Busch Gardens

Happy Friday: The Enchanted Laboratory At Busch Gardens Williamsburg

One of the many nice things about being a big fan of Disney parks is that they give you a greater appreciation for and interest in theme parks in general. Liking more things means there are more things we like, if you know what I mean. With that in mind, follow me now on a brief journey into my childhood, a fixture of which was Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Sure, Six Flags America and Kings Dominion were closer to where I lived, but Busch Gardens was worth that extra hour’s drive. Just like Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has...

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In Which Jenn Goes To Busch Gardens With Her Eyeliner On Fleek

Pat and I took our annual pilgrimage to Busch Gardens last Sunday, and it was… something. Unfortunately the experience was not quite what it’s been in past years. This is mostly not Busch Gardens’ fault: they can’t control the weather, after all. Sunday’s predicted high of 60 degrees never came to fruition, and while it was pleasant enough in the sun the park is largely designed to protect from summer’s heat, ie, there’s a lot of shade. I wore a thermal under a light jacket and a hat and I was still cold (also my hat wouldn’t stay on on the coasters;...

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In Which Jenn Kills A Bug With Her Face At Busch Gardens Williamsburg

 After the physical difficulty of the Baltimore Marathon, my quads and Achilles were shot. Naturally I chose to spend my Sunday traipsing all over Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  WORTH IT.  Honestly it was probably good for me to keep myself moving and stretch out my muscles, and anyway we had an awesome time. And with a half price Groupon, why not? BGW, for those unfamiliar, is themed to the various countries of Europe (mostly; New France, how’d you get here, eh?). The entry area is England (the “Main Street USA” if you will) followed by a Scotland hub. It was...

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Pockets

In Which Jenn Sidesteps Theme Park Lockers

Girls, we’ve got it rough. We know this. Our pockets are useless. Hey, baggy cargo pants can be a cute look. But it’s not how we want to live our lives, and it’s definitely not always how we want to swan around an (often sweltering) amusement park. It’s cool, though; that’s why God invented the purse, right? Unfortunately, some theme parks have declared war on bags. Busch Gardens Williamsburg won’t let you take them through the line – and its lockers aren’t free. Universal Studios will let you stow stuff in a locker, but it’s only free for a...

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In Which Jenn Goes Back To Busch Gardens Williamsburg

This blog assumes two items: All amusement parks are, to varying degrees but with utmost certainty, inferior to Disney parks. They are still fun. Therefore when a Groupon popped up for Busch Gardens Williamsburg about three hours south of us, Pat and I jumped at the chance. We’ve been there before and nothing has changed since then, but I thought a recap would still be fun. Quick background for those who aren’t familiar: Busch Gardens is mostly themed to western Europe, with the park divided into France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and, for some inexplicable reason, New France aka...

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Treadmill

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/12

I feel like I spend so much time training for fall races, and then when those races arrive I run less than ever. Which makes sense, what with tapering and all that, but it’s kinda weird sometimes. Anyway, here’s last week’s runs: Sunday | rest I was gonna run this day, but it was dreary and rainy and I elected to put it off. No harm done. Monday | 11.05 miles on the treadmill in 1:55 Not gonna lie, guys. This week was rough. My legs were pretty lukewarm about the whole running thing. I mean, I got it...

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Picard has seen it

In Which Jenn Does Blog Inventory

Internal roundup! Yes, it’s time once again for that favorite of posts: the one that links to all those other posts. I did it last year, but a lot (say, about a year’s worth) of stuff has happened since then, so here’s last year’s list augmented with new stuff. Woo! Let me know if you think I’ve missed any important post categories or are looking for something in particular. Onward! Here is a comprehensive listing of all my multi-day theme park (mostly Disney!) trip reports so far: Walt Disney World, December 2013 Disneyland, January 2014 Walt Disney World, November...

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In Which Jenn Returns To Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Hello, humans! Last Sunday Pat and I ventured to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for their last regular operation day of the year. Elizabeth and I covered this park a couple years ago, but since it’s been awhile I figured I’d pop in with my impressions. Let’s roll. Step one: always try to go on a gloomy, slightly rainy day. This, combined with it being the day after Halloween and a Sunday, meant that we walked on to almost everything. It was awesome. Know before you go: Busch Gardens is similar to Universal Studios in that it does not permit you...

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In Which Jenn Points Out Posts You May Have Missed

Hey, you know how occasionally you’ll be watching a sitcom and it will dawn on you with slow horror that what you’re actually seeing is a clips show? Yeah, I’m doing that. It’s not so bad! I applied logic to this decision, I swear! It’s merely that it occurs to me that this blog is closer to its second birthday than it isn’t, and there are probably at least a few readers who are kinda new. I happen to be a huge fan of trip reports, and I’ve been known to plumb archives for them myself. Why not make...

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In Which Jenn & Elizabeth Go to Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Hooray! Elizabeth is here again to help me with another review! Join us as we head to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. JENN: A round of applause for my faithful guest judge, Interplanetary Explorer Extraordinaire Elizabeth! ELIZABETH: I dunno about interplanetary: after watching Gravity I don’t think I ever want to go out there. JENN: Haha, good call. ELIZABETH: I have my moments. JENN: So, a few weeks ago Elizabeth and I got a great deal on Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets. This was the good news. The bad news was that the only remaining days of the season were all Howl-o-Scream...

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