Featured Photo #12 – Arrow’s Looping Masterpiece Is Still a Thing of Beauty

Over thirty years since it was built, the Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens has to be one of the most beloved Arrow creations on the planet. Its signature interlocking loops next to the Rhine River have been a landmark of Busch Gardens Williamsburg for many years. As a kid I remember seeing commercials that featured the two trains lit up with lights, running at night, and looping simultaneously. ...[Read More]

Cheetah Hunt Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa in 2011

After months of teasing with hints and clues, today, Busch Gardens Tampa finally released details of their 2011 roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg | 2011 Drop Tower & 2012 Roller Coaster

I meant to write this post last weekend, but I’ve had an insane last couple of days. So, this is by no means breaking news anymore. Last Saturday, Busch Gardens Williamsburg released details of their 2011 and 2012 plans at a season pass holder event. As rumors suggested, the Euro-themed park will be getting a drop tower in 2011, but also a new roller coaster in 2012. In typical Busch Gardens...[Read More]

Top 3 States for Roller Coasters

In a potentially controversial edition of Top 3 Thursdays, I’m going to share my Top 3 States for Roller Coasters. Instead of a top three ranking, I’m going to list the the three states and explain why. Here’s the list in no particular order: Pennsylvania – Quantity, Variety, & History Pennsylvania is the roller coaster mecca in my opinion. There’s a lot of histor...[Read More]

Rumored Cheetah Hunt Coaster: Construction Updates at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa’s Rumored 2011 Launch Coaster There’s been a lot of construction going on at Busch Gardens Tampa as the park prepares for their rumored 2011 roller coaster. The ride first came to light way back in April when plans for the 2011 ride were uncovered on the Web. Since that development, ParkSecrets had posted conceptual drawings and blueprints, but has since removed the...[Read More]

Theme Park Travel Odyssey 2009 Edition

2009 Theme Park Travel Odyssey Time to recap my 2009 theme park trips. This was a busy year with a number of interviews, media days, and fun theme park trips. I’m even going to include a lost trip that I don’t think I’ve referenced on the blog. From the warm tropic atmosphere of Orlando to the mean streets of Manhattan, my travels took me to 10 theme parks. But, it all started ba...[Read More]

SeaWorld Parks & Google Team Up for Street View Virtual Tours

The Best Theme Park Virtual Tours Ever? The Busch theme parks (now known collectively as SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment) have teamed up with Google to provide virtual walk-through tours using Google Maps Street View. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or still use MapQuest :), Street View allows you to get an on-the-ground view of streets in Google Maps. Until now, these views have...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour Part 3: Alpengeist & More

The Conclusion of the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Roller Coaster Tour: Alpengeist, Big Bad Wolf, & Apollo’s Chariot The rest of the Roller Coaster Tour felt a bit more brief. I’m not sure if it was because my tour group had fewer questions or because of the nature of the first two stops. The Loch Ness Monster portion was like a crash course in Coasterology 101 where we got insight i...[Read More]

Blackstone Buys Busch Gardens & SeaWorld Parks for $2.3 Billion

Blackstone Buys Busch Gardens & SeaWorld Parks for $2.3 Billion The proverbial writing has been on the wall ever since InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch last year. The Belgian brewer planned to sell A-B’s theme parks as they were not the companies core business; brewing beer. After months of speculation, U.S. equity firm Blackstone has stepped forward to purchase Busch Entertainment Corpora...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour Part 2: Griffon

Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour Part 2: Griffon After an in-depth look at Loch Ness Monster and two quick rides, the tour group headed over to Busch Gardens Europe’s newest roller coaster, Griffon.  There, the behind-the-scenes access was taken to a whole new level. The group split up into two smaller groups. One group went to Griffon’s maintenance area while the other took the twent...[Read More]

Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour Part 1

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Roller Coaster Tour Part 1: Loch Ness Monster & How Coasters Work 101 If you’re a roller coaster geek like myself, or just curious about how roller coasters work, Busch Gardens Roller Coaster Tour is for you. It gives unparalleled access to the these modern thrill machines as well as a ton of interesting tidbits of knowledge about Busch’s own coll...[Read More]

Big Bad Wolf: A Legend Reaches Its Expiration Date

More Insight Into Big Bad Wolf’s Closing: “Service Life” Defined Yesterday, the Big Bad Wolf made its final run. While on the Busch Garden’s Roller Coaster Tour over the weekend, the tour guide Zach Gray admitted he was sad to see Big Bad Wolf go just like everyone else. Like many locals his age, it was his first roller coaster. He explained that the ride was closing becaus...[Read More]

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