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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
1 Busch Gardens Blvd. Williamsburg, VA 23185-5664
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Roller Coaster Photos
Apollo's Chariot
Big Bad Wolf
Drachen Fire
Grover's Alpine Express
Loch Ness Monster

Other Ride Photos
Battering Ram
Curse of DarKastle
Battle for Eire
Corkscrew Hill
Da Vinci's Cradle
Escape from Pompeii
Le Catapult
Europe in the Air
Finnegan's Flyer
Flying Machine
Le Scoot
Mach Tower
Oscar's Whirly Worms
Prince Elmo's Spire
Rhine River Cruise
Roman Rapids
Trade Wind
Turkish Delight

TPR Trip Reports
Theme Park Review's 2008 East Coast Trip
Park Photos from 1999
Park Photos from 1998

TPR Member Photo Trip Reports
April 25th, 2015 Tempesto Media Day
November 23rd, 2013 (Christmas Town Update) by cfc
June 2011 (TPR Day) by Skycoastin Steve
December 10th, 2010 (Christmas Town) by cfc
May 16th, 2010 by chadster (Behind the Scenes)
August 18th, 2008 by Electerik
August 12th, 2008 by Hhappy
May 29th, 2008 by Groteslurf
March 16th, 2008 by cfc
September 26th, 2006 by Coaster Palooza
September 23rd, 2005 by DerekRX
May 7th, 2005 by CoasterFanatic
Retro 1992 by Geauga Dog
Retro 1990 by Bull

Busch Gardens offers better-than-average theme-park food in its three main dining locations: BBQ ribs, chicken, and brisket in the Trapper's Smokehouse; German sausage, pizza, and corned-beef and turkey sandwiches in Das Festhaus; and fresh pasta specialties and Asian cuisine can be found in the Marco Polo Marketplace. Families can dine with Elmo and his other Sesame Street friends in Castle O'Sullivan (reservations are required), and the Bistro 205 near Griffon offers a fried-chicken buffet (but this location is only open on busy days). The Brauhaus Craft Bier Room offers a wonderful selection of local brews. You can find great desert items throughout the park
Operating Season
The park is usually open on weekends starting in late March, with seven-day-a-week operation in the weeks surrounding Easter (then reverting to weekends only). Regular all-week operations usually begin right after Memorial Day and last until Labor Day. The park is open weekends in September and October for Howl-o-Scream.
Established Seasonal events
The park holds a number of popular events throughout the year, but the two biggest are Howl-o-Scream (weekends, late September-October) and Christmas Town (Thanksgiving weekend-New Year's Eve).

All attractions except for water rides operate during Howl-o-Scream.

The park runs Griffon, but not other coasters, during Christmas Town (if the temperature is above 42 degrees), along with, the train, sky ride, and a number of flats.

Glory at the Gardens is a Christian-music festival that usually runs in July, while classic rock bands take over for the Summer Nights series in August. The park has also experimented with Illuminights, a series of brief shows in each country, followed by a fireworks display, in August.

From March-April, the park hosts a Food and Wine Festival bringing unique flavors to the park.
Access & Location
The park is located at One Busch Gardens Blvd. in Williamsburg, VA. Exit 234A off of I-64 will take you right into the park. Note that interstate traffic getting in and out of Norfolk can be very heavy in the summer.

Williamsburg is also served by Amtrak, and there is a city busline that serves the park.
Nearby Lodging
Hotels are available along Rt. 60 in the Kingsmill area near the park. Note that there is no safe way to walk to Busch Gardens from any local hotel, and staying at Kingsmill can be a bit pricey. The "tourist corridor" on Richmond Road offers a greater variety of hotels and restaurants and it's only a 10-to-15-minute drive to the park from there.
Virtual Queue Options
Two versions of Busch's Quick Queue are available. Regular Quick Queue gives you one-time front-of-the-line access for all the coasters and water rides, along with Curse of DarKastle and Europe in the Air. Quick Queue Unlimited Plus is exactly what it says for the same rides and gives you one priority ride on Verbolten (save this for a night ride, if you can). Note that some attractions using Quick Queue restrict you to a particular row of seats. Quick Queue also includes mazes during Howl-o-Scream.
The polka dancers and band of "This is Oktoberfest" ( in the Festhaus) is Busch Gardens' oldest show, but there are a variety of others: Irish music and dance ("Celtic Fyre"), Italian music and dance ("Festivale Italiano"), and "stupid pet tricks" ("More Pet Shenanigans"). The Sesame Street Forest of Fun also offers "The Sunny Days Celebration" for the little ones. The park also offers more seasonal shows for Howl-o-Scream and Christmas Town. Show schedules are printed on park maps.
Verbolten Roller Coaster POV
Drachen Fire POV

1977 Park Brochure - Shane's Amusement Attic
1978 Park Brochure
1979 Park Brochure - Shane's Amusement Attic
1980 Park Brochure - Shane's Amusement Attic
1981 Park Brochure
1984 Souvenir Book
2004 Park Brochure
2005 Park Brochure
2006 Park Brochure
1993 Park Brochure - Shane's Amusement Attic
1994 Park Brochure - Shane's Amusement Attic
Mark's Postcard Paradise - Alpengeist
Mark's Postcard Paradise - Big Bad Wolf
Mark's Postcard Paradise - Drachen Fire
Mark's Postcard Paradise - Glissade
Mark's Postcard Paradise - Loch Ness Monster
Mark's Postcard Paradise

Park Maps
1977 Park Map
2004 Park Map
2005 Park Map
2006 Park Map
2007 Park Map
2008 Park Map
2009 Park Map
2010 Park Map
2010 Park Map (Howl-O-Scream)
2011 Park Map
2011 Park Map (Howl-o-Scream)
2012 Park Map
2012 Park Map (Howl-o-Scream)
2015 Park Map
2016 Park Map

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