You'll have a blast at Busch Gardens tomorrow!!
There are 5 coasters, Apollo's Chariot, Big Bad Wolf, Alpengeist, Loch Ness Monster, and the newest coaster, Griffon.
Apollo's Chariot is a non looping coaster, but has lots of up and down hills. It's a smooth coaster and one of my favorites.
Big Bad Wolf is a suspended coaster. No loops, the track is over your head. It's a little jerky, but the ride takes you through an old Barvarian village making for nice scenery during the ride. The second hill has an intense drop, but it's fast and fun!
The other three coasters all contain loops.
Alpengeist is fun. The coaster is a suspended coaster that makes you feel like you're a skier on a ski lift trying to escape the snow monster. Lots of flips and turns, but it's a great ride.
Loch Ness Monster only has two loops, they interchange, and it's the only coaster of it's kind today. It's a gentle ride, but it's short.
Griffon, the newest coaster is by far one of the best coasters around. It's a drop coaster, so when you get to the top of the first hill, it stops and dangles you over the edge for 3 seconds. It's terrifying but fun. The rest of the ride is full of loops and turns, a few bunny hops, and a splash in the pool at the end. A sweet ride!!
For the shows, there are lots to choose from, but being opening weekend, I'm not sure if everything is available. If you can catch the Irish Dancers, watch them! The show and dancing is incredible!!
Das Fest Haus has a good show to watch while you're eating inside. It's a great way to get a break from the heat of the day or the cold since it's indoors. And if you like german food, that's the place to go.
At the front of the park is a 4-D theatre that's really cool. The shows are usually more for kids and family's, but they're fun. Here's a link to BG's site with the show times for tomorrow.
There are other rides at the park too. If you like water rides, Escape from Pompeii is fun. You travel into a building that has the ruins from Pompeii falling around you and lots of fire, then the doors open up and you drop down the hill into a splash of water. You'll get wet so wait until it's hot to ride it.
In Da Vinci's garden of inventions in Italy, there are rides like the Battering Ram (a pirate ship more or less), that rocks back and forth, and Da Vinci's Cradle that sways back and forth.
You also have two indoor rides, Corkscew Hill located in Ireland, and Curse of Darkastle located in Oktoberfest.
Corkscew Hill is a motion ride where you are strapped into the seats and watch a 3-D movie with glasses on. It's fun but if you get motion sickness, you might want to skip it.
Curse of Darkastle is almost the same way, except you sit in sleds that take you around a castle into various rooms. You still wear the 3-D glasses, but it's a fun ride. Hit that one early in the day as the line can get long and the courtyard gets hot when you're just standing there waiting.
When you're ready to eat, there are tons of places to go to suit all tastes.
Das Fest Haus has great german food as well as american food. The sandwiches are big, so if you plan to share, this is a good place to go.
Ristorante Della Piazza has good Italian food, and you can watch a nice song and dance show while you dine.
My favorite restaurant though is Trapper's SmokeHouse. If you love BBQ, go here. For about $10, you can get a half chicken meal with waffle fries and a roll. Great food!! The place gets packed quickly during lunch, but the lines move fast. They also serve salmon, salads, brisket, and ribs.
There are also smaller eateries around the park as well. In Ireland, there's Grogan's Grill which has good Irish foods.
If you want dessert, grab a waffle ice cream cone at one of the ice cream shops. I love the banana split waffle cone. Ice cream, sliced bananas and strawberries, and hot fudge.
Don't forget to take plenty of money for souveniers too.
All in all, you'll have a good time. I've never had a bad visit to Busch Gardens. This is one of the best amusement parks in the country.