The Cheapest Trip to Europe You’ll Ever Take

New Busch Gardens ride promises to take you on a European vacation

By Adrienne Welsch
|  Monday, Feb 1, 2010  |  Updated 9:29 AM EDT
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The Cheapest Trip to Europe You’ll Ever Take

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AMESBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20: The sun rises over Stonehenge as druids celebrate the Spring Equinox at Stonehenge on March 20 2009 near Amesbury, Wiltshire, England. Several hundred druids and pagans were granted special access to the ancient monument to mark the date in the calender when the length of the day and the night are equal (this happens twice a year, at Spring and Autumn Equinox). To the druids Spring Equinox celebrates the renewed life of the Earth that comes with spring and attribute the changes that are going on in the world to an increase in the powers of their God and Goddess. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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Have you always wanted to take a trip to Europe? This summer you’ll be able to, without even leaving Virginia!

Don't get too excited just yet.  It's not exactly a real European vacation.  However, Busch Gardens is introducing a new flight simulator ride that will take you on a trip through the European countryside.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, “Europe in the Air” will open in the Williamsburg theme park’s Ireland section this March.  Riders will be seated on a moving platform.  They will then swoop, dive and float as if flying in a helicopter over different parts of Europe. On the journey you’ll pass such landmarks as Stonehenge in England, Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, and the Coliseum in Rome.

The new ride replaces Corkscrew Hill, another simulation ride that opened in 2001.  It followed a fantasy story that made riders feel like they had shrunk to fit inside a boy’s pocket, while a witch chased him.
 

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