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Happy Monday! If you couldn’t tell, we are still working on getting caught up on our posts from when our website had the site issue. Playing catch up is difficult!

If you have read my earlier travel diaries, we took a mini road from Washington D.C to Virginia Beach to visit my in-laws.  The last time we saw them was over five years ago, it was definitely time.  We are theme park junkies, and one theme park we have never been to was Busch Gardens.  We decided to check out Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Our plan was to arrive early to beat the lines, but GPS actually directed us to the employee parking lot.  Do not off of the address straight from the Google page.  We were finally redirected to the park parking lots, but not after waiting in line for a good hour and half.  Busch Gardens did compensate for the wait by giving us free parking.

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Another difficulty we met was with our tickets.  Some tickets were bought from Groupon, because they were running a special.  We were told to redeem at the kiosk, if we didn’t want to wait in line- this was with all the other Groupon purchasers.  After a good 15 minutes of trying to enter voucher codes into these machines, we gave up.  I decided to ask a park employee.  All we had to do was bring it up to the gate.  This was literally my face -_-.  At the time, this situations are frustrating as heck, but they make great stories and memories, lol.

One thing I love about the amusement parks out here are the fact they measure our smaller kids and give a list of all the rides they are able to ride.  I think this helped a lot with my little one.  She is a thrill seeker and loves coasters.  Usually, we have to go up to a ride to find out if she can ride it or not.  If not, then the disappointment kicked in.  I think by knowing ahead of time what rides she could and could not go on, we could just avoid them all together.   My daughter is only 8 years and pretty short, but she was able to go on a lot of roller coasters.

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We loved that the park incorporated different countries through out the park.  We had check out everything in England, France, and Germany.  Also, the food was pretty good.  You can find eateries that are dedicated to the country they are located in.  Lunch was amazing!  I am sad that I didn’t get any pictures, but it was really dark in the area we ate because of the show in Das Festhaus .  Dessert in France was pretty good!

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Josephine’s Creamery de Chocolat– They feature chocolate sauce made with Ghirardelli® chocolate!  To Die for!  While eating your yummy dessert, you can sit outside of Josephine’s and watch the riders on the Alpengeist.

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Alpengeist – Inverted Roller Coaster

This is probably the best ride at the park! Runner up would be the Verbolten! This ride does have a height requirement.  My little was not able to ride it, but she was holding out for her top choices!

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Loch Ness Monster

This is a must have ride for the entire family.  If the height requirements apply!

The cool thing about this Busch Gardens, is that they had a bit of everything.  They have the thrill rides for the roll coaster junkies in your group; KIDsiderate attractions for the little’s; Water country USA, for the water park goers; and for the animal lover- an animal area with eagles, parrots, horses, and wolves.

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We didn’t see much of the animals, because we were on a mission to get in all the coasters we wanted to ride.  However, we were able to get some great shots of the Bald Eagle.

If you’re visiting the area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a must do!  My family and I really enjoyed our time here.  We actually wish we would have had another day to see more of the park.  There’s always next time!

Jacki

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