Welcome to Ireland, or as we say in America “Wait, it’s not the same as Scotland?”
The Irish section is actually the newest section of the park. Well, technically it’s just a retheme of the area’s previous British theme. Whatever. The bottom line is that they added a new country. Come on, when’s the last time Epcot added a new country?
One thing I really hate about the Busch Gardens parks is their maps. Instead of going with the more common “brochure” type map, they give out oversized unfolded maps that you have to fold up and pretty much ruin. Luckily, there are signs to help out.
Okay, maybe that sign wasn’t so helpful.
The Abbey Stone Theatre is home to some sort of Irish dance show. I saw a commercial for Riverdance once. Haven’t I been punished enough?
Ireland is also home to many animal areas. The Lorikeet Glen is the newest area.
This enclosed area allows guests to enter and interact directly with lorikeets. This is especially awesome if you enjoy getting pooped on (and who doesn’t).
I’m not a big fan of birds. All it takes is the right relative with the right parrot to turn a person against them. If you’ve never experienced that, you’re quite lucky.
But these little guys are cool. They have gorgeous plumage, and they’re quite social.
But if you have a shirt with buttons, watch it. These little suckers LOVE to unbutton things.
But yeah, there’s lot of animals in the Ireland section. There’s birds…
Clydesdales (though not those Clydesdales)…
Yes, indeed. There certainly are lots of animals to see in the park. On a hot summer day, Busch Gardens can be downright exhausting.
If I recall correctly, Corkscrew Hill was an odd variation on simulator rides like Star Tours. Instead of being in a smaller ride vehicle, you were in a theatre with a floor that moved. I don’t really remember what the storyline was, but it doesn’t matter. Corkscrew Hill closed in 2009 and was replaced by the similar “Europe in the Air” attraction. I’ve heard it described as a poor man’s Soarin’.
Moving along, we now find ourselves in the Aquitaine (France) section of the park. That statue, by the way, is of Michael slaying the dragon/demon/Satan.
That’s just all kinds of badass for a park.
Busch Gardens’ skyway has three different stations (Germany, France and England). While this is an effective transport method, be aware that they will make you get off and queue up again at each individual destination. Kind of a pain in the ass, really.