Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:53 pm
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Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:46 am
JAMES CITY, Va.
Amusement park enthusiasts are touting Busch Gardens in Virginia as the country's most beautiful amusement park.
Busch Gardens Europe in James City County earned the honor for the 20th consecutive year based on an annual survey by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. The group is dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage of amusement parks.
The survey is the oldest of its type and highly regarded within the park industry and enthusiasts' circle.
Busch Gardens beat out Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., for the fifth straight year for the honor. The park also nabbed the second place spot for favorite theme park, which was topped by Walt Disney World.
Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com
Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:52 pm
A competition of steady hands and artistic engineering returns to Busch Gardens this summer for the 2nd annual “Pretzel Coaster Build-Off Contest” with Snyder’s of Hanover.
In the competition’s second year, people around the country are invited to build a roller coaster model out of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels and submit pictures of their pretzel-coaster creations to http://www.snydersofhanover.com. Entries must be submitted before June 15. The builders of the five best creations will win a family trip to Busch Gardens in Virginia for the final round of competition. Working with only glue guns and an unlimited number of pretzels, the final-round participants will compete against each other and the clock by building a replica of the theme park’s floorless dive coaster, Griffon.
Last year’s winner, 22-year-old Gregory Stanton from Maryland, will return to defend his title. Last year, his pretzel replica of the park’s hypercoaster, Apollo’s Chariot, earned praise from judges for its detail, accuracy and overall presentation.
The winner of the in-park competition on July 15 will be awarded a four pack of two-year, 2-Park passes for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, and a year’s supply of Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels. The estimated retail value of the grand prize is more than $1,200. For full contest rules, visit http://www.snydersofhanover.com.
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:38 am
I have new updates about Europe in the Air, Busch Gardens’ newest attraction opening later this spring. Plans are coming to life and the ride is shaping up. I was able to take a tour to check things out and learned that we are steadily pressing along.
It’s not always easy changing out a simulator from one theme to another. For 2010, the maintenance team and programmers are working hard to enhance the total experience and are making major changes with programming, theming, projectors, screens and even seating.
Europe in the Air consists of two units or bays. Most of the work on the left bay is nearly complete. Six new high-volume fans have been added to each bay, three on each side. Scent-o-meters will be added near the fans to blow scents to our guests as they glide over certain areas of Europe. For instance, riders will smell chocolate as they glide over Paris. The framework for the new screen has been put in place, and the installation of the screen should be next (larger, concave screen). New seatbelts have been added to make it less complicated for guests and also make it easier for the team members.
The computer system that runs the ride is being upgraded and reprogrammed as we speak. Now we’re just waiting for finishing touches and the movie and movement to come together.
The walls inside have all been painted, with a fresh airy design to make it seem as if you are in the air. I’m looking forward to sharing updates over the next few weeks, and sharing the ride experience once Europe in the Air spreads its wings and takes flight.
Here’s a first look at our new ride, Europe in the Air.
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:57 am
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Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:15 pm
Water Country USA is holding an Electronic Hazardous Waste Recycling Day Saturday, April 24 to help raise awareness about conservation and recycling. The public is invited to bring broken and unwanted electronic equipment to the Water Country USA parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This year, every person who donates an item will be registered to win a Water Country USA Prize Package. Two lucky winners will win four-single day admission tickets to the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park, and the Grand Prize winner will win a complementary Cabana for a day at Water Country USA, along with four-single day admission tickets to the park.
Electronic equipment can contain lead, mercury and other potentially hazardous materials that could harm the environment if disposed of improperly.
“Environmental conservation is a cornerstone of our business,” said John Reilly, park president at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “This important ‘go-green’ initiative works to both raise awareness and promote environmental safety.”
Unwanted electronic equipment that plugs into a wall electrical socket or runs on batteries, even rechargeable batteries, are acceptable. Usable computer parts will be refurbished and donated to Virginia Public Schools or non-profit education organizations.
Donation of most electronics is free, $5 for computer monitors and $15 for any size TV. All fees go to Computer Recycling of Virginia. The recycling organization does not accept refrigeration equipment or large appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.
Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:32 pm
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