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Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg (formerly known as Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Europe
Europe
and Busch Gardens: The Old Country) is a 383-acre (155 ha) theme park located in James City County, Virginia, United States. Located about 60.40 miles (97.20 km) northwest of Virginia
Virginia
Beach, the park was developed by Anheuser-Busch
Anheuser-Busch
(A-B) and is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment. It opened on May 16, 1975, adjacent to Anheuser-Busch's brewery and near its other developments including the Kingsmill
Kingsmill
Resort complex. The park is themed around various European countries, and as such was originally called Busch Gardens: The Old Country. In 1993, the park was renamed Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg before briefly being named Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Europe
Europe
in 2006 until it returned to the Williamsburg name in 2008. Similarly, its sister park in Florida was originally called Busch Gardens: The Dark Continent until it was officially renamed Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
until a brief switch to Busch Gardens Africa from 2006 to 2008. In 2015, the estimated attendance of 2.78 million makes it the twentieth most-visited park in the US.[1] In addition to its landscaping and European theme, Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
is widely known for its roller coasters, including Griffon, Alpengeist, and Apollo's Chariot, which won No. 4 best steel coaster in 2012 from the Golden Ticket Awards.

Contents

1 History 2 Overview of features

2.1 Conservation 2.2 Howl-O-Scream 2.3 Christmas Town

3 Hamlets

3.1 Banbury Cross (England) 3.2 Heatherdowns (Scotland) 3.3 Sesame Street Forest of Fun 3.4 Killarney (Ireland) 3.5 San Marco (Italy) 3.6 Festa Italia (Italy) 3.7 Rhinefeld (Rhineland Germany) 3.8 Land of the Dragons 3.9 Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest
(Bavarian Germany) 3.10 Aquitaine (France) 3.11 New France (French Canada)

4 Roller coasters

4.1 Existing (listed by first year) 4.2 Defunct (listed by closing year)

5 Animal attractions

5.1 Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve 5.2 Highland Stables

6 Parking and transportation 7 Awards and recognition 8 Attendance (Rounded) 9 Gallery 10 References 11 Sources 12 External links

History[edit] Beginning in the early 1970s, the Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
theme park was developed by Anheuser-Busch
Anheuser-Busch
(A-B) as a portion of the company's development investment in the Williamsburg area, which grew to include a brewery, the Kingsmill
Kingsmill
Resort, as well as residential and office properties. The St. Louis-based brewer invested in the area following negotiations held between August Busch, II and Winthrop Rockefeller, who was both governor of Arkansas and chairman of Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg
in the 1960s and 1970s.[2] (Water Country USA, a local water park, was acquired by A-B in the 1990s, and added to the company's theme park activities, which include a number of SeaWorld
SeaWorld
properties in other states as well). In the last part of the 20th and early into the 21st century, as a brewer, A-B found itself competing in an increasingly global market. In 2008, after initially resisting an unsolicited stock bid, A-B announced it had reached an agreement to be acquired by the even larger Belgium-based InBev. The newer owners announced plans to sell-off the portions of A-B activities which were not part of the core beverage business as it worked to reduce debt incurred to fund the acquisition. The Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group
was selected in late 2009 to acquire and operate the 10 former A-B theme parks, including two in the Williamsburg area. In July 2010, the adjacent Kingsmill
Kingsmill
Resort was scheduled to be acquired by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a company owned by Denver-based Phillip Anschutz. Overview of features[edit] The park features a combination of roller coasters and Broadway-style shows. The park is broken into "countries", each having its unique style of food and music. The rides in the sections of the park are also themed to the country that they are located in. Conservation[edit] Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve houses a variety of wild species including gray wolves and bald eagles. Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
is partnered with SeaWorld (also owned by SeaWorld
SeaWorld
Parks & Entertainment) in the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Conservation Fund, which offers guests the opportunity to contribute to wildlife conservation. The Rhine River Cruise's boats are battery powered to cut back on power generation and prevent water pollution. In addition, Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
and Water Country USA both use insects rather than pesticides in the parks' commitment to organic gardening. All brochures, maps, show guides, and all paper products in the restrooms are made from recycled material.

Gray Wolf Interacting with Trainer

Barn Owl at Busch Gardens

Eclectus Parrot at midday.

One of three bald eagles on display at Eagle Ridge.

Howl-O-Scream[edit] Howl-O-Scream, the park's signature Halloween event, offers more than a dozen attractions featuring vampires, werewolves, witches and skeletons. Christmas Town[edit] Christmas Town is the park's Christmas event that began during the 2009 season. Several Christmas and holiday themed attractions and shows are showcased, including a 50-foot (15 m) animated Christmas tree called "O Tannenbaum" that lights up in sync to Christmas music in the Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest
portion of the park. Each of the show venues from the summer season have a holiday themed show during Christmas Town, ranging from reinterpretations of classic Christmas stories, to ice skating, to acapella performances. Many of the flat rides are in operation as well as the park's train, skyride, Mach Tower (reimagined without the free fall drop as Nacht Tower), and (weather permitting) one or two roller coasters, which have traditionally been Verbolten
Verbolten
and InvadR since their 2012 and 2017 opening seasons, respectively, though previous Christmas town seasons saw Griffon and Alpengeist
Alpengeist
as the operating roller coaster. During the celebration, the park is decorated with millions of lights and dozens of real Christmas trees across the entire park. Shopping and dining are also an important part of Christmas Town, with many of the park's restaurants offering food and drinks catered to the season and colder weather. The event starts the weekend before Thanksgiving and continues every weekend until the week before Christmas, where it stays open for the rest of December, excluding Christmas Day, until New Year's Day.[3]

Banbury Cross, England in Christmas Livery.

Aquitaine, France at Dusk.

Nighttime View of New France.

The Streets of the North Pole (formerly Rhinefeld, Germany) Adorned with Lights.

Town Center of the North Pole

50-Foot Tall Christmas Tree with Das Festhaus in the Background.

Italy's "Escape From Pompeii" Transformed into the Polar Pathway.

A View of Santa Claus with the Polar Pathway in the Background

Hamlets[edit] The park is separated into 10 different hamlets, themed to European villages from England, France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, and Ireland. Two attractions provide transportation around the park. The Aeronaut Skyride gondola lift transports guests between the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, Aquitaine, and Rhinefeld hamlets; while replica steam trains transport guests between the Heatherdowns, Festa Italia, and New France hamlets. The train serves as a convenient way for families with small children to travel around the park together as well as providing an "Old Country" themed method of transportation fitting the park's overall theme. Banbury Cross (England)[edit]

2014 Street View of Banbury Cross, England

Banbury Cross is fashioned after England, with stereotypical red telephone booths and common English architecture. Guest Services windows are located next to the turnstiles of the Main gate. A simulacrum of the famous St. Stephen's Clock Tower (Big Ben) is the central element of this area. Banbury Cross also includes The Squire's Grill, serving breakfast and lunch, as well as a funnel cake shop, ice cream shop, and candy store. The Globe Theatre, a double-sized replica of William Shakespeare's performance home, is the most prominent attraction in the area, having introduced in May 2014 the show "London Rocks," featuring puppets, animation, and live performances of music from classic British bands, including Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles.[4] The theater previously featured the films Pirates, starring Eric Idle
Eric Idle
and Leslie Nielsen; Sesame Street presents Lights, Camera, Imagination!, a 4-D film; R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse; and Haunts of the Old Country. Prior to the 4-D films, the theater hosted a variety of live shows including Mark Wilson's Worlds Greatest Illusions, America on Ice, Hot Ice, Celebrate America and the People's Choice. In 2017 the London Rocks show returned under the name of Britmania, and features much of the same music. Heatherdowns (Scotland)[edit]

Backfield view of Heatherdowns, Scotland

Heatherdowns mimics a Scottish hamlet situated at the top of the hill on the path leading from Banbury Cross. Tweedside Train Station offers a 20-minute ride through the park with additional stops in Festa Italia and at the central train station, caribou, in New France. Tweedside Gifts is located adjacent to the train station. Heatherdowns is also home to the Highland Stables featuring Scottish Blackface sheep, Border Collies, and Clydesdales. Guests can interact with the animals and see them in action as they demonstrate their skills during daily demonstrations. Guests can also have pictures with the Clydesdales. Prior to 2010, the stables were home to several of the Anheuser-Busch
Anheuser-Busch
Clydesdales until the theme park unit of Anheuser-Busch was sold in 2009. Other points of interest include Pigs in a Kilt, a counter service walk-up.

Loch Ness Monster is a looping Arrow Development roller coaster. It was the first and is the only remaining roller coaster in the world to feature interlocking loops.[5]

Sesame Street Forest of Fun[edit] Opened on April 3, 2009, Sesame Street Forest of Fun features four new children and family rides and attractions themed to Sesame Street, including a Zierer
Zierer
junior roller coaster named Grover's Alpine Express, Bert and Ernie's Loch Adventure flume ride, Oscar's Whirly Worms rock-n-tug-type ride, Prince Elmo's Spire shot-n-drop ride, and wet and dry play areas. The area also features a stage for the main show "Sunny Days Celebration" and a gift shop. The hamlet also contains the skyride station nearest to the Main Gate. The Aeronaut (first leg) of the skyride departs to Aquitaine, France, while the Zeppelin (third leg) skyride arrives from Rhinefeld, Germany.

Bert and Ernie's Loch Adventure is a flat flume ride with water effects Oscar's Whirly Worms is a rocking, spinning pirate ship-style ride Prince Elmo's Spire is family friendly a shot-n-drop drop tower ride from Zamperla Grover's Alpine Express is a Zierer
Zierer
family-friendly roller coaster standing 24 feet tall

Killarney (Ireland)[edit]

2014 street view of Killarney, Ireland.

Formerly known as Hastings, England, this section of the park was re-themed in 2001 as Ireland, the newest country in over 20 years. This area features Celtic Fyre, at the Abbey Stone Theatre, a celebration of Irish dance. Previously, the theatre housing Celtic Fyre was named the Magic Lantern Theatre, and housed some of the best theme park musical reviews in the United States. Shows such as Kaleidoscope, Hats Off to Hollywood, Journey into Music, Stage Struck, and Rockin the Boat are some of the names of these productions. Grogan's Grill offers Irish cuisine in this area. Outside the gateway next to Dining with Elmo, the walkway makes a sharp left turn and begins a long, moderately steep climb toward Aquitaine, France. Several animal sanctuaries and an animal performance theater are situated along this path.

Battle for Eire - 360 degree virtual reality motion simulator ride. The Otherworld needs a warrior. Team up with the last fairy guardian, Addie, and set out to rescue the sacred Heart of Eire. Hang on tight as you soar above the lush landscapes and mystifying powers of the Otherworld. Prepare to battle the dark forces. Eagle Ridge & Wolf Valley – Animal exhibits located just outside the village. Pet Shenanigans Theater – An outdoor venue that currently hosts the More Pet Shenanigans show. Lorikeet Glen - A covered bird sanctuary for Lorikeets and other brightly colored birds. Guests can enter and the birds will approach and land on them.

San Marco (Italy)[edit]

Street view of San Marco, Italy

A performance of "Mix It Up" in San Marco.

When Italy/San Marco was opened, it completed the outer circle walkway around Busch Gardens. Part of the park's expansion included a high pedestrian bridge across the Rhine River into Oktoberfest, Germany. San Marco is based upon Renaissance
Renaissance
era Italy. A prominent feature within San Marco is Da Vinci's Garden of Inventions. This garden features Italian statues and flowers set amid rides based on sketches by Leonardo da Vinci. Also in the area is Ristorante della Piazza, featuring Italian cuisine and allowing guests to watch "Mix It Up." During the summer until 2008, sounds of the Starlight Orchestra could be heard while dining.

Da Vinci's Cradle – A standard magic carpet amusement ride that swings back and forth, gaining in height until it rotates over the top. It does not invert riders. Escape from Pompeii
Escape from Pompeii
– A shoot-the-chutes boat ride featuring an extensive indoor portion within the city of Pompeii, featuring fire and water effects as well as falling statues to simulate the destruction of the city. Little Gliders & Little Balloons – Family-sized carnival rides themed to Da Vinci's inventions. The Battering Ram – A high-capacity, high-thrill swinging ship. This does not go upside down. The Flying Machine – A lightly themed tivoli manufactured orbiter ride that spins riders.

Festa Italia (Italy)[edit] Festa Italia is themed around a fair celebrating Marco Polo's return to Italy from his famous visit to China. It contains many of the park's midway games, all with a festival theme. Its attractions are themed around Roman mythology.

Apollo's Chariot
Apollo's Chariot
– A Bolliger & Mabillard Hyper Coaster featuring dives towards and around ponds and hills. Apollo's Chariot also features a deep purple and gold color scheme which is easily visible from the park entrance and surrounding parking lots. Roman Rapids
Roman Rapids
– A circular-raft rapids ride among Roman ruins. It really gets riders wet. Tradewinds – A permanent-placement music express ride. Elephant Run – A child-friendly bobsled ride. Turkish Delight – A typical spinning "teacup" ride. Tempesto – A Premier Rides
Premier Rides
steel roller coaster featuring three launches and a heartline roll. Goes about 60mph backwards and forwards.

Rhinefeld (Rhineland Germany)[edit]

A street view of Rhinefeld, Germany

This section is based upon the country of Germany. It is largely themed to a runaway ski resort in the German Alps. The third leg of Busch Gardens' skyride arrives and departs from this section. Also in Rhinefeld is Land of the Dragons, a large children's play area featuring a playground, five rides, and seasonal shows.

Alpengeist
Alpengeist
– A Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster, Alpengeist
Alpengeist
is themed to a ski-lift taken over by a local legend, the Alpengeist
Alpengeist
(Ghost of the Alps). In addition to its green and white Alpine color scheme, the station of Alpengeist
Alpengeist
features ski gear and other decorations to simulate a ski lodge in the Alps. It also has six loops and two corkscrews. Kinder Karussel
Kinder Karussel
– The park's antique Herschell Carousel. Land of the Dragons – Interactive children's play area featuring a treehouse, children's rides and a Ferris wheel.

Land of the Dragons[edit] When it opened in 1994 (replacing the former Grimms Hollow children's area), Land of the Dragons was the main kiddie area at Busch Gardens. It is home to Dumpherey the Dragon, the area's mascot. Other major notes taken to Land of the Dragons include its dragon-themed 3-story tree house, a wet play area with waterfalls, squirting geysers, and a serpent inhabiting the area, and a dragon-egg Ferris wheel. There are also smaller play zones, slides, smaller wet play areas and (formerly) a gift shop called Dragon Digs.

Eggery Deggery – A Ferris wheel
Ferris wheel
with "dragon egg" carts Flutter Splutter – A flying dragon ride Chug-A-Tug – A boat ride Bug-A-Dug – A music express-like ride with ladybug cars that are red and yellow Dragon-themed Treehouse Brook – A wet play area Riffle Rapids – A mini flume that ran under the Treehouse that had dragon-shaped boats, a small drop and rapids. (This ride was relocated to the Sesame Street Forest of Fun and was renovated and renamed as "Bert and Ernie's Loch Adventure" mini flume.)

As of the 2012 season, the Lost Children building has been relocated from its former building, dubbed Wild Moose Lodge, in New France, to what was formerly the Dragon Digs gift shop. Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest
(Bavarian Germany)[edit]

Das Festhaus in Oktoberfest, site of live performances, shops, and eateries.

Beste Brezeln und Bier as viewed from the Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest
bridge from San Marco.

Like Rhinefeld, this section is based on Germany during the annual celebration of Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest
features many of the park's flat rides. It is also home to a large assortment of carnival-style games. Das Festhaus is a large, air conditioned eating facility where guests can purchase German food or American classics. While eating in Das Festhaus, guests can experience "Entwined", a show incorporating the Grimm Brothers' most famous fairy tales. A new show has been added recently titled "Roll out the Barrel." This section of the park formerly hosted The Big Bad Wolf, a suspended roller coaster. The Big Bad Wolf was closed on September 7, 2009. On September 18, 2010, it was announced that in 2011, Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest
will be renovated with new shops and sights including a new beer garden and pretzel shop known as Beste Brezeln und Bier with a Bavarian maypole occupying the flower garden in front of Das Festhaus, along with a 246-foot (75 m) drop tower called Mäch Tower. Also announced was a new "multi-launch" roller coaster that will open in spring of 2012 on the former site of the Big Bad Wolf roller coaster. On September 17, 2011 it was announced that the new coaster would be called Verbolten. On May 18, 2012, Verbolten
Verbolten
officially opened to the general public.[6] The area also hosts a large part of the annual BierFest festival, featuring a large number of beers from around the world, with at least 22 different beers on tap throughout the whole area. German themed food and non-alcoholic beverages are also sold during the festival. On January 23, 2018, it was announced that the park's only dark ride, Curse of DarKastle, would not reopen for the 2018 season and would be officially closing for being a burden with maintenance costs. The building that harboured the dark ride is now used as event space such as Santa's workshop for Christmas town and a walkthrough maze called Frostbite for the halloween event Howl-O-Scream.

Der Autobahn (Bumper Cars) Der Autobahn Jr. (Kiddie Bumper Cars) Der Roto Baron (Red Baron) Der Wirbelwind (Waveswinger) – classic yo-yo swings ride Wirbelwindchen (Kiddie Swings) Mäch Tower
Mäch Tower
– Opened on August 19, 2011, this 246-foot (75 m) tall free-fall tower is located on the site previously occupied by Der Katapult, which has been moved to New France. Riders are seated in a 30-person ring around the tower, which rotates as it makes its way to the top. Special
Special
effects include vibrating seats and on-board audio.[7] The Curse of DarKastle
The Curse of DarKastle
– An indoor, technological dark ride haunted house in which an ancient German king terrorizes guests with 3D effects, water, and wind in a motion-simulator style.The exterior of the ride is decorated in the style of a Bavarian castle "frozen in time". The attraction closed permanently in September 2017, with the castle serving as a special events space starting that fall. Verbolten
Verbolten
– Brave The Black Forest – A family-style, Black Forest themed launched roller coaster with a top speed of 53 mph.[8] It also has a free fall when the track comes out from under it.

Aquitaine (France)[edit]

Entering Aquitaine, France in 2014

Centering on the village of Aquitaine, this section is based on France. It is home to many boutiques and one of the park's skyride stations, where the first leg of the skyride arrives from England and the second leg departs for Rhinefeld, Germany. The Royale Palace Theatre in France hosts numerous shows throughout the season.

Griffon – A dive roller coaster, named after the legendary creature, the griffin; contains a ninety-degree drop from 205 feet, 2 immelman loops, and a "splashdown" finale; the brother ride of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's SheiKra. Year opened: 2007

New France (French Canada)[edit]

The Final Plunge of Le Scoot Log Flume in New France.

New France is based on French colonial Canada and consists of a hub of Canadian-themed shops with a colonial tone throughout the area. Rides in New France include the Busch Gardens Railway
Busch Gardens Railway
departing from Caribou Station and Le Scoot Log Flume, featuring a 50-foot (15 m) plunge through a saw mill. A predominant feature in this area is the Trappers Smokehouse which has an outdoor grill centrally located. Trappers Smokehouse offers grilled and smoked items such as chicken, ribs, and beef brisket. InvadR is now added to New France

Le Scoot Log Flume, a traditional high-in-the-sky theme park log flume Le Catapult – a basic carnival scrambler InvadR - a Great Coasters International
Great Coasters International
wooden roller coaster opened in 2017. InvadR is themed around the Viking invasion of New France. It has 9 airtime hills, a 74-foot drop, and goes up to 48mph.

Roller coasters[edit]

The Loch Ness Monster's interlocking loops

Griffon, Alpengeist, and Loch Ness Monster Rollercoasters shown in close proximity.

Existing (listed by first year)[edit]

Loch Ness Monster (1978 – present) Alpengeist
Alpengeist
(1997 – present) Apollo's Chariot
Apollo's Chariot
(1999 – present) Griffon (2007 – present) Grover's Alpine Express (2009 – present) Verbolten
Verbolten
(2012 – present) Tempesto (2015 – present)[9] InvadR (2017 – present)

Defunct (listed by closing year)[edit]

Die Wildkatze (1976–1983)

Replaced by Big Bad Wolf

Das Kätzchen (1976–1984) Glissade (1975–1985)

Replaced by Wild Maus

Drachen Fire
Drachen Fire
(1992–1998) Wilde Maus (1996–2003)

Moved to Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
as Sand Serpent Replaced by Curse of DarKastle Opened as the Wild Izzy as a tie into the Izzy, mascot of the 1996 Olympic Games, for which Budweiser was a sponsor.

Big Bad Wolf (1984–2009)

Replaced by Verbolten

Animal attractions[edit]

Border Collie playing in back fields of Highland Stables

Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve[edit] Along with various birds that inhabit Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve, attractions here are the bald eagles and wolves. Eagle Ridge is a 3,000+ foot area set aside for housing and rehabilitating bald eagles and providing education to visitors. Wolf Haven is a viewing area where guests may observe one of Busch Garden's pairs of wolves. One pair is on exhibition at a time. Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
also provides Wolf Valley for those wolves not on display. Over 8,000 feet (2,400 m) of natural habitat is intended to ensure the animals' health and well-being.[10] Highland Stables[edit] Busch Gardens' Highland Stables features Scottish Blackface
Scottish Blackface
sheep, Border collies, black Clydesdales, and a European barn owl. Guests can interact with the animals during daily demonstrations.[11] Parking and transportation[edit]

A European-themed locomotive built by Crown Metal Products
Crown Metal Products
for the Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Railway.

At the park, special parking areas are provided for persons with special needs or disabilities, recreational vehicles, and groups arriving by buses and motorcoaches. Trams provide shuttle service to and from entrance gates from outlying parking areas. Within the park itself, three steam locomotive powered trains operate on the 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge[12] Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Railway, a 2-mile (3.2 km) loop of track, providing transportation between the Heatherdowns, Festa Italia, and New France themed areas. Additionally, a skyride provides transportation between the Banbury Cross, Aquitaine, and Rhinefeld themed areas. Awards and recognition[edit]

Golden Ticket Awards: Best Landscaping – Amusement Park[13]

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Attendance (Rounded)[edit]

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

3,094,000[17] 2,900,000[18] 2,800,000[19] 2,744,000[19] 2,856,000[20] 2,726,000[20] 2,699,000[21] 2,780,000[22]

Gallery[edit]

Daytime Street View of Banbury Cross, England with Christmas Decoration Visible

Seating in the Royal Palace Theatre

Front View of Das Festhaus at Christmas Town

Another View of the North Pole (Rhinefeld)

Night View of San Marco, Italy

The "Peppermint Twist" in Christmas Livery

References[edit]

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Williamsburg – Loch Ness Monster Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Bush Gardens Williamsburg (April 5, 2012). "The Wait Is Over For Busch Gardens' Verbolten". Blog. Sea World Parks Blog. Archived from the original on April 13, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012.  ^ Busch Gardens
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Official Blog ^ YouTube video released during the September 17th, 2011 Pass-members Appreciation Event. ^ http://bgwfans.com/2014/september-23rd-update/ ^ "A New Home to Roam at Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg". WildLIFE Conservation News. Spring 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-06-24.  ^ Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg – Highland Stables Archived July 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Steamlocomotive.info ^ Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg Media Room Archived January 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Amusement Today 2011 Park and Ride Winners Archived 2012-03-12 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Golden Ticket Awards. Golden Ticket Awards. p. 10. Retrieved 11 June 2017.  ^ " Busch Gardens
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wins 'World's Most Beautiful Amusement Park' award". Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. Retrieved 26 September 2017.  ^ "TEA/AECOM 2008 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2014.  ^ "TEA/AECOM 2009 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 2, 2010. Retrieved June 25, 2014.  ^ a b "TEA/AECOM 2011 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2014.  ^ a b "TEA/AECOM 2013 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 25, 2014.  ^ "TEA/AECOM 2014 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2016.  ^ "TEA/AECOM 2015 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 

Sources[edit]

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Busch Gardens
Williamsburg expansion announcement page Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg official website Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg Howl-o-Scream official website Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg Christmas Town official website Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg at the Roller Coaster DataBase

External links[edit]

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Official website Media related to Busch Gardens
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(US) 2002 Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
Williamsburg (US) 2004 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (US) 2006 Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure
(US) 2008 Xetulul Theme Park
Xetulul Theme Park
(GT) 2010 Dollywood
Dollywood
(US) 2012 Ocean Park Hong Kong
Ocean Park Hong Kong
(HK) 2014 Puy du Fou
Puy du Fou
(FR) 2016 Busch

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