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BUSCH GARDENS INTRODUCES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL VALUE TICKET

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Guests Can Save Big on Food & Wine Festival Experience

WILLIAMSBURG (May 7, 2015) – In just a few short weeks, exotic tastes will flavor the menu at Busch Gardens as the third annual Food & Wine Festival begins. Each year, this event grows bigger and tastier to give guests unique sampling opportunities from across the globe. This year, the park’s festival flavors are expanding to include kiosks celebrating the cuisine of Asia and the French Quarter. To give guests even more opportunities to savor this event, Busch Gardens is introducing the Food & Wine Festival Value Ticket.

With this special ticket, guests can get admission to the park on select days for $30, 60 percent off a regular single-day ticket price. This online-only offer is available via www.buschgardens.com/foodandwine May 7- 11. Tickets must be used after 2 p.m. on any one of these select days:

May 22, 25, 29, 31

June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

There is a limit of six discounted tickets per transaction. Quantities are limited and sales times are subject to change.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival begins May 22 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 28. Food and beverage samples are available for purchase at an additional fee. For complete details and operating schedule, visit www.buschgardens.com/foodandwine.

Past Tempesto Construction Updates

Throughout the construction, we gave several updates as Tempesto was being built. I didn’t want to delete them from the site, so here are those updates to be forever remembered:

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The new ride for 2015 will be called Tempesto and will reside right next to Apollo’s Chariot.

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Construction of the actual track begins on Monday 11/17/2014. As far as we know, construction will happen Monday – Friday and will continue through Christmas Town. We do not know the projected completion date. We’re pretty sure that because of such a small coaster, that it will be ready for opening day in 2015.

With that, we’ll leave you with a few pictures and video. We’ll bring you more updates as we get them!

 

Construction Update 11/21/2014

Much has been done in the first week of construction. Some of the supports and a little of the track have already be put in! While watching them work, we figured out that the track is being moved into place by lifting pieces overtop of Apollo’s Chariot. They must be using that service road near the parking entrance to bring the track down. Here’s a small video of the site:

Construction update 2/11/15

The track is finished and the crews will be working through the winter in order to finish the queue and repair buildings.  We speculate that warmer weather will be needed to test the ride, but everything else seems to be on track!

 

This new coaster is rumored to be a clone of Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom….Here’s a POV video of that ride :

Update 3/21/15

We here at BG Cabana had the honor to be involved in the hard had tour of Tempesto, and we now have a lot to tell you! Here are the specs and important information on Tempesto.

RIDE MANUFACTURER:                                 Premier Rides, headquartered in Baltimore, MD

TYPE OF RIDE:                                                      Launch Coaster

SPECIAL FEATURES:                                         Three launch elements

High-speed station experience

154-foot, high-speed inversion

TRACK LENGTH:                                                 883 feet of track

Train travels approximately 1,945 total feet

MAXIMUM SPEED:                                            64 mph

RIDE DURATION:                                              55 seconds

SEATS/TRAIN:                                                     1 train, 18 seats

RIDE HEIGHT REQUIREMENT:                54 inches

LOCATION:                                                           Busch Gardens Festa Italia

RIDE OPEN DATE:                                            April 25, 2015

There you go!  Here are some pictures we took and there will be more to come!

Here are videos of the Hard Hat Tour:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNwIXw8xZ1xUtckynI1YKiIGav_1Rbg1v

Colonial Williamsburg Website Hacked by ISIS?!

Colonial Williamsburg confirmed that it’s website, history.org, was hacked last weekend by a group claiming to be ISIS.

ISIS-hack-message-to-colonial-williamsburgOn Sunday, hackers exploited a security flaw in third party software that allowed them access to the site and post content. The image to the right was posted on several pages. It’s not known whether the group is truly linked to ISIS, but the FBI is looking into the matter.

This maybe a coincidence, but the attack comes just a week after Colonial Williamsburg hosted a team of Iraqi Archaeologists and museum experts and offered to provide safe-keeping for at-risk artifacts. ISIS has been terrorizing the Middle East and destroying ancient sites and artifacts across the region.

Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss, a former senior U.S. diplomat, released this statement on Tuesday:

As we have so many times in our past, we must resist and overcome these threats to our common humanity. The Iraqi people once suffered at the hands of despots. They continue to suffer at the hands of terrorists. If we can join with them in an effort to protect these antiquities, we can protect Iraq and the world’s collective DNA until these clouds of divisiveness and chaos pass.

Iraqi archaeological and historical organizations and the Iraq State Board of Antiquities and Heritage and other are currently reviewing Colonial Williamsburg’s offer, but no agreements have been made as of yet.

Star Spangled Nights Returns This Summer Along with Food and Wine Fest

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According to Busch’s website, Star Spangled Nights is returning this summer along with some other great special events. Here’s a quick rundown of the events we are aware of:

Saturday March 21st – (10am – 6pm) – Pass Member Preview Day
If you are a annual pass member, then you get access to this one day event. The big question on everyone’s mind is, what’s going on with the new coaster being built!

Friday March 27th
Official opening day of the park. This is also the debut day for the new show “Roll Out the Barrel”

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Elmo Rocks returns this year for opening weekend. They did this last year and it was a hit…my kids loved it!

Saturday April 11th & 12th
Jack Hanna returns with his entourage of animals for multiple shows during this two day event. You can also sign up to have breakfast or lunch with Jack here

Food and Wine Festival – Fri, Sat and Sun – May 22nd – June 28th
Our favorite event of the year. Last year was phenomenal and we expect another fantastic event this year. We have a few new booths this season, including Eastern Asia and The French Quarter (New Orleans). More info on the booths and menus here

Star Spangled Nights – Every night – July 3rd – Sept 6th
Celebrate America during this fun summer event. Special food booths are setup in Da Vinci’s Garden everyday during the event. Fireworks are also returning every night at 9pm.

That’s all we got for now, we’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

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Busch Gardens New German Musical “Roll out the Barrel” debuts this spring

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 9, 2015) – Busch Gardens® Williamsburg is “rolling” out a new show this spring in honor of the park’s 40th anniversary. Roll Out The Barrel follows a fictional German town as its residents celebrate their 40th annual town beer brewing festival.

“In the same way that Celtic Fyre® celebrates beloved Irish traditions, Roll Out The Barrel celebrates German traditions that have been part of the Busch Gardens experience for four decades,” said Scott Gasparich, Busch Gardens vice president of entertainment.

Roll Out The Barrel incorporates the best elements of the park’s repertoire of shows. Live musicians, singers and dancers join high-flying acrobats in this interactive musical about the intrepid brewers of this delightful German village. The same musical team behind Scrooge No More!™, the park’s popular new Christmas show, is orchestrating the score for this one-of-a-kind show.

Roll Out The Barrel will debut March 27 and joins London Rocks™, Celtic Fyre and Mix It Up! in Busch Gardens’ premier theatrical lineup.

For a limited time, the Williamsburg parks are offering a great deal on a 2015 2-Park Fun Card. For just $75, a savings of 25 percent off the regular price of a 2-Park Fun Card, guests receive unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through Sept. 7. For more information, visit www.buschgardens.com/va.

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Live Streaming of Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination

SaluteToTheNationWe just found out that the Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination will be live streamed on their website. The Grand Illumination is tomorrow night (Dec 7th) starting at 7PM EST. To view the feed you must register/login with the website. Here’s the link:

http://history.org/grandillumination/

The Grand Illumination three separate Fireworks displays within the Historic Area…the Capitol, Magazine, and Palace. In the 18th century, illuminations, the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks, were held to celebrate major events such as the commemoration of the birth of the reigning sovereign, great military victories, or the arrival of a new colonial governor.

If you plan to attend the event, get there early as it’s pretty packed with people. Also, there are three stages setup with different music of the times.

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BOGO Colonial Williamsburg Passes…..A deal of the 18th Century

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Colonial Williamsburg is having a Cyber Weekend deal of BUY ONE ANNUAL PASS, GET ONE FREE! Available from 11/28/2014 – 12/1/2014 only. Available Online only. This pass includes access to CW for one year from date of purchase. Cost of annual passes are as follows:

Adult (13+) – $64.95
Youth (6-12) – $32.50
Under 6 – FREE

You can buy tickets by going to:

http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/special-offers/cyber-weekend/

More information about the area can be found here:

http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/

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Christmas Shines Brightest at Busch Gardens

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Christmas Town™ Opens for its Sixth Season Friday Nov. 21

WILLIAMSBURG, VA (Nov.18, 2014) – Busch Gardens® invites park guests to participate in an official lighting ceremony marking the start of Christmas Town™. At 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 21, park guests will gather at Busch Gardens’ 50-foot Christmas tree in its Germany section for the official opening ceremony.

BGW_Christmas_Town_008.JPGThe Williamsburg theme park brings holiday traditions to life with delicious dining and festive shopping experiences. Visitors can stroll beneath the glow of eight-million twinkling lights, see penguins up-close and get in the holiday spirit with an all-new musical production.

Scrooge No More! ™, presented at the park’s Globe Theatre, is Busch Gardens’ newest live musical production. The performance tells the story of Scrooge as he is swept away by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Along the way, Scrooge learns the importance of family and friends being together at Christmas.

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, guests are invited to bring an unwrapped toy to the park Nov. 21 through Dec. 14. All toy donations support the Hampton Roads Toys for Tots chapter so local families can have gifts to unwrap on Christmas day. Busch Gardens’ Welcome Center near the park’s front entrance will serve as the park’s official toy drop-off location. In the spirit of season, Busch Gardens will donate $5,000 in toys to the Toys for Tots toy drive.

BGW_Christmas_Town_030.JPG“Together, Busch Gardens and Toys for Tots are helping local families celebrate the season of giving by providing toys for children to open on Christmas morning,” said Park President Carl Lum.

Guests can create their own Christmas Town holiday traditions with a $32 Christmas Town Fun Card that offers unlimited admission for the 2014 Christmas season. Active annual pass members can purchase a Christmas Town pass for $25 and receive unlimited admission to Christmas Town for the 2014 season along with regular pass member benefits like free parking and discounts on park purchases. Visit www.bgwpass.com for complete details.

Busch Gardens opens at 2 p.m. on regularly scheduled Christmas Town operating days. Visit christmastown.com for complete Christmas Town details, including ticket information and operating schedule. Guests can sign up for Busch Gardens’ email updates for the latest information about upcoming Christmas Town special offers, tickets and other exclusive holiday deals.

KidZania

KidZania! Let Your Kids be the adult!

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Via The Guardian

My eldest son, aged seven, is examining a crime scene with his new colleagues. A stolen wallet has been found, and they must trace the owner. The mood is solemn, intense.

Meanwhile, across the street, my youngest, aged four, is busy making pizza. He is bursting with can-do pride, but trying to look as though he does this kind of thing every day.

We are in KidZania Tokyo, one of 16 branches of the fast-expanding global theme park chain: a two-thirds-scale indoor town, with fake sky, fake streets and fake buildings housing 70 shops, restaurants and businesses – from pizza parlours to police stations; there’s even the fuselage of a Boeing 737 for budding cabin crew – all staffed by the thousands of children aged four to 15 who visit each day.

The idea behind KidZania is that children will experience the world of work via role play with adult “zupervisors” – parents are excluded from the town – teaching lessons about responsibility, decision-making and teamwork. Since the first one opened in Santa Fe, near Mexico City, in 1999, more than 35 million children have visited branches of KidZania in cities from Mumbai to Seoul. Early next year, the first branch in the UK is due to open in west London, at Westfield in Shepherd’s Bush, and the company predicts a million people a year will visit.

On entering KidZania, children are given radio-frequency tags – so they can’t leave without an alarm going off – and handed 50 kidzos – KidZania’s currency. These they can deposit in the KidZania bank, which is staffed by children of course and offers 10% interest – to retrieve later using bank cards at pretend ATMs. Or they can spend it on souvenirs and junk food. They can then earn more by working – between five and eight kidzos for a 25-minute shift, depending on the job.

The Japanese branch is rather earnest. I am not getting strong “play” vibes from many of the children. “There is no baby-talk here,” a spokesman tells me. “And in KidZania you will notice it is always dusk, because dusk is when kids have to go home, so it adds an exciting air.”

for more go here

Also, check out KidZania’s website.

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SeaWorld’s Stock Drops After Third Quarter Earnings Released

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Seaworld Entertainment Inc posted their 2014 third-quarter report on Wednesday and the numbers have, like some of their animals, tanked. These numbers represent the difference between 2013 and 2014 third quarters. Also, these numbers are for ALL of SeaWorld’s parks, not just Busch Gardens:

  • Attendance of 8.4 Million, down from 8.9 Million in third-quarter of 2013
  • Revenue of $495.8 million down from $538.4 million in the third quarter of 2013
  • Adjusted EBITDA[1] of $209.1 million down from $254.4 million in the third quarter of 2013
  • Net income of $87.2 million down from $120.7 million in the third quarter of 2013

10530931_10152505185481855_2529751086538467576_nWhile their attendance went down 5.62%, their revenue dropped a staggering 27.75%. Which basically means less people in their parks and of the people in their parks they are spending less money while visiting. After this report was released on Wednesday, SEAS stocks dropped 2.32 points by closing bell.

One of the major factors in this attendance drop seems to point to the Blackfish film released in July of 2013. While most of the film has been debunked as nothing more than lies and propaganda, it continues to have a devastating effect on the company.

With Christmas Town starting next week we hope Busch and SEAS can have a much better fourth quarter. BGW has expanded it’s displays this year from 6 Million to 8 Million lights. They always do a brilliant job for Christmas and we’re excited to see the new show “Scrooge No More” debuting this year in the Globe Theater.

Photos via SeaWorld/Facebook