Busch Gardens is a theme park located in James City County that opened in 1975. The park is broken into different parts or “countries” each showcasing different food and music. England, Germany, Italy, France, Scotland and Ireland—they’re all there.
Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve is also located within the park with an area dedicated to the rehabilitation of bald eagles. The site also houses wolves. The gardens also have an area called the Highland Stables where people can see blackface sheep and border collies and view demonstrations of traditional herding and hunting methods.
The theme park is best known for its roller coasters. Amusement Today, a monthly periodical that features all the latest news reviews about the amusement park industry has consistently ranked the garden’s Apollo’s Chariot rollercoaster consistently highly in its prestigious Golden Ticket Award.
The park covers 383-acres. It has rides which include Land of the Dragons, Prince Elmo’s Spire, Little Balloons, Elephant Run, Alpengeist, Griffon and many more.
The park is broken into different hamlets or “countries” each showcasing different food and music: Banbury Cross (England), Rhinefeld (Germany), San Marco and Festa Italia (Italy), Aquitaine (France), Heatherdowns (Scotland), Killarney (Ireland), Sesame Street Forest of Fun. They have a signature Halloween event called Howl-O-Scream with attractions featuring various ghouls, ghosts and haunted houses.
Christmas Town is the park’s beautifully lit up Christmas event featuring attractions, shows and shopping. Transportation within the park is done by three steam locomotives and a sky ride.
There are also Broadway-style shows here like:
- Roll Out The Barrel: Featuring singers, acrobats, and dancers.
- Celtic Fyre: A show celebrating Celtic tradition through dance.
- London Rocks: A 25-minute live action rock extravaganza.
- Mix It Up: Chef Musicians and waiters perform various Italian numbers.
- More... Pet Shenanigans: Trained animals delight the audience.
- Sunny Days Celebration: The friends at Sesame Street sing and dance for you.
- The secret life of Predators: A presentation about the top predators.
- Busch Gardens reserves the right to admission and one of their rules is to wear appropriate clothing (nothing with explicit language, no costumes). Make sure you comply.
- Double check the schedule before visiting. The park is not open every day and even the closing times vary greatly.
- Outside food is not allowed inside the park.
- Although the park is open during inclement weather, some of the rides and shows may be cancelled. Refunds are not issued for the same.
- Cameras are not allowed inside the premises and must be kept inside lockers which are available for a fee. If a camera harness is used, it must be approved by a Parks Operation Manager before it is taken inside the park.
- Pets are not allowed inside however kennel services are provided. Food is not included. However, trained service animals are allowed.
- Wheelchairs and strollers can be rented by people above the age of 18.
- Ages 3-9: $65
- The closing time of the park may vary.
- The schedule varied greatly, so it will be wise to check ahead before scheduling a visit. For instance, in 2015, the park is open every day through June and July. But this isn’t true for the rest of the year.
- Schedule your visit around the shows you want to see. Different shows have different timings.
- Williamsburg Amtrak Train Station lies ten minutes away.
- Bus: No 1 stop Busch Gardn England.
- The park itself has many eateries like Squire’s Grille
- Cafe Lulu
- Trapper’s Smokehouse
- Ristorante della Plazza
- The British Baker and more
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95% of people who visit Williamsburg include Busch Gardens in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
68.48% of people start their Busch Gardens visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Busch Gardens
81.11% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Busch Gardens
Overall we had a good time but there were some disappointments. First, I got there and was told that the park was opening two hours later than expected on Monday 12/10/18. This was due to snow that fell the night before. I bought my tickets online a month in advance. I don't see why they couldn't have emailed people about the delay, they keep sending me marketing emails. My kid enjoyed the rides that were open. Some rides like coasters were closed due to snow which made sense, but I don't understand why the carousel wasn't running. That was a disappointment. Then, we went to get on the Christmas train which was a big draw. After boarding the train and waiting for a long time in the freezing cold, they announced that the train wasn't running and offered no explanation. Big disappointment. It was pretty, the food was okay, the show were good, the carolers were very impressive - give them a raise. I had hoped our experience would be better.
Christmas Town could make any Grinch fall into the Christmas spirit!! We did the wine tasting from 3 countries and that was fun. The shops have a little bit of everything. Their signature peppermint hit chocolate was more water than peppermint or chocolate sadly. The performances were fabulous! The gondola ride was romantic.
Christmas town was beautiful, it really and truly put me in the Christmas spirit. Even though it got really chilly, I had a fabulous time. My grandson loved everything about the day. He made it more special, watching his eyes as he saw the shows and rode the rides. Then on the train ride seeing the lights around the entire Park and singing carols was awesome. If you can afford the tickets and the $20 for parking it is a wonderful time. It will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit.
Wonderful experience with my family! Recommend to anyone looking to see TONS of Christmas lights! Definitely not as crowded as I had expected it to be. I would recommend anyone going, dress yourself and your children warm! Bring a bag so you can take off layers, we had a stroller, but didn't take any layers off. If you have gloves and hat, you should be fine. If you forget to bring them, not the end of the world, there is a shop that sells them every 20 ft. Haha. My son loved all the lights and it's a great experience for kids!
We had a wonderful time at the Christmas Town - a party of 3 adults. This events is great for all ages. The live performances are fantastic and every area has live performances. I would advise going early if you plan to see more than one shows because many of run at the same time. Enjoy!