Planning a trip to Busch Gardens Williamsburg?
Look below for park hours, tips, promo codes, and a dozen ways to get discount tickets!
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Want to know why you won't catch ME on the roller coasters? Want to see a video of "Verbolten"? Want to learn money-saving tips? Scroll down...
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If awards are any indication, Busch Gardens Williamsburg can't be beat. It's been voted the world's "Most Beautiful Theme Park" for more than 23 consecutive years by the National Amusement Park Historical Association.
Plus, it's been called the World's Best Theme Park in the Theme Park Insider Awards, and regularly gets first place for"Best Landscaping" and "Most Beautiful Park."
And it's more family-friendly than Kings Dominion (read this to learn which park is right for you).
For example, their Sesame Street Forest of Fun features kiddie-sized rides which are mini-versions of popular adult rides, a cool water-play area, plays, and characters walking around.
Here's more ways to maximize your visit:
You may have heard about Verbolten, the park's latest ride. Set in a German tourist center, the ride mimics an autobahn tour that goes strangely awry and ends up in the scary Black Forest, where it takes an 88-foot plunge.
Hamptonroads.com gave the ride a "fun scream" thumbs up, while themeparkreviews.com posted this video of the ride.
Notice: The guide in the ride has NO hat or loose article. Thanks to a bad hair day, I was wearing a hat when I rode Verbolten. The park worker told me to either take it off or hold onto it.
I should have taken it off: The g-forces were so great that keeping my hand on my hat kept pulling my head down so I couldn't fully enjoy the ride.
Also, remember that if you have anything larger than a fanny pack or a small cross-body purse, you'll have to check it in a locker before riding Verbolten. Lockers are available just outside the ride.
Want to see a video about last year's new ride, "Mach Tower"? Check out this YouTube video. (Click play, wait a sec, then click play again.)
And here's a YouTube video of Griffon...
How does "Griffon" rate on the scream factor? - Here's here to find out...
So WHY won't you find me on Griffon or any of the other spinning coasters at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?
I would LOVE to go on the Griffon. Really, I would.
But I can't. Can't do it. After going roller coaster-free for 15 years (a little problem with my inner ear means they make my dizzy as all get-out) I took a chance and hopped on a coaster at Hershey Park.
Big mistake. Knew it within two seconds. I've never been so nauseated in my life. Just thinking about it makes me feel ill.
But even someone like me can appreciate Busch Gardens Williamsburg, because it's so much more than just state-of-the-art roller coasters.
Still, I'm working on a special Busch Gardens Williamsburg page dedicated to people like me who love the park, but can't handle the big rides. I'm thinking of calling it "Busch Gardens Williamsburg for Non-Coaster Riders." Or maybe "BGW for the Coaster-Challenged."
An amusement park I CAN recommend completely (even for spin-challenged people like myself) is nearby Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, our family's new favorite vacation spot. Click here to read my full review, photos, and videos of this fantastic (and surprisingly affordable) indoor waterpark resort!
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Jul 24, 14 09:02 PM
Christmas may be months away, but kids can enjoy Santa this weekend at Yankee Candle Williamsburg's "Christmas in July event.
On Saturday, July 26, kids can join Santa's workshop to make a free ornament from 10:15 am to noon. On July 27 from 10:15 am to noon, kids can join Mr. and Mrs. Claus in decorating cookies.
While there, don't miss the store's "snow showers" and kid-friendly clock shows. For more information, click here.
Jul 24, 14 08:51 PM
In honor of National Carousel Day, on Friday, July 25 you can enjoy a free ride on the Hampton Carousel. Nearly 100 years old, the historic carousel is located next to the Virginia Air and Space Center, at 610 Settlers Landing Road in Hampton.
Jul 20, 14 09:40 PM
After flying to 40 countries I thought I'd learned it all about air travel. But as I sat on the plane last night returning from a trip to the West coast I suddenly realized three things I'll do next time I fly.
1) Bring bleach wipes: Yep, I'd brought Wet Wipes to clean off my seat area, having learned long ago that airplane seat armrests, tray tables, and seat pockets are teeming with bacteria. But after all the funky germs we keep hearing about in the news (e.g., MRSA) and sitting there thinking how many people had probably touched that seat area since the last good scrubbing, I wish I'd brought bleach wipes. Next time.
2) Bring a little vial of "odor protector": Can't believe this has never happened to me before, but the guy next to me absolutely reeked of mold, having obviously left his clothes in the washing machine for a week. How'd you like to sit next to that for five hours? My sister-in-law likes to travel with a dab of peppermint oil or a little Vicks Vapor rub under her nose when she flies. Now I know why. So next time, I'm bringing a little vial of my favorite perfume as a little odor defense if I need it.
3) Fly Virgin: One word comes to mind after flying Virgin America for the first time. "Wow." Just "wow." They make flying fun again! Everything, from the music they play at check-in, to the friendly staff and flight attendants (who all seem to love their jobs compared to staff on other airlines who often seem basically fed-up and sometimes curt) to their hilarious and brilliant safety video, to the fact that my luggage was waiting for me in Baggage Check BEFORE I even got down there, they made me a Virgin believer!