Reviews of BGW Christmastown?Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Please tell me about ChristmasTown! Is it worth the trip?
From Joel SBusch Gardens' ChristmasTown! anybody been? Is it worth a 3 1/2 drive from PA? Tell me about your experience please . . .
Posted November 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM
What are the lines like on a Sat. Planning a trip for Dec 11th. Will consider the 12th if expected large crowds on the 11th. Please share any and all info you have!
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From Frank ForresterI will be going this Sunday. i will post my thoughts about it then. I really liked it last year and this year they have all the countries open. They even have a marketplace with different vendors in Germany. Usually Saturday is the busiest for the event with Sunday being the slowest. It will get busier when it gets closer to Christmas.
Posted November 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM
From Joel SThanks Frank! I am really excited about going! I'm considering Sunday the 12th so that the crowds are not bad for various attractions. BUT I do not want to go to a "ghost town" either. Christmas should be bright, merry, full of Joy and laughter. I have been to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane during slow nights and have found it very depressing! So any feedback on atmosphere on a Sunday is most appreciated. But to be able to ride Griffon again and again without a wait is worth the ghostly quietness of an empty park! haha
Posted November 27, 2010 at 8:12 AM
From Frank ForresterI went last night and really enjoyed it. It wasn't crowded so the waits for the shows weren't long. The countries are beautifully decorated with Christmas lights throughout the each country.
Posted November 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM
There are new things this year to do compared to last year. The first thing that is new is that Italy is opened and decorated. They have some of the flat rides in Italy opened along with a new show called Miracles. Miracles is in the San Marco theater which is open to the elements. They do have portable heaters station throughout the theater.
The second new thing is the Flight of Lights. The Flight of Lights is the skyride and you leave from the England Station and make a complete roundtrip. The vehicles are decorated with Christmas lights and they offer a great view of the Christmas lights in the countries from above.
In England you have A Sesame Street Christmas playing in the Globe Theater along with the Flight of Lights skyride.
In Ireland you have the Rejoice show in the Abbey Stone Theater.
In France/New France you have the Polar Pathway. In the Polar Pathway you are able to view some penguins along with a white owl and a huge white rabbit.
In Germany you have the Deck the Halls show in Das Festhaus. There is also a marketplace where you are able to get different types of wares from local vendors. You also have the big Christmas tree in front of Das Festhaus where they do the O Tannenbaum light show every half hour.
They have carolers in England, and singers in Ireland & New France that come out throughout the night.
The rides that are open in the park are:
Griffon is open weather permitting and once it gets near 40 degrees they shut it down. They had it open on Sunday, but before 8pm it was already too cold and they had shut the ride down.
The park opens each country at different times with everything being open by 5pm. They open England at 2:15pm with Scotland & Ireland opening at 2:45pm. France opens at 3:15pm with Germany following at 4pm and Italy at 4:45pm.
You can always get a Quick Queue pass if it is busy the night you go. The Quick Queue pass gets you reserved seating to some of the shows and unlimited priority boarding on the rides.
Here is a link to some of the pictures I took last night.
From Jason JacksonI went over the weekend and can I just say WOW! The park was incredible! Busch has outdone themeselves! The Peace on Earth display gave me goosebumps and not because of the chilly weather. They even had a nativity scene in Italy! I didn't get a chance to get on the Flight of Lights, but the decorated gondala cars were indeed so festive. What a great addition to an already excellent park!
Posted November 30, 2010 at 9:49 AM
From Mark MigliaccioHey Joel, check out this review over at bgwfans.com. Noreen gets a little emotional, but you can handle it. ;) http://bgwfans.com/?p=1050
Posted December 1, 2010 at 11:41 AM
Also it will be pretty packed on a saturday. I'll be there on the 11th of December as well. If you have the time, I'd wait until sunday to go. but if you are more flexible I would go on the 19th instead, since it is still a sunday, which means less people, and it is open until 10pm instead of 9pm.
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