What event are you most excited about?


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It seems that little information about the specifics of the park's special events for 2011 have been released. However, from the park's website, I have found the following:

April and May:

Ramp Jam is returning from last year. It seems to be not much different from last year, incorporating BMX, skateboarding, and in-line skating.

June, July, and August:

Illuminights is returning for 2011, though it appears it is not running through Labor Day as I think it did last year, though I'm not sure. Glory at the Gardens is again being held in June, though I can't find a list of bands. After that, the Summer Concerts series continues.

September:

Wild Days, which looks like a spin-off of the Jack Hanna program they used to have at the park is going on in September. This is an event geared towards kids that allows them to learn about wild animals and environmental conservation from animal activists. This seems like a good family-friendly attraction for the park.

Howl-O-Scream:

Obviously, HOS returns for 2011, though it might be scarier to some people on the forums if Busch announced it was not returning. Hopefully, info will be released to us before HOS begins this year.

Christmas Town:

For the third year, Christmas Town comes to Busch Gardens. It will be held from Nov. 26-Dec 31.

If anyone has more info, please post it. Thanks!
 

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Wild Days is going on its 3rd or 4th season, just to clarify -- your wording possibly seemed to imply it is new, but if you didn't mean it that way, apologies.

If they do it like they have in the past, they bring in additional animals and have mini-shows outdoors in a couple of different countries, plus Julie Scardina or Jack give special appearances (often including "dine with" deals) in Festhaus and/or Globe. The presentations give pretty good overviews of the animals' behavior or habitat or whatnot so I wouldn't strictly call it for kids -- unless Busch is changing it? We always make the Jack Hanna breakfast when it is offered and we're at best kids at heart.:p
 
Franco said:
June, July, and August:

Illuminights is returning for 2011, though it appears it is not running through Labor Day as I think it did last year, though I'm not sure. Glory at the Gardens is again being held in June, though I can't find a list of bands. After that, the Summer Concerts series continues.

Illuminights only ran through August 22nd this year (not labor day), no change there.
 
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The only thing I can find on the Internet says that Casting Crowns are playing Glory at the Gardens and the Charlie Daniels Band and Rick Springfield will be included in the Summer Concert series. Of course, this would not be everyone, and I am not sure of the accuracy of these claims.
 
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Amanda and I are always hoping for 80's bands! I vote for Roxette! Woot!

Heavenly bound
Cause heaven's got a number
When she's spinning me around
Kissing is a colour
Her loving is a wild dog
She's got the look


Ah~ I :heart: the 80's! I would very much love Duran Duran - but yeah- not happening. Perhaps Tears for Fears??? BGW Entertainment Dept... hope you are reading this. :D
 
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Duran Duran is making a comeback, Nora. They're much too good for the likes of Busch Gardens now. You just missed them by about three years or so. Maybe I should Save a Prayer for you, though. :p
 
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Franco said:
Duran Duran is making a comeback, Nora. They're much too good for the likes of Busch Gardens now. You just missed them by about three years or so. Maybe I should Save a Prayer for you, though. :p

Nah~ No need. I already saw those "Wild Boys" in concert a few years back when they came to Portsmouth. But then again, they were my favorite band from the 80's. They were "Notorious" for making "Planet Earth" "Hungry like the Wolf" for more songs. We could only "Save a Prayer" that they will continue to write music, but I wonder "if there is something I should know" about their "New Religion"; aka- new sound, that will "Make me Smile." Recently, everything has been a "Red Carpet Massacre"

Nah~ to dance to their music is like "The Reflex" and only the "Careless Memories" of "Girls on Film" will make you think of the one named "Rio" who "All she Wants is" to dance on the sand. Now if I could only "Hold Back the Rain" and hire a "Chauffeur" it wouldn't be an "Ordinary World" anymore.

I would certainly "Come Undone" given the chance to see Roger Taylor playing the drums again and even the "Union of the Snake" couldn't keep me away from being there.

:rolleyes:
 
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Wow...

That post put the Electric in Electric Barbarella. Other members take notice, you're getting A View to a Kill-er post right now.

But alas, for one who is not an 80's child, I have run out of references. And you already used my favorite Duran Duran songs (Ordinary World and Come Undone, most notably). So, you win, Nora.
 
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Well "what happens tomorrow" is that we have to "reach up for the sunrise" and do things "my own way". Sorry- I can go on! ;-) Thanks for the laugh Franco and for putting up with my useless knowledge.

So, I wonder if there will be any upgrades to Illuminights this year? I am excited at the prospect of making it even bigger and better. I vote that each show in each country be longer. The acrobats were my favorite, but the show was so short! Another 10 minutes and in the Theater de San Marco por favor.

Also, for the rest of you "non-80's" children; what say you? Any bands you would like to hear at the 2011 concert series? I personally love "the Black Keys" and "Vampire Weekend" but since they are both up for a Grammy this year- scratch that one. :-/ We must think small and more obscure.
 
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I'm hoping for more in IllumiNights as well. The park needs that staple summer event that makes you realize how much you love life no matter what age you are, and IllumiNights has the potential to be just that. It was a great inaugural event for last year, but as it enters its sophomore season, I expect more.

Nora, I also enjoy some Black Keys and Vampire Weekend. I also love Mumford and Sons, but no chance on that. You seem to have a good taste in music, though, so I nominate you to be Park Ambassador to Prideful and Overpaid Bands. My dream is to see Daft Punk rock the pyramid in Festhaus Park a la their performance at Coney Island, but that is highly dubious. Or a Muse concert. U2 would be great, but they're far too big for BGW. As far as obscure, but good, well, I'm clueless. MGMT seems possible, even though they're popular. We need to find a good band and, well, "make 'em an offer they can't refuse." (Like riding awesome roller coasters all day and eating great food for free and with no lines. Heck, I'd start a band for that. And there's no way I'd get nominated for a Grammy. Summer Concert Series, here I come).
 
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Thanks Franco. I think you an I must have the same music collection. Awesome. My favorite band for the past decade has been Modest Mouse. And that is due to the amazing guitar riffs, drum beats, and unique vocals. Muse would be amazing. I play both bands main hits on the drums to pass time and relieve stress.

Seriously though, last year I had a blast at the concert series. It was an honor to watch a legend at work like "The Fixx". Although I did score a drumstick from Debbi Peterson from the Bangles... autographed too; why? Because female drummers rock and I was darn lucky! :D

It will be tough to outdo themselves from last year in regards to outstanding concerts.
 
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I actually have never attended a Summer Concert at Busch Gardens. Every time I have visited during the summer, I'm too busy riding the Chariot and taming the Alpengeist. Of course, I've missed the last two summers here in the West. However, I'll be back in Ol' Virginia this summer, and I expect some amazing concerts!
 

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Franco said:
My dream is to see Daft Punk rock the pyramid in Festhaus Park a la their performance at Coney Island, but that is highly dubious.

Someone get this guy a cookie. No, really, like now. Good to know I'm not the only one here who wants a French Techno band in Festhaus Park. :p

Check Rep
 

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If they could book Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Decyfer Down, Pillar, or maybe even Skillet for Glory at the Gardens, I'd be there yesterday. These bands play REAL rock music, not just the typical self defined contemporary Christian music. They could even use them for the summer nights series, given the type of music they play. Anyway, They need to pay attention to the alt. rock genre. Besides the fact that it's my personal favorite, it is one of the fastest growing, and argueably most popular genres today.
 
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They should book the Misfits, Afi, Integrity, The Used, Trap Them... but im sure al those are too hardcore for an amusment park concert.
 
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Swiftman said:
Franco said:
My dream is to see Daft Punk rock the pyramid in Festhaus Park a la their performance at Coney Island, but that is highly dubious.

Someone get this guy a cookie. No, really, like now. Good to know I'm not the only one here who wants a French Techno band in Festhaus Park. :p

Check Rep


Daft Punk in their Tron:Legacy suits would be epic in Festhaus Park....
 

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it'll be ok...we can just chill at the end of the line club...first round is on me...haha
 
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Hmm, the End of Line Club, speaking of things being derezzed.

I want to start a movement to get the word derezzed and its variants into the dictionary. It's too good of a word to be "imaginary." And Ivy, I would totally chill at the club, just give me directions to The Grid.
 
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