Busch Gardens, the European-themed amusement park in Williamsburg, Virginia, opens its 36th season on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Guaranteed to be one of the best years ever, there is a line-up of all sorts of exciting additions and spring time fun, including a new show, ride and cute spring-time residents.
Don’t be alarmed if you notice a ride missing; it’s just been relocated. The scrambler-style ride, Der Katapult (formerly in Germany) has been moved to the New France section of the park and is now called Le Catapult. Its previous location has been taken over by the 240-foot tall drop ride Mäch Tower, scheduled to open later this spring.
The iconic German village has undergone a recent face-lift. There is a new pretzel bakery (yum!), more games and a new performance area, all made to add to the look and feel of a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration.
Mixing the worlds of cooking and music, Mix It Up! is a new chef-inspired musical show in Italy’s Il Teatro di San Marco. Chefs and waiters compete for the attention of eyes and ears as Busch Gardens’ talented musicians perform a musical menu of Italy’s most popular songs.
A couple of new additions have just been welcomed into Scotland’s Highland Stables. Two baby Blackface sheep were born just a few weeks ago, joining the cute cast of Clydesdales, Border Collies and Blackface Sheep already at home in the stables.
Speaking of soft, cuddly spring creatures, a special cotton-tailed guest will be visiting the park this spring. The Easter bunny will be in town from March 26 through Easter Sunday. He will be greeting guests and posing for photos in Der Marktplatz in the Oktoberfest village.
In 2011 Busch Gardens is taking it up a notch with a completely new and unprecedented offer. Virginia residents who purchase a single-day ticket online at www.buschgardens.com/friendforfree can receive a second ticket absolutely free. How cool is that?
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is located a convenient 55 miles from Richmond. This beautifully landscaped park has over 200 acres of thrilling coasters (the legendary Loch Ness Monster, Griffon and Alpengeist, to name just a few), family fun rides (Roman Rapids, Europe in the Air, Rhine River Cruise, Skyride and Train), KIDsiderate attractions (Sesame Street Forest of Fun, Kinder Karussel and Land of the Dragons) and animal encounters (Highland Stables, Wolf Valley, Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve and Eagle Ridge).
Bring a friend and spend the day in the park named America’s “most beautiful amusement park” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) for twenty consecutive years.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is part of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, which operates 10 parks across the United States, including SeaWorld in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, the waterparks Adventure Island Tampa and Water Country USA Williamsburg, Sesame Place in Philadelphia, PA, and Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando, FL.
Busch Gardens is committed to its “animal ambassadors.” SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment created the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect wildlife, support habitat conservation and provide research, education and animal rescue programs. To learn more about this private, non-profit foundation, please visit www.SWBG-ConservationFund.org.