When I did this, not only did I get to see Apollo's Chariot's maintenance bay, but after our last ride in the tour, they gave us cards for 1 more front of the line rides on the 4 coasters, which brought in a lot of confusion at Loch Ness Monster.
Still, this is an amazing tour, well worth the money.
They really went out of their way to make it up to everyone and let us see verbolten with the lights on before it was officialy on the tour. Even gave everyone tickets to come back and redo the tour, plus front of ride passes for everything in the park and a free meal.
Never did make it back, but I will. It was a lot of fun and well worth it.
Definitely an amazing deal! $80 for all of that front of the line and behind the scenes action? Wow! I'm drooling.
BGW also offers an "observer" option, which includes everything I described except the ride up to the top of Griffon for $60.
Also, guests are required to book in groups of 2 or larger. The BGW team allowed me to book as a single guest as a special courtesy. Under normal circumstances I would never had been able to do this because my son is not old enough to do the tour yet (8 years old for observers and 14 years old for participants), and I couldn't do it with my wife, since someone would need to watch him. I sincerely appreciate the BGW team for allowing me to do the tour as a single guest, because they certainly didn't have to bend the rules for me.
So if you are considering the tour, make sure you have a buddy or significant other willing to book with you. If they're afraid of heights or between 8 and 14, they can simply do the observer option instead.
Thanks for another great article, Russell.