Busch Gardens Remains World’s Most Beautiful Park

April 29th, 2011 by Kim Lenz

BG-landscapingCoasters and attractions may come and go, but beauty is forever.

At least according to the results of the 25th annual National Amusement Park Historical Association’s survey of superlatives worldwide, which named Busch Gardens Williamsburg the most beautiful park in the world for the 21st consecutive year.

The NAPHA is a respected international and educational enthusiasts’ organization dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage of the amusement park industry.

Coming in second in the beauty category was Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, holding on to the spot it’s occupied since 2005.

Busch Gardens also made the list for Best Theme Park, a category Walt Disney World won, coming in third this year behind another iconic property, Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Other winners were:

Traditional Parks: Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA), Kennywood (West Mifflin, PA) and Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Blackpool, UK)

Theme Parks: Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, FL), Disneyland (Anaheim, CA) and Busch Gardens (Williamsburg)

Best Park for Families: Idlewild and Soak Zone (Ligonier, PA), Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA) and Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, FL)

Favorite Wood Roller Coaster: Voyage, Holiday World (Santa Claus, IN), Phoenix, Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, PA) and Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce (Bristol, CT)

Favorite Steel Roller Coaster: Millennium Force, Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH), Magnum XL200, Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH) and Phantom’s Revenge, Kennywood (West Mifflin, PA)

Best New Attraction: Two rides were named by NAPHA members as the Best New Attractions for 2010 – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Islands of Adventure, Orlando, FL) and Kennywood’s Sky Rocket. In 2009, the honors went to Diamondback (Kings Island, Kings Island, OH), Manta (Sea World Orlando), and Prowler (Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun, Kansas City, MO). Other past winners include Ravine Flyer II (Waldameer & Water World, Erie, PA), Maverick (Cedar Point), Mystery Mine (Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN), Renegade (Valleyfair!, Shakepee, MN), Voyage (Holiday World), and Hades (Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park, Wisconsin Dells, WI).

6 Responses to Busch Gardens Remains World’s Most Beautiful Park

  1. Anonymous

    April 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulations to Busch Gardens. It truly is lovely. We often run over on a Sunday afternoon to just stroll through the park to see the what flowers are in bloom. (Well…we do ride a few rides and snack as well.)

  2. Anonymous

    April 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Congratulations and thank you to all employees at BUSCH GARDENS WILLIAMSMBURG for your dedicated efforts to “be the best”. Taking into consideration the tremendous competition within this industry, being “#1” is something all os us can appreciate. Keep up the good work.
    Best wishes and thank you.
    Frank G Tsutras

  3. Anonymous

    April 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Way to go Busch Gardens! Don’t let it slip away.

  4. Anonymous

    April 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Busch Gardens is truely a beautiful park.
    Also check out Williamsburg Botanical Gardens and their upcoming Vines & Wines on May 11th at the Rockafeller Gardens in historicl Colonial Williamsburg. Again bravo to Busch Gardens

  5. A. Wilson

    April 13, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    This park is truly beautiful. I feel at peace seeing the flora and as another commentor put, its thanks to the hardworking staff.

  6. pamela barnett

    August 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t understand how Busch Gardens wins this award. The park was clean. It had a theme….countries of Europe. But eveything is old. The decore is orginal on all rides…faded..needs to be painted….the sound system is horrible in the Celtic show…. There are very few gardens….nothing compared to other parks. The 4 D pirate movie is from Seaworld who ran it in 1997. It is a nice coaster park…there are a lot of trees which is nice…but a handfull of gardens does not make it the most beautiful park in America. It was disappointing in that area. We went there because of the award….found it to be disappointing. It has nothing compared to Epcot, Disneyworld in general.Disneyland, Six Flags…

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