• Project 2021 Height Waiver Vote Happens Tomorrow 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 […] Zachary
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    June 10, 2019
  • 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 […] Zachary
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    June 6, 2019
  • Born From the Ashes A few weeks ago, Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened Finnegan’s Flyer, the park’s new S&S Screamin’ Swing, to near-universal acclaim. This weekend, Water Country USA will be allowing membership holders the opportunity to preview their brand new, incredible-looking water coaster, Cutback. In 2020, as we recently exposed through a collection of leaked internal documents, Busch Gardens […] Zachary
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    May 17, 2019
  • 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 […] Zachary
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    April 3, 2019
  • Solving for Y in MMXX Important Note This article assumes a fair bit of knowledge regarding Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2020 addition. If you are not yet familiar with what Busch Gardens Williamsburg plans to build, please read this article before proceeding. We have been on top of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2020 roller coaster for years now and, despite successfully leaking nearly […] Zachary
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    March 28, 2019
  • 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 […] Nicole
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    March 14, 2019
  • 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 […] Zachary
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    March 13, 2019
  • 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 […] Zachary
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    February 8, 2019
  • 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 […] Nicole
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    October 3, 2018
  • 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 […] Zachary
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    September 1, 2018
  • 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, […] Zachary
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    August 16, 2018
  • 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 […] Zachary
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    August 14, 2018
  • 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 […] Zachary
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    August 10, 2018
  • Project 2019 Revealed A Little Context In late April we shared that Project Madrid—long thought to be the next major attraction addition for Busch Gardens Williamsburg—was currently forecast for a 2020 opening date. Around that same time, we started talking about a possible Water Country USA project for 2019. In mid-May we elaborated on those rumors—specifically stating that, […] Zachary
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    June 13, 2018
  • "Summer Rewards" So, Zachary and I had been considering when and if we were going to write a front page article on Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s newest ride, Battle for Eire. It seems like a reasonable topic, and we have been asked for a formal review. Unfortunately, that discussion has, again, been completely derailed—this time by the park’s […] Nicole
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    April 10, 2018
  • Permit Filed for Dedicated Entertainment Facility According to a new special use permit filed with James City County late last month, Busch Gardens Williamsburg appears to be giving their entertainment department something they have needed for decades now: dedicated, non-theater space inside the park. The Plans So, what is the permit for exactly? A 15,500 square foot rectangular building located behind […] Zachary
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    April 4, 2018
  • Sesame Place Williamsburg: Pros & Cons Yesterday, Zachary reported on a recent survey soliciting feedback on a new, proposed SEAS theme park in Virginia, which we are calling “Sesame Place Williamsburg.” While his extensive analysis of the included site plan and concept art focused on the How, When, Where, and What in depth, we decided to address the Why separately, because it is such a complex […] Nicole
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    March 31, 2018
  • Sesame Place Williamsburg This morning we rode Battle for Eire, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s brand new, first-of-its-kind VR attraction. If you are looking for Battle for Eire content, for now, check out the most recent posts in this thread on ParkFans.net or our social media channels (particularly Instagram). Anyway, you’d think that something that noteworthy would be monopolizing the BGW news […] Zachary
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    March 30, 2018
  • 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
  • Flames Erupt at Busch Gardens on New Year's Eve A large brush fire was triggered by Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s New Year’s Eve firework show on Sunday evening around 9:20pm. According to park communications manager Ron Vample, the fire was extinguished within 15 minutes of its ignition. The extent of the damage to the Rhine River Trestle and surrounding areas is still being assessed by the park […] Zachary
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    January 1, 2018