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April 27, 2009
Wallkill, New York
September 6, 2008
From journal Virginia Vacation
by Irish Cream
Middletown, New York
October 3, 2007
From journal Williamsburg Virginia Area
September 20, 2007
From journal Sandbridge Beach Vacation
September 28, 2006
From journal Williamsburg, VA
September 2, 2006
From journal Side Trip to Williamsburg
January 12, 2006
December 18, 2005
From journal Relive History in Virginia's Historic Triangle
Silver Spring, Maryland
August 26, 2005
From journal Road trip: Virginia and New York
Cary, North Carolina
August 20, 2005
We started our day at the park opening and proceeded to Heatherdowns, Scotland to take in a ride on the Loch Ness Monster, a double-loop steel coaster now nearly 30 years old, but still a great, smooth ride.
Following our turn on Nessie, we proceeded to the German hamlet to experience Alpengeist, which Busch claims is one of the longest, fastest suspended coasters in the world, and it is an incredible rush. I recommend experiencing the ride in the front car for the best "free-flight" experience.
Another highlight of the day was the chance to experience Busch Garden's newest ride "The Curse of DarKastle." This ride, combining simulator and 3-D movie technology with a traditional "track-based" dark ride, was extremely impressive and enjoyable. The concept of a castle "frozen in time" and the massive amount of cold air pumped into the attraction was especially welcome on such a hot summer day.
We lunched at the massive Festhaus and enjoyed authentic German Food – in truth, for an amusement park, Busch Gardens has an extremely good selection of foods at relatively reasonable prices.
Following lunch, we visiting the Big Bad Wolf, a suspended coaster that races through a German village, and then went to catch a ride on Apollo’s Chariot, Busch’s hyper-coaster, before the heat of the day got unbearable. Apollo’s Chariot is an extremely fast and tall coaster, and, again, I recommend the front seat for the best "free-flight" experience, but the back seat for the most airtime.
To avoid the heat, we caught several shows, including "R.L. Stine’s Haunted Lighthouse," a 4-D movie in the Globe Theatre that is probably best left to the under-15 set, and "Irish Thunder" in the Abbey Stone Theatre, which was a delightful and well-performed celebration of Irish music and dance way above the regular theme-park caliber show. We then experienced "Corkscrew Hill," another 4-D movie/simulator, which was a wild romp through "mythical Ireland."
We then had the opportunity to attend Busch’s "Beer School" in Grogan’s Pub, which was a 30-minute presentation about the making of Busch’s beer products and included the opportunity to sample several brands. This was a great program that was included in the park admission (for guests 21 and up).
Dinner brought us to Italy for good Italian food and a showing of "Starlight Orchestra" before we departed for the evening.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg, though small, is one of the most enjoyable theme parks I have ever attended. The attractions are all of the highest quality, the park is kept in immaculate condition, and the food is good – and reasonable.
From journal Weekend in Williamsburg