• Busch Gardens Williamsburg Unveils Membership Program January 9th Update: Because we have been adding information to this post regularly over the past two days, we decided our article needed to be completely restructured to better present everything we know about the recently announced Membership program. Hopefully this version is more user-friendly. BGWFans learned yesterday (February 7) that the long-rumored, new Membership Plan will be […] Nicole
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    February 8, 2018
  • Battle For Eire Plans Reveal Secrets from The Otherworld Spoiler Alert This article contains drawings and concept art that reveal thematic details of Battle For Eire that have not yet been made public by Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Anyone wishing to avoid Project 2018 spoilers should turn back now. You have been warned. Disclaimer The documents and information presented below reflect the park’s plans for Battle […] Zachary
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    December 20, 2017
  • The Curse is Fading On September 4th, 2017, Busch Gardens Williamsburg closed Curse of DarKastle to facilitate the installation of their new haunted house, Frostbite. Soon after, we learned that DarKastle’s building would be utilized for a new Santa meet-and-greet space this winter. Transforming what should be one of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s flagship attractions into special event space for both Howl-O-Scream and Christmas […] Zachary
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    November 3, 2017
  • 2017 Food & Wine Festival: More Thoughts & Highlights Welcome to Part Two of our 2017 Food & Wine Festival review. Previously, we shared our scores and comments for every dish at the event. This week we want to talk about the festival more broadly. Below you will find our ranking of all of the booths from best to last, as well as our recommendations […] Nicole
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    June 15, 2017
  • 2017 Food & Wine Festival: The Comprehensive Review Once again over Memorial Day weekend, BGWFans braved the crowds and the weather to taste and review everything at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s annual culinary extravaganza. This year Zachary and I (Nicole) were joined by Renee, Thomas, and Tony. Despite the forces of nature and a Code Purple at the park, we successfully tried, scored, and discussed […] Nicole
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    June 2, 2017
  • May Line of Sight Test As initially reported via Twitter this morning, BGWFans can now confirm that a red line of sight balloon was flown over the park this morning. According to eyewitnesses, the balloon appeared to be located behind Apollo’s Chariot—likely in the area currently occupied by the stables behind Festa Italia. The area in question can be seen […] Zachary
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    May 3, 2017
  • Les Frites Review Last Saturday at Pass Member Preview Day, Zachary, Joe, Thomas, Pretzel Kaiser, Tony, and I decided to take one for the team and try everything on the menu at Les Frites. As is our custom, we rated each dish, so we could share our questionable, if enthusiastic, wisdom with all y’all. Perhaps the most important […] Nicole
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    March 23, 2017
  • Entertainment's 2017 Plans The other day we spoke to Jennifer Thomas, a show production manager and casting director at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, about the Entertainment department’s plans for 2017. In addition to refining two of the park’s popular returning offerings and renovating another, the they are debuting two new shows in the first half of this season: Britmania & OktoberZest. We’ll spend the first sections of […] Zachary
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    March 17, 2017
  • Les Frites, La Cucina & More On Tuesday Zachary and I had the opportunity to speak with representatives from the Culinary and Entertainment Departments at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Although there has been a lot of attention focused recently on InvadR, the park’s new wooden roller coaster, BGW has also been working on new restaurants and shows in the off-season. Our first […] Nicole
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    March 14, 2017
  • Catching Up with InvadR Over the last few months, Howl-O-Scream’s Evil Encore has taken center stage in the minds of most Busch Gardens Williamsburg fans. Now that Mr. Karver and his dolls have seen their final curtain call, lets point the spotlight back on the park’s 2017 wooden roller coaster project, InvadR. Historically it has been difficult for BGWFans […] Zachary
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    November 1, 2016
  • Additional Christmas Town Ticketing Info & Thoughts As we reported Thursday, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is implementing an innovative, dynamic discount ticket structure for Christmas Town. We have real hopes that this new approach will mitigate the overcrowding we experienced last year. During our interview with Dan Dipiazzo, we asked if BGWFans could get a copy of the cost calendar with us before […] Nicole
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    October 29, 2016
  • Christmas Town 2016 Discount Tickets On Wednesday I spoke with Dan Dipiazzo, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Vice President of Marketing, about the new dynamic ticket pricing structure for Christmas Town. It was clear that the park is making real changes in an attempt to address the extremely high crowd levels we have all experienced in recent years. Since its inception in […] Nicole
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    October 27, 2016
  • No Escape: Reviewed On the first day of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2016 Howl-O-Scream event, Zachary and I attended a media preview, where we were invited to explore the park’s two new “No Escape” escape rooms: The Case of Jack the Ripper and The Case of Mr. Karver. The former seemed to tie in well with the Terror-tory in Banbury […] Nicole
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    October 7, 2016
  • Food & Wine 2016 Revisited When Zachary and I planned this article on the 2016 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food & Wine Festival, we expected it to be no more than the second half of our normal food review. The first installment was intended to highlight each of the individual dishes, while this one was meant to look more broadly at […] Nicole
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    June 16, 2016
  • 2016 Food & Wine Festival: The Comprehensive Review Over Memorial Day weekend my friend Renee and ParkFans Forum members Tony, Username, Zachary, and I (Nicole) went to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the 2016 Food & Wine Festival. As has become our custom, we tried all of the food items and a limited sampling of the drinks. This year we have decided to split […] Nicole
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    June 1, 2016
  • Marco Polo’s Marketplace Sunday, Zachary, Luke, Thomas, Tony, and I braved the cold and rain to try the food at Marco Polo’s Marketplace, which replaced Ristorante della Piazza this year. As we have reported previously, San Marco’s new eatery has a variety of stations, including Mediterranean Market, Italian Kitchen, Stone Hearth Oven, Asian Grill, Garden Favorites, and Desserts. […] Nicole
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    April 1, 2016
  • Leaking Project 2017 It’s the eleventh hour—the park is making their announcement on Saturday—and we know you all are chomping at the bit, anticipating the unveiling of Busch Gardens’s Project 2017. Though we don’t know everything the park is planning to reveal on the 19th, hopefully we can relieve a little bit of that intense suspense tonight. It’s time to leak BGW’s […] Zachary
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    March 18, 2016
  • Saving Le Scoot As many of you know, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has spent the last three years renovating the park’s 41 year-old Arrow log flume, Le Scoot. From the beginning of this project, BGWFans has expressed time and time again how impressed we are that the park is making the investments required to restore this 1975 park original. A […] Zachary
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    March 15, 2016
  • Going Behind-the-Scenes at Busch Gardens Williamsburg As you all know, last Thursday Zachary, Luke, and I spent a few hours touring around the Most Beautiful Theme Park. While we were there, we tried to get answers to everyone’s questions, and to aim Luke’s camera at the most interesting things we could find. So, here is the second of three reports on […] Nicole
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    March 13, 2016
  • The Resurgence of the Zoology Department Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens in just eight days, and we are getting very excited. There are a number of changes and upgrades coming that everyone wants to see. Well guess what? Yesterday, the fabulous Emily Phillips gave Zachary, Luke, and me a sneak peek at what is happening inside the park. We want to thank everyone […] Nicole
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    March 11, 2016