RE: SPAIN, anyone?
No expert, but I'll take a stab. Please consider it a working document, make changes as you wish/as needed.
Spain has some interesting architecture since, while like a lot of Europe there was a Roman period. However, during the middle ages it was quite different as the Moops invaded in 711. A great example of this is the Alhambra
which was built in the 9th century as a fort, but later converted into a palace. There are other periods that resemble a mix between the Moorish influence and Christian influence from the north , for example
. Perhaps, a better fit for Busch Gardens is the Baroque period which spawned this
during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Spanish Baroque is unique for its Churrigueresque
exterior decorations which can be quite elaborate. Does it fit with the rest of Busch Gardens? I think it certainly could, but the stucco and Moorish styles just seem potentially a little too different for me (I'm not sure if Scandanavia would less so, or if its any more 'too different' than New France).
(Stories to center on)
, an important literary work, (poor summary follows) is about a rather average, foolish man who insists on reviving chivalry. From wikipedia: "It parodied classical morality and chivalry, found comedy in knighthood, and criticized social structures and the perceived madness of Spain's rigid society." Quite frankly, probably a bit too complex to base a ride on. Could probably be watered down into a show.
Pamplona Bull Run, need I say more.
Tomatina, a tomato fight (think water balloons, but tomatoes) in Bunol. Imagine the water balloon thing in Festa.
Las Fallas, a huge bonfire like event in Valencia. Could perhaps be adapted into a parade or a part of Illuminights, etc.
Carnival is of course also celebrated, though it might be a tough sell since I think most associate carnival with Brazil.
Tamboradda, a large drum festival. I don't know much of anything
Bull Fighting is traditional, but less popular these days
The bull run, fighting, and tomatina would be the most recognizable here.
-Tapas, small plates often shared in American renditions. Point is to be able to try different things at different places.
(Out of time for now)