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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Virginia

The Busch Gardens amusement park in Virginia opened as Busch Gardens: The Old Country in May 1975.  It was owned by Anheuser-Busch for over 30 years.  The park's name changed to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 1992 and to Busch Gardens Europe in 2006.  The name reverted back to Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2008.  After Anheuser-Busch was purchased by InBev, all 10 of their amusement parks, including the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks, were sold.  Busch Gardens is presently owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, a division of the Blackstone Group.

The park is currently divided into 10 lands representing countries of 17th-century Europe.  It is often voted as the "Most Beautiful Theme Park" thanks to its lovely design, wonderful theming, and gorgeous landscaping.  In addition to the great coasters, the park has entertaining shows and plenty of great places to eat.

Since my last visit, three coasters have been built in Williamsburg (I'll be visiting soon, so check back for pictures of the new rides!):

Some of its previous coasters include:


Alpengeist
click to enlarge Alpengeist Alpengeist roller coaster Alpengeist roller coaster at Busch Gardens Pictures of Busch Gardens Pictures of Alpengeist Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg Inverted roller coaster B&M looping coaster Bolliger and Mabillard thrill ride click to enlarge

Apollo's Chariot
click to enlarge Apollo's Chariot Apollo's Chariot roller coaster Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Pictures of Apollo's Chariot Fabio injured on a roller coaster Fabio gets hit by a bird on a thrill ride Busch Gardens Williamsburg news and information Airtime on a coaster Pics of Apollo's Chariot Photography of Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens

Big Bad Wolf
Big Bad Wolf Big Bad Wolf suspended roller coaster Arrow suspended coaster The old Big Bad Wolf ride at Busch Gardens This historic Big Bad Wolf click to enlarge

Loch Ness Monster
Loch Ness Monster Loch Ness Monster roller coaster Loch Ness Monster looping coaster Interlocking loops on the Loch Ness Monster Pictures of the Interlocking loops of the Loch Ness Monster Loch Ness Moster track over the water Arrow Dynamics click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge

Wild Maus (formerly Izzy)
Wild Maus roller coaster Wild Mouse at Busch Gardens
Drachen Fire
Wild Maus - relocated coaster

Griffon
Griffon Griffon diving coaster B&M Dive Coaster click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge


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