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July 3rd, 2000 - Auguest 2006
We've been to Busch Gardens quite a few times between 2000 and 2006. Water rides were closed this day (3 were the only ones I wanted to ride) but the last two times we went, they were open. During the outing below, Scott & Jeremy's friend Andre went on the 2 most popular coasters: Apollo's Chariot & Alpengeist. They waited in line nearly an hour for each ride. For those who love coasters, Apollo's Chariot is the ride where Fabio's nose was broken by a flying goose. Scott sat in the same seat & escaped harm! If you go to Busch Gardens, be prepared to have a lots of cash on hand. Food is about $10-15 a person for a small lunch, each game is $2 or more to play (one basketball in the hoop- you only get ONE basketball-shot to win). Parking is $10 a car & tickets run $37 or higher for an adult ticket. Want water? It's $3 for about a liter. Lot's of shops to buy souvenirs. Lots of fun if you can do coasters! Best food is the Smokehouse. There are new 3D rides etc. See a lot of shows. I know guys don't want to hear this, but the neatest thing (talk about hospitality) I saw there was in the women's bathroom they had Tampons for free and pads. Now that's helpful; just in case! The photos below were taken during Hollowscream. This is an annual event every September through October. They have costumed people and things around the park celebrating Halloween. You never know who'll jump out of the shadows... We don't take the camera when we go; it makes it too difficult to ride the rides. Other rides include Da Vinci's cradle, Big Bad Wolf (another Coaster); Roman Rapids (my favorite bumper water ride, Escape from Pompeii (a water ride), Log Flume (a water ride), some kiddie rides (similar to teacups etc). Loch Ness Monster (another Coaster), Corkscrew Hill (3D), Castle O'Sullivan (3D plus ride). Train, Boat ride, Tram. There are also shows and the animals: Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve has wolves, Eagles, Clydesdales, and some smaller critters. There's a show called Pet Shenanigans. Also Irish Folk Dancing, and in the summer, music guests (like Frankie Avalon etc). The newest and most wait time ride is The Curse of Dark Castle. This is a 3D adventure and a ride all in one). Great stuff... but LONG LONG wait. Well over an hour and a half! Check official site for days/hours of operation and directions as well as changes in pricing.
Left to right: 1) Clydesdales 2) During Hollowscream; Zombie 3) Ghost in tree 4) Da Vinci's Cradle taken from Pompeii area 5) Graveyard (Ghouls walking in it)
Lighthouse: 1) Scott in the Italy area 2) Andre, Nick, Scott and Jeremy at Entrance
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July 21st, 2007
We went to see Dennis De Young play but did take a few shots of the place. More later probably. You will see below the newest roller coaster called "The Griffon". NO I would not go on it. It's 210-215 feet straight up. When you get to the top, you hang there 5 solid seconds before the 90 degree plunge straight down! It's unreal. we only went on the sky lift as we had no time before the concert. I am a sissy anyway. I only like the water rides there. I will do the train, the sky lift and teacups or whatever, but NO coasters! I know... anyway, the park is large so take good walking shoes. Prices vary depending if you are military, elderly or younger, or a resident. Also if you buy season passes etc. Our price was about 55.00 each for the whole summer. It did not start the season or take us through Hollowscream but it's good like June through a few days in August. We plan to see another concert in a couple weeks so that's why we bought this. Parking is 10.00 and it's not fun parking; there's so many people there unless you come early, you will be walking a lot and taking a tram to the park. Food is expensive. French fires 4.00. A slice of pizza 5.00-5.50. A coke in a bottle (small) is 3.00. So be prepared for that. souvenirs are expensive but there is a few places that have actually nice items (in Ireland, I saw some expensive Waterford pieces). Drink lots of water and don't take unneeded items with you. Even carrying a camera is a drag.
From left to right: 1) The newest Roller coaster Griffin 2) Same Coaster 3) Carousel 4) Carousel
From left to right: 1) Curse of Dark Kastle ride 2) from the sky lift, the Dalmatians and a Clydesdale horse 3) Sky lift ride
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June 8th, 2008
From Left to right: Jack Hanna is on the right in photos 1, 2, 4, 6 1) McCall 2) Kangaroo 3) Hawk 4) Dingo 5) Clouded Leopard 5) Bearcat
From Left to right: Jack Hanna in 1st three photos 1) Armadillo 2) Alligator 3) Penguin 4) Big Bad Wolf Coaster I think 5) Looking at Alpengeist or Griffin Coaster from sky ride 6) Same as #5
From Left to right: 1) View from Sky ride 2) View from Sky ride 3) Jack Hanna signing an autograph 4) View from Sky Ride and 5) View from Sky ride
Above: Jack Hanna Autograph
June 9th, 2008
This year we bought our season pass because we wanted to go to a couple concerts and to see Jack Hanna's show. We did get to go to the show (twice even) and get Jack's autograph and take a lot of photos. the cost of the passes varies. If you are in state, you can get a resident card for about 55.00 each, and you can go all summer up till September 1st. This allows you to see the Summer concerts and special events, but not Hollowscream. You can get daily passes or season passes as well. Season passes are very expensive, but they allow you discounts on food and merchandise. I think 10%. So if you eat, drink and buy a lot of stuff, you might think it worth it. But only if you go a lot. The daily passes are about as expensive as the resident card. So for visitors, you might want to pick up season passes if you plan to go 4 or more days (to make it worth your while). Food is expensive but this year seemed "average" in price as the prices didn't go up with the food/gas increases of late. So I felt like it was a better deal. A hamburger/fries and drink and a salad and drink cost us 20.00. Two ice cream cones cost just under 10.00. Parking is expensive at 10.00 a car, but if you buy your parking pass online, you save 1.00. We bought two passes online and will probably buy 2 more this year and so we save about 4.00. Hey. that's almost an ice cream cone right? You will have LOTS of walking. Bring good shoes. Do NOT bring purses unless you have to. Things tend to get wet and crushed. WEAR sunscreen! It's very hot and sunny in VA. Spray on bug spray. Drink LOTS of water and bring a towel for the water rides and lots of money for the food/gift shops and arcade. Photo taking is ok, but I'd steer clear of bulky cameras; they don't allow things like that on some rides and your camera is there in the open for potential theft... so if you want to bring one, bring a small one. I'd not take small children here as there's nothing for kids under 4 really to ride or do. Plus, small children take up a lot of space for the others running around. You can though, I'd just say you'd have more fun if you had a babysitter. The big thing at Busch Gardens is the roller coaster. There's not much sick or old or very young people to ride.
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