Hey there! So this past Friday my amazing friend Em and I got to go to Busch Gardens for the opening night of Howl o Scream! Busch was running a great deal where all passholders could bring a friend for free so of course I asked Em right away if she wanted to go!
We got to the park around 4:30ish and decided to ride as many coasters as we could before 6, when all of the Howl o Scream festivities started. The first coaster we went to was Verbolten. I was in shock as to how little of a line there was! We literally walked right up to the loading area and got in line for the front row since the line was so short!
After V-bolt I believe we headed towards Alpengeist, which also had no wait at all too! We decided to go for the back row because there was only a line for the front car, that was it! We got on next to two other girls who told us this was their 3rd time in a row staying on! Crazy right? We were on a roll so after Alp, we headed over to Griffon, one of my favorites! 😉 I didn’t think she would actually do it, but I convinced Em to ride the front row!! Really when it comes to Griffon you aren’t riding it unless you’re in the front row. I mean those few seconds where you dangle over the drop are really best experienced in the front. I’m proud of you Em for riding front row! 😀
Next we headed over to the good ole Lochness Monster! This coaster is pretty special to me even though it’s the most overlooked at the park since it’s so old. Why is it special you ask? Well it was the very first coaster I ever rode! I remember my first time riding it, I was probably 6 or 7 and was SO terrified. But afterwards I loved it and well…my coaster obsession took off from that day 😉
After Nessie the only coaster we had left was Apollos Chariot! It was a little after 6 by then so the scaring had begun and we were on extra watch while walking over there. We rode Apollos then it was time to get scared….
The only problem is that we are complete scaredy cats when it comes to this kind of stuff! haha But we were brave and headed towards our first haunted house of the night- Deadline. I had done this one once before last year so I kind of knew what to expect but still I was literally shaking. The theme of this one is a haunted subway kind of thing and it was soooo dark in there! We survived though, but we certainly did a ton of screaming.
After Deadline we got in the queue for Cut Throat Cove, the newest haunted house in the lineup for this year. The theme was pirates and while we screamed a lot, it was probably the least scary. I liked the scenery though, they did the pirates them well with a prison cell room, a captains quarters, a bar room, etc.
Getting scared so much definitely caused us to work up an appetite, so we headed to the Festhaus next for some dinner! I got a turkey wrap and Em got a pizza, which I should have gotten too- it was so good! The show in the Festhaus was going on while we ate dinner and it was pretty cool. They did a lot of covers/dancing to old 80s songs which was really neat. I loved the costumes too, that’s always my favorite part of watching shows!
Once we finished our dinner I think we headed for another haunted house but the line was too long. So I think we then rode the swings?? Em, if I’m wrong feel free to say so in the comments! haha But I know we did ride the swings at some point and it was a blast! The next haunted house we did was the Catacombs in France. Oh my goodness this one was terrifying. The dead skull people things were so creepy and one of them really scared us good! After we came out of the exit we were trying to take a picture of our “scared” faces and one of the skull things followed us and popped up behind us yelling “Photobomb!” Hahaha we screamed but also died of laughing.
After France we headed back to Ireland and got in line for 13. This one was probably the most terrifying as it’s theme was 13 fears. The first one was dead people so there was a coffin which was creepy, but the one that really got me was the second fear- claustrophobia! They had black plastic that literally encased you and you had to fight your way through it. You could seriously not see anything and I felt like I was trapped. Ugh, I am definitely a claustrophobic person. This one lasted a long time too since there was 13 different rooms you had to go through!
Once that was over with we decided it was time for some gelato in Italy! I got a scoop of dark chocolate and a scoop of the cappuccino flavor. It was so good!
At this point we had about an hour or so left in the park and the other 2 haunted houses that were left had too long of waits so we rode Alpengeist one more time and then ended the night with one last ride on Verbolten! Em had to get a funnel cake on the way out too and even though we were both stuffed it tasted so good! haha We did a lot of walking so I mean it all balances out right?!
All in all we had SUCH a great time. I’m so glad we got to go and I thought Busch did a great job for the opening night of Howl o Scream! And thanks for going with me Em!!