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P. 459: Pantheon opening on March 25!

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Wait - BGW has a Spain booth at the Food & Wine Festival? A SPAIN section of the park must be coming after all these years!

 

In all seriousness, it looks delicious and even better than years before. Thanks for sharing as always Chuck.

 

Also, hopefully Illuminights gets some love and improvements this season because it just seems to get worse and tackier each year.

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So I missed out on meeting up with everyone last weekend, but went and stuffed myself today. The park was nice and empty and the weather was perfect!

 

I really liked how all of the food booths had nice character to go with the countries- I had almost as much fun looking at the details as I did eating. None of the stands look temporary from the exterior (though during the normal season I find the Greece stand always looked weird as the pizza cone hut).

 

I may have missed it but I don't think we've heard yet about London Rocks, so I took the task upon to watch it so you don't have to! And I don't think you really do... It is nice to see the Globe being used again, and the stage set-up is quite impressive, with lots of projections providing a drawn video backdrop before and during the show. While technically cool, you still need more to make a good show, and if the name of the show is London Rocks then you'd better have a lot of London Rocking! I did not find this to be the case, as each show scene consisted of 2-3 songs being sung, interspersed with one another so it's one line of song A, one line of song B, some lines of song A, back to B. At one point there are 3 songs, each getting merely one line at a time (and I was being driven crazy that 2 were Beatles songs and 1 was not- where's the pattern!?!) Anyway, I really just couldn't get into it. There's some attempt at a story throughout, but it's very inconsequential as well. They definitely achieve a psychedelic feel, which was the strongest part of the show- seeing the crazy costumes. I might stop in again to check it out, especially on a hot day, but I enjoy Mix it Up or Celtic Fyre much more.

 

And so, without further ado, too many pictures of food:

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But first we go through Rock and Roll land- er, I mean jolly jolly London. Remember you need a ticket to see London Rocks except when they decide you don't and are puzzled why you are asking for one!

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Over in Germany, the Schinken Nudel had ham, noodles and cheese and was interesting, but it was really all about the Linzer Torte- excellent crust with a raspberry filling.

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Over in Spain the Ham Wrapped Scallop was a real treat.

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I was excited that my favorite show at the park, Mix It Up was back! A bit different than last year, but still a fun time.

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Pretty sugar sculptures in DaVinci's Garden.

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The Halloumi in Greece is a grilled cheese with honey that is not to be missed.

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Preparing my taste buds...

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If only Prince Ludwig had gotten more chocolate as a child maybe he wouldn't be so cranky.

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Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry jam were one of my favorites today- I look forward to seeing what kinds of Lingonberry treats I can get in Scandinavia. The dessert was very good as well, though not quite sweet enough for my tastes.

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Obligatory coaster picture.

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Shrimp Fritters in the Carribean! The chef was very proud of them and I loved them- very theme park-ey but that's what my tastes are.

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Here's a fine example of the cool booths, though I never knew Canada loved pumpkin so much!

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And finally chicken with a chocolate sauce and lava cake. I liked the cake a lot, but it could use some more lava...

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So first Mexico is fatter than us, now Canada's beating us at Macaroni and Cheese? What's happened to this fine nation?

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Let's see how it is- nice, cheesy, but I wasn't quite feeling the Canadian Bacon.

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WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!?!

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Octopus's Garden vs. Come Together vs. obligatory "I am The Walrus" line vs. We Will Rock You. But hey, pretty colors!

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France band on the other hand was plenty funky, and are so Rock and Roll they won't even tell you when they're gonna play- they just show up and rock the bass!

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Chicken Stew on a Belgium Waffle. Highly recommended.

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The clock figures are moving! Have I just never noticed this or have they just been reactivated?

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A few friends of mine have seen London Rocks and not one of them actually enjoyed the show unfortunately. Quite disappointing since it's the only "new" attraction of the season.

 

However, thanks for another view and tour of Food & Wine. I feel like this event is slowly becoming the best time of the year at BGW.

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I don't think London Rocks is quite as bad as some people are making it out to be, as it is better than better than all versions of Entwined . . . OK, that's setting the bar pretty low. I liked their use of projections, although I thought the bits with the "Queen" were too "Monty Python Lite."

 

But, hey, Food & Wine is where it's at.

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Wait - BGW has a Spain booth at the Food & Wine Festival? A SPAIN section of the park must be coming after all these years!

 

It would only make sense if a Dragon Khan clone was involved

 

Especially after the mess that was Drachen Fire...

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I love how "Canada", in most theme parks including Disney,

represent the country with either cheese soup - or mac'n cheese...or both!

 

And Molson/Kokanee/Canadian Beer, and maple syrup pie, and poutine.....

 

I love it!

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I love how "Canada", in most theme parks including Disney,

represent the country with either cheese soup - or mac'n cheese...or both!

 

And Molson/Kokanee/Canadian Beer, and maple syrup pie, and poutine.....

 

I love it!

I didn't realize how crazy Canada was about Pumpkins, but the booth tells me they are (and the pumpkin mousse is of course covered with maple syrup- I saved that one for next time though!)

 

I don't think London Rocks is quite as bad as some people are making it out to be, as it is better than better than all versions of Entwined . . . OK, that's setting the bar pretty low. I liked their use of projections, although I thought the bits with the "Queen" were too "Monty Python Lite."

 

But, hey, Food & Wine is where it's at.

 

I did really like the projections, the stage and crazy costumes and I would agree that it's better than Entwined or those supposed Pet Shenanigans. I just couldn't get in to the music, which doesn't quite work for a music based show... It was very educational though, as I didn't realize a good number of the songs were British (essentially anything not by the Beatles... this also caused me some distraction )

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^ Hey it's totally cool with me how we look at what's good food from Canada!

And I do really love what is offered in the name of our country.

 

Can't beat some good Alberta Beef, with a nice poutine and a

dessert of maple syrup pie. Yummy!

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And I've never had this damned soup, too! From EPCOT I believe, a few years back.

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I will be visiting Busch Gardens Williamsburg tomorrow, Monday June 8th! It has been a while since I last visited the park, maybe five years? Anyways, any tips on what coasters get longer wait times and what shows to stop and see? I'm not even going to bother asking about the food because I know anything there will be good. I look forward to my visit and hope I can get some good tips from the regulars before I go! Thanks!

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Finally, after a long off season, I hit the park this past Saturday with two TPR members. I had a wonderful time!

 

Ate like a disgusting pig at Food & Wine. The food was really good, but the cruise food and the dishes I chose last year were better IMO. The beer, however, was fantastic.

 

Got my coaster fix on everything except Loch Ness. Rode Griffon and Apollo at least 10 times that day. Minimal crowds on everything, even for an 80 degree, sunny Saturday. Everyone was on the pathways or enjoying the food booths more I guess.

 

Banbury looks amazing at night. During the day, it looks alright. Didn't get to see London Rocks, but I have a whole season to do that.

 

Got tons of new ride swag. Thanks Alex and Zach! I'm looking forward to seeing more TPR peeps at the park this season!

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Just got back from Williamsburg, had a great two days at Busch Gardens with two of my friends (One who's never gone before). Every visit is just a reminder why this is my favorite park, this visit was no exception.

 

Yesterday was also the first time I've experienced a break down in a while. After the drop track on Verbolten we waited at the launch a little longer than usual, after about a minute they announced there was a delay in the ride. Five minutes later the lights turned on (which was cool to see) and an employee came to let us know that we might have to get evacuated or that the ride will continue. Eventually the ride continued but we were suck on the break run right before the station. After bringing the train in the station (Thank you for not letting us suffer in the heat BG ) they had to manually unlock our restrains. My two friends sitting in front of me were the last ones off as there seats had a problem unlocking. But during the whole thing the employees were very friendly and we had a great conversations with all of them and gave us water as we waited to be free. And of course they offered everyone in our train complementary cards for a free funnel cake, ice cream etc. Major props for the Busch Gardens staff for handling the situation well.

 

A few other notes:

 

-Finally got to ride Mach Tower (Which is also my first drop tower )

 

-I don't know what happened but Alpengeist's lift hill was unbearably loud. Last year I was able to talk to my friend sitting on the other end of the row with out yelling. This year I couldn't even hear anyone sitting next to me even when they were yelling

 

-Longest line we had to wait both days was about 30-45 minutes for Roman Rapids. Everything else was a walk on for the most part.

 

Overall the trip was great and we'll definitely be visiting again this summer.

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Banbury looks amazing at night. During the day, it looks alright. Didn't get to see London Rocks, but I have a whole season to do that.

 

 

There's been a fair amount of bitching on the park's Facebook page about how England looks (that it's "too gaudy," for example), but I think it looks fine. And, hey, they now have Freestyle Coke machines!

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-I don't know what happened but Alpengeist's lift hill was unbearably loud. Last year I was able to talk to my friend sitting on the other end of the row with out yelling. This year I couldn't even hear anyone sitting next to me even when they were yelling

I find that quite fun, actually. The only one as loud that I have experienced was Batman's (SFGAdv) and I loved it! I feel like it builds up the anticipation a bit more.

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-I don't know what happened but Alpengeist's lift hill was unbearably loud. Last year I was able to talk to my friend sitting on the other end of the row with out yelling. This year I couldn't even hear anyone sitting next to me even when they were yelling

I find that quite fun, actually. The only one as loud that I have experienced was Batman's (SFGAdv) and I loved it! I feel like it builds up the anticipation a bit more.

 

I just feel like it builds up my need for a cochlear implant...

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