A Day at Busch Gardens

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Season Opening Day at Busch Gardens

March 21 was opening day for the 2008 season at Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg. We were on our way from our Kingsgate hotel by 9:20 for the 10:00 a.m. opening. It's a short hop on U.S. 60 over to Busch Gardens. While waiting for entry into the parking area, we were amused to see many other cars from Fairfax County in the crowd, including families from Springfield. No doubt most had started out from home early in the morning to take advantage of the last day of Spring Break. 

Tickets in hand, we were in the park by 10:30 a.m. Again, we would go our separate ways, with dd and bf heading immediately to ride the new 90-degree vertical drop Griffon roller coaster. Susan and I enjoyed touring the park just by ourselves, the first time we've been able to do that in many years.

Busch Gardens train
We headed to Ireland and there saw the Irish step dancing show, very well done. After the show, dd called on the cell to set a meetup for lunch. Lunch would be in Germany at Das Festhaus, of course. I like the German sausage meals with sauerkraut and potatoes served there. The Bavarian song and dance show had just started when we arrived.

After lunch, we split up again. Susan and I looked through more of the lands, went on the Curse of DarKastle "4-D" adventure ride, rode the train around (of course), did some of the small fun rides like the teacups, and browsed the shops. I also went on Escape form Pompeii for an thrill ride and dd and bf rode all the coasters.

We finally called it a day at 7:00 p.m. This was the longest day we'd had at Busch Gardens, but it was lots of fun. (I highly recommend Busch Gardens.)  We decided to stop for dinner before completely crashing back at Kingsgate. We'd need to get ready for the following day's trip to Jamestown. A salad at Chick-fil-A was just right.

missandrea81 says:
Oh, yeah, that's the one with a bunch of European themes right?? I will have to check it out maybe this summer and then tell you how authentic it is. ;-)
Posted on: Apr 05, 2008
Andy99 says:
We always enjoy Busch Gardens! It's a great family theme park!
Posted on: Apr 05, 2008
vulindlela says:
That looks like fun!
Posted on: Apr 04, 2008
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Season Opening Day at Busch Gardens
Season Opening Day at Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens train
Busch Gardens train
Killarney, the Irish themed area
Killarney, the Irish themed area
Irish step dancing show
Irish step dancing show
Irish step dancing show
Irish step dancing show
Cork Screw Hill ride
Cork Screw Hill ride
The boys of Dublin Over mix it up
The boys of Dublin Over mix it up
Eagles at Eagle Ridge
Eagles at Eagle Ridge
Wolf at Wolf Valley
Wolf at Wolf Valley
Le Scoot log flume ride
Le Scoot log flume ride
Roller coasters over Germany
Roller coasters over Germany
Das Festhaus restaurant
Das Festhaus restaurant
Inside Das Festhaus
Inside Das Festhaus
German show at Das Festhaus
German show at Das Festhaus
German show at Das Festhaus
German show at Das Festhaus
Garman show at Das Festhaus
Garman show at Das Festhaus
Curse of DarKastle ride
Curse of DarKastle ride
Busch Gardens train
Busch Gardens train
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Rhine River and Loch Ness Monster…
Apollos Chariot
Apollo's Chariot
Turkish Delight Coffee Cup ride
Turkish Delight Coffee Cup ride
Griffon roller coaster goes straig…
Griffon roller coaster goes strai…
Curse of DarKastle ride
Curse of DarKastle ride
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