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I seriously want to know what the park's philosophy behind the flags and Beatles music. I think most of us here agree that they are tacky and out of place, but I am extremely curious what has made now three park presidents say "This is the atmosphere I want my classically-themed park's grand entrance to possess."

The only reason I can really think of is that the Bus Shop might generate some hefty sales, but even then the bus could remain while the rest of the village returns to its old Elizabethan charm and it would still be a dramatic improvement. I just don't get the rationale.
 
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I personally like the 60’s theaming. However, flying the flag as a sign of patriotism is very American and many foreigners are very confused by our love fore displaying the flag. So there’s why I think the flags are tacky.
 
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I bet they leave the flags there so they can have the rigging already available for Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town.
That may be true. It is a way to save time in set up lol
 
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They couldn't come up with something else to put on there? Little lanterns? Lights that look like candles? Anything? Laundry?

Just saying. Hanging flags like that is a distinctly American thing.
 
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I'd beg to differ. Just a quick google search turns up similar images for other anniversaries, coronations, etc. Frankly, you pretty much never see a flag display of that magnitude in the US, even on the 4th. We tend more to going overboard with the bunting. I'd go so far as to say that a display such as that at Busch is almost uniquely British. No, not everyday British, but definitely leaning more towards their celebration style decor than the US. (oddly enough, in a search for a similar display of American flags, I found one. On Regent Street. In London, in honor of the NFL game being played there!!!)
 
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mtpelepele said:
I'd beg to differ.  Just a quick google search turns up similar images for other anniversaries, coronations, etc.  Frankly, you pretty much never see a flag display of that magnitude in the US, even on the 4th.  We tend more to going overboard with the bunting.  I'd go so far as to say that a display such as that at Busch is almost uniquely British.  No, not everyday British, but definitely leaning more towards their celebration style decor than the US.  (oddly enough, in a search for a similar display of American flags, I found one.  On Regent Street.  In London, in honor of the NFL game being played there!!!)
And you are talking about a point of pride during celebrations. I'm talking everyday. It's so common to walk down the street any day in the spring and summer and see flags on the outside of a house, a flag on a car, someone wearing a shirt that has a flag on it.

Outside of celebrations few Europeans have their countries flag out. Very few. I know enough people from Italy, Spain, England, Germany who all comment on how strange it is that we do that and they can't wrap their mind around it, and they joke it must be because we forget where we are on a day to day basis.
 
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I don't disagree with you warfelg—but I'm going to play devil's advocate here for a moment...

warfelg said:
And you are talking about a point of pride during celebrations.  I'm talking everyday.
The intention behind the redecoration was to make Banbury feel "loud" and "festive"—the concept was to have a village in perpetual celebration.

I believe this was a horrible mistake and completely misses what many people have loved about BGW for years—the understated charm and beauty of sleepy European villages tucked away in a dense Virginia forest—but, alas, what do I know—the experts thought it was boring and depressing. *sigh*
 
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