsburg requested! Now that Project 2021 can move forward, we have launched a new page dedicated to tracking the progress on BGW Project 2021. If you’d like to catch up on information you may […]

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Early June BGW Update

It has been a long time since BGWFans published a basic, barebones, in-park construction update to its frontpage. Instead, progress photos for new rides, shows, etc have been largely relegated to our various social media channels for the past few years. That said, now that we have a major new roller coaster to keep tabs on […]

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BGW Project 2021

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has filed for a new height waiver requesting permission to construct a structure of up to 355 feet above finished grade. This planned structure is to be located in the Oktoberfest area and is currently labeled as “Busch Gardens Project 2021” in James City County’s permitting system. This new height waiver appears […]

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Too Pretty to be Overlooked

“Forgot this was a thing.” — @thatcoasternerd That was a comment in response to our Instagram post Thursday about Water Country USA’s Cutback Water Coaster, and it was hardly out of the norm. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is currently building and designing two thrill rides—Finnegan’s Flyer and Project 2020—that are large enough to overshadow Cutback, their sister […]

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Project 2020 Revealed

?  I think that, any leaks are good leaks, so I took what I could get?  Source looked at me with big brown eyes and said ?  You ain’t seen nothin’ yet?  Baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-n-nothin’ yet?  Here’s something, here’s something, here’s a leak you’ll never forget?  Baby, you just ain’t seen n-n-n-nothin’ […]

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Project Madrid Site Plans

DISCLAIMER This is still a breaking story. The article below should be considered a work in progress for as long as this disclaimer is present. In its current state, this post is not up to BGWFans’ typical quality standards but, in the interest of getting it published before anyone signs off for the night, we […]

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New Membership Program Gets a Substantial Overhaul

I have been pondering what to say about the new membership program, announced by Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Monday. My initial response was surprise, followed by confusion, and rounded out by concern. Before I go any further, I want to highlight the fact that both Zachary and I supported the original introduction of the Membership […]

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2019 Projects: Revisited

“But y’all already leaked what Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA are building next year! Why y’all writin’ another article?!” Well, dear reader, a closer look at either of the articles you’re referencing (BGW’s, WCUSA’s) would reveal that those were theories. Pretty good theories in my honest opinion, but theories nonetheless. This article is […]

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Railroad Fire Shuts Down Part of Busch Gardens

Here we are again. Following the New Years Eve forest fire and the Escape from Pompeii roof fire, we have a third major fire event at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This afternoon, one of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s trains burst into flames behind the Caribou Train Station injuring one person. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, […]

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Revealing Water Country USA's 2019 Attraction Plans

Guess who’s back, back again BGWFans back, tell a friend I’ve created a monsta, ’cause nobody wants to see reviews no more They want leaks, opinions are chopped liver Well if you want leaks, then this is what I’ll give ya A little bit of analysis mixed with some hard data Some hypotheses that will jump […]

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Project Madrid is a Coaster

In an effort to avoid burying the lead, let’s jump right into the news. One of our forum members, kingadam, tipped us off to a new filing with James City County regarding Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Festa Field plans (codenamed Project Madrid). The site plan included in this new round of documents depicts impervious areas of […]

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Food & Wine Festival 2018: The Comprehensive Review

As we promised in part one, we have compiled a comprehensive, dish-by-dish review of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2018 Food & Wine Festival. Please keep in mind that these ratings reflect what we tasted on Memorial Day weekend.  Historically, the food at the event can vary dramatically throughout the day and across the weeks. Below you […]

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