Falcons FuryToday, members of the media got to step behind construction walls to get an up close and personal look at Falcons Fury. With project manager Jeff Hornick, the media learned about the process in which it took to build the 335 Foot tall tower and had a chance to ask some questions about the ride. Media personnel also had the opportunity to try out one of the sample ride seats. As with any other major attraction, a sample ride seat will be available for park guests at the front of the attraction when it opens.
PantopiaMedia personnel also learned more about Pantopia, a new land coming to Busch Gardens in Spring of 2014. Members of the media also learned about the new culinary and shopping options available when Pantopia opens.
Culinary & DiningWhen Pantopia opens, The Desert Grill will be transformed into The Feast Hall, a place where guests can come together and feast on all of the culinary offerings found throughout Pantopia. Located adjacent to the Feast Hall you can find The Dragonfire Grill, one of the brand new restaurants that will come with Pantopia. At The Dragonfire Grill, you can find fresh and delicious kebabs! The Sultans Arcade will be transformed into Twisted Tails Pretzels, a place where guests can buy Busch Gardens Williamsburg's signature soft pretzels as well as craft brew beers. No information has been released regarding the snack stand called The Oasis and if it will still be operational during the transformation into Pantopia. Stay tuned for the latest details.
EntertainmentAs rumored, Critter Castaways will be moving into Pantopia Theater (Timbuktu Theater) and taking on the new name of Opening Night Critters. The show will feature rescued animals and the same concept of Critter Castaways but in a new indoor theater. Critter Castaways' final show will be February 16th in it's usual theater until it's return to Pantopia in the spring.
Shopping & MerchandiseWith Pantopia comes a variety of new shops. The Painted Camel gift shop will feature all new merchandise specific to the realm of Pantopia. From picture's I've seen, it looks as though the merchandise that will be sold in The Painted Camel will be a cross between what you would find in Natures Kingdom and Xcursions. Overall, it looks like you can find some really neat stuff in this gift shop!
Falcons Fury and Pantopia are scheduled to open Spring of 2014. No official opening date has been announced quite yet, but rumor has it that opening day might be around Easter weekend.
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