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May 12, 2011
From the Busch Gardens website:

"Celebrate all things Irish this St. Patrick's Day at Busch Gardens®. Join us March 17 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m for our first-ever Sneak Peek Day. The festivities include Irish food and drinks, music and of course your favorite coasters and attractions. "


"Enjoy traditional Irish dishes like Scottish eggs and shepherd's pie. Or try a grilled banger sandwich and grab a Guinness® mousse for dessert. There will be plenty of green kettle corn, too.

Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about the beverages. You can warm up with a cup of Irish coffee or cool down with a light beer (colored green, of course). But an Irish snack wouldn't be the same without a pint to pair it with. Guinness (dry stout) and Kilkenny (red ale) are our imported beers of this event.

If a good brew isn't your... cup of tea (so to speak), there will be whiskey, scotch and bourbon flights available for purchase.

To add to the Irish flair, O' Tators and Grogan's Pub will be open during this event."


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RE: 2018 Pass Member Preview Day

We are way off topic, but according to the interwebs, they may not be Scottish:

Scotch egg is actually a modern abbreviation of 'scotched' egg, which is it's true name. Scotching meat involves hacking it to either tenderise, or roughly mince, which refers to the sausage meat surrounding the egg. Something that is scotched is now generally regarded as being coated in breadcrumbs and fried, too.

Origins in Scotch trade

There was an important trade in exporting eggs from Scotland to London in the 18th and 19th centuries. Victorians would preserve the shipping order for the long journey by dipping the eggs in boiling water and leaving them semi-hardened with lime-powder disinfectant in a process called ‘scotching’.

The result for this technique left the eggs discoloured, but perfectly edible for several months. It is said that the Scotch eggs would be developed as a recipe to cover those unappealing eggs.

“The London department store Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented Scotch eggs in 1738, but they may have been inspired by the Mughlai dish nargisi kofta ("Narcissus meatballs"). The earliest printed recipe appears in the 1809 edition of Maria Rundell's A New System of Domestic Cookery.”
RE: 2018 Pass Member Preview Day

This is presumably the day that the heavily Irish-themed Battle for Eire first opens to the public. Why not have bands that play actual, if even contemporary, Irish music to go along with it?

Additionally, is it O'Taters or O'Tators?
but it will definitely be open on march 24th right? unless somehow there is a problem with the ride?
Member Only Day Question

Hey all,

I've been a pass holder for a year but have never taken advantage of the members only days at BGW. My wife and I are debating on going to the park for St. Patrick's Day this year since the event sounds like a lot of fun.

My question is, what can I expect in terms of crowd levels on that day? Also, what's the typical crowd level for any members only day?

We've got a toddler so I'm not exactly into going when the park is completely jam packed as navigating with a stroller can be a bit of a challenge.

Any help is appreciated!
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I've never seen a pass member day "jam packed." Typically they take place at times when attendance would otherwise be pretty low so they rarely get above moderately crowded in my experience.

Hope that helps!
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