So, you've seen the "hard-hat" version of Christmas Town. How about a look at the actual event?
I went there to celebrate a friend's birthday last Sunday night (December 2) and decided to bite the bullet and switch from my old platinum pass to the new platinum membership. I'm glad I waited, as it took me only a minute at the ticket booth make the change. Two of my friends (one was the birthday girl), who had bought the "$9.99/month" membership, weren't quite as lucky. Busch has added some blackout dates to Christmas Town, and it took them a bit longer to upgrade their passes at the ticket window. (The other option was over the phone, as it couldn't be done online.) But we all got squared away and ready to ring in the holiday season at Christmas Town.
You can read my report from the hard-hat tour to see what's new for this year--the tenth anniversary of Christmas Town. The shows from last year are back, and the decorations are pretty much the same as in past years.
That being said, there's more to be seen from the Christmas Town Express train ride, which makes an entire circuit starting at Caribou Station in Fort New France. It was nice. Riders could singalong to classic Christmas carols while enjoying the light displays along the way. My only comment is that I'd rethink the somewhat cheesey "family" narration, and just stick to the music. Occasionally, the narration led to some unexpected comedy. After crossing the Rhine River Trestle, a little boy exclaimed, "Look at the lights!" We rounded to bend and found . . . darkness. The lights the little tyke was so excited about weren't working.
Oops! The show must go on.
The new projection show in Germany (on the Cookies and Cocoa building) worked very well, though. They effectively used projections in this spot for Howl-o-Scream in October, and the Christmas Town show was even better. Well done.
Enough of my yammering. This way to Christmas Town!
Welcome to the tenth year of Christmas Town. Just read the sign for important historical background.
Big dude on the right looks a little shady--like he might want to go “thumpity-thump-thump” upside your head and take your wallet.
The best Christmas trees have really big balls. (OK, I make a joke like this each year. Sue me.)
England: Consider your "halls" to be thoroughly "decked."
"I'll hae a Blue Christmas withit ye." (You see, we're in Scotland.)
Scotland likes balls full of stars.
It’s hard to tell from this photo but this map features animated snow.
My partners in holly jolly crime for the evening. The birthday girl, Brenda, is the redhead in the middle.
A caroling wolf: “Rark the Rearld Rangels Sing!”
Even the fall color looks a bit Christmas-like.
The Irish like green lights on their green trees. Yes, they really like green. Don't judge.
“Help! Snow Miser imprisoned me here against my will! He promised me cookies--but he LIED!”
France has a nice color scheme . . .
. . . and some intriguing desserts. (I hope to try that beignet sundae.)
I may be mistaken, but this appears to be Canada. Perhaps the moose gave it away.
Nice place to get a tree, eh?
Would Santa like this stocking--or be frightened by it?
Ah, Germany. There’s beer somewhere!
Hmm--Santa probably has an amazing beer cave. More to come.
Looking for opinions here. I'm going on Sunday, and we are just interested in the Christmas train. They have quick queue tickets for $15 a piece. There are 3 of us. My question is, how long is the average wait? Also, how long is the ride? Do you think that it is worth it?
Coasting For Kids to benefit Give Kids The World is coming to Busch Gardens on March 23rd.
More details (ERT, schedules, etc.) to come.
"Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their families. The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more. Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a critical illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions. Our goal, quite simply, is to provide everything these deserving families need to make their trip the vacation of a lifetime. Since 1986, more than 165,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled in a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth."
I have had the pleasure of fundraising for and volunteering at The Village in the past. This is a world-class charity with a world-class mission.
To support my personal mission of sending a family to The Village:
SPECIAL DELIVERY‼️ The very top piece of Finnegan's Flyer, which will support the two lower legs and swings, has arrived! By itself, it weighs about 14,900 lbs! Pretty soon this behemoth of a ride will be soaring over the Celtic cliffs of Killarney.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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