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Busch Gardens Williamsburg reviews

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Posted: June 23, 2013

Location: Busch Gardens is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, about 10 minutes south of the city's historic core. You can get driving directions by clicking the Busch Gardens link on Theme Park Insider's Google map of U.S. theme parks.

History: Busch Gardens opened in 1975 as Busch Gardens: The Old Country. It also has been known as Busch Gardens Europe. In 2006 and 2007, Theme Park Insider readers voted Busch Gardens in Williamsburg the world's best theme park.

Hours: http://www.buschgardens.com. Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is open daily from late May through Labor Day, and weekends from late March through Halloween.

Tickets: Buy online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save time when you get to the park.

Strategy: As with any theme park, arrive early (at least 30 minutes before opening, tickets in hand) and hit the headliner attractions first (coasters). Once the coaster tour is complete, make sure to hit Curse of the DarKastle as it is a uniquely themed dark ride similar to Universal's Spider-Man attraction. Prefered Parking is worth the money, you get to park in England parking lot( closest to main gate. )Platinum Passport Holders can enter thru employees entrance & park in England( the kennel is here)No lines.

2013 Update: Busch Gardens announced that in the spring of 2013, they will be hosting their first Food and Wine Festival. The Food and Wine Festival will be held Friday through Sunday between May 31 and June 23.

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Readers' reviews:

Animal Attractions(Rating)(Height)
Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve9
Lorikeet Glen9
Eagle Ridge8
Pet Shenanigans8
London Rocks5
Festa Italia(Rating)(Height)
Apollo's Chariot952
Roman Rapids742
Turkish Delight748
Rhine River7
Land of the Dragons7
Kinder Karussel5
Celtic Fyre9
Europe in the Air342
Da Vinci's Cradle842
Escape from Pompeii842
Battering Ram742
Flying Machine642
New France(Rating)(Height)
Le Catapult 742
Le Scoot Log Flume7
Der Wirbelwind840
Curse of DarKastle842
Mach Tower742
Red Baron6
This is Oktoberfest6
Loch Ness Monster948
Train Station9
Sesame Street Forest of Fun(Rating)(Height)
Grover's Alpine Express941
Bert and Ernie's Loch Adventure836
Oscar's Yucky Forest8
Prince Elmo's Spire742
Oscar's Whirly Worms742
Elmo's Castle4

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The Squires Grille5
Festa Italia(Rating)
La Cucina8
Bistro 2056
Grogan's Grill9
Dine with Elmo & Friends5
Ristorante della Piazza7
New France(Rating)
Trappers Smokehouse 9
Festhaus Kaffee9
Beste Brezeln und Bier7
Das Festhaus7

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