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So, this is an attraction question of sorts:

One of my favorite things, not just in theme parks, but in general, are little known areas, hidden spots, etc (I actually had a recurring dream when I was a kid that the driveway at the end of my street led to a hidden theme park of sorts, but that never worked out the way I'd hoped). And, since BGW is one of my favorite places to visit, I think it'd be pretty sweet to find a little hidden spot/area in the park. I had some success with this at Disney World once, when on a super busy August day, my wife and I were able to find this little art gallery off Main Street where NO ONE (literally, no one) else was. Seats and everything. It was awesome.

So, I figured I'd ask all the employees/parkophiles here: are there any slightly hidden, off-the-beaten-path types of places in Busch Gardens? Spots that are quiet, seldom-visited, or generally neglected? Behind a building somewhere...off a little walking path? Go left when everyone else goes right?

Let me know...I'm heading down to Virginia this summer (I currently live in Canada, of all places) and would love to check this out.
 
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One of the absolute most hidden places in the park: the Ireland bathrooms in between the stores that look like houses...most of the time there are very few people in those bathrooms because everyone thinks they're just decoration. Other than that I can't think of anything besides the employee only areas that guests aren't allowed in...even though they're pretty awesome =)
 
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Gropplo said:
One of the absolute most hidden places in the park: the Ireland bathrooms in between the stores that look like houses...most of the time there are very few people in those bathrooms because everyone thinks they're just decoration. Other than that I can't think of anything besides the employee only areas that guests aren't allowed in...even though they're pretty awesome =)

It's cool, they're hidden...but they're bathrooms. I can't hang out in there. Still, when the time comes, it is nice to have a quiet bathroom.
 
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One place we usually go to that there are not a lot of people is the candle making shop or the pottery painting shop. At the candle making shop the guy that does it is very nice and knows alot about what he does. He can make all kinds of candles for you and he's a good conversationalist.
 
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pandorazboxx said:
One place we usually go to that there are not a lot of people is the candle making shop or the pottery painting shop. At the candle making shop the guy that does it is very nice and knows alot about what he does. He can make all kinds of candles for you and he's a good conversationalist.

Now where is this? I'm aware of the flower maker (which I assume is the pottery painter you're referring to), but the candle shop? Where?
 
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Funny that you posted this and I read it now. Today while in the park my mom said she needed to use the bathroom and started to walk into said area when I decided I would make a visit myself. My wife replied that she didn't notice that was a restroom and a gentleman coming out heard her and replied that not many people notice those restrooms and that they are the finest in the park. He went on to note that they are very clean and air conditioned. Upon hearing his passionate response about a restroom I thought to myself "that sounds like something a BGWfan would say".

Gropplo said:
One of the absolute most hidden places in the park: the Ireland bathrooms in between the stores that look like houses...most of the time there are very few people in those bathrooms because everyone thinks they're just decoration. Other than that I can't think of anything besides the employee only areas that guests aren't allowed in...even though they're pretty awesome =)
 
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doctormoneymd said:
Now where is this? I'm aware of the flower maker (which I assume is the pottery painter you're referring to), but the candle shop? Where?

Sorry, all of that is in new france.
 
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Only employees can go through but I love the path that goes behind Italy.
 

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The Starbucks shop to the left of Grogan's Pub is probably my favorite. It's quiet, comfy, and air conditioned
 
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Swiftman said:
The Starbucks shop to the left of Grogan's Pub is probably my favorite. It's quiet, comfy, and air conditioned

BGW has a Starbucks? I didn't know that. Did they recently get one or has been there for a while?

I believe it's been open for years actually. It's connected to Grogan's Pub and, yes, it is pretty empty most of the time.
 
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Yea. GF gets an upside down caramel macchiato and I get my black and tan. Then we chill in Grogan's for a bit with some friends. good times.
 
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Great ideas. I didn't know there was a Starbucks at BG. You'd think that'd be the kind of thing that would be on the park map, seeing as how there aren't (to my knowledge) any other outside vendors/franchises in the park.
 
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To my knowledge all of the brewed coffee is the same at the park, just at the starbucks you can get all those special coffee drinks. Me, I take my coffee black. More coffee, less filling, easier to stay awake and write 30 page papers the day before they're due. Don't you guys remember Corkscrew Hill and the guy giving everyone crap for drinking their cafe lattes and such?
 
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My favorite "hidden spot" was the ice cream shop in France at the end of the building where the bridge to Griffon is. I believe it was the only place that had not soft serve ice cream for a while. There were a few tables in there as well as a few back towards le mans. Now, they combined it with the formerly soft serve spot a few doors down. The particular shop has now replaced the seating with a queue and serves some sort of snacks. The place always seemed quiet and rarely had a very long wait. Also, soft serve is inferior.
 
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James said:
Only employees can go through but I love the path that goes behind Italy.

Are you talking about the walkway behind san marco or the drive that goes under the bridge and goes up to the back area of roman rapids? Also splinters off into the nightly horse pastures.
 
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The cut rhrough path that allows you to avoid New France by going from the bridge at Le Scoot to the water brake area of Griffon is a quiet out of the way place and so is (for now) the area between Der Marketplatz and Mach Tower. There is also an area off to the left of the Caribou Train Station, but unfortunately it's now a smoking area. Also anywhere down along the Rhine.
 
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