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Our second day in the Williamsburg area started like this. Coffee on our balcony at partner, Kings Creek Plantation.
It was awesome, although nobody needed any caffeine this morning as were all super excited… we were going to travel partner Busch Gardens, Williamsburg Virginia!
We were the first people there…. because we were taking a tour before the park opened.
I had no idea what to expect. I had heard great things about the park, and Pete had been there as a child, but other than that, I didn't know too many specifics. As soon as we walked in, we were all blown away! I would say it is a mix between Universal Studios and Epcot at Walt Disney World. It's not really like either of those, but that is the closest “feel” I can put into words.
The park is divided into eight different countries. They were all awesome and feature food, entertainment, and rides from the area.
If you are traveling with little ones, be sure to stop by the height checkers at the entrance, each of the rides has different height requirements and it is a fun way to find out what rides everyone can go on. Emmy was able to go on close to 90% of the rides.
Our tour leader, Alexis was awesome. She showed us behind the scene areas, shared special insights with u,s and then walked us directly onto the rides with no waits. They offer different types of tours starting at an additional fee of only $50 per person and I can't recommend doing this enough.
DarKastle was my favorite ride! Emmy even got to say good morning over the loud speaker to everyone. It was a tad scary which we all loved!
We ate lunch in Germany and planned it so that we had our lunch on the table (self serve, cafeteria style dining) right as the live show started. I would recommend checking the show schedule and doing the same. The food was all delicious and we had toured the kitchen to see everyone cooking home style earlier. Don't forget dessert here. It is amazing!
There are so many things to do at Busch Gardens, Virginia that I really think that you need at least two days to explore, even if you purchase the VIP tour. If you are like us, and only have one day to pack it all in here is what I would recommend you do…
- See the Clydesdale horses. They are beautiful and it is fun to see them up close.
- Plan all of the rides you want to go on before you get there. Map them out, and get to them first thing in the morning….specially if there is a chance of rain as they can be closed for safety.
- Have a snack in each land, and pick a couple to have your main meals in.
- If you are traveling with little ones, head to the Forest of Fun. There are also other attractions sprinkled throughout the park for them.
- Book a tour before you go. You won't regret it!
- See the Bald Eagles. There are few chances to see these majestic birds so close. These birds, like most in captivity, were injured and are unable to survive in the wild. The wolves are also so close so take a look at them too!
- Go on the sky ride….it's a totally different view from up there!
- Take the Rhine river cruise. It goes in areas that are not accessible by foot and the land is beautiful surrounding the river.
- Ride on the train early. This will help you get a bearings of the park.
- Bring your pet if you are traveling with them. There is an onsite Pet Kennel in the England parking lot for them to stay at while you are off having fun. Please call ahead for an appointment.
We all had such a great time, although this is the ultimate sign of a good day….Emmy fell fast asleep before we even left the parking lot, and we can't wait to go back!