A Robert Vargas, posted this on the Busch Gardens Facebook page back on February 21, 2018:
"FYI: The Bear Paw (Woodshop) in New France has closed down. It was my pleasure to have created many signs for you guys. For my customers who were looking forward to getting a sign this year. I do apologize for this sudden news. I will miss the shop, it was a good run for the last 5 years. I'll be in the park but in a different department with Kamans Art Shoppes. I'll be at Letterbrush Art. I look forward to seeing you all at the park, thanks again for being a valued customer."
I never thought I would say this, but I want a Scandinavian retheme. The things they could do with it are endless. Phantasialand absolutely hit it out of the park. I would love to see some wood/stone buildings with shields and axes everywhere. God it would be fantastic.
In addition to the change in music, I've noticed that New France has encountered a slight change in theme since the addition of InvadR (or rather since its construction began in 2016). Whereas the hamlet had more of an early settlers theme for the first forty or so years of its life, its current setting seems shifted slightly later in time to being a more "established" French Canadian village.
Many of the "exploration" props that suggested New France to be an early settlement in the Canadian frontier have quietly been removed in the last few years. All but a few of the once-ubiquitous canoes have been removed from the area's gardens, with the remaining few all concentrated around Trapper's. Signage indicating presence in the Canadian wilderness, from the Wild Moose Lodge (whose removal was a casualty of InvadR) to the long-gone map of "Fort" New France is nowhere to be found. The exotic Trading Post is now the more-civilized General Store. And most interestingly, all references to Native Americans have vanished- from the carvings outside the aforementioned gift shop to the Native American displays inside the shop to the loss of indigenous arrows spearing the area's rooftops.
Now, the area has a more "established" feel, as if it is a more matured and civilized village. To me, everything from the new water tower to the General Store suggest a society that is more of a functional Canadian town, in the same sense that Rhinefeld is a German town and Aquitaine a French town, than a ramshackle settlement on the frontier.
I don't really prefer one theme over the other (the only pure preference to the former theme being nostalgia), but I just wanted to point out that the area seems to have evolved slightly in terms of its setting. Because analyzing the hell out of everything is what we do!
they are really play fast and loose with the history of Quebec. Not for nothing, French Canadians are really jealous of their history, which is actually quiet rich and largely independent of the English crown. Then... as my grandfather liked to point out, the Plains of Abraham happened... Also... Canada as an independent nation did not exist until 1931, and the flag as we know it did not exist until 1965. Frankly the relationship between the French and English was and is quiet complex and did not come to a final conclusion until 92.
America has turned a blind eye to our northern neighbor's suffering at the hands of the Vikings. "America first" has gone too far. Next thing you know, we'll be building a wall to stop the Mongol invasion through Mexico.
The dragon initially had rocks in a net below the log. Needless to say when viewed from certain angles it appeared less than family friendly. The rocks were quietly removed before the official opening.