A little over a month ago I was chatting with Karen online and we were talking about Busch Gardens. She mentioned she would like to go, so I said we should. Thus a plan was born. We decided on a weekend and she booked the hotel. We went down last weekend.
I met her at her place about 4 PM on Friday and we started down. We tried to stay of 95 due to traffic and that worked to a degree. Anywhere within 100 miles of DC on a Friday afternoon is trouble though. We got down to the hotel about 10 PM and checked in. One of the requirements Karen had was a 24 hour pool and hot tub. We took advantage of it before going to bed.
We got up Saturday and headed over to the park. We got into the park a few minutes after opening at 10 AM. We started with a 4D show of an R.L. Stine story. After that we went on the Loch Ness Monster and continued with many roller coasters. It was a little chilly and only was a high of about 50. After the sun went down it cooled off even more. We wanted to get some knit beanies. We couldn't find any we really liked the most basic and normal was a Budweiser one. Yes I support Bud as well it seems.
We rode every roller coaster at least once if not more. The best was Apollo's Chariot I think. We were able to ride it three times. The second best was Alpengeist, which was our longest wait of the night. The newest ride was the Curse of DarKastle, which was an interesting combination of a roller coaster and 4D effects. We passed on all the water rides.
Like many amusement parks Busch Gardens does an end of season Halloween setup. It is called Hallowscream at this park. Most of those attractions started at about 4 PM. The attractions were rated 1-5 pumpkins as far as scariness. The first one we went to was an alternate show in the Oktoberfest hall. It was rated 4 pumpkins, um not quite. It was more cheesy than scary. After that we walked through one of the haunted houses which weren’t too great either. We finished the night at their Halloween version of the magic show. It was pretty good.
At the end of the magic show Karen took pity on my chilly wimpy butt and ended the evening. Once we got back to the hotel we again took advantage of the hot tub, which really helped after the cold day.
Sunday after checking out we went to Colonial Williamsburg. We walked around the area for a few hours. We didn't get tickets and go in because I was a little tired, and Karen saw I wasn't really up for it. Maybe next time. It was a really fun weekend.
After not going to any amusement parks for almost 10 years I managed to go to Disney World MGM Studios and Universal Studios with Jess and Six Flags and Busch Gardens with Karen this summer. Kind of amazing. Wonder if I can keep up the trend next year.