After a sneak peak "Passmember Preview Day" on March 20th, Busch Gardens opened for the 2010 season on March 26th. We were there both days of course. The weather on the 20th was absolutely beautiful and the park was very crowded with passmembers. The kids had a blast as always, although we were there from open to close so it made for a long day. Nikki's brother Chris, his wife Stacy and their boys Carter and Parker came to visit for the weekend and were there with us as well.
There were lots of new additions to the park this year. No major changes, but lots of small ones. Due to the sale of the parks, the Clydesdales had to be removed from the stables in Scotland since they are the property of the Busch corp. However, they were replaced with several new black Clydesdales, as well as a small herd of sheep and some Scottish collies.
Ireland saw several changes this year as well.
They are installing a new ride in place of Corkscrew Hill called Europe in the Air. It's a IMAX type ride that's supposed to take you on an flight over famous European landmarks. It's due to open in May.
There is a brand new show in the Abbeystone Theater called Celtic Fyre. The theater has been completely transformed into an Irish Pub and the show features a wedding reception with lots of traditional and original Irish song and dance. We've seen it several times this week. It's sure to be a hit for the park for years to come.
We did notice an a pot of gold hidden in the fountain that was not there before. We always keep a change purse with us full of pennies for Cora to throw in to the fountain. She loves it.
Lots more to blog about and many more pictures, coming soon...
Well, tomorrow is Passmember Preview Day @ Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The big day has finally arrived. We've been waiting three months to get back to the park, but for the most part, time has really flown this winter.
The weather is supposed to be beautiful. 74 degrees and sunny. The park added an additional hour to the schedule (open until 7pm now) due to the nice weather forecast. We plan on being there when the gates open at 10am and will hope to make it until 7 (with cooperation from Cora of course:)
There is a lot to look forward to at the park this year. The stables in the Scotland section have added new black Clydesdales, along with about a dozen Scottish blackface sheep, and some collies that will be trained to herd them. Ireland will feature a new projector-ride called Europe in the Air and a new show, Celtic Fyre, at the Abbey Stone Theater.
This summer will have lots of concerts, highlighed by the B-52's, the Fixx, and the Bangles. A skateboard competition, and a nightly fireworks/light show throughout the park.
We will, of course, be there often. We will have lots of pictures to post and lots of stories of our visits to the park. Hope you enjoy.