Day 1 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg - June 24, 2015
We've had the pleasure of working with some pretty amazing parks with incredible hospitality and staff on this documentary project so far.
And then we came here to Williamsburg, Virginia - and were completely blown away...
But first, the weather. After yet another intense round of thunderstorm and rain, mercifully the heat and humidity were down today.
After meeting up with our contact Emily (who has been nothing short of amazing) we met up with the "Roller Coaster Insider" tour group. Busch offers this amazing tour that gives you behind the scenes looks at their major rides, including a ride to the top of their Griffon drop coaster via the emergency funicular.
The views - to die for. The guides were very knowledgeable and the access is second to none. How other parks don't start up tours like this (surprise, you can make money off it) is shocking to me.
After peeking into Verbolten's showroom, it was off to lunch at Festhaus - perennially voted best theme park food in the world. And we tasted why. It felt like I was back on der Weisn in Munich, except no one was dancing on the benches (yet).
Then, the reason we came to Virginia - Loch Ness Monster. This Arrow masterpiece was built in 1978, and we discovered several interesting quirks about it. For instance, one section was built SIX FEET out of alignment. So, the boys from Arrow heated up the section with torches, and bent it into shape. Can't say that about a B&M...
Tomorrow. June 25, is an early start - POV of Nessie and Le Scoot, the log ride. Until next time, coaster fans - ride on!
- Kris Rowberry
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