Joshua Counsil

Published: March 31, 2009 at 9:44 AM

There have been many theme park anniversaries recently. Congrats to all of them.
Charles Reichley

Published: March 31, 2009 at 10:03 AM

50 years sounded so long ago. Then I realized that was 6 months before I was born. Damn, I'm old.

I hope to get back down to BGA soon (I wonder if they will rename it BGF?) I've only been one time, and we only had one day and I don't remember much about it, except it wasn't as nice as BG-Williamsburg (one of my home parks).

I'll have to work out a Platinum pass somehow, although the new BG pass plans do not make me happy. It's like a chess game figuring out the cheapest way to go.

Now let's hope that BG-williamsburg makes it to 50.

Deidre Dennis

Published: March 31, 2009 at 1:12 PM

We are going to Busch Gardens Africa in June during our trip to Disney World. I've been there once before back in '05 and enjoyed myself immensely. My husband's been several times and enjoys it. We were at Busch Gardens Europe last June and I thought it was okay. Park was extremely clean and they had a few good attractions but for some reason I felt myself expecting more. Don't get me wrong, we had a great time, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. I am crazy though, so who knows.

Very much looking forward to attending the park in June and getting a ton of pics. Happy Bday, BGA!

Anthony Murphy

Published: March 31, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Wow, that park really has its age over all others in FL!

I always wondered why Tampa? I know Orlando wasn't much of anything, but was Tampa?

Robert Niles

Published: March 31, 2009 at 2:18 PM

There was a brewery there. The park started as a free gardens and brewery tour, becoming a paid-gate theme park in the mid-1960s. Eventually, the brewery gave way to the park. In Van Nuys, Calif. and Houston, the opposite happened, and with little room for expansion at those sites, the parks were closed for the breweries to expand.