Thursday, August 9, 2012

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

I figured I'd talk about my now favorite amusement park. I went with my family to Williamsburg, Virginia to go there and to Water Country USA last week and I had no clue what to expect. We drove in a half hour after the park opened and there was no line for parking until we got to the actual lot. There also weren't as many people as i thought would be there. I don't know it it was popularity of the park or just that we got really lucky and avoided a huge crowd. When walking into the entrance of the park, it doesn't even look like you are walking into one as you want down a path surrounded by trees. After going into the ticket check area you walk into their England area. The park is Europe themed so each area is named after a European country other than the area Oktoberfest. The areas are England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and Oktoberfest. There is also a zoo like area Their biggest attractions are there five coasters. The Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, Griffon in France, Alpengeist in Germany, Verbolten in Oktoberfest, and Apollo's Chariot in Italy. Their boast of being the most beautiful amusement park rings true as you walk down paths surrounded by trees, bushes, and flowers. The buildings of each area also pays homage to the country the area is named after.

Our day started with riding The Loch Ness Monster. It was my brother's first roller coaster and was really exciting with its drops and flips. Next we rode Verbolten which was a huge surprise because of the fact it is inside a building and very dark. I won't ruin the ride for any who may ride Verbolten but it will surprise the hell out of you. After doing various things around the park including watching a few animal shows, and some small rides, we rode Alpengeist. Alpengeist I didn't like very much, although it was fun, the corkscrews in the ride shoved me into the side of the seat and made me feel just not right for the next few minutes after getting off. Again after doing various small things including eating the best chicken tenders I've ever had while at Grugan's in Ireland, we went on Apollo's Chariot, Busch Garden's tallest roller coaster. Apollo's Chariot is one of the best coasters I've ever been on which really isn't saying much since I really haven't been on many but it was still really fun. Apollo's Chariot has a maximum height of 170 ft, max drop of 210 ft, and a max speed of 73 mph. It's drops and turns made it even more exciting. The last coaster we went on was Griffon. I thought this was the coolest coaster they have because of it's openness. Your feet hang and there  is nothing above or in front of you which gives you a floating feeling. As it gets to it's highest of 205 ft it hangs you off the edge facing down for a few seconds before droppings you straight down that 205 ft at 71 mph. It goes under a bridge full of people watching the ride before shooting you back into the air, around, and into more turns and drops.

Our day ended with Busch Garden's "Illuminights" event which involves Fireworks before they close the park.

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