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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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David Cromwell Returns to Virginia as Park President

A mere two weeks after Carl Lum vacated the position of Busch Gardens Williamsburg Park President, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has officially announced his replacement: David Cromwell. If you have followed the Williamsburg SEAS parks for a couple years now, this name may ring a bell. Who is he? Before becoming the Vice President of Aquatica at SeaWorld […]

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Spring Admission Options

The selection of Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets, memberships, and vacation packages continues to change in both benefits and structure for the 2016 season. To help our readers decide which option is best for them, we have summarized all of them below. Please be sure to note that some offers expire this month and some are only […]

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2016 Map & Fun Tracker

Today both the 2016 Busch Gardens Williamsburg map and this year’s new pass member Fun Tracker have been posted. We are going to tackle the Fun Tracker first, but if you’d like to skip down to the new map instead, feel free to click here. Fun Tracker We at BGWFans thought we’d help out our […]

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Colonial Pipeline Clearing

As many of you know the Colonial Pipeline runs through Busch Gardens Williamsburg. For those who are unfamiliar with its purpose, according to the Colonial Pipeline Company’s website: We safely and reliably transport refined petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, home heating oil and fuels for the U.S. military. Our pipeline system […]

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Unity Comes to Williamsburg

As we reported yesterday, we have been seeing some big changes in how Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s marketing department does business. Today we learned of a new partnership between BGW and Colonial Williamsburg that has us very excited! We have obtained a copy of an internal CW email, which describes how the two parks plan to […]

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Marketing Project 2017

So, anyone who hasn’t read Dan Dipiazzo’s blog post, “Taking a Risk — Project 2017,” should do so immediately. It seems that the park has been as smart and daring in their marketing as we have always hoped they could be. As all y’all probably know, I am relatively new to BGWFans. What you may […]

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Project 2017 Site Plans

It seems that Busch Gardens Williamsburg really doesn’t want a repeat of the Tempesto incident. So, for the first time ever, the park’s marketing department seems to be fighting aggressively to keep the spotlight squarely on their official Project 2017 information… and off of unofficial sources like the one you’re reading now. For the record, I’m not […]

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Locating Project 2017

February 3rd, 2016 (11:10 AM) Update: Hours after finishing this post, Busch Gardens Williamsburg published a second video quite literally confirming the red area in the map below. I encourage you all to read the rest of the post, but know that we’re now dealing in park-confirmed fact instead of my assessment of small shreds of evidence. Deeper analysis into the […]

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Project 2017 is Real

2017! That’s the year, guys! It has been rumored for a while now that 2017 would be Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s next “coaster year.” There were many questions, when we leaked Tempesto’s plans in 2014, about why BGW would pick a clone for their next e-ticket attraction.  In fact, during construction, it was rumored that the […]

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Howl-O-Scream: Unearthed

Disclaimer: Ultimately, everything presented below is still technically best described as a rumor. Though right now I’m very confident in the information I’m presenting, I have been wrong before. Furthermore, given the length of time we have till the event begins, the park may still be finalizing their plans. We will do our best to keep […]

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Howl-O-Scream Unearthed: Full “Woods Maze” Layout

On July 15th we published a story summarizing our thoughts on what appears to be a major shift in direction for Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s annual Howl-O-Scream event. If you have yet to read our last post, I highly recommend you do so before continuing. Within that article we reported on a permit filed for the construction […]

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First Howl-O-Scream 2015 Details Begin to Emerge

It may only be mid-July but Busch Gardens Williamsburg has already begun promoting Howl-O-Scream’s seventeenth season across its social media channels. Anyone who has made an annual habit out of following the event will likely recognize it to be an uncharacteristically early start to Howl-O-Scream promotion. In the past the park has often waited until mid-August or later […]

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SeaWorld Parks at the DC Travel & Adventure Show

Zachary, Renee (personal friend), and I attended the Travel & Adventure Show at the Washington DC Convention Center today, where we checked out both the Busch Gardens Williamsburg/Water Country USA (BGW/WCUSA) booth and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (SWP&E) display. Regardless of my concerns about the cost of having such a large presence at the show, […]

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2015 Operating Schedule Released

Several weeks ago, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) released their 2015 operating schedule to the eager masses of future vacation-planners. But the initial reactions to the new hours for the park’s upcoming 40th anniversary season have been less than favorable.  Busch Gardens has, unfortunately, been subjected to major budget cuts due to ever-increasing financial troubles throughout […]

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Tempesto Construction Update #6

It’s time for another Tempesto Construction update! If you missed the last one it can be viewed here. Because the park is now closed till sometime in March, this will most likely be the last in-park Tempesto construction update for a while. Over the last couple weeks, Tempesto has been growing like a weed. On the 31st alone, […]

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