Filings for five new buildings at Busch Gardens Europe leads to speculation about new country

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2008 12:56 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Busch Gardens Europe has submitted obscure preliminary plans to James City County's planning department to expand the park by five buildings and "various guest attractions and theming." No details have been released, but nothing will be torn down to make room for the new area. The plans submitted to the county show a 1 1/2 -acre site with at least five buildings, but the documents do not indicate any spots for new rides. The area is to the left of the park entrance. It was once used for a petting zoo, and is between Escape From Pompeii in Italy and the skyride in England.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008 1:15 PM
That's a tiny area... I highly doubt they'd put a brand new country in there. Perhaps they're planning for a new ride, or expanding an existing country?

If they were planning on a new country, I'd think that the area formerly occupied by Drachen Fire would be more desirable.

Thursday, March 6, 2008 2:02 PM
The new area is going to be for Sesame Street Play Area for the little ones. No more, no less.


Thursday, March 6, 2008 2:41 PM
^^ Maybe they're adding Liechtenstein.
Thursday, March 6, 2008 4:39 PM
^LOL! Too funny!
Friday, March 7, 2008 8:16 AM
Do they have a haunted walk through there during Halloween? Maybe they are expanding Italy or London?
Friday, March 7, 2008 12:15 PM
^^ Maybe they're adding Liechtenstein.

Nah...No one knows's too small. My money is on San Marino, Andorra, or Luxembourge.

Friday, March 7, 2008 3:34 PM
Holland would be nice..........:)
Friday, March 7, 2008 5:09 PM
Andorra or Luxembourg would require more than five buildings and 1.5 acres. ;)
Friday, March 7, 2008 5:41 PM
True...and in Liechtenstien they could sell paintings!
Friday, March 7, 2008 7:43 PM
Well if they do add a Sesame Street play area, it'd be cool if there was a Vapor Trail copy (I like Vekoma Rollerskaters). As it is right now, there's no kiddy coaster at BGE.
Friday, March 7, 2008 9:04 PM

The whole country contains only 62 square miles.

Saturday, March 8, 2008 11:56 AM
Hey maybe its gonna be a cluster of restraunts and shops similar to "The Waterfront" at Sea World Orlando. It makes since seeing as how there is a direct outlet to I-64 allowing guest to bypass the restaraunts and shopping venues along US60, the highway that runs along Busch Gardens. If not that then im going to put my money on a family oriented attraction. As of rite now Busch Europe has virtually nothing family related.
Saturday, March 8, 2008 3:00 PM
Airromeo4Ever said: " going to put my money on a family oriented attraction. As of rite now Busch Europe has virtually nothing family related."

Aside from the more extreme coasters, almost everything else at BGE is family related....the other rides, the shows, the animal's all appropriate and enjoyable for most members of the family. Still, the park would be wise to continue in the direction of attracting families, especially with their last addition being Griffin.

Sunday, March 9, 2008 5:49 AM
I just hope it is properly themed. It is going to be really out of place if it is not themed to England in some way. Whereas I think Aquatica and Jungala are nicely themed additions to the Busch family. I sometimes wonder what they are thinking with putting the new coaster right at the front of the park at SeaWorld and taking out the Lemans(one of the few rides the whole family could ride) and putting in Griffon there.
Monday, March 10, 2008 10:08 AM

gardener14 said:
almost everything else at BGE is family related...

...their last addition being Griffin.

Family related, or Family Guy related?


Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:22 AM's gonna be a casino:

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