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Banbury Cross Renovations, Food & Wine Festival Construction, and More
By Zachary Posted in Featured, Updates on May 12, 2014 2 Comments 4 min read
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It has been quite a while since our last construction update. I guess it’s about time I fix that…
Today we have pictures of the rather shocking changes made to the front of the Globe Theatre, progress on the Banbury Coke Market which we leaked would be coming a while back, pictures of the ongoing Food & Wine Festival construction progress, and a few other odds and ends. Enjoy!

The Globe Theatre

I’m going to start with The Globe Theatre because, well, that’s what most everyone is really here to see so I might as well get it out of the way first. The following pictures are presented without commentary, but if you find bright neon colors shocking or offensive, you may want to pull out your sunglasses before proceeding.

As you can see, the front of The Globe Theatre is a bit, well… uh… overwhelming. I’m not going to go on and on about what I think of the changes because, honestly, I think thoughts about it are pretty universally negative- at least judging by the reaction on our Facebook page. It’s also worth noting that wires have been strung up throughout the hamlet in preparation for a slew of overhanging Union Jack flags. This should be interesting…


Banbury Cross Coke Market

In stark contrast to The Globe’s new clown makeup facade, the situation across the pathway at the new Banbury Coke Market (a.k.a. Union Snacks) is becoming more propitious as it nears completion. If I’m to be completely honest here, it’s bewildering to see that the park really does remember what Banbury Cross is supposed to look like yet still allows The Globe Theatre to be defaced to the extent that it has been. Such a shame. Anyway, don’t let the dark clouds produced by The Globe ruin the Banbury Coke Market for you- it really does look absolutely fantastic.


New Trapper’s Village Restrooms

They’re restrooms, but they’re also very nice restrooms- at least on the outside.

Back when the construction began, I was a bit weary of how the building would end up looking- especially since the one it was replacing (below) was always one of Trapper’s Village’s better looking structures. Despite the fact that the new building went in a very different design direction than its predecessor (and the rest of the New France-themed hamlet), the aesthetics added as construction progressed eventually culminated in a wonderfully styled building. Now that it’s complete, I actually find myself wishing the rest of Trapper’s Village looked half as good as the new restrooms building does.
For comparison’s sake, here’s a “before” shot of the area:
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Food & Wine Festival Construction

Sadly, there’s really not much interesting here either. The two new booths will be highlighted but I’m just going to lump all the returning booths together because, visually, all the returning booths are identical to the ones we saw last year.

American Southwest

The American Southwest booth is being constructed next to the Trapper’s Smokehouse outdoor seating area that wraps around the back of Caribou Pottery. I’ve included a shot of the location on Google StreetView below.
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This year’s second new booth will be serving Caribbean dishes. As you can see from the pictures above, the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival booth is a very brightly colored blue and yellow building. I’m very interested to see how this one comes together- especially against the conservative color schemes of both Rhinefeld and Oktoberfest- the two hamlets its shoved between. For the sake of consistency, you can check out the the area where the booth was added below.
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Returning Booths

I’m not going to say all that much about the returning booths individually because, honestly, absolutely nothing notable has changed on any of them. Despite that fact, I figured that their current states were worth documenting and sharing regardless.

As always, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for a more regular stream of updates from the park! With London Rock’s debut on the horizon and the 2nd annual Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food & Wine Festival about to debut, there will be a lot to talk about over the coming weeks! Stay tuned…

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  1. All those booths look atrocious. As does the front of Globe Theatre. But Union Snax does look pretty good though. I just wish they’d set it a little further back there instead of leaving the footers and eaves sticking out in the path.

  2. I honestly feel this is a trend with the park. Where we have some cool stuff… followed by horrible crap!
    This year, we had the new bridge,the balcony in san marco and now the restrooms in new france and the Union Snax…However we have the Globe painting,easter bunny trail,and the butterfies in front of Festhaus…
    We have seen it before,time and time again.Verbolten was ruined by mach tower, HoS had excellent theming in banbury with Ripper Row, followed by scarezone style details everywhere else and understaffing plus the removal of the parks one truly scary maze… The park is bipolar, I swear!