Happy St. Patrick's Day from Busch Gardens
Begorrah! It's almost St. Paddy's Day and the wee folk be on the loose at Busch Gardens, looking for their Lucky Charms, drinking green beer, and scarfing down corned beef. Wait--that's just the guests at another BGW special limited-attendance event, although you might spy a few leprechauns if you look carefully.
This marks the first time that the entire park has been open since. well, 2019. That's not to say that everything's running. The water rides remain closed, but you can ride all the coasters, except for Loch Ness Monster and Tempesto. My understanding was that Alpengiest was to be closed, too, but it was running last Saturday with both trains. No Skyway or Rhine River Cruise, though.
The Smokehouse is still closed, but the Brauhaus in the Festhaus is back in business--yay for beer and German meatballs! If you want green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and bangers and colcannon, Grogan's is the place to go. But if you want your photo with Clancy the Leprechaun, you'll have to walk to France.
It looks the park has been doing some work on Pantheon. One train (covered with a tarp) was on the track, and the other was in the barn. I haven't heard whether they've done any testing, but there's been some more painting and other "finish" work on the station and queue since last October. It's projected to open this year. For now, we'll have to content ourselves with views from the Apollo's Chariot lift hill, Verbolten's covered bridge, the top of Griffon, and the train.
Let's look for leprechauns and beer, shall we? I think Bill and Brit are around here somewhere, too. You just might see a few of the photos they tagged me in on Facebook here.
Welcome to Busch Gardens . . . who the hell is that looking over my shoulder?
Everything is green from Big Ben . . .
. . . to the traditional tree balls of Italy.
Pantheon sees you shiver with an . . .
. . . tici . . .
. . . pation.
But Apollo’s Chariot is open. Let’s start there.
Sheesh! They’ll let anyone in here.
“Aye, they will, me bucko!”
N-o-o-o-o-o-o-o . . .
A leprechaun in lederhosen? Has the world gone stark raving mad?
Look at all these hopeless drunks lining up for beer before noon!
Well, when in the Festhaus . . .
What excites Bill almost as much at the Brauhaus being open again?
Here’s a good spot if you want to see a bit more of . . .
. . . Pantheon. Sigh! Opening this year, I hope. This ride has some crazy airtime potential.
Meanwhile, back at St. Paddy’s Day Central HQ . . .
That’s the biggest freakin’ leprechaun I’ve ever seen.
If you’re in Ireland, you must have either green Bud Light or Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale with bangers and colcannon. It’s the law (at least until March 17).
“When Irish wolves are smiling, they’re about to eat your leg.” With colcannon, no doubt.
“I’ll swallow your soul, begorrah!"
All in all, a very nice day with great company at Busch Gardens--just watch out for soul-sucking leprechauns.