Voted America's most beautiful theme park, this amusement park features more than forty thrilling rides, shows, and ... More
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Voted America's most beautiful theme park, this amusement park features more than forty thrilling rides, shows, and attractions. This park is renowned for its world-class roller coaster rides, such as the Alpengeist and Apollo's Chariot. This 17th century styled theme park debuted its sixth feature country in 2001, when Ireland was added to its list of national-themes.
Busch Gardens is an beautiful theme park where you can explore different cultures. It also features the best rides. The rides include water rides and extreme roller coasters that may be somewhat frightening for small children.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been voted the most beautiful park in the world many times, and there is no argument here. There really is no place like it on earth. The park is divided into sections which represent certain countries in Europe, with each section having authentic food and souvenirs from each area, allow with towns, villages, actors, and rides that are themed for each country.
The rides in the park are not to be written out either. There are four major coasters in this park, including one of the world's largest looping coasters, Alpengeist. The others include The Big Bad Wolf, an amazing ride through an old German village, The Loch Ness Monster, a steel looping coaster which is well themed and well known for it's interlocking loops, and Apollo's Chariot, a 210 ft. coaster that just flies. Other notable rides include The Curse of Dar Kastle and Corkscrew Hill, two wonderful 4D adventures. The Curse of Dar Kaslte is by far the most spectacular ride I have ever been on. Escape From Pompei is also an amazing raft ride, with fire, earthquakes, and twists around every turn. There are many other rides to try out, but I figured I'd just give you my favorites.
But as I said in the opening paragraph, the real deal here is the theming. My personal favorite is Octoboerfest, a German area in which The Big Bad Wolf is located, along with a German Festhaus, where you can eat authentic German food and watch and aprticipate in german dacing and singing. It is truly a one of a kind experience you can only replicate in Germany itself. I recomend you eat here since it actually comes along at the right time if you go through in order. The rest of the areas are a tie, and are all very impressive and unique in their own way.
I have been there three times so far, only because the drive from where I live is a good six hours. I plan to go back next summer, and advise anyone looking for a good vacation idea, you most go here.
Add on Water Country USA across the street, Colonial Williamsburg, and all the modern shopping and souvenir shops, and this is the perfect vacation without a high price. If you have any questions, just ask me, I'm always willing to share!
Got the seasons pass for the whole family. Love the landscaping. Also love what they refer to as a "child swap". That is when a group has a child that is too little to ride a particular ride, and 1/2 the group waits in line. The other 1/2 Waits at the exit. When the 1st 1/2 gets off the ride, the second 1/2 gets on without having to wait in line. Also thought it was very nice that they keep complimentary feminine hygiene products in the women's bathrooms. What I did not like is that you may not bring in a cooler. I recommend buying the water bottles on arrival, so you can get free ice water refills the rest of the day. Food in the park is expensive as expected. There is something for all ages. The shows that I did see were great! For the roller coaster fans, this is the place to be!
My husband and I are not "coaster enthusiasts". We were a little afraid that we would go and wouldn't find anything to do.
We decided to give it a try and were glad that we did. There were very interesting and fun shows to see and even some rides that we could enjoy without ever really leaving the ground. Like Corkscrew Hill In Ireland, and Darkastle in Germany. We are both 46 yrs old and had as much fun as any kid there.
I can't really comment on the value since we had free admission for active duty military and their families. We went on a weekend in September. It wasn't too hot or crowded. We had no lines or very short lines. One piece of advice: if traveling with children, any of the kids meals can be purchased without the souvenir box. With the plastic box (that you then carry around the park) it was $6 for a hot dog and potato chips, if we had asked for just the hotdog and chips, it would have been $2. It is unadvertised but they have it.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is great!
First let me start with the food because not much amusement parks have good food. Each themed area has a few eating places. Unless you�re ordering from the kid's menu there is no such thing as a hot dog or hamburger. You will get freshly cooked pastas with meatballs and vegetables, sandwiches, and all kinds of meat like steak and barbecue chicken. It is the best food at any amusement park in America.
Okay, enough with the food, now onto the rides. Alpengeist, a 195ft. inverted coaster goes extremely fast and makes it way through over 5 inversions. Apollo's Chariot is a 210ft. monster that is a really smooth ride. It has decent size lines and everyone who rides it enjoys it and goes on again. Loch Ness Monster is a corkscrew coaster that has 2 spine-tingling interlocking loops. The drop isn't too big. The Big Bad Wolf is a suspended coaster that swings to the side a lot. You will be holding on tight. The end is the scariest where there is a sheer 99ft. going right down to the river. Escape From Pompei is the greatest splashdown ride I've ever been on. The scenery is great and inside at the top there is real fire (it's cool). The drop isn't scary at all (well that's my opinion) but the splash is humongous and you get soaked. Le Scoot is a fun log flume that travels through the trees and down a first bumpy drop then onto a much larger 55ft. drop through a log cabin at the end. You don't even get wet though but after waiting in the long line you feel good. Curse of DarkCastle is a dark ride that is pretty creepy. The 4D animation is astounding. The lines are incredibly long though (sometimes up to a 1 hour and 15 min.). There are other exciting rides too (make sure not to miss the Battering Ram, DaVinci's Cradle, The Flying Machine, Corkscrew Hill, Der Catapult (a scrambler), Der Whirlberwind, and Tradewinds. That's still not all though and I almost forgot Roman Rapids! Roman Rapids is ride that you have loads of fun on. It is not scary, and it is a must to go on and you'll get just as soaked as you do no Escape From Pompeii. Finally I'm done with the rides. Go to the shows too.
Make sure to hit the �long line� rides (Roman Rapids, Escape from Pompeii, Le Scoot Log Flume, and especially before anything as you enter the park. Eat lunch early so you can go on more �big rides� while most people are eating. That�s basically it and enjoy your fabulous trip to the wonderful BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG!
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