Busch Gardens Europe and Africa ?

Saturday, March 18, 2006 2:12 PM
The names of the Busch Gardens Parks Have changed From BGW to BGE and from BGT to BGA. Why? I liked the old names better I didn't see anything wrong with them. Here is proof http://www.4adventure.com/buschgardens/va/default.aspx

look anywhere on the page and you will see BGE. :(

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Saturday, March 18, 2006 2:19 PM
They are just getting ready to buy SFStL and call it Busch Gardens... um... North America.
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Saturday, March 18, 2006 2:26 PM
Personally I liked "The Old Country" and "The Dark Continent" the best.
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Saturday, March 18, 2006 2:49 PM
The official site still has BGT and BGW. Are you sure they didn't just make a mistake?
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Saturday, March 18, 2006 2:58 PM
For example, I think CD is possibly referring to the part of the website under the Virginia Resident Fun Card where it does say Busch Gardens Europe.
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Saturday, March 18, 2006 3:05 PM
I do not see what you are talking about. Did it change it back or am I blind?

EDIT-Thanks Thrillerman. I see it now.

That's a stupid name change. If they want the parks names to reflect the theme, why not change it back to "Old Country" and "The Dark Continent?

If it ain't broke.... *** Edited 3/18/2006 8:13:23 PM UTC by dexter***

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Saturday, March 18, 2006 3:40 PM
Like thrillerman1 said it is under the Virginia Resident Fun Card, but you that is not the only place that you can find it, if you look on the right pages and click the right links you will see it all over the place.

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Saturday, March 18, 2006 9:33 PM
Interesting. They must be phasing the "new" names in. However, like stated above I like the "original" names the best.

Neuski, I wish. :(

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Saturday, March 18, 2006 11:44 PM
It was also mentioned last week on the In The Loop newshow podcast. Not an actual article, but mentioned in passing.

I kinda like it myself. And it may help to simplify things for the gen. public. Enthusiasts know what these parks have to offer, but the GP may not know what to think unless they've seen the websites or clips from tv specials.

To hear BGT, people might not think much more than just another amuesment park in Florida. But to hear BGA, might make people take a close look. As for BGW, outside of the enthusiast community, I not so sure many people even know it exists. This may help with promotion on a grander scale.

To me though, the best way to get attention for the parks, would be to let everyone know more about the connection with Busch beer. Beyond the theming and rides, let dad know there's beer school for him, and Clydesdales for the kids.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:08 AM
I think that It might make some guest confused. I can just hear it now " what happened to BGW? and what and where is this BGE?" :)
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Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:12 AM
Its not anywhere on their (BGW) website anymore, but add another vote to a wish to go back to Busch Gardens: The Olde Country and The Dark Continent, they may not be PC but they certainly create an aura of adventure. *** Edited 3/19/2006 5:19:42 AM UTC by Touchdown***
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Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:22 AM
I still see it on the BGW site just not in the same place, see it is on this page. http://www.buschgardens.com/buschgardens/va/ticket_options.aspx
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Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:25 AM
Wait it says BGE and BGW on that link, I am so confused. Just please pick one BG! *** Edited 3/19/2006 5:26:26 AM UTC by CD***
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Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:39 AM
I'd like to see the parks go back to "The Old Country" and "The Dark Continent" again as well. I think changing the names to Busch Gardens Europe and Busch Gardens Africa would be misleading as to where the parks are located.
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Sunday, March 19, 2006 12:25 PM
^My point exactly! When I read those names, I was like "when did Busch Gardens open parks outside the USA?"

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Sunday, March 19, 2006 1:14 PM
I agree I think they should at least add some adjetive to Europe and Africa (such as Olde Europe and Wild Africa) to make it obvious to people that they are calling themselves Europe and Africa becaus of their theme not the location of the park.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 12:25 PM
"The Dark Continent," as names for Africa go, is pretty gross.

That said, Busch Gardens Tampa was fine by me.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:28 PM
Like Touchdown said- Busch Gardens Olde Europe and Busch Gardens Wild Africa. Then their next park can be Busch Gardens Grand Asia. I have to say Animal Kingdom has done a pretty amazing job in the Asia theming department. *** Edited 3/21/2006 7:32:22 PM UTC by rc-madness***
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Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:43 PM
Damn I was buying all the old Dark continent and Old country stuff on E-bay. Now I got to buy all the BGW and BGT stuff. Man Im going to go broke.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 9:15 PM
Apparently the name change is official:

Article in Richmond Times-Dispatch

The new television ads refer to the parks as "Busch Gardens Africa" and "Busch Gardens Europe".

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