We awoke Friday morning ready to visit our final theme park of the trip: Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Va.
A quick glance outside proved that our day would be a challenge. There was rain, and a good amount of it! We put on our raincoats, checked out of the Days Inn, and hopped in the car. Busch Gardens, Here we come!
We arrived at the park right before it opened. Since we have a Platinum Seaworld season pass, we got free preferred parking and free admission. But the parking lot was pretty vacant. Other than a couple busses (grrrr!!!), it looked like the crowds were going to be pretty light.
Busch Gardens Europe is a really nicely themed and landscaped park! We headed inside.
But first, Lady Bebe must use the restroom.
We walked onward into the main entrance portal of Busch Gardens; an area themed to England, complete with a red phone booth.
Lady Bebe made Mr. Bebe try on this bloody hot dog hat. Bullocks!
…and then she was cast off to the stockade.
Big Ben says that it is 10:15am already, and we need to get on our way.
Busch Gardens Europe is separated into 9 different themed areas: England, Scotland, Ireland, France, New France, Germany, Oktoberfest, Italy, and Festa Italia. We decided to head straight for Apollos Chariot in Festa Italia, but we were quickly turned away. Italy doesn’t open at 10am with the rest of the park. So we followed the crowd to Scotland.
In Scotland, we encountered the mythical monster of Loch Ness.
There was hardly any crowd when we got there and we waited for the front.
The famous interlocking looping coaster was fun in some regards (the long cave run) but ho-hum in other areas (lots of slowing). By the time the train returned, the queue was quite full. We didn’t stay for a second ride.
Next on our journey was Ireland, complete with the greenery and the rain.
Lady Bebe went searching for leprechauns in the Irish restroom.
While Lady Bebe was indisposed, Mr. Bebe eyeballed Grogan’s Pub.
The only attraction in Ireland (aside from the Leprechauns and the rain) is Corkscrew Hill, a 4-D adventure ride. It was sort of lame, but kept us dry for a few minutes.
After you pass through the Irish Village, you enter a small wildlife area, where there are a number of injured bald eagles who can no longer fly. Because of their inability to fly, they are kept in the habitat with only a small 3ft fence. Super cool! Next door to the eagles is a wolf den.
Our European tour continues into France…
And the newest addition to the park’s coaster collection: Griffon.
This floorless B&M dive machine has a train of three cars that seat 10 across.
While Mr. Bebe was loading into the seats, he slipped and landed his “taint” on the center leg divider. Ouch!
This was the Bebe’s first ever B&M dive machine, another TPT:P2 first! We rode twice. Once in the back and once in the front. The stop and hang at the dive point was neat in the front. Overall, a nice smooth ride. Short, but sweet.
Lady Bebe’s daddy collects squished pennies, and prefers a good squished and stretched backside to the stamped side, so we brought a coupe dozen pre-1970 pennies along with us on Theme Park Tour: Part Deux.
This is where Busch Gardens Europe gets a little bit discombobulated, as our next themed land was New France. This would be early 1800s Quebec, Canada (a far cry from Europe, eh).
New France was full of old west style log cabins, Kodiak bears, and a wonderfully delicious smelling smokehouse. However, this area was quite neglected. Somebody spilled this whole bucket of flowers and didn’t even clean up after themselves. How aboot that!!
The big attraction in New France is Alpengeist, which when translated from French, means…. Well…. Nothing.
It’s German. Spirit of the Alps. The Alps?!! In Canada?!!
Anyway, Alpengeist (Fantôme d'Alpes in French) is an inverted coaster themed to a ski resort, making it like some sort of malfunctioning ski lift.
As we made our way to the ride, we noticed this poor skier, who had been flung from Alpengeist and through the roof of a refreshment stand.
Undeterred, Lady Bebe rushed past the crowd, pushing and clawing her way to the very back of the lift.
Fantôme d'Alpes was a good, forceful inverted coaster with lots of looping. We rode a second time in the front to experience the wondrous French Canadian Alps first hand. Did we survive???
Oui oui, mais nous étions douloureux après écraser par une barrière en bois (The cheese is old and moldy).
Oh, my!!! Noon already! Time to get going to….
This oversized German kid offered Mr. Bebe fellatio for 9Euro. Nein!!!
The nude fountain in Germany will make your lizard spit.
Dame Bebe geht zur Toilette.
Lady Bebe illegally poses for a picture on the carousel horse.
And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for!!! Oktoberfest!
Immediately inside the Oktoberfest section is The Curse of DarKastle. This was the first attraction that had a significant line. We waited nearly 45 minutes before reaching the ride cars.
We boarded the 8 person chariot and entered the Kastle. This was the absolute coolest dark ride we’ve ever been on!!!! A hard to describe combination of 3-D animation, motion, and physical elements. Worth the wait!
Outside of DarKastle, we spotted another sad panda and remembered our friend, Justin, who was supposed to come on the trip with us, but backed out at the last minute.
This is what it would’ve looked like if Justin ate at Der Festhaus with The Bebes.
Inside Der Festhaus you could get cupcakes in the guise of Elmo & Cookie Monster.
Here is the Menu. We shared a Festhaus Sampler Platter (Knockwurt, Bratwurst, and Smoked Sausage with Red Cabbage, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, and a roll). And, of course, what Oktoberfest party would be complete without a beer!!!
The Platter and The Beer (partially drunk).
And off to Der Restroom!!!
After lunch we headed for the Big Bad Wolf, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Big Bad Wolf is a suspended coaster, and one of the best. It has some fun scenery and a great dive after a second mid-course lift hill. We waited about 15 minutes and only rode it the one time.
We continued our our journey onward (in the next post below)...
The next region that the Giannanotonios visited was the Italian district of San Marco. Would the Giannantonios find any long lost Italian relatives in this Venetian sestiere?
Mrs. Giannantonio couldn’t care less about long lost relatives and goes for the fresh, homemade vino! Salute!!!
More cool scenery, and more imposing storm clouds.
There was no big attraction in San Marco, but there were several flat rides. We didn’t ride.
The next stop was Festa Italia. It was still Italy, but more like a carnival. And it had a few big attractions, including….
Apollo’s Chariot! We finally made it around to where we tried to start!
And just as we got there, they shut it down. Inclement Weather.
Dejected, we waited in the station, hoping that whatever “weather” was threatening would pass soon. After about 30 minutes, the ride was reopened. They cycled the two trains once each, then loaded up.
We were on the second train, in the very back. Much like Nitro at SFGAdv, Apollo’s Chariot was a fun ride filled with floater air. The best part was the little pop, just as you come to the final brake run. As our train pulled in, they were escorting people off of the train in front of us. Yes, Apollo broke. We sat strapped in our seats outside the station behind the train in front of us. It started raining again and there was nothing we could do about it. After about 10min., they sent the train in front of us up the lift and brought our train into the station, where we were manually released from our lap bars.
The whole ordeal made Lady Bebe have to pee like a Clydesdale.
We walked around and watched the river rapids. Then, we spent a few quarters blasting the riders with water guns. Great fun when you get them from all sides! Muah ha ha!!!
There was an animal show starting soon, so we high tailed it back to the wildlife area in Ireland. The show was fun, but the similar one at Seaworld San Diego was better.
We headed back to Scotland and down a ramp to the Rhine River Cruise.
Swans and turtles inhabited the river. Apparently, they could care less about the rain.
After the cruise, we climbed up the ramp on the Germany side and went to Curse of DarKastle again. There was absolutely no one there and we walked right on.
We headed though Oktoberfest and San Marco and back to Apollo’s Chariot again. We were going to wait for the front, but chose the second row to speed things up. We got on in just a few trains and had a nice ride near the front, but the back was better. The clouds were building and we still needed one more coaster.
As we passed by Escape from Pompeii, there was a bright flash. “Was that lightning?” And then a great Crash of Thunder. Oh No! We better haul ass so we can get our final new credit of the entire 13 day journey on….
Grover’s Alpine Express. It was still running, so we snapped a quick pic and rushed through the queue. Just as we got to the gate there was an announcement over the park loudspeaker regarding the closure of the rides. The ride ops were discussing with each other whether or not they were supposed to stop operating, as they hadn’t gotten a call from management. We asked them to send us through before checking, and they did!!!
Riding a kiddie coaster in the lightning scared the piss out of Lady Bebe. Another trip to the Loo.
We left Busch Gardens Europe and sadly concluded The Bebes’ Theme Park Tour: Part Deux! We would travel to Norfolk for some BBQ and ice cream at Doumar’s (the inventor of the ice cream cone) and an overnight stay at Mr. Bebe’s friend, Joe’s house. Tomorrow we fly back to Los Angeles.
Throughout the entire rain filled trip, we managed to ride every adult roller coaster with the exception of Exterminator at Kennywood, a credit we already had.
13 days, 12 parks, 70 roller coasters, 66 NEW credits, and a lifetime of memories!!!!
Congratulations on such an epic trip! I've enjoyed every post. You guys (and Big Mike too of course) have set the gold standard of TRs. Good photos, great storytelling & progression, clever captions, some crude humor, lots of peeing. Fantastic!
Can we look forward to part Trois next year? And would you be down for Big Mike style meetups or do you like to keep it "vacation style"?
Again, legendary TR. Thanks for the entertainment.
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