They did mention that they would have small stands set-up throughout the park so I imagine these are the kind of things will see in the park. Also, I heard a rumor that the wagon was refurbished as PR said.
As I've mentioned before, we had a cabana for Pass Member Preview Day, so we were based right in the middle of the Wild Reserve. The park did an amazing job with the animal exhibits, in my opinion. I think we managed to see them all, because of our periodic treks back to the cabana. The serval and lemurs were a huge highlight for me on Saturday. But all of the birds and even the rat they had out were great, as well. The serval's personal story will make you very angry, however. (We spent a fair amount of time talking with the trainer at his exhibit.)
I have mentioned in the past that BGW needs to add more animal exhibits, and I think maybe this year they are moving in that direction. Once the Irish Setters are old enough to be in the show, the Collies will be back at the stables, according to the trainer we were talking to Saturday morning. And if the other rumors are true, it sounds as if there will be several more animal exhibits, as well.
I for one am very excited to see more animals at BGW.
We talked to the head of Zoology and she acknowledged the cuts, actually. She said it was going to be an interesting transition this year. However, she also did point how the cuts could be beneficial in a way, more time for the existing animals, more resources, more space. More animals will be coming back out to their park habitats as the weather warms up, also.
Here are some pics of the renovated gypsy wagon in its new/old spot in the Wild Reserve:
It seems as if there was a decently big renovation done to it. Considering wood was falling off of it by the end of last season, I'd say it looks a lot better. A complete paint job was done, also the shade of burgundy is a bit darker, and the trimming paint seemed kind of rushed, there are some sloppily done areas, but nothing instantly noticeable unless you get a closer look. A glossy protective coat seemed to have been put over it too, which will hopefully slow down the wear-and-tear process in the future.
Now, it seems as if something is planned to be done with and/or around this wagon. The reason I say that is the two benches in the fenced off area, which is actually fairly large for a prop. Also, the mulch laid down here is different from regular mulch, its pieces are much larger, like it was meant to be walked on. But who knows, I guess we'll see.