BGE: Baby Swap Details?
Busch Gardens Williamsburg:
Can anyone provide details on BGE's Baby Swap policy?
I believe someone posted that BGE had a baby swap policy but I haven't been able to confirm this via their site or find any details.
If so, which rides? Is an adult companion allowed to ride twice (our party has three adults, two kids both under 41")? How does the line entry work?
From Jeff M
Posted July 9, 2009 at 11:42 AM
Mike, I'm guessing you might mean the "parent Swap" policy? One parent/adult gets into line and once they are done with the ride, the other parent walks immediately onto the same ride? Am I correct with what your meaning is??
If so, BGW does offer this on all rides. Each ride is different in the way that it operates this policy. For instance, the Big Bad Wolf coaster you have to enter through the handicap access area, speak with ride attendant about what you intend to do and then they assist you fully. Curse of Dar Castle you just enter through the exit and again speak with ride op at exit platform, and they assist you. Most rides are handled the same way through the exit area first.
I hope this helps?? Questions still linger, then may I suggest you contact guest services at the entrance turnstyle area upon arrival for more information, or just call the 800 # from the website before you arrive and their guest services via phone is also very helpful.
Enjoy your visit!!!
Yes Jeff, that's exactly the information I was looking for. My point of reference for park tour planning is WDW (as I've already over planned our upcoming Fall trip there).
Thanks for the info. Enter the exit, I never would have thought to do that.
From Jeff M
Posted July 10, 2009 at 12:58 PM
Mike, glad I could help! One last thing to keep in mind... If when you visit, the lines are long for your visit, then have one person enter the line once you arrive at the rides entrance. This will aid you in waiting time, since by the time you or the other heads into the exit area for wait/exchange. Now, one last thing to check if available...ride ops/attendents standing at the entrance will be able to give you a estimated wait time. Then, use this for your benefit! Meaning, if wait time is say 30 minutes, then hit the exit area approx. 5-10 minutes before the ending wait time. This way your not just standing around the exit areas for the same amount of wait time. I hope this makes sense??? I have seen some do this while I do my evaluations of this park for business, and believe me, everyone waiting for the same time kind of ruins the experience, and also...especially at BGW, makes some ride ops un-easy with people just lingering around waiting for the intial person to end their ride.
Like I said...enjoy you visit!
Quick update - just back from our trip. Baby swap was a fantastic success. We ended up with 4 adults so we split up into two adult riding groups, one would get in line for a ride and the other would meet (timing it when possible) at the exit of the ride. At the exit you simple identify to the cast member that you want to “baby swap” and they guide you from there. It was neat for the adults but even better for the kids as they didn’t spend much time in line all day.
Thanks Jeff M. for your help!
From Jeff M
Posted July 21, 2009 at 5:47 PM
Mike, I'm glad to read you had a good time/trip!!!
I thought the deal was if there were two sets of parents, and if one couple liked the others baby and the other couple liked the first couple's baby, they could trade. :o/
I tried to swap my baby for another model, but they said all sales were final. (Sorry couldn't resist!)
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