Today we're back at Busch Gardens, but the one that is 835 miles north of the one we were at yesterday.
If you missed Steve and Jen's report from Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa, click here !!
But today we're in Williamsburg with Renée who spent the weekend riding some amazing rides and drinking some amazing beer (bier?). Let's check out one of the best parks in the country!!
Written by Renée Girard
All weekend we were at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for Bier Fest. And some awesome coasters, too.
Might as well get started on the beer! Here is just some of what Busch Gardens VA has to offer for Bier Fest.
Alpengeist is still so good!!
Well. Battle for Eire is... a ride?
Happy 40th, Loch Ness Monster. You get even better with age!
I found my new home.
You can’t go wrong with any of the coasters Busch Gardens VA
Ended the night with some amazing rides on Apollo’s Chariot!
Back at Busch Gardens VA for some more coaster fun! First train of the day on InvadR, and the whole train to myself as well.
Got a few more rides in on Griffon before things get busier.
Delayed opening for Verbolten. The only new coaster for me left on this trip, so I’ll wait it out.
I’m seeing signs for these all over the park. I guess I’m out of touch with this fad. Are these the new fidget spinners?
Verbolten was a surprise hit for me! There seriously are zero bad coasters at this park.
t’s the final day for Bier Fest. Gotta get another sampler card to try some more!
Getting some gorgeous views on the Rhine River Cruise.
Giving out fanny packs to riders for loose articles on Tempesto is something I’ve never encountered on a coaster before, but hey, it’s fast and it works.
The theming on all of the Busch Gardens VA rides are really top notch. Escape From Pompeii is short and sweet with just enough fire and water for an awesome ride.
My face when I’m trying to sample all the beers on the last day of Bier Fest and it’s 90+ degrees outside and I only have 3 hours left.
The park is gearing up for Howl O Scream in a few days.
The last performance for the Happy Dutchman, closing out Bier Fest. Auf wiedersehen!
Views from the Sky Ride.
For Bier Fest they also had some brewery talks, which I always find interesting to attend.
This Busch Gardens doesn’t have quite as many animals as Tampa, but there are a few. Here are some random sheep.
Prost! Had such a fun weekend
Last week we were invited out to SeaWorld San Diego to check out the all new Ocean Explorer as well as the new Orca Encounter.
Overall we really enjoyed the new area even though it's definitely for the younger set, which is totally fine considering next years addition is for us thrill seekers.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Ocean Explorer
Lots of fun kid-sized flat rides in the area
And of course the all new Submarine Quest
Lining up for our ride
Be sure to check out our POV of Submarine Quest
Hey little buddy
The other new addition for this summer is the all new Orca Encounter.
I have to be 100% honest, when I watched the preview video below that Al shot during the AP Previews I was concerned that it still contained too many "show" elements and it wasn't going to convince any of the SeaWorld detractors that they've gone far enough. I envisioned just a huge area where the Orca's would swim and the stadium was just there for you to go in and watch them throughout the day.
But after seeing Orca Enounter I can definitely see where SeaWorld is going with the new show and it's definitely different than their previous shows. I hope those who are against SeaWorld will take the time to actually watch the show prior to making up their minds.
Here are some pictures of the show, we had some video but because people are rude, it didn't turn out great. We'll try and get back this summer to hopefully get a better full video of the show.
We also took a ride on the awesome Bayside Skyride during our visit and were able to get a nice POV of that as well.
Thanks again to SeaWorld for having us out, make sure you get out to the park to check out the all new additions for this summer and of course all of the other amazing things in the park.
Wave Breaker: The Rescue CoasterTM Jets into SeaWorld® San Antonio
Double-launch, jet ski-inspired coaster based on marine animal rescue missions will be the first of its kind in North America, Debuting Summer 2017
SAN ANTONIO (September 27, 2016) — Race into action on a new generation of coaster that combines the thrill of the sea with the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster in ways never before seen or experienced. Coming to SeaWorld San Antonio in summer 2017, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster will enable riders to feel what it’s like to race alongside SeaWorld’s heroic animal care team and veterinarians as they spring into action at a moment’s notice to help rescue animals in distress.
“The new coaster promises a ride of a lifetime that’s also unique to SeaWorld’s mission,” said SeaWorld San Antonio Park President Carl Lum. “Replicating an adventure limited to only a few trained professionals, Wave Breaker will launch riders into an exhilarating experience similar to going on an animal rescue mission. The coaster is sure to thrill, but also brings awareness to the brave efforts of our animal teams as they join forces with organizations around the world to help ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned animals.”
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster boasts a variety of features inspired by the reality of jet skiing across a body of water. The unique jet ski-style car design is the first such coaster design in North America and engages riders in a straddled seating position. The design will allow riders to lean into a series of banked and serpentine turns, and grip the handle bars as they race over air time humps and a pair of high acceleration launches. Reaching heights of up to 61-feet, the majority of the coaster’s 2,600-foot track will be directly over water, creating the sensation that riders are racing across the park’s Ski Lake. With a minimum height requirement of 48”, Wave Breaker promises to be a dynamic coaster experience for the whole family.
“Inspired by our guests’ ongoing requests to learn more about how they can help support animal rescue efforts, each ride begins by telling the story of a rescue mission and invites guests to become personally involved in helping to protect animals,” adds Lum. “Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster will definitely be a thrilling ride, but we also hope it brings riders on a journey of discovery, as together we work to protect the wild wonders of our world.”
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster marks a major addition to SeaWorld San Antonio’s coaster portfolio. With the addition of Wave Breaker, SeaWorld San Antonio will feature four coaster experiences, spanning a range of ages and thrills Wave Breaker joins:
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About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 28,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of over 800 species of animals. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.