Busch Gardens Europe
We spent two days at Busch Gardens Europe while in Virgina. 'Twas quite nice...
--Big Bad Wolf kicks some serious butt in the front row
--Loch Ness Monster is fun and very pretty
--Apollo's Chariot is much better than Raging Bull!
--Merchandise in the park was great! I found two sweet t-shirts that fit, were reasonably priced, and fit my style. Good job!
--Cool automated turnstyle thingys at the park entrance (but boo for idiots who could not use them)
--Escape from Pompeii: Lots o' fire
--Cool DarKastle Queue
--Good in-park food
--Griffon: SheiKra, but with a better ending
--No loose articles rule made boarding much quicker.
--Beautiful landscaping and setting, cool scenery
--Poor operations throughout the park made lines longer than they should have been. I do not believe two trains is acceptable on a park's new star attraction when the line is greater than 45 minutes! Also, getting food always took forever and had long lines.
--Cell phones, change, and other things falling out of pockets on Griffon. Dangerous!
--Alpengeist sucks. It's rough and not horribly fun.
--DarKastle. I applaud the effort, but it just didn't seem like the experience was fully there. Add more effects, make sure the ride is synced properly, and show the pre-show, por favor! This could make DarKastle a winner!
--LeSkoot log flume: it seriously had like half of its boats. Where were the rest?
Overall, Busch Gardens was a very nice park. I definitely thought it was better (in terms of setting and rides) than its Tampa counterpart; however, Tampa had significantly better operations.
Fun park, fun rides, fun overall experience!
You have arrived. You have fun. You are here. You are a strange marketing campaign.
Busch Gardens is purdy.
It was a shame that this was closed.
Who doesn't like a crapload of fire?
It seemed really short to me, though. I was expecting something longer, more like Sea World Orlando's Journey to Atlantis.
Lift, turn with lots of fire and falling objects, drop, turn.
Regardless, it was still fun.
Apollo's Chariot was quite good, actually!
And it didn't have the awful rattle/roughness at the valleys like Raging Bull has.
Plenty of airtime to be had on this, especially in the back.
A few trims were on, but they didn't do much.
This drop was great.
Apollo's Chair is quite luxurious.
Okay, only a couple more Pompeii shots, I promise.
Six Flags could easily pull off something like this if they tried.
Here they go...
The train looked nice, but we didn't ride.
Tilty boat action...
Fire = good
Lochhh Ness was fun.
I have a sweet spot for old skool Arrows.
It always had just a station wait.
Argh, I'm the evil Loch Ness Monster!
It wasn't horribly rough, but it did have a few bad transitions.
Boo, you suck!
It was ridiculously rough on the valleys. Like the train actually seemed to bounce down there.
Lochhhh Nesssss is very photogenic.
The mess of inversions on the lake.
Yeah, don't be jealous.
It has potential, but it just isn't there.
The sad thing is that it could easily be great!
Okay, this thing kicked some serious *** in the front seat. Holy ****! I couldn't imagine riding without a trim on the last drop! It was crazy intense anyway!
Heyyyy cell phone cutie!
Anyway, I loved Big Bad Wolf. I enjoyed it the most of all of the coasters in the park.
The food here was pretty good.
Hey cute baseball cap guy!
I can't believe I'm riding this a second time.
Hey Mr. Hot Cell Phone Guy
Yeah, for mass suckage!
But, at least the lift looks cool.
This fountain was very pretty.
Ugh. It pains me to think about it.
This was the best part of the ride.
Seriously, where was the other half of the boats on Le Skoot?
Love that drop. Too bad they had the worst operators ever on it. Seriously, they were worse than 90% of the Six Flags employees I've encountered.
It's definitely an attractive coaster.
The second loop was fun, as was the bunny hop. The ending to Griffon was superior to that of SheiKra, but I wish there were a tunnel on Griffon.
Prepare to drop...
Should be running three trains with good operators.
I always started to black out on this loop.
What is a kiosh?
Definitely the cutest guy that I saw.
Buh-Bye Busch Gardens!
Coming up: Kings Dominion