Howl-O-Scream 2014: The Lineup
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As I’m sure many of you have noticed, it has been a while since we’ve had a photo update to share. Why? Well because, in all honesty, aside from dumping paint on The Globe Theatre, the park really hasn’t been up to all that much lately. Anyway, today’s post focuses on preparations for the park’s latest thematically-questionable summertime event, Star Spangled Nights, as well as the addition of Scottish Highland Cattle to a plot of land between Banbury Cross and Heatherdowns. Enjoy!
Star Spangled Nights
I’m going to start things off with Star Spangled Nights, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s new American patriotism-themed special event located primarily in the park’s San Marco hamlet. If this is the first time you’re hearing the name Star Spangled Nights, you may remember it as Americana, the internal working name for the event we leaked earlier this year. The blaring thematic problems introduced by hanging American flags all over San Marco (San ‘Merica?) and dropping a giant foam replica of the Statue of Liberty into the center of Da Vinci’s Garden are painfully obvious so I’ll avoid rehashing all of that here. Instead, I’m just going to give you pictures because, honestly, I’m fairly certain that those alone will garner quite the reaction from many of you.
First up, we have DaVinci’s Garden of Inventions. It’s actually quite sad to see what is widely regarded (historically at least) as one of the park’s most beautiful areas turned into whatever this is. Regardless, thanks a ton to Luke for the picture.
The large styrofoam replica of the Statue of Liberty
Next up we have Victory Canteen because, you know, nothing says ‘Merica like a ton of booze. These pictures come courtesy of Luke as well.
Decorative booze bottles. ‘MERICA!
A closer look at the back wall on the right side of Victory Canteen
Overview of Victory Canteen
If you’ve ever been to a Busch Gardens special event before, you’re probably wondering where the glow booth is. Worry not, Star Spangled Nights has your glow toy needs covered as well.
Future site of the Star Spangled Nights glow booth
I’d rather if you didn’t Busch Gardens…
The booth is precariously placed between two very active misters
In addition to the new structures above, the park has also thrown red, white, and blue tinsel, banners, signs, and more all over the hamlet. A few of these pictures were provided by Luke so, once again, thank him for running to the park this afternoon!
The San Marco/Oktoberfest bridge is all decked out in Star Spangled Nights garb
Red, white, and blue tinsel has been strung over San Marco’s central plaza
These, uh, things have shown up all over the place
Path from Pompeii to DaVinci’s Garden? Check
That guy looks very enthused to see all the Star Spangled Nights decorations as he enters from Festa Italia
Did I mention these things were bloody everywhere?
Even the Rhine River Cruise boats have gotten in on the ‘Merica action. Fantastic.
Because I know everyone is itching to make it to this glorious new event as soon as humanly possible, Star Spangled Nights starts July 3rd and runs through August 10th.
Scottish Highland Cattle
Ok, that’s enough horrible jingoism for now. How about some pleasant, happy news? Sound good? I agree. Luckily, we have some: A pair of Scottish Highlands have taken up residence between Banbury Cross and Heatherdowns next to the Aeronaut Skyride station. Though Rose and Thistle have been on property for well over a month now, this last weekend was the first time they’ve been brought out into their new enclosure inside the park. Below are a few pictures of the two of them in their new habitat.
If I knew how to tell them apart, I’d tell you whether this is Thistle or Rose
But alas, I don’t have any idea
Here’s the closer look at their new shade structure
An overview of their enclosure
I honestly find Rose and Thistle to be a delightful addition to the park. Over the last few years we’ve seen an impressive number of smaller animal exhibits popping up in previously vacant corners of the park and I really do hope that’s a trend we see continue into the future. Even just livestock like the new Highlands or the park’s collection of sheep somehow manage to add quite a bit of pleasant charm to the park’s atmosphere- something Busch Gardens Williamsburg desperately needs more of these days.