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(08/26/15 09:34pm)halfabee Wrote:  Today I rediscovered a treasure trove of old park memorabilia and publications from the late 80s through late 90s.  One item in the pile: a small box of perhaps a dozen 35mm slides issued by Busch Gardens Williamsburg during that time period.  

At a glance I was not sure whether they were media event swag or a souvenir collection sold in the park.  Either way, there are some good images in there.

I gave the gift of a slide scanner to a family member last year.  Coincidentally I am seeing said family member this weekend.  If I can remember to do so, I will scan the slides and put them up here.

I cant wait to see them if you remember!

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Looks like the exact date is 1993, and many of the slides appear unrecoverable. Not sure whether that damage occurred before or after I received them, as I never looked at them at that time.

But there are four that I can work with, titled:

1. Haunts of the Olde Country
2. Drachen Fire Roller Coaster
3. Roman Rapids
4. Rhine River

Images to come as technology and short-term memory permit...
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Ooooo.....Drachen Fire. Do a good job Smiling

Where? Behind the rabbit?
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Okay, here they are.  Some good, some meh, one slightly bizarre.  After substantial experimentation, this was the best I could get in terms of crispness and color from the four recoverable slides.  They were either degraded by time and storage, or just not that great to start with.

All images circa 1993 or earlier.  Imgur gallery is here with larger images that really make it obvious how far gone the slides were.

1. Drachen Fire.  Still has its full set of corkscrews in this image.  The cork being strenuously navigated by the train is the one that will be removed within a couple of years of this photo (i.e., after the '94 season). Such a great looking ride; I found it enjoyable enough although it was never one of my favorites. Not pictured is the Kingsmill resident 1/4-mile behind the photographer, muttering about the noisy contraption disturbing his afternoon on the porch of the home he recently bought knowing full well there was a gigantic theme park next door.

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2. Roman Rapids.  Looks like the waterfalls are in full effect here.  As are the early 1990s! We have come full circle on those big glasses and plaid shirts, yet it is still evident that this image is from decades ago.

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3. Busch Gardens Railway and Rhine River Cruise.  This image, mundane though it may be, was tough to get.  Color slides that feature such changes in brightness from area to area can be nearly impossible to transfer well using basic tools bought cheaply from Amazon.  To get this one I took 7 different images of different portions of the slide at different exposure levels, then created a composite "panorama" by using (read: abusing) Picasa and its surprisingly capable Microsoft ICE add-in, which more or less accidentally managed to balance the section-by-section levels while unnecessarily stitching everything together.  This was as good as it was going to get. Saved by software!

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4. Haunts of the Olde Country. I had to save this one for last, as it really has me wondering who decided this shot should be the one chosen to represent "Haunts" in the slide deck. This slide was nearly impossible to capture due to brightness challenges, and shares the fuzziness of the entire set. But as for the actual content of the source photo... there's so much to say about this one. I don't even want to get started. Just ... enjoy.

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OMG AWESOME! i actually was able to ride drachen fire or even see it at the park. So for me that is really cool!!!

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I sincerely apologize for the quality of this EURONEWS but my scanner is broken so I had to take photos. Anyways, this is the Spring 2008 EURONEWS sent out to pass members during the off-season.
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For anyone wondering what is blocking the address, that is the season pass I used from 2003-2015.

Where is Hummel Boy?
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(09/04/15 06:41pm)Connor Wrote:  Image

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I'm sorry I'm late to saying this but better late than never.

Halfabee, you struck gold. Holy crap. Absolutely gorgeous images. Thank you so much for sharing!

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07/28/17 at 03:28pm in Media Kits & Other General Publications (Latest Edit: 07/28/17 at 03:36pm by BGW Family.)
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After posting the Wolf Valley press release, I'd thought I pull some others out of the stash. Neither a media kit nor publication per se, but best thread I see for this.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Wrote:New Gateway To Adventure Opens At Busch Gardens Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., March 12, 2001 - Voted the world's "Favorite Theme Park" in 2000 and America's "Most Beautiful Theme Park" for nine consecutive years by the National Amusement Park Historical Association, Busch Gardens Williamsburg unveils it's 27th season of fun March 24 with a new entrance, new ticket offers and an unprecedented rain guarantee.

Visitors will find a new way to enter the theme park in 2001. "We have constructed a larger entrance and toll plaza to accommodate a greater number of guests simultaneously entering the park," said Larry Giles, vice president of design and engineering at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. "We have grown from six lanes to ten; that will allow visitors to spend less time parking and more time playing," added Giles.

Road signs direct guests to the new gateway, located half a mile farther east on Route 60 than the previous entrance. Employees, tour buses and delivery trucks will continue to utilize the original entryway.

The park entrance isn't the only thing new for guests in 2001. The charming new Irish hamlet of Killarney at Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens Saturday, May 19. Killarney is home to "Irish Thunder," a world-class Irish step dancing extravaganza at the Abbey Stone Theatre, and Corkscrew Hill, a 4-D adventure through mythical Celtic lore. From adventure and enchantment to food and folklore, guests encounter an authentic journey through the Emerald Isle.

Also in 2001, the European-themed park launches the all-new Summer Sizzler Passport. The pass is available for purchase through April 30 only. The Summer Sizzler offers guests unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Water Country USA through Aug. 31, 2001, for only $59.99.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA announce an unprecedented guarantee for guests who experience rain during their visit to the Williamsburg parks in 2001. If it rains, the very next day is free. "We want every guest to enjoy every minute at our parks, rain or shine," said John Gillespie, vice president of marketing for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.

Renowned for world-class roller coasters including Alpengeist and Apollo's Chariot, Busch Gardens features more than 40 thrilling rides, shows and attractions.

Wisdom from a mug ~ In the time before airlines & electricity, the countries of medieval Europe developed distinctive styles architecture suited to their regions. Traditions & culture grew separately as well. The diverse heritage of many Americans is celebrated here in Busch Gardens at Williamsburg.
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A Daily Press article from March 30, 1996.

I don't see a thread for "The Power of Dream" ice show that was in the Royal Palace Theatre. Any recollections or media for this show?

   

Daily Press Wrote:An Olympic Opening
Busch Gardens' Focus On 1996 Summer Games
March 30, 1996|By SAM MCDONALD Daily Press

Busch Gardens might not be the same after meeting the goofy, blue, bug-eyed beast with a rainbow tail and lightning bolts for eyebrows. But the good folks there are betting that the sneaker-wearing creature, dubbed IZZY, will offer a brand of silliness kids can't resist. When the Williamsburg theme park opens its 21st season at 10 a.m. today, the colorful, highly abstract mascot of the 1996 Olympic Games will be strolling through Busch Gardens' nine European-style hamlets.

And on April 12, a new ride called "Wild IZZY" will make its debut. "Wild IZZY" attempts to recreate the manic, mischievous energy of its namesake, offering a maze of revolving dips and unexpected turns intended to appeal to both children and adults.

To promote the new attraction - as well as the Atlanta games themselves - Busch Gardens plans to bring in a variety of past and present Olympic athletes throughout the summer to perform for visitors. Why the strong Olympic tie-in? Busch Gardens is the official theme park sponsor for the games. "We're really celebrating our Centennial Olympic Games participation," said Margaret Norquist, a Busch Gardens spokeswoman. "It's a good way to get people interested. Even if they can't go [to Atlanta], they can get a feel for what it's like."

To that end, the park will present an Olympic tribute series in the Royal Palace Theatre. It kicks off in June with an ice show called "The Power of Dream." In August, the series will present performances by Kurt Thomas' Gymnastics America, a professional gymnastics troupe.

Norquist said Busch Gardens set an attendance record last season. But the park's parent company, Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks, doesn't release specific numbers for competitive reasons. The attraction expects 1996 to be another banner year. "I think it's a trend for us," Norquist said. The 360-acre park offers more than 30 rides and attractions including "Escape From Pompeii," which opened last year, and four roller coasters.

Other new features at Busch Gardens this season include:

* "King Arthur's Challenge," a 3-D simulator ride that depicts a journey through a legendary castle.

* "Funiculi, Funicula!" an Italian music show at Theatre di San Marco. It will include eight vocalists and a live orchestra.

* "The World of Birds," a show for wildlife fanciers, will debut at the Feathered Follies Theatre.

Busch Gardens employs more than 3,000 permanent and part-time workers, Norquist said. Water Country USA, which opens May 11, is affiliated with the park but operates at a different site.

BUSCH GARDENS

Directions: Busch Gardens is located off Route 60 in Williamsburg. From I-64 West, take exit 242A and follow signs to the park.

Hours: Starting today, the park will be open weekends 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Easter week - April 6-14 - the park will be open daily. Regular daily operation begins May 13.

Admission: $29.95 for ages 7 and up, $22.95 for ages 3 to 6. Children 2 and under are admitted free. Parking is $4.

Info: 253-3350

Wisdom from a mug ~ In the time before airlines & electricity, the countries of medieval Europe developed distinctive styles architecture suited to their regions. Traditions & culture grew separately as well. The diverse heritage of many Americans is celebrated here in Busch Gardens at Williamsburg.
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King Arthur's Challenge. Wow
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(08/19/17 11:17am)jornor Wrote:  King Arthur's Challenge. Wow
Yeah, "wow" was one way to describe that ride.
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it was special

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