The new ride is Europe in the Air, a new simulator ride that replaces Corkscrew Hill and features, as the name implies, a high-definition aerial tour of Europe's top landmarks.
The new shows are a night-time show called "IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore." (Wow, did someone go to Epcot?) According to the park's press release, "Different areas of the park will celebrate IllumiNights in its own way, culminating in a park-wide pyrotechnics extravaganza." IllumiNights opens in June.
The second new show is a replacement for Emerald Beat. The as-yet-unnamed show will again feature Irish dancing and music. (FWIW, I didn't know that Emerald Beat was closing, and, uh, this just screwed up the Best Live Show bracket for the Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament. Emerald Beat was going to be the number two seed in that bracket. My bad.)
(Hat tip to TPI reader Jason Jackson for first posting the video.)Tweet
Emerald Beat was a great show, very sad to see that go, but I guess they rotate their shows every few years so it was a given.
Pyrotechnics is a winner. Can't wait for that.
Oh yeah, if you didn't know, both Busch Gardens are now on Google street maps. Search for busch gardens and when it comes up on the map, drag the little man in the upper left corner over to BG on the map and you'll get a 360 panoramic view of different parts of the park. Very cool.
Who's the European equivalent of Ellen DeGeneres?
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The IllumiNights deal sounds kind of interesting, and with each section of the park celebrating differently, repeat attendance is required to see the whole show. Very clever.