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  1. Such a beautiful park in Paris--nice way to start the trip.
  2. My first visit to Halloween Horror Nights was Jack's first year. Our little group loved it when he popped up in other attractions like Earthquake and Terminator.
  3. I was last at Toverland with TPR in 2019 and was so impressed with the new outdoor expansion. I'm not a big fan of Wing Coasters, but Fenix was great! Love the layout and theming in the station. I'm sorry you missed out on the bier garden, as it's quite nice.
  4. Great news! Looking forward to seeing the parks light up the skies again.
  5. I was at the park for a while today, and noticed some activity down on the Rhine River boats--some ride ops and technician types. I'd like to see that attraction reopen, as it's always nice to relax on the river. LeScoot was down for a bit, but reopened with a full queue. Alpengeist was closed all day.
  6. I'm not sure what's going on with Finnegan's Flyer, but it's been closed for weeks. Mach Tower being closed isn't as surprising.
  7. ^Yes, they're using the same strategy as they did for Galaxy's Edge: Get the land open with a "D ticket" ride, and get traffic and revenue, while they build the "E ticket" ride. (At least that seems like what they're doing.)
  8. Great job, David! I'm hoping to see this for myself in November (I understand it was crazy busy on opening day). The food does look great, and the Web Slingers is a nice "upgrade" from Midway Mania.
  9. Here's some information from the park about the return of "Summer Nights"--including nightly fireworks and Celtic Fyre! Busch Gardens’ Summer Nights Is Back! Bigger and Brighter than ever with New Live Concert Series, New Daily Fireworks, Electrifying Entertainment and Extended Hours Beginning June 25 Amidst an open-air block party atmosphere, park guests will also enjoy the return of fan favorites such as the high-energy laser lights show “Spark!” and the award-winning Irish dance show “Celtic Fyre®” For 35 nights, guests can stay late and enjoy world-class coasters, electrifying entertainment throughout the park and more with extended hours and expanded offerings at Busch Gardens Williamsburg beginning June 25. On weekends and select dates, guests can jam to the sounds of NEW Live Concerts by famous artists from an array of genres. Then guests can look to the sky for nightly fireworks and the pulse-pounding dynamic laser lights show Spark!® featuring pyrotechnics, party starters and a one-of-a-kind Electric Dance Mix! Sizzling NEW Event Experiences! NEW! Live Summer Concert Series: The summer of epic live music is here at Busch Gardens. Top artists from a diverse collection of genres and decades will take the stage LIVE on select nights at the outdoor Royal Palace Theater. From Country, to R&B and Classic Rock, to Christian and Pop there will be tunes that turn up the fun for all and get guests singing this summer. NEW! Nightly Fireworks: Choose the picture-perfect viewing spot for a dazzling fireworks show that will serve as an impeccable end to your Busch Gardens Williamsburg day. With bright colors bursting at every moment, this is sure to be a hit for everyone. NEW! Seasonal Summer Menu: From the talented culinary artists behind the Food & Wine Festival, taste the inspired new seasonal summer treats! Guests will discover all new snack options, decadent sweet treats and more throughout the park. Adults 21+ can indulge in NEW summer cocktails or refreshing non-alcoholic drinks that are equally beautiful and satisfying for the perfect end to a summer night. NEW! Open-air block parties throughout the park: As the sun goes down, electric summer vibes amp up throughout the park with DJ’s, dancing, seasonal eats, and special entertainment. MORE Fan-favorite summer experiences return this season! Award-winning “Celtic Fyre” Irish dance show returns: Starting July 2, the Abbey Stone Theater will once again be home to “Celtic Fyre”, the foot stomping, toe-tapping Irish dance celebration, including late shows on select dates for Summer Nights. Back by popular demand! Spark! Presented by Coca-Cola: This nighttime party lights up the night with a high-energy laser lights showstopper, complete with stunning pyrotechnics, party starters and a one-of-a-kind pulse-pounding electric dance mix. Party All Summer with a Busch Gardens Membership or Fun Card! Celebrate all summer long and visit again and again with a Busch Gardens Fun Card! For only $99.99, the Fun Card get guests unlimited access through September 12, 2021, so you can visit again and again, and experience great events like Sesame Street Kids’ Weekend, Summer Nights, and Bier Fest! For the best value and amazing benefits, guests can upgrade to a Membership to enjoy the perks they want most throughout 2021. Members* receive 12 months of visits with the best benefits ever, including FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, and up to 50-percent savings on merchandise, Quick Queue, and more! Guests can visit www.BuschGardensWilliamsburg.com for more information and reservations—and to purchase tickets, Fun Cards, or Memberships.
  10. Or "Clyde & Seamore's Florida Chainsaw Massacre." I am curious to see how this event works out. Tampa has done a good job with Howl-o-Scream over the years, and SeaWorld's event will offer Haunt fans something else to do that's a bit scarier that "Boo Bash" or "Mickey's Not So Scary."
  11. I think that Walibi Holland is a strange mix of scenic beauty and some very odd theming--natural spaces, but weird rides and goofy graffiti on some buildings. They did a great job with Untamed.
  12. BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSBURG SESAME STREET KIDS’ WEEKENDS OFFER SAFE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY & FURRY FUN Including enhanced health and safety measures, weekends offer scavenger hunts, dance parties, a NEW Julia’s Welcome Party Weekend and more from June 4 to 20. WHAT: Created especially for the youngest members of the family, kids and parents alike can join in the fun at Busch Gardens Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends, including an ALL-NEW weekend celebrating the arrival of our newest Sesame Street friend, Julia. Included in park admission, guests can take part in safe family fun with modified operations for everyone’s health and safety, including: ⦁ Open-air activities with plenty of space for physical distancing in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun play area plus even more room to explore and play with special activities. ⦁ Enhanced cleaning and sanitation of surfaces and ample availability of hand sanitizer. ⦁ Individually distributed, single-use supplies for crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. WHEN: Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 4 – June 20 Guests can enjoy themed, daily Sesame Street Storytimes in our outdoor play area, and live performances of “Let’s Play Together” at the Globe Theater in England. Additional open-air fun festivities include: ⦁ NEW Flower Maze: Families can explore and grow with each twist and turn in this colorful flower-filled outdoor maze. ⦁ NEW Sunny Days Mural: Artists big and small will have the opportunity to share the masterpieces they create in the craft tent at our ALL-NEW kid-friendly art display. ⦁ NEW Sesame Street Photo Opportunities: Enjoy physically distanced photo opportunities with the Sesame Street gang at 1-2-3 Smile with Me. Plus, for the first time, meet Julia! ⦁ Furry Friends Dance Party: Guests can let loose and groove to the beat at a physically distanced DJ dance party hosted by your favorite Sesame Street friends. ⦁ Scavenger Hunts: Use the clues to find the featured letters of the week, then fill in the blanks on your clue sheet to spell the special word and win a prize! Families will want to return to the park again and again to enjoy new themed activities celebrating their Sesame Street friends each weekend, including: NEW! Julia’s Welcome Weekend, June 4 - 6: Help us welcome our newest Sesame Street friend, Julia. She is an amazing 4-year-old with autism who loves to draw and play with her friends Elmo and Abby Cadabby. Julia shows kids that we’re all a little different but share the same joy of play and friendship. Say “hello” and take physically distanced photos with Julia in her garden in Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Don’t miss a special Storytime with Julia and her friend Elmo. Rosita’s Friendship Fiesta Weekend, June 11 - 13: Join Rosita and friends as they celebrate the joy of friendship all weekend long! Rosita loves to dance, so get ready to move and groove with her at the Furry Friends Dance Party. Kids can also participate in our friendship themed scavenger hunt, and don’t miss a special Storytime with Rosita. Super Grover Heroes Weekend, June 18 - 20: There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend, than by treating your #1 dad to a weekend of fun. Celebrate dad and other everyday heroes all weekend long with everyone’s favorite furry blue hero, Super Grover! Participate in our heroes themed scavenger hunt, make special arts and crafts for your super dad, and don’t miss a unique Storytime hosted by Super Grover. Admission to the Kids Weekends is included for active Members, Annual Passes and Fun Card holders. Visit https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/sesame-street-kids/ for a complete list of rides, attractions, event activities, and to make reservations. Guests can receive the latest information on hours of operation for Busch Gardens Williamsburg by visiting, BuschGardensWilliamsburg.com or Facebook.com/BuschGardensVA. Best Way to Play for the Little Ones For a limited-time, kid’s ages 3 - 5 years old can get a Preschool Pass for unlimited complimentary admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through October 31, 2021. Guests will need to register online and visit the park by May 31, 2021 to activate.
  13. I've never had an issue with Apollo's Chariot or Verbolten, but InvadR can be a bit of a squeeze for me.
  14. The "big boy" seats on Alpengeist are in the two middle cars of each train (the "diamond" rows in the station). Griffon has two such seats in the middle of each row (look for the double seat belts). Apollo's Chariot doesn't have "big boy" seats to the best of my knowledge. InvadR can be tricky for large folks (I have to give the lapbar a strong yank to lock it in place).
  15. It's good to see Knott's hopping again. I'm hoping to be in SoCal sometime this fall.
  16. Looks like you made good use of the KI's Eiffel Tower in a few of these shots.
  17. Nicely done! Monster looks like a great addition to Grona Lund.
  18. It's been closed since last year. That being said, Gov. Northam announced that Virginia will be relaxing restrictions for fully vaccinated persons on May 28 (two weeks ahead of their original schedule). So, stay tuned.
  19. I'm tempted to say Splash Mountain in Japan simply because it's at Tokyo Disneyland. Other than that, it's a wash, as far as I'm concerned,
  20. ^The state is poised to lift restrictions on June 15, so my first guess is "probably not." Here's an article about what the park is doing to bring in more staff. You can read more here. UPDATE: I did come across a tweet saying that Alpengeist (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, says the park website) and Loch Ness Monster (not listed on the park website) were currently running. I'm going to the park this Sunday, so I guess I'll see for myself.
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