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.
Busch Gardens Europe is the most beautiful Park that I have been to with shady paths phenomenal theming gourmet food and well done shows that would make Disney and Dollywood jealous! On top of that this place has great thrills as well. Alpengeist is a top 15 out of 166 coasters I've been on verbolten is the best themed coaster ever and Apollo loch Ness and griffon are great to. The cons of this park are above average prices and a spread out layout that takes foreva to get from one coaster to another. On a dead day my fit bit logged 18 miles!
Busch Gardens is a beautiful park, arguably the best in the world. They have a great ride lineup. Griffon is amazing and Verbolten is the best coaster in the park! Apollo's Chariot is decent, but go to the back if you want high thrills. Alpengeist is dizzying, but it's pretty good! Loch Ness Monster is probably the least outstanding coaster (of the big 5). It's rough, but you don't have to worry about headbanging like on most arrows. Curse of Darkastle is my favorite dark ride! The effects were amazing! The food is outstanding, the animals and entertainment are awesome, I have nothing overwhelmingly negative to say about the park. It's just..... awesome!
I gotta say, I do enjoy this park. They have some Great coasters and attractions. But despite all this, if I had a choice of either BGW or KD, I'd choose Kings Dominion. It just offers more. Busch gardens is Great, but honestly, if it wants me to come back to it as much as I go to KD, then it just needs something else. I can't figure it out, but it's just missing something. I went away after having a fun time, but at the same time, I felt a little bit leftdown. I kind of asked myself, "that was it?" It's hard to explain. But overall, I do like the park.
Beautiful park, great atmosphere and a great time.
This park is by far the most beautifully landscaped and just naturally beautiful park I've visited. The addition of Verbolten to replace Big Bad Wolf gives the park that large family coaster that they had lacked. It's a great addition to a very solid coaster collection. The food here is definitely very above average for a theme park and the overall atmosphere is just awesome. I definitely plan to return here in the future.
BGW sets the standard for regional theme parks. It has something for everyone - great coasters, 2 kids areas, good food, great shows, interesting stores, and excellent theming - all in a beautifully landscaped, heavily wooded setting. Hidden nooks and crannies add a lot of atmosphere. The only drawbacks are that I have occasionally come across iffy operations, and most of the flats are a bit dated. But the beauty of the park and sense of fun I feel when at BGW far outweigh those minor complaints. I get a giddy, excited feeling when here that's similar to how I feel when at a Disney park. I love this place! The coaster tour is a must, and if you can, get Quick Queue - it frees up time for you to just browse the park and take in the ambiance.
Busch Gardens doesn't let you forget that they've been voted best landscaping, and they certainly live up to the title. The theming and flowers throughout the park are both astounding. The coasters may not be many in number, but they are of good quality. As an Arrow lover I liked Loch Ness Monster best, while Alpengeist was good but not as good as I expected. Darkcastle can't compare to Spiderman, but was a good attempt. Food is very good throughout the park, and my family enjoyed the water rides as well- I really like the location of the flume that goes right underneath Alpie. Shows were very enjoyable as well. Ultimately, a great park for environment and thrills and I can't wait to return to try Verbolten!
BGE is everything that is right about a theme park. The moment you enter, you realize this place is going to be special. The scenery is the best I have seen (granted I haven't been to Disney yet), as is the food! Don't miss Trapper's Smokehouse for some of the best park food around! The lands are perfectly themed, and there really is so much to do. Plan on spending 2 days so you are not rushed. The essential flats are there, including a GREAT dark ride. The coaster collection is all steel - but they are pretty great ones! Loch Ness Monster is unique and fun, Griffon is fantastic, Alpengeist is a top-notch invert, and then there's Apollo's Chariot. Apollo is the star here, chalked full of airtime! Head to BGE - you won't regret it!
This probably the only park I will rank 5 stars. They have solid operations, above average coasters, and awesome coaster tour that is well worth the money, and some of the best lanscaping in the business. You will also enjoy a variety of water rides that well done not to mention you can view a few bald eagles. Food is great, beer is even better, this park delivers like no other.
Honestly, I went to this park when I was super young (like 7 years old) and rode my first steel coaster (Lochness Monster). At the time, I obvoiously couldn\'t appreciate what this park has to offer.
Fortunately, I got the chance to return there last spring with my school\'s marching band.
This is a true \'Theme Park.\' The landscaping is absolutely gorgeous and so is all the scenery. You get so immersed in every section of the park. The coaster selection is not as vast as some other parks, but what they do offer is all excellent. There are plenty of rides for every age. and the entertainment and food cannot be matched by many parks. Definitely make a trip to this park if you have the chance.
Busch Gardens is one of the most well-rounded parks in the country. It has great scenery and theming, a great collection of coasters, and a nice variety of non-coaster rides. The atmosphere of the park is fantastic for such a large park, the different areas are really well done and the rides blend in with their surroundings.
Busch Gardens Europe is one of the best non-Disney or Universal parks in America. It is beautifully landscaped in a very picturesque location and boasts a great lineup of coasters. My last visit was the year they opened Apollo's Chariot, and at the time it was a top 10 steel coaster for me. Alpengeist, while not my favorite B&M invert, also very good. The park also had incredible food and some solid shows at the time. I am looking forward to visiting again after they open Verbolten.
What can I say? Ah, yes... OMG BEST THEME PARK EVER (ASIDE FROM DISNEY)! The theming of all the areas and attractions are amazing! It uses European architecture and is overall beautiful! It has great terrain (walking!) and lots of trees and the Rhine River. All four coasters are some of the best I've ever ridden. Amazing selection of B&Ms and Arrows. Waiting for Verbolten! It has amazing food! (Festhaus- get the mile high corned beef)! Love this place so much!
Great ride theming. The rides are lacking just a bit. They have some great steel coasters like Apollo's Chariot, Griffon, Loch Ness Monster, and Alpengeist but lack a good family coaster and a good wooden wonder. It also has a good variety of thrill rides and water rides. Overall, good selection, but needs little improvement.
Simply put, I am very proud to have BGW as my homepark.
Theming (5 stars) The theming + landscaping is beautifully done with amazing attention to detail not found at very many parks in the states. Despite (IMO) a few mismatched areas (Festa and Griffon), the atmosphere is amazing.
Coasters (5 stars) Simply put, the coaster collection rocks. An awesome trio of B&M coasters plus Loch Ness Monster really makes the park stand out above the rest.
Rides (3 stars) The main thing the park lacks is a collection of unique rides. Outside of Mach Tower, DarKastle and Europe in the Air, the other flats are your basic theme park fare.
Shows (5 stars) Although I haven't seen most of the newer shows, the older ones i saw were actually really good.
If there were any modern theme park that 'gets it' this would be it. With rides that fit their area, great food and wonderful theming, Busch Gardens Europe is America's best theme-park. The coasters are -primo- and feature unique configurations, and great performance. The Loch Ness Monster is NOT to be missed- especially at dusk into evening. Alpengeist gives it's best rides after dark, and is great to see from under the first drop/Immelman element. A good hint: Start your day at the back of the park (Alpengeist, Mach Tower) and work your way forward towards Loch Ness Monster and Escape From Pompeii- as these two rides tend to have the longest lines early on- and then dissipate as the day goes on.
Although I live 4-5 hours away (depending on traffic), I can't imagine not having an annual pass for BGW! Although it doesn't have nearly as many coasters as parks closer to me (SFGAdv, Dorney, Hershey), what it does have are excellent (okay, Loch Ness may not be "excellent", but is fun and comfortable for an Arrow). The park is BEAUTIFUL and full of shade. Theming is on par with or maybe only slightly second only to Disney. The food is very good. Prices for food and beverage are at "theme park prices" but much more reasonable than Cedar Fair or Six Flags. The shows are well done and many can be taken in during a meal (very time efficient). Love the reasonably priced Quick Queue as well, and tremendous availability of beer!
In my opinion Busch Gardens Europe is exactly what a non-Disney regional theme park should be. That may have sounded biased but the park does have stunning landscaping, great attention to detail in the park's theming, top-notch shows, food that is beyond the typical park fare and a nice selection of rides that blend in very well with their surroundings.
My only complaint is that the park is too far from my house to visit more often.
Busch Gardens Europe is one of the best kept parks in the industry. The care and love put into the landscaping is evident with vibrant lively colors. The rides are equally as well maintained blending in with the landscaping. With their collection of three solid B&M's and a classic Arrow abd their selection of flats, you can't go wrong with this park. For the coaster nerds, invest in the coaster tour, it is well worth the money.
Busch Gardens is an excellent park. The landscaping is the best of anywhere I've been, the coasters are great, the non-coaster rides are generally pretty good, and the theming is second only to Disney. However, the one thing the park lacks is a good collection of family rides. Most of the attractions that have low enough height restrictions for children are either generic or too scary for them.
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